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Orissa: Struggle against $12 Billion US-Owned POSCO Steel Plant and Port Heats Up

Posted by Ka Frank on March 1, 2010

Villagers man check gates to keep out POSCO surveyors and government officials.

This article appeared on MRzine on February 25, 2010.

POSCO: Tribal Dispossession, Environmental Destruction and Imperialism

by Analytical Monthly Review

Analytical Monthly Review, published in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, is a sister edition of Monthly Review.  Its February 2010 issue features the following editorial.

Orissa is the poorest State with an official estimate of 39.9 per cent of people living below the poverty line, yet in regard to proposed investment it stood at second position after Gujarat.  According to Assocham Investment Meter, recorded investment proposals in Orissa reached Rs. 2,00,846 crore in 2009.  The cause is the availability of rich mineral resources such as coal and iron ore along with cheap availability of manpower.  Steel and power were among the sectors which attracted maximum proposed investments in the state.

The $12 billion POSCO (Pohang Iron and Steel Company) project in Orissa is the largest foreign investment project ever in India.  This project has three components: Read the rest of this entry »

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Adivasis Appeal to James Cameron to Aid Fight against Vedanta Land Grab

Posted by Ka Frank on March 1, 2010

This article appeared in the Guardian (UK) on February 8, 2010.

Indian tribe appeals for Avatar director’s help to stop Vedanta

The Dongria Kondh say plot of James Cameron’s blockbuster reflects their plight as they struggle to stop company from opening bauxite mine on sacred mountain.

The Dongria Kondh tribe from eastern India today appealed to film director James Cameron to help them stop controversial mining  company Vedanta from opening a bauxite mine on their sacred land as they believe that he will understand their plight better than most.

Like the Na’vi tribe in Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar who are desperately trying to stop humans from mining under their sacred ‘home tree’ in Pandora, the Dongria Kondh are trying to stop Vedanta from opening its mine on the mountain they worship.

Vedanta plans to construct an open-cast mine on Niyamgiri mountain in Orissa state which activists believe will destroy the area’s ecosystem and threaten the future of the 8,000-strong Dongria Kondh tribe, who depend on the hills for their crops and water and who believe the mountain and surrounding forest to be a sacred place.

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Indian Academic Calls for Talks between Government and Maoists

Posted by Ka Frank on March 1, 2010

Kisenji conveys Maoist peace plans to the press

This article appeared in Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 09, March 06, 2010.


By Saroj Giri, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Delhi University)\

With Maoist leader Kishenji’s rather bold offer for ceasefire to the Union government, a new situation seems to be unfolding in the red corridor of heartland India. Seeking to place the ball in the Centre’s court, the 72-day offer clearly seems to trump Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s 72-hour offer.

Moreover, it’s the nature of the offer – unconditional, as opposed to earlier Maoist proposals stipulating the release of their key leaders, restoration of land and forests to the tribals, scrapping of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with big investors etc, all major irritants for the government – which begs a serious consideration. Practically the only condition set by the Maoists this time is that the State should reciprocate.

This is at a time when reports of the CRPF in Lalgarh killing Lalmohan Tudu of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) in front of his family members on February 22 are filtering in, over and above the initial propaganda about him being killed during an attack on a CRPF camp. Read the rest of this entry »

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UCPN(Maoist)’s February Statement: This Line Leads to Defeat

Posted by Ka Frank on March 1, 2010

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army during the 10 year long People's War.

The following is the personal view of Ka Frank, one of the moderators of this site. It does not represent the collective views of the site organizers or of the Kasama Project.

By Ka Frank

In a statement released on February 1, the UCPNM Central Committee does not break new ground, other than to discuss some negative developments in the party since the PW was ended in 2006. It contrasts the “dominance of high proletarian spirit of ideological consistency, resolute unity, voluntary discipline and sacrifice” during the 10 years of people’s war to the current period that has raised “the danger of individual interest-centred unhealthy competition and new factions and splits.”

The statement prioritizes the struggle for national independence and to write a new anti-feudal and anti-imperialist constitution–without explaining how this would be done in practice –as opposed to a “people’s constitution” proclaimed by the Maoists alone–since this would require a 2/3 majority in the Constituent Assembly.

On the crucial issue of integrating the PLA into the reactionary Nepal Army, the statement calls for linking army integration to constitution writing. This makes it clear that the Maoists are deeply involved in negotiations for a package deal with the NC-UML government and the army high command to form a new government that will write the new constitution and integrate part of the PLA into the formerly royalist Nepal Army.

All of this is consistent with the tactics adopted by the Maoists in the past month or so–aiming the spearhead at India instead of the Nepal Army and the government, calling off the street protests in order to pursue negotiations with the NC-UML leaders, and considering a deal to accept the integration of just 5,000 PLA soldiers into the 96,000 Nepal Army. (The only positive thing about such a move would be to spring the remaining 10,000 PLA members out of three years of political and military isolation in the cantonments. If they are integrated into the YCL and other party mass organization, instead of “rehabilitated” as the government demands, they could be a welcome addition to the party’s revolutionary arsenal.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Prachanda Threatens “Final People’s Revolt” to Draft New Constitution and Form National Unity Government

Posted by Ka Frank on March 1, 2010

This article appeared in the Himalayan Times on February 26, 2010.

‘Statute awaits final people’s revolt’

TANAHUN: Chairman of the Unified CPN- Maoist Puspa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ today said that a final people’s revolt was necessary for drafting the new statute. Inaugurating Martyr’s Gate in Damauli, Prachanda said that constitution can not be written by ignoring a political party that garnered majority of the votes in the Constituent Assembly election.

In the newly constructed gate, names of 64 Maoists who lost their lives during the insurgency and 11 disappeared have been inscribed.

Stating that the government was run by the leaders defeated in the election, the former Prime Minister stressed the need of a final revolt to foil what he said ‘conspiracies hatched by the reactionaries and regressive elements’.

As the inaugural programme was conducted on the streets, vehicular movement came to a halt. Meanwhile, while inaugurating a school building of Sahid Smriti Abasiya Primary School at a function at Majheripatan in Pokhara Sub-metropolitan City, Prachanda said that consensus would be sought in package for the resolution of the protracted political deadlock by February 30. Read the rest of this entry »

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