New Delhi: Writers, academics and jurists have hailed Congress president Sonia Gandhi's statement that the "extreme neglect" of tribal areas is linked to Maoist insurgency.Lets keep the Naxal-Lite (bolded above) scumbags rants and breastbeatings aside and focus on the statement of Sonia Maino. Just see how extremely neglected was Kobad Gandhi, a naxalite thug arrested by the police in 2009?
"We welcome the statement ... that the extreme neglect of the tribal areas is at the root of the present crisis in those (Maoist) regions," they said in a joint statement here.
"We hope this appreciation of the need to go deeper into the question would lead to initiatives for immediate cessation of hostilities and dialogue so that the process of people-oriented development can be made feasible."
The signatories to the statement include former Supreme Court judges VR Krishna Iyer and PB Sawant, poets Shankar Ghosh and Joy Goswami, writers Mahasweta DevI and Arundhati Roy, historian Romila Thapar, playwright Bibhas Chakraborty, former Indian ambassador to Portugal Madhu Bhaduri, academics Amit Bhaduri, Amit Bhattacharyya, PK Vijayan and Randhir Singh, and Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan.
The statement was issued just before Maoist guerrillas blasted a bus in Chhattisgarh Monday killing more than 30 people. The Maoists are most active in tribal areas, which are home to the poorest of the poor in the country.
Kobad Ghandy was born to Nergis and Adi, a senior finance executive in Glaxo. He hails from a wealthy Gujarati Parsi family in Mumbai. They lived in a huge house at Worli Seaface in Bombay. His sister, Maharukh, ran a family hotel in Mahableshwar with her husband. His brother, Farokh, ran an ice-cream unit.Tsk tsk tsk, see how poor and extremely neglected was Kobad!
He did his schooling from Doon School, where he was Congress leader, Sanjay Gandhi's classmate. He went to St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and did his chartered accountancy from London.