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India: Maoists Call Shutdown Over Obama Visit

Posted by Rosa Harris on November 3, 2010

This was originally written for The Hindu.

Maoists today called for a 24-hour nationwide shutdown on November 8 to protest against the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama.

“The Maoist Central Committee will observe a 24-hour Bharat bandh on November 8,” Maoist Central Committee member Kishenji told PTI over the phone from an undisclosed location.

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Nepal: Bhattarai’s Paper for Late November Central Committee Meeting

Posted by celticfire84 on November 3, 2010

Dr Baburam Bhattarai

Baburam Bhattarai


Unified CPN (Maoist) vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai met with party cadres of eastern region and apprised them of the content in his paper to be presented in the upcoming extended Central Committee meeting.

Maoist extended CC meeting is taking place in Gorkha from November 21. It is expected to take important decisions on the party policies, programmes and strategies.

The extended CC meet was called after the Central Committee could not sort out differences on major agenda among the top three leaders of the party.

The extended CC meet will discuss three separate political dossiers presented by chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and vice chairmen Mohan Baidhya and Baburam Bhattarai.

Bhattarai met cadres at the district office of the party and apprised them about the major points in all three documents.

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India: Maoist Support Strong in Andhra Pradesh

Posted by celticfire84 on November 3, 2010

Written for The Times of India, Sept 28, 2010

58% in AP say Naxalism is good, finds TOI poll

India’s biggest internal security threat, as the Prime Minister famously described it, may be worse than you thought. That’s because even in Andhra Pradesh, where the battle against the Maoists has apparently been won, it turns out that the government is losing the battle for the minds and hearts of the people.

It’s a debate that’s been raging within the Congress, and outside it. Should the government adopt a largely law-and-order attitude towards the Maoists and deal with them like criminals or should the focus be more on cutting the ground from under their feet through a development agenda that wins over the population of the affected areas?

An exclusive survey of the once Maoist-dominated districts of the Telengana region by IMRB, well-known market research organisation, for The Times of  India has found that while attitudes towards the rebels are ambivalent, the condemnation of the government and its means of tackling the problem is quite clear.

The findings raise disturbing questions about whether focusing largely on the policing aspects of the problem may be a flawed strategy in the long run. They also throw up another poser: Has the battle in AP truly been won or can the Maoists stage a comeback in a few years?

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Nepal’s Liberation Army Denies Training Indian Maoist Guerillas

Posted by celticfire84 on November 3, 2010

Maoist Fighter in Nepal

Maoist Fighter in Nepal

First posted in The Economic Times.

KATHMANDU: The guerrilla army of Nepal’s opposition Maoist party Tuesday denied a report in the Indian media that had claimed that “hundreds” of Indian Maoists were being trained in Nepal.

Nanda Kishore Pun, who led the Maoists’ “People’s Liberation Army” (PLA) into a 10-year war against the government before his party signed a peace agreement in 2006, issued a statement Tuesday, in an unusual gesture, refuting a report in an Indian daily that has been creating ripples in Nepal.

Pun, known as Pasang during the civil war, said the PLA condemned the report as “deliberately erroneous and imaginary”.

Pasang said at a time Nepal remained gripped by a crisis and had been unable to form a new government and the ruling parties were flouting the peace pact that had promised to assimilate the PLA into the national army, the report, which smacked of “deliberate and planned propaganda”, was a cause for serious concern.

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Hindu-Chauvinist Mob Demands Arundhati Roy Leave India

Posted by celticfire84 on November 3, 2010

Arundhati Roy

Novelist's Delhi home besieged by Hindu women demanding that she quit India because of her views on Kashmir

This was first posted on the UK Guardian, October 31st 2010.

The Delhi home of the prize-winning Indian novelist and human rights campaigner Arundhati Roy was besieged by Hindu women today demanding that she quit the country because of her outspoken views on Kashmir.

Around 150 members of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s women’s organisation surrounded the house chanting slogans such as: “Take back your statement, else leave India”. The BJP is fiercely opposed to Kashmiri independence.

Addressing a conference in last month (OCT), Roy had declared: “Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact.” The author, whose story ‘The God of Small Things’ won the 1997 Booker Prize, has supported Kashmiri secession in the past as well as diverse environmental and social causes.

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