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Indian Government Plans to Round Up Maoist Leaders

Posted by Mike E on January 23, 2010

Thanks to Democracy and Class Struggle Note: This news broadcast is not in English.

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Vijay Prashad Attacks the People’s Struggle in Lalgarh–and a Brief Response

Posted by Ka Frank on January 23, 2010

Communist Party of India-Marxist apologist, Vijay Prashad

This article appeared in Counterpunch on January 22, 2010.

Vijay Prashad is an unwavering supporter of the ruling party in West Bengal, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), which has lorded over the tribals and other oppressed in that state for nearly 30 years. He helped to organize a letter from US intellectuals (some of whom later withdrew their signatures when Arundhati Roy and other intellectuals and activists in India made a prompt response) defending the role of the CPM in repressing the struggle of tens of thousands of  peasants in Nandigram against a huge petrochemical plant that was being forced on them by the CPM, which touts imperialist “globalization” as a panacea for the people of West Bengal.

In this article, Prashad neglects to inform his readers that CPM members killed by enraged adivasis in the Lalgarh area were working with the police as informers or had a history of brutality against the people.  He also does not mention that the Maoists blow up schools only when the military moves into an area because they evict the students and teachers and turn the schools into bases for military operations.

Prashad’s claim that the Maoists have “no plans to immediately assist the grievances of the various tribal communities” is contradicted by dozens of Indian journalists have seen with their own eyes that the Maoists in the Dandakaranya region and around Lalgarh have been working with tribal peoples for years–and in some areas for decades– to redistribute land, build irrigation systems, roads, schools and health centers, and develop tribal cultures on the verge of extinction. See Is Lalgarh Showing the Way? by Amit Bhattacharyya for a detailed description of this alternative model of people’s development.

Maoism at Its Nadir: The Killings in Bengal

By Vijay Prashad

Violence in West Bengal’s western districts has reached crisis proportions. Each day, one or more cadre member or sympathizer of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPM] is killed either by Maoists or the Trinamul Congress (TMC). The Maoists have found common cause with the TMC, a breakaway from the Congress Party in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee, whose authoritarian populism draws from both Juan and Evita Peron, leads the TMC. Backed by the dominant class, Banerjee nonetheless drapes herself in mystical radicalism (didi, or sister, as she is known, becomes durga, the embodiment of shakti, female power). In October 2009, the Maoists declared that they would rather have Banerjee’s right-wing TMC rule Bengal than the Left Front.

The Maoists-TMC has now killed over two hundred people since late 2007 (most are members and supporters of the CPM, with just a few being members of other political parties that are either in the Left Front or else affiliated with it). Ordinary political workers are beheaded and burnt, shot in the head and raped. In early January, Maoists entered the village of Joynagar and killed four CPM supporters; they beheaded two of them, Anath Singh and Hiteshwar Singh, sons of Gopal Singh who the Maoists killed in 2007. Ten days later, TMC members attacked a group of CPM supporters who had just filed their nomination papers for a local election. Dinesh Haldar, Khairul Jamadar, Biswanath Gayen and Salim Jamadar were killed, two of them with revolvers fired into their mouths. These monstrous acts are ongoing, and systematic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview on the Revolutionary Cultural Work of the Indian Maoists

Posted by Ka Frank on January 23, 2010

Cultural team performs for PLGA fighters

This interview was published in the August-September 2006 issue of People’s March.

Interview with the In-Charge of Danda-karanya CNM: Comrade Lenj

This is a fascinating interview about the work and thinking behind the mass organization of the CPI (Maoist) for writers and artists.

PM: What are the aims of the Chaitanya Natya Manch?

Lenj:. The people’s art and literature are a rich cultural heritage preserved by the people since ages. But now they are getting destroyed by the imperialist consumerist culture. People’s cultural heritage is being gobbled up by the exploitative rotten culture permeating to all corners. So some important tasks have come up before us. On the one hand we have to preserve the ancient cultural heritage among the people. We have to study deeply and thoroughly what is outdated and what is fine in it.

Chetana Natya Manch (CNM) is a revolutionary mass organization consisting writers and artistes. It has many opportunities to study and revolutionize the peopleís arts. It should study the arts and literature of the people. This should be done subordinate to the task of building the base areas. Every mass organization should strive to advance the war. And war should help every organization to carry on its activities efficiently. There is an inseparable bond between the two. So cultural front should help the war efforts in building the base area. Likewise peopleís wars are going on in adjacent states like Jharkhand, Bihar, etc. We have to study their efforts in the cultural front and pass on those experiences to the cultural movement here. In other words our effort will be to destroy feudal and imperialist culture and develop a new democratic culture.

PM: Is the formation of CNM helping in the centralization of cultural work? If so how?

Lenj: Definitely. We could bring forth many new artistes and writers. We are studying people’s art forms and trying to revolutionize them. We are preserving the peopleís cultural heritage. Likewise we are studying the cultural efforts going on in other areas. Recently we went to another area to study the revolutionary movement and the cultural front there. We are trying to study and understand the changes in the cultural front in other states. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kishenji: “Without Expansion, We Can’t Retain our Existing Bases”

Posted by Ka Frank on January 23, 2010

This article was posted on Hindustan Times on January 21, 2010.

Guns and poses

Maoists are eyeing areas beyond their forest and rural strongholds and speaking in a language that would do opposition political parties proud. This strategy, which has also seen the Left-wing extremists surface in a new, media-savvy avatar, comes even as Maoist violence has increased in the country.

The ultimate goal of the banned CPI (Maoist) — the rebel outfit’s writ runs across large swathes of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal — remains “seizure of power at the Centre to change the constitution and establish new democracy”.

But strategically, Maoists feel the need to expand their base to newer areas, since this would also keep security forces diverted, and speak on issues that resonate with voters.  “Without expansion, we can’t retain our existing bases,” CPI (Maoist) politburo member and eastern operations in-charge, Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji, told Hindustan Times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Indian Ambassador Threatens Prachanda, Wines and Dines Nepali Journalists

Posted by n3wday on January 23, 2010

This article was published in Telegraph Nepal.

We will make Prachanda’s fate akin to Gyanendra: Indian Ambassador

This particular incident took place some two weeks back.

Some selected and ‘very few’ journalists were invited at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu. And, they were served lavish dinner- obviously at the cost of teeming poverty stricken Indian nationals. The Embassy staffers took special care in that the invitation would not go into wrong hands. The fear factor continues to haunt the Indian Embassy clerical officials.

The “sole mission” of the dinner was to provide special instructions to those salaried journalists who are considered as ‘very close’ to the Indian embassy. Money matters after all!

What was the training cum instructions then coming from the India House? Sources say that the objective of the dinner was to assign befitting roles to the Nepali journalists during the visits of Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna followed by Indian Army Chief Deepak Kapoor. Krishna has already left and Kapoor is still in Nepal. This means that this dinner was served much ahead of Krishna’s Nepal trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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