When P. Chidambaram says, “I accept full responsibility for what happened’’, what does it mean? Is he willing to accept that he does not know why things came to such a pass, why the forces were outnumbered, why they did not have enough equipment? We may also ask the inconvenient question: Is this a license for the air attacks, shrugging with helplessness about ground failure?
The Dantewada attack is seen by many as a blot on an impressive scorecard which helped the home minister survive the strong campaign holding him responsible for the Telangana mess.
Of course, the Congress won’t let him resign because he has pushed the Operation Green Hunt but because they can push it as a one-man show and leave their options open in the future. Ditto the Opposition:
“The BJP does not want Chidambaram to resign at this stage. His resignation at this stage would mean a victory for the Naxalites. He should not show his back because as the home minister of the country he is entrusted with the nation’s security and can’t whimper like an injured soldier on a back foot.”
What happened was unfortunate, but there are no victors here unless you address the core issues, which no one wants to.