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Huzurabad Declaration

Over-ground supporters of Left-wing extremist groups in Andhra Pradesh’s Karimnagar district were organised into four groups to deliberate upon specific topics and come up with suggestions to tackle the vexed problem of left-wing extremism, Naxalism. At a Convention organised in April 2002, the suggestions were put together in the form of Huzurabad Declaration and at the same venue the names of several militants were struck-off the police records with a view to integrating them in the mainstream of the society.

Karimnagar is among the districts worst-affected by the Naxalite menace and it is to this district that Ganapathy, the leader of the People’s War Group (PWG) belongs to. Also, Karimnagar is a part of the PWG’s North Telengana Special Zone Committee (NTSZC), arguably the lynchpin of the PWG’s extremist movement.

Following is the text of the Huzurabad Declaration.


The Huzurabad Declaration
unanimously adopted
By the "Militants Parivarthana Sadassu",
Marking the liberation of militants from
the stigma of extremism held
at Huzurabad, Karimnagar Dist, Andhra Pradesh April 5th 2002

Setting an emulation worthy [of] example for the militants of various extremist groups in the State, as many as 647 militants of Huzurabad circle in Karimnagar district reformed themselves by eschewing violence and pledging their support for ushering in peace and prosperity in the 'Parivarthana Saddassu (Reformation Convention) organised by the district police in Huzurabad [on] April 5, 2002. The names of the 647 militants have been deleted from the police records on the occasion signalling their liberation from the clutches of extremism and reintegration with the society.

The convention has passed the following resolution christened as 'Huzurabad Declaration’. The declaration is prepared based on the suggestions and feedback given by the militants and the local public representatives who participated in syndicate group discussions on extremism and the ways to wipe out the same from the gross-root level. The topics on which the syndicate groups hod brainstorming discussions include: (I) Who would benefit from destruction of public properties and the rationale in reducing valuable properties to ashes? (II) Reasons for joining extremism (III) Repercussions of extremism (IV) Extremism - Solutions.


Extremism would not offer solution to any problem. The mindless violence originating from it would only lead to extinction. Solutions to various problems lie in the democratically elected government. The origin of extremism can be attributed to illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, personal rivalries, inordinate delay in the solution of problems, lack of awareness on various self- employment, development schemes offered by the government among other socio-economic reasons. Effective tackling of these problems would help in resolving the extremism menace.

1) Implementation of land reforms and prompt settlement of cases relating to land disputes.

2) Ensuring the stay of government employees, who act as change agents, in the villages and strengthening the service delivery system thereby developing the villages in all spheres. Creating conducive atmosphere for the stay of government employees in the villages.

3) Initiating stern and transparent action against the persons perpetrating atrocities on women and other 'underprivileged sections’.

4) Settlement of long pending grievances of rural masses particularly problems related to women and unemployed youth and execution of developmental works with inter-disciplinary approach at the village level so as not to leave scope for extremist elements to exploit the situation.

5) Implementation of literacy programmes on a massive scale to bring enlightenment among rural masses.

6) Massive awareness campaign on the availability of various self-employment schemes and development programmes of the State and Central governments among the unemployed youth and counselling on alternative employment avenues

7) Ensuring the provision of mass media facilities in villages to enable the rural masses aware of the happenings around the globe on all aspects of human life.

8) Organisation of cultural and sports programmes at the village level involving youth associations, government and voluntary organisations to prevent the gullible rural youth from falling prey to the evil designs of extremist groups and other anti-social elements to transform them into a potential source of nation- building.

9) Holding inter-departmental conventions involving local public representatives periodically at the village and mandal level to ensure speedy redressal of the grievances concerning villagers.

10) Holding debates in the remote villages to enlighten people at the gross-root level against the devastating effects of extremism

11) All government departments including Police should maintain transparency and accountability while discharging their designated duties besides delivering services in tune with the aspirations of the people.

12) Fool proof self-defence mechanism should be evolved to safeguard public properties from the extremists.

13) People should rise above caste, creed, religious and political affiliations to transform the villages into centres of peace and prosperity.

The Huzurabad Declaration called upon the transformed militants to contribute their mite for the development of their respective villages and further exhorted the misguided cadres of the extremist groups to draw inspiration from the reformed militants, shun violence and join the national mainstream.

Source: Superintendent of Police, Karimnagar District, Andhra Pradesh





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