Children and women were shot dead among 18 others in two of the recently held anti-naxal
operations in Chhattisgarh.
In a developing nation like India, whose loss is it then anyway?
In a fresh push for harmony in the Indian heartland, several social activists, teachers and thinkers
have come together to organise a peace march in Chhattisgarh.
Dubbed as the ‘Shanti Pad Yatra’ the organisers and the stakeholders aim to promote peace between all the parties in the insurgency hit areas in Chhattisgarh to find amicable solutions by leaving the history of violence behind.
A first of its kind, the pad yatra begins on the start of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
and traces back the path that Moaists took to enter Chhattisgarh.
The yatra commences from Chatti in Andhra Pradesh and takes on a 186 km long route over 11 days passing through Dandakaranya forest to conclude in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh on 12 th October.
The initiative comes in desperate times with rising violence in the deep, inaccessible areas of
Chhattisgarh. 12000 people have died in the past 20 years due to violence between government
forces and the Maoists.
Amongst those 12000 people, 9300 were unfortunately Adivasis, the original
inhabitants of these lands.
After the naxalbari uprising, as the Maoists ventured into the heartlands of the subcontinent,
violence has been a part and parcel of life for the tribals living in central Gondwana.
It is not that peace moves have not been initiated, the last one in 2004 between the Andhra Pradesh
government and the naxalite parties failed due to several reasons.
In one of the recent operations, on 19 th July 2018, among 8 maoists, 6 women were killed in anti-
In a similar operation in August, 10 people were shot dead in Sukma, including
children aged between 14-15 years.
At the end of the march a conclave called ‘Bastar Dialogue 1’ is further being organised (October 12
and 13) to try and figure out future strategies to help keep peace amongst `these severely
insurgency hit areas.>