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Kiran group forms united front against Bhattarai-led government

Posted by redpines on March 24, 2012

The Himalayan Times reports that the left section of the UCPN(M) has formed a united front with twelve other, smaller, communist parties to oppose the Bhattarai-led government. These plans include mass mobilizations and other protest initiatives. UCPN(M) Chairman Prachanda is still supporting Bhattarai, though his tone had been more critical as of late. We will post more on this situation as it develops. 

Baidhya faction-led front unveils protest programme

3-23-12

KATHMANDU: The united front of various fringe communist outfits and the dissident faction of UCPN-Maoist, led by Mohan Baidhya, on Friday unveiled a three-month struggle programme to exert pressure on the incumbent Dr Baburam Bhattarai-led government for the timely constitution.

Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel, a pillar of the Baidhya faction, has been chosen as the coordinator of the 12-party alliance.

The programme includes collection of signature in all 240 electoral constituencies, wall painting, and submitting memorandum to the Constituent Assembly members asking them to stand for the people’s

federal, democratic and republic constitution among others. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI(Maoist) 13-point list of demands

Posted by redpines on March 23, 2012

The mainstream media in India, the UK and elsewhere have spilled plenty of ink over the CPI Maoist kidnapping of two Italian tourists last week. Such coverage ignores the frequent killing, rape and displacement that Indian state forces afflict on tribal communities. While this situation may or may not be a sign of weakening Maoist influence in Odisha, we must remember the context in which such actions occur. The following list of demands, reportedly released by the CPI(Maoist) after the kidnappings, provides a much more comprehensive view of the stakes. 

Readers who may have more insight into this situation are especially encouraged to comment with their thoughts.

 

13-point demand made by Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil (Secretary, Odisha State Organising Committee of CPI-Maoist)

1. It should be declared unequivocally that tribals are not objects of tourism and tribal inhabited areas are not tourist places. Violators must be arrested.

2. Operation Green Hunt must be stopped. Except for places where Police were posted earlier, all Police camps set up in interior areas must be withdrawn. Efforts must be made towards creation of a congenial atmosphere to address problems of the common people in consultation with the revolutionaries.

3. Ban imposed on CPI-Maoist and other people’s organisations must be revoked.

4. Superintendents of Police and Police personnel involved in fake encounter and custodial deaths of Lalit Dehury,Junesh Badaraita and Pradeep Majhi, and gang rape of Arati Majhi must be charged and tried for murder and rape. Read the rest of this entry »

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Transcription — Arundhati Roy on Free Speech Radio News

Posted by redpines on March 23, 2012

Many thanks to Julie for this transcription.

“You cannot equate violence of the resistance with the structural violence of the Indian state which is resulting in 250.000 farmers killing themselves, 80% of the population living in poverty.  You really can’t equate the two.  And that’s what many people do. “

Arundhati Roy on the Maoist movement in India – Free Speech Radio News – 17 November 2011

FSRN: In India’s rural forests, mining corporations and state militias have launched a violent assault on the Maoist guerillas and landless tribal communities.  Activist and author Arundhati Roy spent weeks with the Maoist fighters in the conflict zone, and her time there is the subject of a new book called ‘Walking with the Comrades’.  It’s a first-hand account of the hidden side of the global economy and an analysis of a long-running and often misunderstood armed movement.  She joins us from New-York.  Arundhati Roy, welcome to FSRN.

ARUNDHATI ROY: Thank you so much.

FSRN: Let’s begin with the region where you spent time, Dantekaranya, in India.  Describe the place and the people who live there.

AR: It’s a kind of large strait of uninterrupted forest inhabited mostly by various indigenous tribes.  In the area that I visited, there was mostly one tribe, called the Gonds.  And there, for the last 30 years, there has been a sort of incipient Maoist movement which has right now surfaced in a really serious way because of the fact that the Indian government has signed over much of this forest land, the rivers, the mountains, everything to various multinational corporations for building dams, steel plants and aluminium refineries.  There are, all together in India, about 100 million indigenous people, seriously under threat, living very very fragile lives.

FSRN: You talk about the agreements, the formal agreements, that have been made between these multinational corporations and the Indian goverment.  One of those companies that is operating in the region is called Vedanta.  Can you tell us about that company and how it operates in the area?

