In Chhattisgarh, the Salwa Judum is more than a popular tribal movement against Maoist repression. It is the bulwark of civil society and strategic resistance to Maoist designs of forging a red corridor from Andhra Pradesh to Nepal. In New Delhi, thanks to Leftist propaganda, it creates an opinion divide. A bunch of Left-liberals who toured Dantewada district recently branded Salwa Judum as a civil war within tribal society fomented by the BJP government. They recommended disbanding the Salwa Judum. Ironically, there was no such advice for the blood-thirsty Maoists. Instead, they wanted the Union government to compromise with the Maoists.
PM Manmohan Singh, addressing the second meeting of CMs of Naxalism-affected states on April 13 last, described Naxalism/Maoism as the single largest insurgency faced by India. Yet, the draft tribal policy views the Maoist war against Indian state as nothing more than a 'violent manifestation of tribal unrest'. Thus, even against the UPA government's implicit support to the Salwa Judum movement, the draft tribal policy recommends its termination.