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Govt ad blitz to counter Naxals on their turf

Discussion in 'Indian Defence Forum' started by EjazR, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. EjazR


    May 3, 2009
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    Good GoI maturing in conflict resolution tactics. Psy ops is an essential part of modern conflict resolution operations which has been quite neglected in the past.

    Govt ad blitz to counter Naxals on their turf

    NEW DELHI: In a bid to win the psychological war against Maoist terror, the government has unleashed a media campaign including print
    advertisements, in naxal-affected states. The advertisements released on Sunday in national and regional newspapers describe naxalites as "cold-blooded murderers".

    The advertisements also carry photographs of seven people, included a four-year-old child, who were killed by the Maoists in a gruesome manner in Chhattisgarh. The victims' names, age, and the incident details have been given to send home the brutal message. Home ministry spokesperson Omkar Kedia said, "The purpose of the advertisements is to expose naxals for what they are." He also pointed out that a top naxal leader had recently admitted that innocent people had been victims of terror.

    "Look at these innocent people -- victims of naxal violence. Naxals are nothing but cold-blooded murderers," the advertisement says.

    This is the first time that the home ministry has issued such advertisements. These were released in Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Orissa amongst other naxal-affected areas. The campaign will include films and TV spots for which the ministry will rope in the Song and Drama division of I&B ministry.

    "We wanted to expose the true colours of Maoists before the nation because many people still believe in the ideology of the Maoists," a home ministry official said.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, too, had warned last week that the movement still manages to retain the support of a section of tribal communities and the poorest of the poor in many affected areas. "It has influence among certain sections of civil society, the intelligentsia and the youth. It still retains a certain elan... I expect you to keep this in mind as you devise newer and better strategies to deal with this problem," Singh had said.

    The government now wants to use media effectively to combat the ideological edge that Maoists have.

    It is also planning to give advertisements in Pakistani newspapers about the terrorists of that country who were either killed or arrested in India and whom the Pakistan government refused to accept as their citizens, officials said.

    The advertisements will carry particulars and photographs of the terrorists, including those involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
  2. gogbot

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    Aug 12, 2009
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    GOI is finally attacking the Naxal problem in all directions.
    After being demonized by the Media they will find little support anywhere.

    The naxals will be eradicated in less than a decade at this rate.