AR: Vedanta wasn’t exactly in the area that I visited.  They’re just coming there.  But it has signed huge agreements for the mining of bauxite in the state of Orissa.  Vedanta is one of the largest corporations in the world.  It is listed on the London Stock Exchange.  It’s leader lives in the former house of the Shah of Iran.  It is mining in areas where these indigenous tribes, the Dongria, the Gonds, live.  And it’s one of the most ruthless mining company in the world, I would say.  Actually, the process of mining bauxite and turning it into aluminium is one of the most toxic processes in the world.  Aluminium is sort of central to the weapons industry.  So, because it’s such a toxic process, it has been sort of exported out of Europe and America to countries like India.  But that process requires such a lot of water and such a lot of electricity, and it creates such a lot of toxic wastes that it devastates the entire environment where an aluminium refinery might be set up.  Vedanta is one of the companies, but there are many others as well.

FSRN: And the effects of a move like that, with the mining of bauxite, not only comes in and takes parts of the land to displace people, but as you outline, it creates these toxic pools.  There a photographs in your book that shows the effects of this kind of mining and what it does to the land.  And one of those areas is, as you describe in your book, a sacred place for the indigenous people there.

AR: Yes, it’s a sacred place and one of them is a mountain called the Niyamgiri, which means ‘the mountain of justice’.  It is as sacred to them as a church or a mosque is to a christian or a muslim.  But since they are the poorest people, whatever sacred it is to them, it doesn’t seem to matter very much.

FSRN: Another aspect of this, in addition to the influence of multinational corporations and mining, is the military campaign.  The Indian government launched a campaign called ‘Operation Green Hunt’ against Maoist forces.  It came after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called them the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by the country.  How does ‘Operation Green Hunt’ play out on the ground there?

AR: ‘Operation Green Hunt’ was announced in 2009.  And the shares of mining companies went up.  And then, something like 200.000 paramilitaries, heavily armed paramilitary forces began to move into the forest.  So now, as we speak, preparations are on for the army to move in.  And so we are going to witness India, which calls itself the larger democracy in the world, which has already deployed its army several times in states of the north-east, in Kashmir, in Telengana, in Goa, in Punjab, deploying it against its poorest people.  India has one of the biggest defense budgets in the world.  All this power is going to be directed against the poorest people in the country because those Memorandum of Understanding have been signed and the corporations are running out of patience.

FSRN: While you talk about the operation under way now, you point out that in 2010, the chief negociator for the Communist Party of India was shot and killed by the Andhra Pradesh state police, and that was at the beginning of a round of peace talks.  Is there a peace process now?  Where does that stands today?

AR: No, there isn’t a peace process at all now.  India’s willing to talk to Pakistan, to talk to anybody else, but not to the poor.  Right now, as I said, I think that … when one side kills the peace emissary of the other side, it is pretty clear that they don’t want to have peace talks.  But it’s going to take them a while to move large numbers of soldiers into the area.  And the army is sort of refusing to be deployed unless it has the impunity of this law called the Armed Forces Special Powers Act which allows solders to kill on suspicion.  They have that law covering them in Kashmire, in the north-east, which is why we’re now dicovering mass graves there.  But the army won’t want to move in unless it has the cover of this law.  Otherwise, it’ll just be courts and all kinds of litigations and so on.  There’s a lot of reaction against this law in India, so I think they’re going to pretend to repeal it and then put provisions into some other laws and make it apply across the country.  Because, in fact, there’s a lot of unrest all over the country.  It’s gradually becoming very militarize.  You can’t push through this free market policies without taking over people’s land, without privatizing, without building dams and so on.  In order to control a restive population, you need to militarize.  And to militarize, the security forces need the impunity.  So I think all that is being negociated now, so there’s a sort of quiet ominous silence, I would say.

FSRN: Arundhati Roy, one of the aspect of your new book ‘Walking with the Comrades’ is its questioning, its investigation, its exploration of the comrades themselves: ‘Who are the comrades?’  And although the government often paints the Maoist movement in one bright brush, you write of how the Communist movement has evolved.  That, in the beginning, under the founder of the Naxalite movement, it was stuck to a strict ideology and followed China even as atrocities were taking place in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge or killings in Bangladesh.  But at least, in the area where you were, it has changed somewhat.  Naxalites are made up of largely displaced tribal people.  Primarily, it’s local concerns rather than a global ideology that motivates them.  How has the movement changed over time?

