Panaji, Oct 17: Former Chief of Army Staff, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh, has blamed prevailing socio-economic disparities and misgovernance for the increase in Maoist activities in the country.
Delivering a lecture on ‘State of the Nation and National Security’ here, General (Retd.) Singh said that in 1990, 50 districts were affected by Maoist activities, and now, the number has gone up to 270.
“Today, there are more than 270 districts where there is Naxalism. In addition to this, there are many districts where Naxalism is prevalent in a silent manner, as there is no violence over there and that is why it is not in the limelight,” General (Retd.) Singh said.
“Naxalism is prevalent because there is socio-economic disparity, there is a gap between rich and the poor, the development of that area has not taken place, and there is misgovernance and exploitation,” he added.
Commenting on the border dispute between India and China, General (Retd.) Singh said that India lost the 1962 war with China, as it was not fully prepared for it.
“If the border disputes have not been settled down then you can never know about the intention of other side. It can change at any point of time. Therefore, we have to be prepared so that the other country does not target our nation. We were not prepared in 1962, our approach was incorrect, and therefore, we had to face defeat,” General (Retd.) Singh said.
“This should not be repeated again. All stringent steps should be taken and full preparation should be made,” he added.
The Sino-Indian War also known as the Sino-Indian Border Conflict was a war between China and India that occurred in 1962.
The cause of the war was a dispute over the sovereignty of the widely separated Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh border regions. Aksai Chin claimed by India to belong to Kashmir and by China to be part of Xinjiang. (ANI)