The Delhi based Institute of Conflict Management (ICM) and the Government of Chhattisgarh would be jointly organising a two day conference, in the state capital, beginning February 8, on "Maoist Insurgency: Assessment of Threat & Doctrines and Strategies of Response".
Dr Ajai Sahni, ICM Executive Director, has stated that the primary objective of the conference is to rationalise the assessment of and approach to the Maoist threat in India, to probe the ideological and military strategy of the left-wing extremists.
According to the ICM, the Maoist threat appears to be overtaking all other insurgencies, including that in Jammu and Kashmir, in the country. It has affected nearly 165 districts in 14 states, out of a total 602 districts in the country, by the end of 2005.
The ICM has also pointed out that, though Andhra Pradesh has largely succeeded in beating back the Maoists in their 'strongholds' despite political constraints, the other affected States, including Chhattisgarh still "remain far from prepared" and has attributed it to "extraordinarily poor policing capacities".
It has further stated that despite setting up of a Naxalite Coordination Centre under the Union Home Ministry along with a National Coordination committee (NCC) since June 1998, there is little evidence of coordination between the various states afflicted by the Maoist terror.
The two-day conference will be sub divided into four sessions structured around various themes. On the first day, Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh would deliver the keynote address. State Home Minister Ramvichar Netam would make the introductory address and State Director General of Police, OP Rathore would be giving a presentation followed by discussions on 'Rationalising Assessments and Dimensions of the Maoist Threat' and 'Maoist Strategy and Tactics'.
Leader of the Opposition and 'Salva Judum' (Peoples' movement against Maoists) crusader, Mahendra Karma, would also be giving a presentation on the opening day of the conference.
On the second and concluding day, former Director of Intelligence Bureau and newly appointed Chhattisgarh State Governor, ESL Narasimhan, would deliver a special address. The valedictory address would be made by Member of Parliament, Arun Shouri while the concluding remarks and vote of thanks would be given by KPS Gill, Security Advisor to Government of Chhattisgarh and President, ICM.
Discussions on the second day would revolve around scope of popular resistance and mobilisation, doctrines, strategies, tactics and response against the Maoists.