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Philippines: NPA Taxes Politicians to Campaign in Their Zones

Posted by Ka Frank on January 28, 2010

This article was published in the Business Mirror on January 26, 2010.

Military ordered to expose politicians who yield to NPA extortion demands

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales on Monday ordered the military  to expose politicians who are providing financial aid to the New People’s Army by paying so-called permit to campaign and permit-to-win fees this coming elections. Gonzales issued the order in the wake of reports that some candidates have agreed to pay the NPA just to be allowed to campaign in areas where the rebels have a significant presence.

On Sunday, Brig. Gen. Francisco Cruz, Armed Forces Civil Relations Service commander, disclosed that even companies that are involved in the coming elections are the subject of extortion by the communist rebels. Cruz cited the case of Smartmatic, the company that has been contracted to supply the machines for the automated polls, that has been told by the NPA to pay to be allowed to conduct signal surveys in areas where the rebels operate. Cruz said the rebels expect to generate a lot of money this coming elections from the candidates who succumb to NPA demands. Read the rest of this entry »

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74 Members of Human Rights Organizations Arrested on Way to Lalgarh

Posted by Ka Frank on January 27, 2010

This article was published in the Statesman on January 24, 2010.

Members of Rights body held on way to Lalgarh

MIDNAPORE: About 74 members of seven Kolkata-based human rights organisations were arrested at Kharagpur railway station this morning. Members of Association for Democratic Rights (APDR), Suraksha Samiti, West Bengal Bandi Mukti Manch, Lalgarh Manch, and Legal Service Centre, were on their way to Lalgarh when they were arrested. About 15 students of Presidency College were also in the visiting team.

Soon after they boarded the train at Kharagpur, they were called out and taken to the police station on the plea that prohibitory orders are in force in Lalgarh. The members of the human rights organisations have been booked under Section 143, 186, 188 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code. They will move court protesting against the dubious role of the police, the APDR leader told reporters.

Renowned social activist Ms Medha Patkar and several other members of the cultural world from Mumbai proceeding to Lalgarh had to face a similar ordeal last year. The APDR state secretary, Mr Debiprasad Roy Chowdhury, who was among the arrested, expressed surprise over the incident particularly when Section 144 of the CrPC was not in force in Kharagpur station. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh: Chhatradhar Mamato Exposes Mamata Banerjee’s Duplicity

Posted by Ka Frank on January 27, 2010

This letter was posted on Sanhati on January 24, 2010.

Chhatradhar Mahato Responds to Mamata Banerjee

Recently, Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress supremo, had offered to mediate negotiations between the agitating adivasis of Lalgarh and the government. In response, Chhatradhar Mahato, the imprisoned leader of People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA), wrote an open letter from jail, which was published in the Bengali daily newspaper Pratidin. A translated version of the letter is published below.

[This letter, as well as the Kishenji statement posted below, refute the Communist Party of India-Marxist’s charges that the PCPA and the Maoists have entered into an “unholy anti-CPM alliance” with the Trinamool Congress–KF]

I saw in the newspapers that you have organised a press conference and declared: “who is Chhatradhar?” Also, you have accused me of being corrupt. I don’t regret that you don’t know who Chhatradhar is, but you are certainly answerable for saying that I am corrupt. Prior to this, the DG of the state spread stories about my possessing crores of rupees and owning houses in different places and now have shut up. Now you too have said so. Fine. I now request you to tell the public what acts of corruption I have committed and where. I see that at the same time you have expressed a desire to unleash the armed forces. I don’t know whether you remember the bone-chilling screams of our mothers in Manipur: the Indian Army raping them. So, our mothers and sisters in Jangalmahal got extremely concerned with these talks about deploying the army. I fear that the bone-chilling screams of our mothers in Manipur might be echoed in Jangal Mahal, the breeze through the Shaal and Mahul forests will get poisoned. I pray that this wish of yours is never fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI (Maoist) Document on Work in Urban Areas

Posted by Ka Frank on January 26, 2010

Home to 30% of India's people, the cities are an important area of expansion for the Maoist forces

This document was probably written by the CPI (ML) People’s War Group, and adopted by the CPI (Maoist) when it was formed in 2004.  It provides detailed guidance for an expansion of the party’s work in urban areas.  From reading this guide it should be clear why much of this work is not public. It was taken from a ruling class website so it is not an official party document.


