Amidst the talk to sort out the hostage crisis in Orisha, the statement of Union Home Secretary that establishing dialogue with Naxals is a wild-goose-chase has given a hiccup, as it has conflicted the proposition made by Home Minister P Chidambaram who has gone on saying that the ruling establishment is all set to huddle with the red terrors.

So, he (home secretary) should clear the government’s stand in this regard. Undoubtedly, the Naxal leaders are not willing to come on dialogue table despite the government’s offer, rather they put weird demands. But it does not mean that the government should snap dialogue with them, as bloodbath and coercive measures would iron out problems. In a democratic establishment, it would not be wise to crush the cry with the help of military forces. It is obvious that the operation Green Hunt which was launched against the red terrors could not root out Naxal problems.

Ending the dialogue opportunity with Naxalites means opening a new avenue for armed conflict and inviting bigger risks without any guarantee for success. Given the growing audacity of the Naxal organizations in the country, it is highly required for both the Centre and the affected state governments to devise effective methods to tackle the menace.They cannot sit keeping fingers crossed and waiting for the right opportunities as the situation is turning from bad to worse with every passing day. We cannot disagree with the assessment of the Union Home Secretary who has said that the Naxalites have a penchant for violence and carry forward their fights in the name of safeguarding the rights of the poor and tribals. But the vital question is- why the government has failed to expose their reality.

There is another question that what is helping them to equip themselves with sophisticated weapons and the government machinery has largely been unsuccessful in foiling their propaganda. The rising insolence of the red ultras actually reveals the failure of the state machinery.

It is disappointing that the Naxal-hit state governments have been unsuccessful in dealing with the problem effectively. If the government succeeds in cutting off the supply of arms and ammunitions to the Maoists, tightening the noose of their leadership and foiling their propaganda, an environment can easily be built in which they will be left with no option but to turn to the negotiating table. In present situation they have got an upper hand over the government.