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India – Bandh Against the Murder of Kishenji

Posted by hetty7 on December 13, 2011

No business as usual.

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) Central Committee on the brutal murder of Koteswara Rao:


Our CC is appealing to the people of the country to observe protest week from November 29 to December 5 and observe 48-hour ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5 in protest of the brutal murder of Comrade Koteswara Rao. We are appealing that they take up various programmes like holding meetings, rallies, dhamas, wearing black badges, road blocks etc.protesting the murder. We are requesting that trains, roadways, commercial and educational institutions be closed and that all kinds of trade transactions be stopped as part of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5. However, we are exempting medical services from the Bandh.”

The following is an account of the bandh from The Hindu .

Bandh Observed, a West Bengal Scribe Questioned

K. M. Dayashankar: A bandh was observed by the people of Peddpalli, native town of slain Maoist leader Mallojula Koteshwara Rao alias Kishenji, in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday to condemn his killing by the West Bengal Police and to express solidarity with his bereaved family. Read the rest of this entry »

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Remembering Kishenji: “The question of power must be foregrounded”

Posted by redpines on December 8, 2011

Maoist-affiliated tribal women in India - Taking Marxism to the masses

The following is a thoughtful and moving testimony to CPI(Maoist) leader Kishenji, who was recently murdered by Indian state forces. It presents other movements, like Zapatismo, the occupy movements and the Arab Spring in rather orthodox terms, but also argues passionately in defense of armed struggle in the Indian context.

The piece originally appeared at Sanhati.

Kishanji: Not Just Another Martyr

By Saroj Giri

Kishanji is not just a fighter against oppression, a brave and courageous soul. He presided over something unique in the history of resistance movement in the country – and maybe he was not even so aware of it. Several forms of resistance seem to have come together in his leadership – synchronizing armed fighting power of the people with open rallies, processions and demonstrations. If one is really serious about democratic mass upsurges then one cannot wish away ‘strategy’, the ‘use of force’ or ‘armed resistance’; that the life-veins of mass struggle extend into the zone of armed resistance – these otherwise old Leninist lessons were restated, reasserted, renewed afresh in the life and activity of Kishanji. Read the rest of this entry »

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India – Kishanji’s Murder: Judicial Enquiry Demanded

Posted by hetty7 on December 6, 2011

The following piece discusses the efforts to discover the circumstances surrounding the murder of CPI(Maoist) leader Kishenji. Though justice for such a heinous crime against liberation can only occur through a revolution in India, inquiries into the matter help to further expose the brutal nature of the Indian state. Thanks to Democracy and Class Struggle for posting this. The original source is Countercurrents.

Kishanji’s Murder: Judicial Enquiry Demanded

By B D Sharma & G N Saibaba

We strongly condemn the cold-blooded murder and planned assassination of Kishanji alias Mallojula Koteswara Rao, Politburo Member of CPI (Maoist) in Burishol forest area, Paschim Midnapore District, Jangalmahal, West Bengal on November 24, 2011.  At the time of his murder Kishanji was dealing with the process of peace talks through the interlocutors appointed by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms Mamata Banerjee. Such a heinous crime should be condemned by all justice loving people.

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CPI(Maoist): Condemn the brutal murder of Kishenji with mass protest

Posted by hetty7 on December 6, 2011

This statement discusses the life and contributions of CPI(Maoist) leader Koteswara Rao aka Kishenji. It also discusses the circumstances of his murder, and calls for a week of militant protest in response. It originally appeared at Democracy and Class Struggle

Press Release from Communist Party of India (Maoist) Central Committee (November 25,2011)

Condemn the Brutal Murder of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao, the beloved leader of the oppressed masses, the leader of Indian revolution and CPI (Maoist) Politburo member!

Observe Protest Week from November 29 to December 5 and 48-hour ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5!!

November 24, 2011 would remain a black day in the annals of Indian revolutionary movement’s history. Read the rest of this entry »

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UCPN(M) condemns the murder of Kishenji

Posted by redpines on December 3, 2011

Map of 'Greater Nepal', and some of the lands the CPI(Maoist) says it will return to Nepal, should gain state power.

The following statement appeared at Democracy and Class Struggle. It should be noted that the statement is only signed by the leaders from the revolutionary faction of the UCPN(M), and not by Bhattarai or Prachanda.

Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Central Committee) Condemns the Murder of Comrade Rao

Unified Communist Party (Maoist)

Central Committee

Condemn the Murder of Comrade Rao

The killing of Comrade Mallojula Koteshwaor Rao ‘Kisanji’, politburo member and top leader of CPI(Maoist), on 24 November, by Indian armed forces in Burisol forest area of west Midnapur district in west Bengal, has shocked and saddened us. According to the latest information, that he was captured on November 23 and was murdered cowardly after his refusal to surrender. That’s why, we condemn this fake encounter and demand to the Central and West Bengal State government to form an independent commission to investigate the killing of comrade Kisanlji and to take the action against those criminals, who were involved in the killing. Read the rest of this entry »

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New broadcasts on the state murder of Maoist leader Kishanji

Posted by Mike E on November 28, 2011

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India: Thousands rally to honor murdered Maoist leader Kisanji

Posted by Mike E on November 28, 2011

This photo shows the thousand who honored Kisanji in his hometown — Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh. The people condemned the state murder of this beloved leader — and denounced the outrageous use of “false encounter” justifications.

Even some of the police there were reportedly mourning and crying.

The people sang the “Song of Resistance” in his honor — and as a sign of their deepest yearnings for liberation and revolutionary change.

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India’s people mourn Maoist leader Kishenji

Posted by redpines on November 28, 2011

Revolutionaries and oppressed peoples all over the world are mourning the assassination of CPI(Maoist) leader Kishenji. The loss is especially difficult for the people of India, even as they gather to celebrate his life and contributions to human liberation.

There is evidence Kishenji killed in what is called a “fake encounter.” This is an incident when police or paramilitaries capture a person, kill her/him in detention, and then manufacture evidence to make the killing look like it occurred in combat. It is nothing but cowardly, ruthless, cold-blooded murder. Indian state forces have often engaged in this practice to cover up their ruthless persecution of Maoist and Adivasi (tribal) people. 

This article appeared at the Hindustan Times.

Hundreds Pay Last Respects to Kishenji

November 27, 2011

Maoist sympathisers, revolutionary writers, singers, representatives of various people’s organisations, civil liberties activists and hundreds other on Sunday paid their last respects to slain Maoist leader Kishenji in his hometown Peddapalli in Andhra Pradesh. People in large numbers turned up at Kishenji’s house to pay their tribute and console his family members. With folded hands, the mourners were seen passing by the flower bedecked coffin amid huge police presence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Losing our brother Kishenji

Posted by redpines on November 26, 2011

We received the terrible news that the leading Indian Maoist Kishenji (AKA Mallojula Koteswara Rao) was murdered in by government forces in a “fake encounter.” Kishenji was a leading figure and spokesman for India’s Maoist (Naxalite) movement — and reportedly the military leader of their embryonic popular armed forces.

The following is one of the more recent accounts of outrage and exposure.

Our hearts are with the brave communist fighters of India and the hundreds of millions of oppressed people who dream of liberation.

This article is re-posted from our sister site,  Kasama.

Varvara Rao:

Maoist leader Kishenji was tortured before being killed

Telugu poet and Maoist sympathiser Varvara Rao Friday alleged that top Maoist leader Kishenji was tortured before being killed in a fake encounter and demanded a white paper from the West Bengal government.

“Kishenji was subjected to inhuman torture as his body bore marks of several injuries and he was killed in a fake encounter 24 hours after being nabbed. I demand a white paper on the killing,” Rao told reporters at the state secretariat.

Rao also demanded filing of a case under section 302 in compliance with NHRC norms against those responsible for the killing in a memorandum to Home Secretary G D Gautama.

He alleged that four other Maoists were still being held in captivity ‘like Kishenji’.

Rao said that Kishenji’s niece Deepa Rao had arrived with him from Peddapalli in Andhra Pradesh and should be allowed to identify the body.

“Kishenji’s mother is very old and a cancer patient. She wants to see her son. Kishenji’s body should be brought to Kolkata for preservation and sent to Hyderabad.

“The body should be handed over to the family with due honour as he was a political worker,” he said, acknowledging that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that Kishenji’s last rites would be performed with honour.

“The Andhra Pradesh government killed many Maoists in this way, but at least it conducted the post mortem complying with NHRC norms. Azad’s body (another Maoist top leader killed in encounter few years ago) was sent to his Delhi residence in accordance with NHRC norms,” Rao said.

Alleging that the present state government was closely following the style of functioning of the preceding Left Front regime, he said “I think there is no need for any discussions with the fascist, imperialist and feudalistic government in the present situation”.

“Kishenji, (CPI-Maoist secretary) Ganapathy and many others favoured talks which is no longer required in the present situation, nor are interlocutors,” he said.

Rao was accompanied by two Association for Protection of Democratic Rights members, besides Deepa.

