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Support the Heroic Struggle of Adivasis in Lalgarh, India

Posted by n3wday on July 3, 2009

adivasi-maoists-cpm-communist-party-of-india-marxist-west-bengal-lalgarhThis statement was released by the International League of People’s Struggles. Thanks to Ka Frank for pointing it out.

Support the Heroic Struggle of Adivasis in Lalgarh, India

Over the past week, thousands of Indian police and paramilitary forces have descended on Lalgarh, West Bengal to crush the just struggle of the adivasis (tribal people). Progressive people around the world must raise our voices to help break the reign of military terror that has been unleashed upon the people.

In November 2008, the adivasis of Lalgarh rose up against decades of abuse by the police and the “new landlords,” the local kingpins of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), commonly known as “CPM.” This is the same “communist” party that tried to take away peasants’ land in Nandigram and Singur, only to be beaten back and exposed by determined struggle.

In recent years, hundreds of adivasis in the Lalgarh area have been imprisoned on false charges of having ties with the Maoist insurgency.  They formed the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), which has extended its influence to hundreds of villages in the Lalgarh area.  In recent months, Maoist activists who have been working in the area for years initiated development projects for drinking water, irrigation, roads and health centers that have involved over 200,000 people.

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Nepal: Further debate on the question of armies

Posted by n3wday on July 3, 2009

UCPN_PLA_drill_NepalThis article was published on the Times of India.
Another army-Maoist row in Nepal

28 Jun 2009, 2049 hrs IST, Sudeshna Sarkar, TNN

Even as the Maoists sent their top two leaders of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to Germany to learn how the two armies of West and East Germany were fused to form one national army so that the knowledge could be put to use during the merger of the PLA with the Nepal army, a fresh row has erupted in the republic over the contentious fusion.

After army chief Gen Rookmangud Katawal opposed the en masse entry of PLA fighters in his troops and set in motion a bitter battle with the Prachanda government that finally led to its fall last month, now the new dispute has the former guerrillas training their sights on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.

Last week, a section of the media reported that Nepal had said during an interview to British news agency Reuters that only 5,000 Maoist combatants would be admitted into the army. There are currently about 19,000 fighters, whose fate remains mired in uncertainty and controversy.
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