AR: As I said, there were a whole lot of ideological and moral questions that I had about their alignments in the past.  Their epicenter was China, not really the concerns of the country they lived in.  So they did keep quiet over the genocide in Bangladesh, what was going on in Cambodia.  That was unfortunate.  Now, the real question is: how Maoist are the Maoists?  Since they really are made up of… 99,9% of the guerilla army are indigenous, what we call adivasi people, 45% of them are women.  The party in the past has not had a very good reputation in the ways it deals with women within its own quarters.  I thought that had changed when I was there, I was quite impressed by the women that I met there and by how freely they spoke about their problems and what they were trying to do about it.  But I think the main question that I have right now, is, what is this battle about?  Is it a battle for a redefinition of the meaning of progress, of the meaning of civilization, of what constitutes human’s happiness?  And Communist Parties have not shown any great difference in the way they approach the environment or anything in their past, in Russia or in China.  And so I ask the comrades: you’re resisting this corporate take over now, but theoretically, if you were to come to power, would you leave the bauxite in the mountain?  Do you have a different view of development?  And I think that’s a kind of pressure that we all need to keep up because it is a question that the whole world has to consider.  Today, the planet is in crisis and there has to be a radical questionning of what is going on.  Just like America, in America, you have 400 people who own as much wealth as half of the American population.  In India, we have 100 people who own assests equal to one fourth of the GDP.  And we have 80% of the population living on less than 50 cents a day.  So something has to change radically.  The idea of capitalism, of progress, the measure of these things linked to consumption, all of this has to change.  While I support the resistance in the forest, I do think it’s time to begin to ask what exactly they are fighting for.

FSRN: Well, it’s not just those broad questions, philosophical questions, but also some of the practices.  The practices of summary executions, mistaken killings where civilians have been victims.  It’s not a movement without criticism in India.  And you bring up those issues too.

AR: I do.  The fact is that one of the problem is that the way the Indian government and the Indian security forces are trying to break the movement is by infiltrating it with informers and spies and so on.  And also the fact that the Indian legal system, the courts, are completely outside the reach of ordinary people.  So when that is happening, or if, let say, a thousand paramilitaries go and burn a village with information from somebody, you wonder who can the villagers turn to.  Because they can’t go and file a police case, they can’t go to court, the whole machinery of democracy is ranged against them.  The democracy in India is only for the middle class.  So then, this kind of system of rough justice surfaces and of course, sometimes it works, but sometimes it’s completely wrong.  And what are we to do about it?  Thses are not of course new questions.  There are questions that armed resistance and armed struggles have faced all along.  It becomes the responsibility of those of us who don’t condemn them outright to actually keep the pressure on and to question these things.

FSRN: Some of the most memorable people that you speak with and meet while you’re in the forest, and that we come to meet as readers, are women.  As you report, 45% of the members are women and that traditionnal discrimination and violence in some of the tribal communities have motivated some of the women to join the movement.  And also, once the women are inside the Communist Party, they faced discrimination over the years.  Can you tell us about one of the woman you met?

AR: Inside the forest, I met women who had watched their partners, who had had their partners being captured, tortured and killed.  I met women who had seen their families being slaughtered or who had watched their sisters or mothers being raped, and then had taken the gun.  When I was outside, I met an extraordinary woman called Padma, who used to be with the Maoists.  And then she had been arrested and she had been beaten so much that her organs were all hammered.  She had to have most of them removed.  Her knees were smashed because the police said: ‘we don’t want you to be walking in that forest again’.  When I met her, she was only in her thirties but she had to drag herself up the steps and down the steps.  But now, she’s working with an organisation of the parents, the relatives of murdered people.  And she would just criss-cross the state in whatever vehicule she could get and collect the dead bodies to take them back to the homes of the people who were just too poor to even make that journey (travel from this end of their state to the other to pick up their loved-ones who have been killed).

FSRN: While you were there, there are numbers of vivid scenes that we come across and one of them is a moment where you’re looking through a laptop, I believe it is, and through media reports that have come out.  And you find a video interview with yourself, with you detailing your own work.  I was interested to hear how people you spent time with in the forest viewed you, and how they saw your visit there and what they hoped that you would bring to the outside world.

