I'll admit: I think the root of our growing problem with Maoists is the years of abysmal governance across the middle of this country (and in fact, by and large, across the whole country); as also the way we have treated our tribals for too long.
But the Maoists' murder of their hostage Assistant Sub-Inspector Lucas Tete is a shameful atrocity, nothing else.
I'm all for talks and negotiations to bring some kind of solution to the crisis we seem to be hurtling towards. But you cannot take hostages and use their lives to demand that other imprisoned people must be freed. There is no negotiating there. Simple.
I mourn you, Lucas Tete.