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It has been nearly a year since the emergency was imposed and the government announced the joint mobilisation of the security forces. During this time, the forces have suffered defeats at the hands of the Maoists, as well as successes. Security forces say that one of the main reasons that victories are hard to come by is the reluctance of the public to provide them with information. But both the government and security forces have not analysed why the public does not cooperate with them.

The security forces' activities have led to an increase in the number of Maoists, not a decrease. Most people affected by the security forces' offensives have been villagers who provide shelter, food, and money to the Maoists. They live in s constant state of terror and will not help the security forces who are just adding to it. The forces' strategy to destroy Maoist bases has isolated them from the public. They do not understand that the villagers are forced to provide logistical and financial support to the Maoists even if they do not agree with them. The security forces search all houses and are suspicious of everyone. This does not make for warm ties between them and the public.

The Maoists, however, have specific targets, they don't mete out the same treatment to everyone. Another weakness of the security forces is their strategy to indiscriminately employ informers from the public. Information obtained like this is not always reliable. Many people accuse their enemies of being Maoists, and innocent people get hurt. If the general public is pressurised by the security forces to provide information, they will feel the security forces are endangering them.

The security forces don't realise that the public will always be more angry with them, even if it suffers at the hands of the Maoists too. The person on the street tends to feel that the Maoists are rebels, and so irresponsible. But government forces have a responsibility to the people. They should make life easier and safer.


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