By R S N Singh
The abduction of an IAS officer RV Krishna in Orissa and the surrender of the state have made India look vulnerable and insecure.
If the swap of terrorists with the passengers of Air India IC-814 in Kandahar gave a huge impetus to jihadi terrorism, the swap of hardcore Maoist cadres with the IAS officer has compromised all the gains the security forces have made after many sacrifices in the Red Corridor.
The state is being seen as callous to the security personnel to the point of treating them as cannon fodder. This state of affairs cannot continue for long. Someday in the near future, the security forces will begin to question the government and a stage may come when there will be no security personnel willing to stake life for the writ and integrity of India.Above all, soldiers sacrifice for a cause. Political expediency of the government in power can certainly not serve as a cause.
Image: Malkangiri district collector R Vineel Krishna being garlanded by tribal women after he was released by the Maoists at Chitrakonda in Orissa on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011. (Photographs copyright PTI)