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Government Feels Maoist Presence All Across India

Posted by n3wday on April 14, 2009


This article was posted on Maoist Revolution

Attacks by Maoist forces across India

Sixteen policemen killed in neighbouring States since Friday

HYDERABAD: The sudden spurt in Maoist activity in the adjoining States
in the last few days has rung alarm bells for the Andhra Pradesh police,
which has sounded a high alert, particularly on the inter-State borders..

The Maoists killed 16 police personnel, including 14 men of Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF), in three incidents in Chhattisgarh and
Jharkhand since Friday. Two constables died in a pressure mine blasted
by Maoists against a road opening party on a National Highway in Bijapur
district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, while 14 CRPF personnel were killed
in ambushes in Chintaguppa police station limits of Dantewada district
in Chhattisgarh and Khunti district of Jharkhand on Friday and Saturday,
respectively. ‘Top brass’ of the Andhra Pradesh police apprehend that
the incidents were part of Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign by
Maoists(TCOC) . Read the rest of this entry »

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India’s Maoists: The Present Situation & Our Tasks

Posted by n3wday on April 14, 2009

communist_party_of_india_maoist_2Many thanks to Ka Frank for sending this to us.

Present Political Situation – Our Tasks

CPI (Maoist) December 20, 2008

“Utilise the Excellent crisis situation!”

“Intervene and carry on each and every struggle of people!”


– A call by Indian Maoists

* * * * * * *

International Situation

During the past one year the crisis in the world capitalist-imperialist sys­tem has grown to levels unprecedented since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Manifested initially in the form of bursting of the sub-prime mortgage bubble in the US, it soon became the deepest financial crisis mainly in the US and then spread to EU, Japan and other parts of the world. By November 2008 it assumed the form of world recession after the US, 15-member Euro Zone and Japan officially declared their economies had entered a period of recession. Panic over the ever-deepening financial crisis soon gripped the real economy; exports fell and production had to be slowed down due to decrease in consumer spending in the US and Europe. The ongoing global crisis is not merely a financial crisis but a crisis encompassing all sectors of economy, social and political spheres in all countries.

The past year had seen many fluctuations in the prices of crude oil and commodities rising steeply in the first half and declining in the second half of the year. Reduction of area under food grains production led to acute shortages of food grains worldwide and high prices persisted for most part of the year. Food crisis has now become a worldwide phenomenon which will worsen further throwing a greater proportion of the world population into the clutches of poverty and hunger. In 2008 another 40 million people had joined the ranks of the hungry. Prices of oil ruled at record highs during the first eight months reaching a peak of $147 a barrel in August and then suddenly plummeting to more than half by September and reaching $40 a barrel by the third week of November due to drastic decline in automobile sales, lack of demand for land, air and sea transport. Not only oil prices but prices of many commodities like platinum, copper, steel and zinc have fallen by 35-40 % between July-September and agricultural commodities like soya and corn by over 50% due to the fall in demand resulting from steep declines in purchasing power of the people, industrial closures due to credit crunch and falling demand, and overall economic downturn. Widespread speculation in these commodities is also an im­portant reason for the extreme fluctuation in their prices. Fall in prices of agricultural commodities has affected commodity-producing countries like Australia, Argentina, India and several countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Partial or complete closure of industrial giants and lay-offs of mil­lions of workers has become a world-wide phenomenon in 2008. 17 out of 29 steel mill blast furnaces in the L S closed down due to lack of demand. Sales in automobiles, steel, software, electronics, retailing, transport had gone down steeply. Big Three in automobile Industry, which were the icons of American industrial supremacy until a few years ago, are now on the verge of collapse. House prices are the lowest since 1991. In Germany, G.M’s Opel plant was closed down. BMW and Diamler had ceased production for some months. Thus gloomy scenes of Depression are looming large on the scenario with continuing fall in demand for capital and consumer goods and even food grains. Agriculture too is badly affected due to non-availability of loans from banks.

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Think Tank Looks at Conflict Over Nepal’s Two Armies

Posted by Mike E on April 14, 2009

pla_soldierThe following is a white paper from the South Asia Analysis Group. As always, Kasama has published it here because it is of interest, not because we necessarily agree with the analysis presented here.

“The most critical factor confronting Prachanda’s government is the issue of integration/rehabilitation of PLA personnel. On this there are not only differences within the coalition partners, but also within the Maoist party itself.”

“There are 32,250 Maoist cadres registered in 28 cantonments. Of these only 19,692 are eligible to be treated as combatants. “

“Major opposition on bulk integration has come from the Nepalese Army. Surprisingly they have not been consulted on this issue or represented in the high-power Special Committee…. The Nepalese Army is not willing to accept that it is a defeated Army. This is true also and the major problem is that the PLA of the Maoists thinks that it is a victorious army! The Army contends that induction of politically indoctrinated combatants into an apolitical national army will weaken it and is not in the interest of Nepali democracy.”

“Gen. Katuwal, the Army Chief has suggested four options for the combatants- 1. Send them for foreign employment 2. Send them to school or college 3. Engage them in national building tasks and 4. Employ them in Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and in the Nepalese Army.”

NEPAL: PLA Integration Continues to be a Contentious Issue: Update No. 175

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

The most critical factor confronting Prachanda’s government is the issue of integration/rehabilitation of PLA personnel. On this there are not only differences within the coalition partners, but also within the Maoist party itself. The opinion varies from total mass integration with the Nepalese Army, to selective integration and absorption in other para military units already existing or to be created for the specific purpose or total rehabilitation of all the personnel outside the army.

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