AR: The thing is that … just in order to be invited to go into the forest required a certain amount of trust from their part.  Because, as I said, having spies and informers infiltrating them was one of the major tactics used by the security and the intelligence services.  I think what happened with me is they viewed me as somebody who was not going to just go in there and please them, and say ‘I’m a Maoist’ and ‘I’m on your side’ and ‘I believe in everything that you do’.  But as somebody who is prepared to be open-minded and prepared to criticize them, but from a position of integrity.  Not from a vested interest or from a position where I was really working for somebody else, or somebody else’s agenda.  And also not to be superficial because what happens is that, in this kind of atrocity based analysis, where terrible things are done by both sides, you tend to forget what is actually going on.  You cannot equate violence of the resistance with the structural violence of the Indian state which is resulting in 250.000 farmers killing themselves, 80% of the population living in poverty.  You really can’t equate the two.  And that’s what many people do.  The liberal Indian intellectuals just say: ‘this is bad, that is bad, poor people are stuck in the middle, so let’s just leave it’.  Even the idea of non-violence, at some point, becomes immoral.  When you are watching a violent onslaught on a people who then respond, and you just say ‘no, at any cost, you have to be non-violent’… if you were in the middle of that conflict and you said it, that would be one thing.  But from a very safe distance, to sit there and say it, I think it’s unacceptable.  I think that was it.  They saw me as somebody who wasn’t someone who was playing for popularity or longing to please the establishment, who would think it through for myself.  Even if that resulted in criticizing them.

FSRN: Questions fill your writing in this book.  Questions about preconceptions, about the role of the military or corporations, about the idea even of armed struggle, of justice, of poverty.  It’s a continual and focused inquiry that animates this book.  What questions do you still have at this point?

AR: The question now is no an analytical question so much as a question of ‘what do we do to this mantle, what we know is an absolutely destructive way of thinking, way of living?’  What is it that connects the Wall Street Occupation to the people in the forest?  And I think what connects it is absolute exclusion of the majority of the people in the world for the obscene benefit of a very few.  So after having gone through almost ten or twelve years of travelling, thinking, writing about these things, I come to some pretty simple conclusion.  One of which is that there has to be a lid on the amassing of wealth for any individual or any corporation.  I believe that this cross-ownership of businesses has to stop, like a mining corporation can’t own a newspaper and a university and a NGO and a hospital and a law school and a few television companies.  It’s just suicidal.  I think we really have to enter a period where we begin to put a lid on all of this and a cap on all of this just for the survival of, not just human being, but the planet itself.

FSRN: Arundhati Roy’s new book is called ‘Walking with the Comrades’.  It documents the weeks she spent with Maoist guerillas in the forest of India, and it brings a critical look at the violent government response to the movement.

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Nepal: More talk of splits in the UCPN(M)

Posted by redpines on March 19, 2012

According to Myrepublica, UCPN(M) chairman Prachanda is openly discussing the possibility of a split in the party.This is definitely not the first time a potential split has been aired in the mainstream Nepalese media. But the situation seems especially tense at the moment, with the sections of the party carrying out different programs in a strikingly visible manner.

We hesitate to make  judgments about the inevitability and precise nature of a split–there are no guarantees in a revolution.  Information from bourgeois media sources is often unreliable; nor are readers outside Nepal always aware of the complexities facing the UCPN(M), both within the party and without. For now, it seems appropriate to say two things: 1) a unified, genuinely revolutionary party able to carry out its plans collectively is the most desirable situation 2) a revolutionary party actively dedicated to carrying out People’s Revolt, even if smaller than the UCPN(M) as it currently exists, is far preferable to a unified party actively carrying out a line of unprincipled compromise with India and the reactionary parties of Nepal.

Party on the verge of split: Dahal

by B BASNET/KIRAN PUN

KATHAMDNU, March 20: Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has told the party´s central committee (CC) members loyal to him that the party is heading toward imminent split or dissolution if current differences within UCPN (Maoist) are not resolved immediately.

“The party is teetering on the brink of a split; it will dissolve even if it doesn´t split. So we should put in our best efforts to save the party,” a participant quoted Dahal as telling the emergency meeting of around 100 CC members close to him and Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai at Hotel Summit in Lalitpur Monday.

The meeting came close on the heels of a rival faction´s recent announcement of a series of campaigns against the party establishment. The rival faction led by Mohan Vaidya has accused the establishment of not implementing the decisions of the last CC meeting to dissolve the current government leadership and mobilize the masses to frame “people´s constitution” and integrate the PLA into the Nepali Army (NA) in a “dignified” manner.

