Lavanam's open letter to Naxalite (Maoist) friends

 

Revolutionary greetings to fellow revolutionaries!

 

Though I do not wield a gun like you, I consider myself also a revolutionary. Prima­rily I am a social revolutionary. I think, as revo­lutionaries we have some common points be­tween us. We are ready to lay down our lives in the cause of our ideals and goals. Thus, in our effort to achieve our ideal we are more determined and firm. Under any circumstances, we eagerly try our best to restlessly progress towards our goals. Though the methods and means differ, I feel, our goal is the same; to help the people lead their lives for themselves with self-respect and self-confidence.

 

Recently you held talks with the Govern­ment. In my opinion, these talks were held be­tween two unequal parties. Hence, it is very difficult to achieve fruitful results. As revolu­tionaries, in relation to idealism and social ac­tion, you are far above the others. You repre­sent none except revolution, but government is not like that. Particularly, in democracy, when representatives are elected by voters, they rep­resent only the average of voters. Among vot­ers on the one side they are highly rich, on the other they are very poor. Likewise, on the one side they will be intellectuals, on the other il­literate common people. Similarly, on the one hand they will be highly moral, and on the other hand antisocials. Thus, among voters we find the two extremes of even character of the so­ciety. Government represents only the average of all these extremes. I fence, government can neither be as the best in the society, nor as bad as the worst in the society. Thus, as individuals, those in the government though possess highest qualities of character, as rep­resentatives of the government, they represent only the average level of the people. In such a situation, you, who belong to the highest level in the society, have spoken with those who rep­resent the average level of society. Now, it is time for you to meet and talk with those who are similar to you, possessing high values of sacrifice and idealism. Only then both can mutually understand and appreciate each other and evolve an opportunity for collective think­ ing in terms of common good.

 

Some people may doubt how there can be an understanding between two different think­ing people. One, subscribing to violence, and the other from the diametrically opposite view of non-violence. But, we must understand that the reality of life is neither completely full of non-violence, nor is it full of violence. Life is a mixture of both. Therefore, even a person like Mahatma Gandhi had to say that non-violence was better than violence, but violence was bet­ter than cowardice. Generally, in life, secrecy, untruth, inequalities and dictatorship are asso­ciated with violence, and on the other hand, truth, openness, equality and democracy are linked to non-violence. Because of this, the institution of state is increasingly preferring democracy, though it may be weak in practice. On the other hand when Gandhi came nobody could even imagine that non-violence could also be a means of revolution. Thus, Gandhi lifted non-violence from the level of the individual and made it a weapon of revolu­tion to be used collectively at the social level. At the same time, he (Gandhi) recognised the limitations of non-violence. Similarly, if the armed revolutionaries also recognise the limitations of violence, all of as can come closer and find a space to think together and to work together. Just before his death Gandhi realised that India would face a violent and bloody revolution, if the inequities of society were not eliminated. Hence, I believe, if vio­lence can be reserved as a last resort, then there can be an opportunity for us to work together. Also we have to educate and organize the people against the international economic im­perialism- which is invading us at a fast rate.

 

If you wish, I am ready to meet you to discuss issues of mutual concern. If we can put violence and non-violence aside and think of the good of the people, then it would become clear where and how we can work to­gether. Hence, if you desire to talk to me, I myself, will come to you and we can spend together a week or ten days. I will not come to you representing anyone. Just as I am, Lavanam, an individual, I come to you as a fel­low revolutionary. Please consider this invita­tion. Let us look for new avenues of vision Let us search new paths for revolution. Let us try and find some space where we can work together I look forward for your response­.

 

I address this open letter with a view to let the people understand that as revolutionaries we have some common points. As revolution­aries let us understand each other, let us search for situations where we can work together; let us look for avenues where we can progress to­gether hand in hand. Every revolution is a new path. Nobody has stepped earlier on this ground. Hence, in finding the way and laying the path, we may err, but with self-introspec­tion we may correct our faults. In this chang­ing world let us try to evolve new means of evolution to reach our goals. Even if we do not succeed, certainly, we will not fail, because we are ever ready to go beyond the current situ­ation and progress further to achieve the goal. I request you to kindly give serious thought to these views and responds.

 

Yours Lavanam

The Progress Of my Efforts For Peace

 

After I released the open letter addressed to Maoists on July 9th. I received response from Sri Gaddar, one of their representatives avail­able to others, on July 14th. He met me and appreciated my initiative. He said I would be welcome to meet them and discuss various is­sues. But he said we have to wait for the ap­propriate time. Afterwards my colleague Sri P. Ramesh kept himself in touch with Sri Gaddar. He also met Sri Varavara Rao and Sri Kalyana Rao, the other two representatives of the Maoists who are available to the public. We were planning to meet on August 19th to chalk out the details of my visit to the Maoist lead­ers. In the meanwhile on August 15th a Maoist Dalam in broad daylight in the middle of an Independence Day function killed Sri Narasi Reddy, a legislator and 10 others. In Narayanpet of Mahaboobnagar Dist, A. P. I  issued a state­ment condemning this ghastly incident. The State Government took a serious note of this incident and on 17th August imposed a ban on the Maoist party and on its associate organiza­tions. Sri Kalyana Rao and Sri Varavara Rao were immediately arrests. I issued a statement condemning the ban and the arrests at Hyderabad on 20th August. So temporarily my efforts to meet the Maoist leaders have come to a halt. It may have to be restarted after some time.

 

Lavanam