Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Unethical Practices by India Inc. in Red Zones

The Naxal problem is one of the most important internal security and democratic threats that India is facing today besides the problems in the North East and Kashmir. It is has become common for Indian people to read news about the struggle between Indian security forces and Maoists. The Maoists strikes and security forces responds. And when Indian security forces starts search operations they are brutally killed by the Maoists and again one more operations by security forces. This cycle of attack and counter attack is continuing for many decades.

The continuous struggle between the security forces and Maoists has worsened the situation in the Naxal zones. The Indian government has failed on every count in these areas. Neither the governments (central and state) have been able to control and balance the Maoists; nor has they been able to strike any peace deals. Because of these, the life and business has been impacted adversely in these areas of Naxal or Red zones.
Though the security conditions in these areas have been exposed but a different trend is being witnessed in these areas. Even after such security threats, the corporate are busy in planning investments in these areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bengal. It is very much surprising that these corporate don’t seem to be worried and concerned about the security conditions and neither they are crying about the same security threats that they had been crying about earlier although they have huge investments at stakes. Many corporate have signed MoU with various state governments and departments. Both signing parties know that there are huge security problems and risks. There is huge uncertainty as when these projects will be completed. But everyone seems to be happy.
It is true that these areas are mineral rich zones and offer huge opportunities to these corporate to expand their businesses and governments to extract huge taxes in various forms. These two parties know that they cannot exploit the business opportunities in these mineral rich regions without mending the law and sometimes misusing. This is happening everywhere from Chhattisgarh to Jharkhand to Orissa to Bengal. Government machineries and private resources are coming together to have a slice of the opportunity with help these so called ideologues named Maoists.
Over the time, these so called ideologues, Maoists has turned into goons and indulged in creating wealth for their organization’s survival than serving the cause downtrodden. They say that they are struggling for a better life for these downtrodden people but the reality is different. They want them remain backward to maintain their support base in these forest and hilly areas. They say they are opposed to any corporate investments in the lands of the tribal’s but it is happening. There are reports that these Maoists organizations are taking money from these corporate as tax to let these corporate to continue their businesses. Some of the biggest corporate are said to have paid the taxes to Maoists according to some news reports.
Government machinery and companies are threatening the common man living there and grabbing the lands for mines and for that purpose they paying some bribe to these Maoists as well. The Maoists are collecting these monies in the name of protecting the tribal only to displace them to some other places by misguiding or threatening or bribing. These so called caretakers of tribal and big CSR boasting corporate and so called people’s governments have come together by keeping all the differences on sideline to loot these areas.  I am not against development in these areas. I do support development. But the way these trio are trying loot people is wrong. Anyhow they are promoting unethical and sometimes illegal practices.
It is not that Maoists have changed their heart and they are supporting the development in these areas. Still they are totally against to any development in these areas. But they are helping corporate to establish business in these areas according to a strategy to make huge money and turn new generation against the government by accusing the government for all the causes of problems the tribal would be facing after being displaced from their homes. This is serving dual cause for the Maoists. One, they are collecting huge money every month from the corporate. Two, they are preparing ground for recruitments for fresh and young blood into their organizations.
The corporate are willingly paying to corrupt government officials and Maoists to run their business and to kill some innocent tribal or force them commit suicide. Instead of making them aware about what changes will come to their life if an industrial plant is put there, they are just eliminating these people for smooth drive. And government is supporting and strengthening these by providing machinery. These big corporate should stop these unethical practices otherwise they have to pay today or tomorrow.

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