According to sources the embattled chairman of the Maoist party did not appear very optimistic about party unity, but tried his best to assume conciliatory tone in his speech.

He pointed out the need to do away with the deeply-entrenched factionalism in the party, and negotiate in earnest with the hardliners.

“This internal contradiction in the party has been going for so long. We have arrived at this critical stage due to our failure to transform ourselves and take the party unity to a new high,” CC member Prakash Dahal, who attended the meeting, quoted party chairman as saying.

The chairman reiterated that the party was still ideologically correct, but argued that leaders should change their attitude. Dahal told the meeting that he would talk to Baidya on holding joint programs including the celebration of the People´s Movement Day on April 6 and Lenin Day on April 22.

Similarly, Bhattarai, according to sources, backed Dahal and told the meeting that it would be counter-productive for his party to dissolve the current government. “I will do whatever the party tells me. But it will be irresponsible to resign now without seeking an alternative,” a leader quoted Bhattarai as saying.

Another vice-chairman, Narayankaji Shrestha, on the other hand, came out aggressive against the Baidya faction. He argued that the call for the prime minister´s resignation was linked to ideological tussle in the party. He was of the view that the hardliners wanted to create chaos and disrupt the peace process through government´s dissolution.

The party´s standing committee members expressed their views during the meeting, which will continue also on Tuesday.

The hardliners had also held a similar meeting at Kathamdnu for three days recently. The establishment faction has been pushed to a defensive position after the radicals began mobilizing ex-combatants to bolster their position inside and outside the party and announced protest programs unilaterally to topple the government.

According to sources, senior leaders from the hardline faction are also holding talks with the “patriots and intellectuals” for the causes of “nationalism and revolution”.

Baidya and Dahal, who had strained relations for months, had begun hobnobbing with each other after the last CC meet two months back, but suspicion and mistrust between the two surfaced after the latter did not recall Bhattarai from the government and declined to formulate mass mobilization programs.

´No deal with establishment in bits and pieces´

What do you have to say about the separate meeting of the party establishment held on Monday?

I had talked to the party chairman this morning before the meeting was held. I had asked him about the meeting. But they were not yet clear about it. I am yet to learn about the concrete decisions of that meeting. So it will be too early to comment.

There were voices at the meeting that the unilateral political programs announced by your faction should be withdrawn for the sake of party unity. Will you do that?

Currently, we are working out the concrete protest programs. Last Saturday, we had only announced the protests without any details. There is nothing wrong with that as we will come up with programs in accordance with the decisions of the last central committee meeting. We will not make adjustments to the existing status quo.

What actually do you want?

There are so many issues that we have been raising, including the national sovereignty issue. The Bhattarai government has signed “anti-national” agreements. On top of that we cannot compromise on the contents of the new constitution. It seems the party is not working to formulate a “people´s constitution”. They are rather surrendering to the parliamentary parties.

That means you cannot forge common programs with the party establishment, to keep the party united.

We are against signing agreements with the party establishment in bits and pieces. There are political, ideological and organizational issues that need to be dealt with in a package. We were compelled to announce the protest programs unilaterally after the chairman said clearly that he cannot implement the decisions of the last central committee meeting to recall Bhattarai from the government and formulate programs of mass mobilization for a pro-people constitution.

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India – Part 2 – Days and Nights in the Heartland of Rebellion

Posted by hetty7 on March 19, 2012

Last week SARev published the Introduction to this piece.  It was originally published by Sanhati, and we thank them for making this available.

This week we are continuing this fascinating story.

Part 2: Days and Nights in the Heartland of Rebellion

Gautam Navlakha

Inside the Guerilla Zone

The first thing that strikes one entering a “guerilla zone” in Bastar, where the Maoists run their own government, Jantanam Sarkar (JS), is the form of greeting. Everyone, old and young, men and women, villager or party member, shake hands, raise their fist and greet you “Lal Salaam”. The second thing that that strikes one is the number of women in JS as well as in every platoon or compoany of Peoples’Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) or Jan (i.e. People’s Militia). Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal – Teachers Close Schools, Protest Police

Posted by hetty7 on March 12, 2012

This article is from nepalnews

Eight Million Students Stay Home as Teachers Continue Nationwide Closure of Schools

Feb. 27, 2012: Teachers shut down schools across the country for the second consecutive day on Monday protesting against, as what they called, unnecessary use of force by the police to break up their “peaceful protests”.Both community-run (also called government public school) and private schools have been closed by teachers affiliated with Nepal Educational Republic Forum (NERF) and Nepal Teachers Union (NTF) today.

