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India: Government gives cell phones to informants

Posted by n3wday on March 6, 2009

stopsnitching21This article was published by the BBC originally titled: Cell phones to fight India Rebels, By Subir Bhaumik

[From original article] The government in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has given free mobile phones to more than 200 village leaders to help fight Maoist rebels.

Police say the aim is to receive swift tip-offs about rebel movements.

They say the scheme is already proving very useful and there are plans to extend it – despite fears the headmen might be targeted by the rebels.

Large parts of mineral-rich Jharkhand are controlled by Maoists who regularly attack police and government offices.
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Reactionaries Mistreating the Tharu people

Posted by n3wday on March 6, 2009

tharu-people-in-nepalThis article was originally published on Nepal News under the title: Maoist, Madhesi leaders speak out in favour of Tharu people.

With Chitwan district and many parts of Terai remaining tense because of government categorisation of Tharus as Madhesis, a senior Unified CPN (Maoist) leader Friday argued that Tharus are not Madhesis but indigenous people.

C.P Gajurel, who is also the foreign department head of the Maoist party, said the government led by his party erroneously decided to put Tharus in the Madhesi category coming under pressure from “other political parties” and claimed that his party never considered Tharus as Madhesis.

He didn’t say under whose pressure the government made this decision, but it is believed that junior coalition partner Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, which has long been trying to woo the indigenous Tharu community, may have some hand in this.
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Peace Talks in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Sole on March 6, 2009

This article originally appears on Rediff India Abroad.

Chhattisgarh Maoists Offer Conditional Talks

Maoists in Chhattisgarh have invited the state government for peace talks provided a ‘conducive and pro-people atmosphere’ is created.

Dandakaranya special zonal committee member and spokesperson Pandu alias Pandanna invited a select group of local electronic media-persons to his forest hideout late last week and made the offer through them.

Pandu had also hinted at the Maoists’ preparedness for talks in a statement released on January 19. ‘We invite the Chhattisgarh government to the Abujhmar [a very dense and inaccessible forest area in the Bastar region from where the Maoists run their parallel government] for peace talks. We will provide the entire cabinet full security,’ Pandu said in the interaction.

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Map: India’s “Red Corridor” 2007

Posted by onehundredflowers on March 6, 2009


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