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India: CPI(Maoist) expanding in Central India

Posted by redpines on December 22, 2011

Tribal woman Orissa, India

Despite the Indian state’s brutal assassination of CPI(Maoist) leader Kishenji, the organization is growing, even in traditional strongholds like Orissa.

This article appeared at Daily Pioneer.

PLGA Week: Maoists recruit 5,000 youth in Malkangiri

December 22, 2011

During the recent observance of the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Week, about 5,000 youth and adolescent girls were recruited by the Maoists particularly from Malkangiri district, sources said.

Challenging the joint combing operation of police, CRPF, SOG and paramilitary forces, they were able to hold open meetings for membership drive in the cut – off and remote pockets of the district. They held Prajamelis in around 10 villages, including in several village haats in Alampaka, Similibanki, Kusuguda and Kurmanur areas along the AP- Odisha border.

The Maoists made the tribals aware of the significance of observing PLGA Week, its aims and objectives besides corruption by the Government agencies in the integrated tribal development programmes. About eight Maoist organisations, including Korukonda, Kalimela, Podia and Chitrakonda Dallam of both Andhra Pradesh and Chatishgarh participated in the Prajamelis, sources confided.

They demanded declaration of area encompassing Bihar, Jharkhand and Dandakaranya area asfree zone so that the tribal development can be possible and the aboriginal tribes are not deprived of their rights. They appealed to the tribes to join their hands with them for the revolution, sources revealed.

3 Responses to “India: CPI(Maoist) expanding in Central India”

  1. Green Red said

    To comprehend the heartache that leads the Orissan peopless toward revolution is the way Christians and, in particular Dalits who had become Christians’ welfare in Orissa. Down with Hindu Fascists: http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=154415221328237

  2. Harsh Thakor said

    I would also like to inform readers about the mass movement led by the Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Sangh which advocates revolutionary mass resistance .Readers should refer to the notes at maoistresistance.blogspot.com/…/Malkangiri%20Zilla%20Adivasi%2…

    Sudha Ramachandran writes:A perception which equates tribals with Maoists, however, ignores another reality – more tribals are involved in non-violent mass organisations than in Maoist activity. While some of these mass struggles have turned violent on occasion, they have done so usually in response to State violence. By and large, they have been non-violent in their methods: mass organisations such as the Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Sangha (MZAS), for instance, are revolutionary in their goals, but their means have been non-violent. For over three decades now the MZAS has been engaged in political education and mass mobilisation of tribals in order to help them reclaim land that has been grabbed illegally.

    While the Maoists have often come out in support of tribal causes, issuing threats to liquor mafia or moneylenders who exploit the tribals, their espousal of these causes is tactical. They need tribal support to be able to function in the forests. This, however, does not mean that the two co-exist comfortably. There are sharp, even serious differences between political activists and the Maoists, and neither is comfortable with the entry of the other into its turf. An MZAS leader in Tarlakota village in Malkangiri describes Maoist presence in the villages as a hindrance to their work because it brings in the security forces, who then harass MZAS activists and other villagers. The Maoists, on the other hand, do not want MZAS activists to work in the cut-off areas which are considered Maoist strongholds, he says.

    BERHAMPUR: (report on May day 2010)Armed tribals on Saturday took out a rally at Malkangiri town protesting against the ‘Operation Greenhunt’, the proposed joint operation against Maoists parts of south Orissa, adjoining Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

    This rally came up a day after the week-long ‘bandh’ call by Maoists in south Orissa against ‘Operation Greenhunt’, which ended on Friday. Around 5,000 tribals with their traditional arms like bows and arrows, axes, swords etc took part in this rally under the banner of ‘Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Sangh’. These tribals were from remote naxal infested pockets of Malkangiri district. Armed security forces were deployed at Malkangiri town for the rally. But no untoward incidents were reported.

    It is significant that it was the MZAZ that opposed Operation Green Hunt.

  3. Harsh Thakor said

    Please refer to http://maoistresistance.wordpress.com/category/malkangiri-zilla-adivasi-sangh/

    I would also like to inform readers about the mass movement led by the Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Sangh which advocates revolutionary mass resistance .

    Sudha Ramachandran writes:A perception which equates tribals with Maoists, however, ignores another reality – more tribals are involved in non-violent mass organisations than in Maoist activity. While some of these mass struggles have turned violent on occasion, they have done so usually in response to State violence. By and large, they have been non-violent in their methods: mass organisations such as the Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Sangha (MZAS), for instance, are revolutionary in their goals, but their means have been non-violent. For over three decades now the MZAS has been engaged in political education and mass mobilisation of tribals in order to help them reclaim land that has been grabbed illegally.

    While the Maoists have often come out in support of tribal causes, issuing threats to liquor mafia or moneylenders who exploit the tribals, their espousal of these causes is tactical. They need tribal support to be able to function in the forests. This, however, does not mean that the two co-exist comfortably. There are sharp, even serious differences between political activists and the Maoists, and neither is comfortable with the entry of the other into its turf. An MZAS leader in Tarlakota village in Malkangiri describes Maoist presence in the villages as a hindrance to their work because it brings in the security forces, who then harass MZAS activists and other villagers. The Maoists, on the other hand, do not want MZAS activists to work in the cut-off areas which are considered Maoist strongholds, he says.

    BERHAMPUR: (report on May day 2010)Armed tribals on Saturday took out a rally at Malkangiri town protesting against the ‘Operation Greenhunt’, the proposed joint operation against Maoists parts of south Orissa, adjoining Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

    This rally came up a day after the week-long ‘bandh’ call by Maoists in south Orissa against ‘Operation Greenhunt’, which ended on Friday. Around 5,000 tribals with their traditional arms like bows and arrows, axes, swords etc took part in this rally under the banner of ‘Malkangiri Zilla Adivasi Sangh’. These tribals were from remote naxal infested pockets of Malkangiri district. Armed security forces were deployed at Malkangiri town for the rally. But no untoward incidents were reported.

    It is significant that it was the MZAZ that opposed Operation Green Hunt.

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