1. Introduction 7

2. Urban India 8

2.1 Urbanization Pattern 9

2.2 Changes in Class Composition and Structure of Cities 12

2.2.1 De-Industrialization of Major Cities 12

2.2.2 Changes in the Workforce 13

2.2.3 Division or Segmentation of Cities 14

2.2.4 Ghettoisation 16

3. Policy and Guidelines 17

3.1.1 Role of Urban Work within the Political Strategy 17

3.1.2 Role of Urban Work within the Military Strategy 18

3.1.3 Long-term Approach 19

3.2 Main Objectives of Our Urban Work 20

3.3 Mass Mobilization and Party Building 21

3.3.1 Types of Mass Organizations 22 Secret Revolutionary Mass Organizations 22 Open Revolutionary Mass Organizations 24 Fractional Work 26 Party-formed Cover Mass Organizations 29 Legal Democratic Organizations 30 Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Police Attack “Illegal Settlers”

Posted by Ka Frank on January 26, 2010

This article appeared on Nepal News on January 24, 2010.

Police clash with illegal settlers in Mahottari, 8 injured

Eight people, including two policemen, were injured in a clash between security personnel and illegal settlers in Mathiyani of Mahottari district on Sunday.
The clash ensued after a team of policemen resorted to force to evict settlers from the land they had illegally occupied in the district.

The illegal settlers started pelting stones at the police after the latter tried to force them out from the land on the orders of the local authority. The settlers had built make-shift huts and camps in the land.

Police had to fire several rounds of tear gas shells to disperse the increasingly violent illegal settlers and finally succeeded in bringing the situation under control. In the process, six settlers were injured while two policemen were hurt by the stones pelted by the mob. Read the rest of this entry »

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Orissa Maoists Destroy Cellphone Tower, Disrupt Military Networks

Posted by Ka Frank on January 26, 2010

This article appeared on Yahoo! News India on January 24, 2010.

Armed Maoist rebels burn down cellphone tower, ransack sub-division office in Orissa

Koraput:  In yet another incident of increasing Maoist menace, armed rebels burnt down a mobile phone tower and also ransacked the sub-Division office and burnt down records at Machkund in Orissa’s Koraput district. This attack by the Maoists took place in the midnight hours between Friday and Saturday (January 23).

Reportedly, around 100 armed rebels reached Machkund on Friday midnight and burnt the mobile phone tower of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and also torched the record room, thus disrupting the cellular telephone network in the area. They later ransacked the Tehsil office and even set it afire.

The rebels had also blocked roads by felling a couple of trees and put up warning letters asking locals to co-operate with them during their three-day economic blockade starting from Sunday (January 24). Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Maoists Call Off Protest Programme

Posted by Ka Frank on January 25, 2010

Maoist Vice-Chairman Narayan Shrestha

This article was published on eKantipur on January 22, 2010

Maoists call off agitation

KATHMANDU:  Hours after the High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) asked the UCPN (Maoist) on Friday to withdraw its protests, the main opposition announced it had called off the entire protest programme, including the indefinite strike scheduled to begin from Sunday.

A meeting of Maoist party office bearers on Friday decided to put off its indefinite general strike for now, Maoist Vice Chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said. “We decided to suspend the agitation as efforts are being made to forge consensus,” he said.

Earlier, at the HLPM meeting, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML leaders had urged Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to call off the planned general strike to prepare a conducive environment to address Maoist demands. The meeting also agreed to give top priority to the current political deadlock. It also accorded priority to constitution drafting and the peace process. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI (Maoist) Calls for 72-Hour Bandh against Operation Green Hunt

Posted by Ka Frank on January 25, 2010

Central forces in Malkangiri, Maharastra

This article was published on Express Buzz on January 24, 2010.

CPI (Maoist) calls for 72-hour bandh

HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (Maoist) called for a 72-hour bandh [strike] in the Central region of India from January 25 to 27 protesting against the murderous Operation Green Hunt unleashed on the Adivasis.

In a press release here today, CPI(Maoist) central regional bureau spokesperson Pratap and Central Committee spokesperson Azad called upon the people of Chhattisgarh, North Telangana, Andhra-Orissa Border region and Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts of Maharashtra to observe 72-hour bandh.