The closure of schools on Sunday and Monday has directly affected more than eight million students in around 33,000 schools nationwide, according to some reports.

The teachers have been organizing various protest programs since the past few years demanding permanent status to all temporary teachers working in government schools by completing certain procedures and granting of facilities to all private school teachers at par with their colleagues in government schools. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI Maoist statement on the arrests and torture of activists

Posted by redpines on March 9, 2012

Thanks to Revolutionary Frontlines for publishing this statement.

Ramakrishna of the CPI(Maoist)

CPI (Maoist): “Condemn the arrests and torture of Maoist activists in Kolkata and Mumbai!”
COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST) — CENTRAL COMMITTEE — Press Release — March 2, 2012

In the last week of February 2012, the police have arrested activists of our Party including some senior cadres from Kolkata and Mumbai. On the specific intelligence inputs provided by the murderous APSIB, joint forces of police and STF of AP, Maharashtra and West Bengal have raided the shelters of our comrades in Kolkata and Mumbai suburbs and arrested at least nine comrades including two women comrades. Comrades Sadanala Ramakrishna, Deepak Kumar Pargania, Sukumar Mandal, Bapi Mudi and Sambhu Charan were arrested from Kolkata while Comrades Dinesh Wankhede, Aasimkumar Bhattacharya, Suman Gawde and Paru Patel were picked up from Thane in Maharashtra. Comrades Sadanala Ramakrishna alias Santosh (62) and Aasimkumar Bhattacharya (65) were the seniors among the arrested. Senior comrade Sadanala Ramakrishna has been working for the revolution for at least four decades. He has been ailing with serious health problems for so many years. A mechanical engineer graduated in prestigious Regional Engineering College (REC) of Warangal from where martyr leaders like Surapaneni Janardhan and Azad were emerged as great revolutionaries of their times, Comrade Ramakrishna sacrificed his bright life for the cause of liberation of the downtrodden.

Both the two women comrades arrested – Vijaya and Suman – have been undergoing medical treatment for some time staying in the shelters outside the struggle zones. Particularly, comrade Vijaya has been suffering from serious heart problems.

The police forces, better known for worst kind of cruelty, have been torturing these comrades mentally and physically in custody. They have foisted several false cases against these comrades so that they could be languished behind the bars forever.

On one hand the ruling classes are asserting that these arrests are a big success for them and on the other hand, they are trying to portray our comrades as dangerous criminals claiming that they have recovered huge amounts of cash and other material that is used for making arms.

These arrests are nothing but a part of Operation Green Hunt (OGH), i.e. the ‘War on People’, which has been underway since 2009. The comprador ruling classes in connivance with their imperialist masters, particularly with the US imperialists, have unleashed this brutal war of suppression in the poorest parts of India so that their neo liberal policies of plunder of resources could get going unhindered. They are particularly targeting the revolutionary leadership and eliminating them. As the Pentagon itself claimed recently, the US Special Forces are not only actively involved, but also assisting their Indian counterparts on the ground in the counter-insurgency operations aimed at eliminating the revolutionary leadership. This fact also shows us that the US has been patronizing in the ongoing OGH making the values such as freedom, independence, and sovereignty of our country a joke. The exploiting rulers of our country are daydreaming that this movement can be suppressed if its leadership is wiped out.

Revolutionary movement cannot be crushed with arrests and murders. The bars of the dungeons can not restrict the revolutionary ideas from spreading among the vast masses.

The CC of CPI (Maoist) strongly condemns these arrests and inhuman torture being inflicted to them. We demand immediate and unconditional release of these comrades, as well as all of the political prisoners languishing in various jails in all corners of our land. We also demand to lift all the false cases foisted against these comrades.

(Abhay)

Spokesperson, Central Committee, CPI (Maoist)

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Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Posted by redpines on March 8, 2012

In celebration of International Women’s Day we are re-posting this excellent interview with Sahmjana Gharti of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). If you haven’t seen it, please watch and share.

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India – Days and Nights in the Heartland of Rebellion

Posted by hetty7 on March 8, 2012

This article was originally published by Sanhati.  We thank them for making this available.

This is the Introduction.  In the coming weeks SAREV will publish the entire article.

