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Arundhati Roy, Other Intellectuals and Activists Demand the Release of Dr. Sen

Posted by celticfire84 on January 3, 2011

Thanks to Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle for this.

Arundhati, Swami Agnivesh adds to chorus for Binayak Sen

Press Trust Of India

New Delhi, December 27, 2010

Writer Arundhati Roy and social activist Swami Agnivesh joined scores of fellow activists to protest against the “unjust” life imprisonment of rights campaigner Binayak Sen, which they described as a “move to intimidate and silence dissent”. Organised by All India Progressive Women’s Association(AIPWA) and All India Students’ Association (AISA), the protest saw students, academicians and activists shouting slogans against the life sentence to Sen.

“If you are charging Sen with sedition, then slap the same charge against me also. I am with him,” said Agnivesh addressing the protestors at Jantar Mantar, the dharna hotspot of the national capital.

Calling Sen a “dedicated soul,” he added that Sen’s case had “shaken everyone.”

Roy said there was “hardly any connection” between the judgement that was delivered on Sen, Piyush Guha and Narayan Sanyal and the evidence that was produced in the court.

“The two seem to be completely on separate tracks,” she said and identified Sen as a “symbol” of something “terrible thats happening”.

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People’s War…Women’s War?

Posted by celticfire84 on January 3, 2011

Front cover of "People's War...Women's War" by Butch Lee

The success of the revolution in Nepal has demonstrated that liberation from oppression is possible, and as that revolution continues to break down feudal oppression, foreign economic domination, and domestic reaction, the Nepalese revolution has marked a significant point in the liberation of women. Available from Kersplebedeb is the essay “People’s War…Women’s War” by Butch Lee, offers a revolutionary feminist take on the revolution in Nepal.

The People’s Liberation Army is composed of 40% female fighters, and women’s role in the revolutionary struggle have been present from the beginning, as demonstrated by one of its long time leaders, known as Comrade Parvati, who authored The Question of Women’s Leadership in People’s War in Nepal.

This collection lays bare both tremendous advancements for women’s liberation and the setbacks that remain. To continue the struggle for women’s liberation, the Maoist revolutionaries have organized groups like the Nepalese Women’s Association (Revolutionary) [ANWA(R)], which have empowered women to join the revolutionary struggle.

The pamphlet, while published in 2006 remains a powerful account for revolutionaries interested in the Nepalese revolution to study. As typical for our site, posting does not imply endorsement of the views presented in the following. We offer for our readers material for discussion.

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