They appealed to the people to build a mighty militant mass movement to force the reactionary rulers to stop the bloodbath in the adivasi areas. “We call upon the entire rank and file of the party, the brave PLGA fighters and the revolutionary masses to valiantly fight back the brutal offensive unleashed by the rulers,’’ Pratap and Azad said.

“It is clear that the agents of the imperialists and the business houses ruling our country are preparing to evacuate the adivasis from the entire forest belt and hand over the mineral-rich territory to their masters in exchange for fat commissions. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI (Maoist) Extends its Reach into Gujurat

Posted by Ka Frank on January 25, 2010

Gujurat is in western India

This article was published in DNA India on January 22, 2010.

Red terror in Gujarat?

Ahmedabad/ Mumbai: Gujarat can be sitting on a potential Naxal-Maoist terror time-bomb. The Red forces are likely to have penetrated not just the tribal areas of South Gujarat but they seem to be striking roots in the simmering discontent among the diamond and power-loom workers.

The Wednesday arrest of Surya Devra Prabhakar, 60, the alleged in-charge of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh Naxal operations, by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) has revealed that Reds are at work to set up a base in the state. Surya had been living in Mumbai but kept shifting to different 
places to avoid detection. According to reports, sustained interrogation of Prabhakar has revealed that he was a senior Naxalite responsible for drafting policies to recruit “young blood” in the Naxal movement.

During interrogation, he reportedly admitted to spreading Naxal ideology among youths in the age group of 21 and 35. “He would instruct them in Left ideology and brainwash them,” a senior official of the Mumbai ATS said on condition of anonymity. Sources said that Prabhakar had been trying to recruit the workers of the unorganised sector, mainly diamond workers. Sources said he was active in the tribal belt of South Gujarat and had established contact with the powerloom workers of Gujarat. But the exact extent of his activities is still not being revealed by the Gujarat police or the Maharashtra police. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: Ring The Bell Loudly

Posted by Mike E on January 24, 2010

By Mike Ely

To put this as bluntly as I can:

The Nepali Maoists are preparing right now (i mean over the next few weeks) for what-may-be a decisive military/political confrontation with the reactionary government and army.

The insurrection they have been preparing so carefully and so long may take place over the next two months.

The Maoists are seeking to mobilize the people (based on the understanding that their enemies will be wanting to act closely with Indian intrigues, and can be isolated by exposing those intrigues.) Their Indian, Nepali and American enemies understand this. Their revolutionary core base knows this. And we need to know it.

I will be ringing this bell loudly, and more loudly… and I want you to join me in ringing this bell.

Everyone we know and meet should start to consider how they can discuss and explain this important revolution in (what may be) its most bold and desperate hour.

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Badal: PLA Ready to Fight against Foreign Power

Posted by Ka Frank on January 24, 2010

This article was published on eKantipur on January 22, 2010.

Badal warns of mobilisation of Maoist PLA fighters

Bara: UCPN (Maoist) General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’ has said that the cantoned People Liberation Army (PLA) combatants could be mobilised against meddlesome foreign forces. “We will direct the PLA fighters to fight a war if any foreign power centre tries to interfere in our internal affairs and encroach upon our territory,” said Thapa at a programme organised by the Maoist party’s Bhojpura-Madhesh State Committee in memory of activists Ram Prakash Yadav, Dara Yadav, Ambika Mahato and Rajesh Mandal, whom unknown armed groups had murdered recently.

“The government, with help from India, is trying its best to make our party LTTE. But we will make the government bite the dust,” said Thapa. He blamed India for protecting the murderers of the four Maoist cadre. He went on to claim that plots were being hatched to derail the peace process and dissolve the elected Constituent Assembly.

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Maoist Leader Kishenji Escapes Arrest, Again

Posted by n3wday on January 24, 2010

Kishenji with reporters, somewhere around Lalgarh

This article was sent out on the Maoist Revolution e-list.

Indian Maoist Leader Escapes Arrest

Kishenji, a leader of Communist Party of India-Maoist escaped arrest during a joint operation by the police and central paramilitary forces. They searched a jungle in West Midnapore district in eastern West Bengal state on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip off, the joint forces launched a search. However, before they could reach the Maoist camp, Kishenji and other close aids managed to flee.  Police seized some arms and ammunitions, as well as a laptop believed to be used by Kishenji. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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