One of my friends, a know naxal-sympathiser, someone who was under constant surveillance because of that, had said, the Indian govt. was going to emulate Srilankan civil war. In fact, he had cited various reports to suggest that, Indian govt. provided moral and material backing in the elimination of LTTE keenly monitoring national/international opinions. It turned out, Srilanka did get away with it. So can India!
I never tried enthusiastically to verify that, but following the green-hunt build up, at least the first part of the claim seemed prescient. He thought, it would be easier for Indian govt. since like the LTTE, the naxalites are primarily imagined in the middle-class as bloodthirsty psychopaths killing people at every opportunity they get, killing is projected as their primary objective, and unlike the LTTE, they neither have international support base, nor international mediators. It is all internal affair.
When P. Chidambaram said, “Prabhakaran was not our enemy”, my friend would have added, they (helped) kill(ed) him anyway. Like the when CRPF says, “we are not your enemies” (innocent) people still get killed in Kashmir. Politicians say, Naxals are not terrorists and still Army and Airforce is called upon (or at least considered to) take part in green-hunt.
“You don’t have to be my enemy for me to kill you”, that seems like the pathological state of our society. When a daughter or a sister gets killed for defying orthodoxy, how threatening enemy she turns overnight? When a Dalit, living on the edge of the village is lynched, burned (add what all u have heard/read/witnessed/experienced), does she first become enemy? And the victims of anti-muslim, anti-christian, anti-sikh pogroms? Were they enemies? If so, what did they threaten to annihilate?
This situation fills my head with the image of a kid with a toy gun, utterly bored in absence of a playmate who he can caste as enemy and shoot, shoots at his mother who calls him to come inside. The Indian mentality is not to concede any of the power, territory or influence they have over others- even if they were their own compatriots, countrymen or family members. Anyone who breaks free of their grip, is tormented and killed. They don’t need an enemy.
In fact, they don’t have one. All they have is their insanity.