My hand trembles as I write again. To say that it is murder, mass murder and we cannot remain silent when faced with such horror. I do not know who is responsible for this and what caused it. Was it a bomb blast or tempering with the fish plates which derailed the Gyaneshwari Express train near Midnapur in Bengal? Who did it? Was the PCPA involved as claimed by criminally inefficient police of Bengal citing two posters owning the blasts? Or it was not, as claimed by its spokesperson Asit Mahto? How do we condemn the deaths of ‘innocent civilians’ when we do not know the source of violence? Is it not a possibility that some actors, covertly sponsored by the state did it to further defame theCPI(Moist)? Or could it be the handiwork of the CPI( Marxist) which has an ability to organize violence in Bengal again to besmirch the revolutionary reputation of the CPI( Maoist) and also to justify a military campaign against them?
We can discuss the possibilities endlessly and our speculations or even our fact findings would have little bearing on the way and style of thinking which leads to acts like the blowing up of the Bus in Chhatisgarh or derailing the train in Bengal. What is happening gradually is that we are getting accustomed to violence and would very soon stop reacting to it. To get used to violence as a society is horrible. But violence is now being legitimized in honorable terms.
After the blowing up of a bus in Chhatisgarh in which there were some ‘legitimate’ killings , of the ‘Combatants’ , they were some words of regret for the loss of lives of some not- so- innocents civilians. But a very officiously worded statement asked , was it true that these so called civilians who perished for their crime of traveling with the SPOs, were themselves returning from a recruitment process for special police force, suggesting thereby that by doing so they had in fact lost the status of civilians.Had they not thought of joining the other side and was not it an offense severe enough to invite a death sentence ?
Going further, the statement put the blame of the killings of these un-civilians on the state . It said that it was wrong on part of the state to have asked the SPOs to travel with the civilians. It meant that essentially the bus was carrying the SPOs and the civilians were made to travel with them by the state who used them as human shield. It was the state, therefore, which put them in the line of fire and Maoists can hardly be blamed.
Similarly , if the Maoist or whichever group,fighting the Indian state finally claims that they were responsible for the derailment of the train at Midnapur, it could still be justified . For , are not trains symbols of the Indian state and have not the insurgents declared , umpteen times , that all state symbols are their legitimate targets?
Should not the citizens have sense to keep away from these targets?
School buildings, administrative structures, buses, trains and all means of transportation , owned either by the semi-feudal, semi-comprador capitalist state or by the wretched bourgeoisie are legitimate targets as a war is on. ‘Insurgents’, as we love to call them are closely following you. Every move of yours. And you are being marked. When a war of this nature is on, your true face is revealed by the choice of the side you make. If you fail to heed the ‘Message’, you are impure and condemned. The passengers of the Mumbai-bound Gyaneshwari Express should have known better. They were passing though a war zone in a state-carrier and had exposed themselves to the attendant risks. Let us mourn their ‘ignorance’, their uneducated state of mind , their undeveloped consciousness.