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A young Indian speaks out in Defense of her Maoist parents

Posted by redpines on November 1, 2011

Kerala, India: Slums and Special Economic Zones in Kochi

This is the powerful story of a young woman, Ami, whose parents are urban Maoist revolutionaries in Southern India. Despite the difficulties she has faced, including repeated harassment and intimidation from the Indian state, Ami testifies to the urgency of revolution in India. In particular, she emphasizes the necessity of ending the oppression of women:

My papa told me that they have been in this struggle so that thousands of girls like me can walk freely and fearlessly in this country. It means that they are living and working for me too. To bring about an environment in which I and my sister can cross the road and go to a neighbour’s house alone even at night. If this is the objective of their life, I support them, and I am with them.

The article also provides a glimpse of the difficult and delicate work of Maoist organizing. Such work is especially precarious in urban locations far from the forest base areas in Central and Eastern India. The article originally appeared in Open Magazine.

Daughter of a Maoist

Terrorised by the police, bereft of parents, evicted from school—what it means to be a 15-year-old daughter of parents ‘wanted’ by the State

29 October 2011

by Shahina KK

I first met her when she was around 10 or 11 months old. Her mother Shyna was a friend and source. At the time, Shyna was an upper division clerk in the High Court. She was also an activist trying to set up a trade union in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Kochi. As a TV reporter, I had frequent contact with Shyna. She often gave me story tips from the SEZ, to which the media didn’t have much access. Her little girl was called Ameranta. I found the name odd. Many of our common friends thought likewise. We advised Shyna to change the name. I remember telling Shyna that when the child grew up, she would dislike this name. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPI(Maoist) continues to defy Banerjee’s threats

Posted by redpines on October 31, 2011

Tribal woman whose home was destroyed by Indian state forces

When Mamata Banerjee and her populist party, the Trinamool Congress, won elections in West Bengal last May, the bourgeois press claimed she would be good for the CPI(Maoist). Some outlets spread more direct disinformation, suggesting the two parties had some kind of secret alliance. The truth has been quite the opposite. Since her election, Banerjee has tried to undermine the Maoist influence in West Bengal through offers of talks, attempts to undermine Maoist-led development, and now, threats. The Maoists, for their part, have not been phased, continuing their program of building clinics, schools, infrastructure and insisting on self determination for tribal peoples. The following article from the Times of India gives a glimpse of the kind of political power the CPI(Maoist) holds in India’s fourth-most populous state. 

CM not serious about peace process: Maoists

Oct 30, 2011

MIDNAPORE: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s seven-day ultimatum has hardly had its desired effect on the Maoist guerrillas camping in Jangalmahal. Akash, the state secretary of the Maoists, said they will not seize to demand basic rights for the tribals. While this strong note is a major jolt in the peace process, jailed tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato’s wife Niyati Mahato, on the other hand, accepted talks offer floated by Trinamool leader Mukul Roy and assured to meet him on November 3. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Maoists escape after encounter in Orissa

Posted by celticfire84 on October 28, 2011

The following comes from IBN News. While this brief article from the bourgeois speculates on details, its clear that the attempts of the Indian state to contain this growing revolutionary movement is not working. South Asia Revolution site will continue to keep updates, news and analysis on the revolution in India as it develops. 

Maoist leaders escape after encounter in Orissa

Bhubaneswar, Oct 26 (PTI) Maoist leaders escaped after an encounter with security forces during a raid on a camp at Jadu Loisingh forest in Orissa’s Sambalpur district today. Maoist leaders Girish Mahato of Jharkhand, Kunu Dehuri of Orissa and others escaped from the camp as the Maoists and security personnel traded fire, Sambalpur Superintendent of Police Nikhil Kanodia said. The Maoists fired 150 rounds, which was retaliated by 300 rounds and 16 grenades by the security forces but none was killed or injured, Kanodia said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video: Footage from the Indian student movement, 1968

Posted by redpines on October 28, 2011

The following video, a clip from Louis Malle’s documentary “Calcutta,” shows Naxalite involvement in student uprisings and the ensuing police repression. It is interesting for its visual resemblance to many recent international uprisings, as well as the way the bourgeois narrator tries to frame the events.

The video originally appeared at Naxalite Revolution.

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India: 40 Years of Naxalbari Uprising

Posted by celticfire84 on October 27, 2011

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India: Maoists ignore ultimatum, issue demands

Posted by celticfire84 on October 24, 2011

Indian Maoists

The following comes from the Times of India.

India: Maoists ignore ultimatum, issue demands

Ignoring the ultimatum set by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maoists on Sunday (October 23) issued a new set of demands. Maoists posters were found in various parts of Goaltore in West Midnapore.

According to the posters, the Maoists highlighted that pre-poll promises were not kept by the state government. Setting two specific demands, the Maoists called for the removal of Joint Forces and also demanded the list of 52 political prisoners to be released, which Mamata Banerjee had announced a few months ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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