The present case is attracting media attention similar to the two high profile situations mentioned above. In the words of a TV chat show host, “how can Maoists be so out of touch with the feeling of masses and abduct a young IAS officer who is very popular and a graduate of IIT Madras?” This victim is young, educated, popular and has become the darling of media, overnight, though not such luck for the other victim who is also an educated and young engineer.
If we go by the indications, State government will negotiate with the Maoists and concede their demands to get the safe release of the hostages. I am sure, the previous occasions involving abduction of security forces and their subsequent “unconditional releases”, also involved back room negotiations and meeting of conditions.
In an armed conflict, if we start negotiating and conceding demands of the opposition (here Maoists, may be LeT or IM or Abhinav Bharat tomorrow) it will become their easiest and preferred tactics. They just have to take a high profile hostage, negotiate and get away with all demands. Most of these demands are often not for the benefit of their supposed constituency but for release of their comrades or easing the pressure on their operations.
Negotiating and conceding demands of abductors can have two major impacts:
If we have to protect the integrity of this nation, we must strive to increase the security for all its citizens and fight forces out to disrupt that security. At the same time, we as the citizens must be willing to accept the risks and not seek to compromise Nation’s interests for our own personal safety.
“I am very impressed by your expression of feelings over this issue. Yes I totally agree to your point. But how can we change? who will make a move.. From where should it start..Aren't we hypocrites.... we talk too much of morality and what is the use.. Can women use public transport and travel safely after state. I guess the change should come from families .. schools. the society... boys and girls should be allowed to grow up together..should be taught to respect women/ girls. Instead Look at the media influence.. watch the serials.. the role of women.. are there any positive thinking inculcated in our society. Does democracy means destruction of public property.. Is that a solution? I was furious watching the news and felt good reading ur response.”