Days and Nights in the Heartland of Rebellion

Gautam Navlakha

When every abuse has been hurled and epithet employed against the Maoists, half-truths and untruths begin to acquire wings. They are diagnosed, dissected, and demonized; the intelligentsia ae reluctant to face facts. Yet we are still compelled to demystify reality  and to answer some fundamental questions: Why this war? Who are these people, the “single biggest threat” to India’s internal security. What is their politics? Why do they justify violence? How do they perceive their “people’s war”, their political goals and themselves.? How do they intend to take a leap from their forest strongholds into the world outside? Read the rest of this entry »

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US special forces on the ground in India, stationed in Nepal

Posted by redpines on March 5, 2012

BBC News reports that US special forces are “present” but “not stationed” in India. According to a Pentagon commander, these forces are training the Indian state in counter-terrorism measures. Though the article does not mention India’s Maoist insurgency, it can be assumed that the training provided by US special forces will be used against the CPI(Maoist) and other red militants as well.

Furthermore, the Pentagon official does confirm that US forces are not just “present,” but stationed in Nepal on a semi-permanent basis, no doubt with the intention of crushing any insurrection in Nepal. It is well-known that US forces have a close relationship with the Nepalese Army, but it is disturbing that the Pentagon is now leaking this information to international media.

The article notes that “US teams were also present in…Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives.”

We ask our readers to spread this information to as many sources as possible.

Pentagon commander says US special forces in India

US special forces are present in five South Asian countries, including India, a top Pentagon commander has revealed.

US Pacific Commander Admiral Robert Willard said the teams were deployed to help India with their counter-terrorism co-operation.

The US and India were working together to contain Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, he said.

The US embassy in Delhi clarified that the troops were not stationed in India. Read the rest of this entry »

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Liberation Magazine

Posted by redpines on March 4, 2012

Naxalbari India, 1967

Sanhati has published the original issues of Liberation, the monthly central organ of the undivided Communist Party of India (Marxist – Leninist) (CPIML). Currently, issues from 1967 to 1972 are available in PDF format. The CPI-ML, as many of our readers know, laid the groundwork for the Naxalbari movement. Though plenty has been written about Indian Maoism and the Naxalbari uprisings, much of the primary material published by  the CPI-ML has not been readily available. We will be republishing select pieces from the journal, but we encourage our readers to check out the originals for themselves.

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Odisha: Thousands of land grab protesters attacked by security thugs

Posted by redpines on March 2, 2012

The following joint statement has been circulating online. It details mass repression against unarmed demonstrators perpetrated by private security forces of the Jindal steel plant, owned by one of India’s richest families. On January 25, thousands were protesting to demand the compensation that had been promised to them (by both the O.P. Jindal Group and the government of Odisha) for the land stolen to build the plant. Hundreds have been reported wounded and hospitalized. The masses in this region, part of the “Red Corridor” of revolutionary power in central India, have also been facing the brunt of terroristic repression by the state police forces and paramilitary groups during the anti-Maoist Operation Green Hunt. Thanks to Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression. [Introduction by Joe]

Brutal Corporate Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Odisha

February 6, 2012

We are extremely shocked and distressed over the barbaric inhuman violence on peaceful protesters especially woman by the security guards and hired goons of Jindal steel plant in Angul, Odisha.  There has been series of attacks on unarmed peaceful protesters against forcibly land grab all over Odisha.  On 25th January 2012 when the entire Nation was gearing up for the Republic day celebrations and the Indian ruling classes, the big business and the corporate media was busy trumpeting the arrival of India major economical power house these recurring brutal violence by the corporate goons on mass movements in ODISHA exposes the hollowness of our rulers claim of India being the world largest democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Speech Radio: Interview with Arundhati Roy on Maoist revolution in India

Posted by redpines on March 1, 2012

Dorian Merina of Free Speech Radio News, a progressive radio program based in the United States that airs in over 100 cities nationally, recently conducted an interview with author Arundhati Roy on the Maoist revolution in India. The interview is wide-ranging, touching on her experiences while embedded with Maoist guerrillas in the Dandakaranya forest, as well as the murderous effects of the Indian regime’s Operation Green Hunt and the campaigns against Vedanta’s destructive mining operations.

“What is it that connects the Wall Street occupation to the people in
the forests? And I think what connects it is absolute exclusion of the
majority of the people in the world for the obscene benefit of a very
few.”

Listen to the audio here.

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