‘I have not re­tired from pol­i­tics’

Tribal ac­tivist ex­plains why she is not con­test­ing

The Hindu - - TAKE FIVE - Su­vo­jit Bagchi

I was al­ways lit­tle un­sure about join­ing pol­i­tics and fight­ing elec­tions. But it was ex­plained to me by many that I should join as at that time [2014] it was a ques­tion of my se­cu­rity. I was plan­ning to re­turn to the State and there were se­vere threats. So I took the AAP of­fer to con­test so that I could be pro­vided some se­cu­rity.

This ques­tion is of­ten asked. But I may need some time to de­cide.

He told me that their door is open for me and I can join any time. I met P.L. Pu­nia (in charge of the Congress in Ch­hat­tis­garh) also and he said the same thing. years. You may say (in one go) 10 to 12 peo­ple used to be killed when S.R.P. Kal­luri was the In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice in Bas­tar. It has re­duced a lit­tle — may be not 10 or12 but two or three are killed. So we can’t say Bas­tar is peace­ful. Even those who par­tic­i­pated in Salwa Judum against the tribal peo­ple are suf­fer­ing… The sit­u­a­tion is far from nor­mal. But re­gard­ing my par­tic­i­pa­tion … maybe, I need lit­tle time.

We can’t say Bas­tar is peace­ful. Even those who par­tic­i­pated in Salwa Judum are suf­fer­ing…

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