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India: Militant worker uprisings

Posted by redpines on January 31, 2012

Workers’ struggles in urban areas of India are on the rise. As we have reported before, the CPI(Maoist) is increasing its influence in the cities, and there is a call for a massive general strike in India on February 28. Even major US media outlets are taking notice, as evidenced by the following article from Forbes. Thanks to Joe for pointing this out. 

India Factory Workers Revolt, Kill Company President

by Kenneth Rapoza

January 27, 2012

Workers at the Regency Ceramics factory in India raided the home of their boss, and beat him senseless with lead pipes after a wage dispute turned ugly.

The workers were enraged enough to kill Regency’s president K. C. Chandrashekhar after their union leader, M. Murali Mohan, was killed by baton-wielding riot police on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »


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India’s Maoists – Who are they? What do they want?

Posted by hetty7 on January 27, 2012

This piece first appeared in Radical Notes (Nov.2009). It offers valuable background to the revolutionary movement in India.

A more theoretical discussion of communist strategies in the Third World was recently published here on Kasama, offering background of a different kind.

India’s Maoists: Who they are and what they want

by Rita Khanna

This is meant to be a simple and brief explanation of the goals and strategies of the Maoist movement in India for people who may not have much awareness about it and are confused by the propaganda in the mainstream media. This does not go into the arcane debates about mode of production in India, the debates among communist revolutionaries over strategy and tactics etc. This aims at people who, for example, often resort to violent activities against the Government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arundhati Roy on India: Time for ghosts to play

Posted by hetty7 on January 24, 2012

From a new article by Arundhati Roy:

“Capitalism’s real gravediggers, it turns out, are not Marx’s revolutionary proletariat but its own delusional cardinals, who have turned ideology into faith. They seem to have trouble comprehending reality or grasping the science of climate change, which says, quite simply, that capitalism (including the Chinese variety) is destroying the planet

This article appeared in Financial Times

Beware the ‘gush-up gospel’ behind India’s Billionaires

by Arundhati Roy

January 13,2012

Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamount Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. “Here we are,” the friend who took me there said, “pay your respects to our new ruler.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The fight to bring healthcare and revolution to India’s cities

Posted by redpines on January 17, 2012

In the context of revolutionary war in the Indian countryside,
communist forces are grappling with how to ignite and lead people’s mass struggle in the cities. Krishanu Mandal makes an argument for opening one such front of struggle in the demands for healthcare, fighting against cruel profiteering in the medical industry, and reviving a mass urban revolutionary movement.

While the CPI (Maoist) is busy now defending itself and its mass base of poor agricultural classesand tribals against a relentless and violent attack by the Indian state, a revival of revolutionary democratic work in the urban areas is an extremely serious issue. Once again we emphasize that a careful reorganization of the entire matrix of the working class and democratic mass movements in urban area is necessary and such a complementary movement comprising such concrete mass-political actions in the sphere of health might be one component of that.

Thanks to Joe for the intro, and for alerting us to this article. It originally appeared at Sanhati.

The Aftermath of the AMRI Tragedy: Some Related Thoughts on Democratic Work in Urban Areas of India

by Krishanu Mandal

January 5, 2012

This article provides a case for mass-political movements around health-care and expropriation of private health-care sector as one component of the revival of revolutionary democratic work in urban area.

The gruesome death of about 90 people, mostly critically ill and infirm patients, due to the fire at the AMRI (AdvancedMedicare and Research Institute) Hospital in Kolkata, India in the second week of December has made international news. This has been followed by a comparably gruesome death of more than 170 people by drinking poison-laced country-liquor in a region of southern West Bengal a few days later. The response of the common people to these incidents stimulates some introductory thoughts on diversification of democratic work in urban areas of India. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Tribal peoples fight corporate land grabs in Jharkand

Posted by redpines on January 15, 2012

The following is a discussion of a group of adivasi (tribal) people in Northeastern India who are resisting forced displacement from their land and homes by corporate mining and industrial interests.

In a span of three to four years the Jharkhandi people began to realize that the central & state governments were not for peoples’ welfare but that they were laying steps to sell off peoples’ land, their water & forest resources together with all the mineral riches to corporate houses. They decided to act. Wherever projects together with land requirements were announced, people mobilized and organized themselves and said a definite ‘no’ to the government and companies. People’s Resistance Movements Against Dispacement sprang up in different parts of Jharkhand from 2004 onwards.

Explanatory notes: an MOU is a “Memorandum of Understanding, in this case between corporations and the Indian state. A lakh is a unit of measurement equal to 100,000.

Though this piece is a great introduction to tribal resistance in India, this site does not necessarily endorse all the analysis contained within. The article originally appeared at Sanhati.

Where Ants Drove Out Elephants – The Story of People’s Resistance to Displacement in Jharkhand

January 6, 2012

By Stan Swamy

This article is an introduction to the trajectory of peoples’ movements against displacement in Jharkhand in the last few years. As the author writes, the resistance in Jharkhand has resulted in the fact that “[o]ut of the about one hundred MOUs signed by Jharkhand government with industrialists, hardly three or four companies have succeeded in acquiring some land, set up their industries and start partial production.” – Ed. Read the rest of this entry »

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India – Maoists Expand into New Strategic Areas

Posted by hetty7 on December 27, 2011

This article is from Times of IndiaAs always take into account that reports by the mainstream press may not provide a complete or entirely accurate picture of events.  

Maoists Eyeing Commercial Hubs in Western India

New Delhi: Dec. 14, 2011:

After taking some reverses in their strongholds, the CPI (Maoist) has formed a ‘Golden Corridor Committee’ to build its base in hitherto untouched industrial areas of Gujarat and Maharashtra, stretching from  Pune to Ahmedabad, including commercial hubs like Mumbai, Nashik, Surat and Vadodara.

Besides. the Red Ultras have planned to expand their movement to Nagpur,Wardha, Bhandara and Yavatmal districts of Maharashtra in addition to their existing bases in Gadchiroli, Ghonda and Chandrapur in the state. Read the rest of this entry »

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bhopal,India – Furious Protesters Say ‘We Have Not Forgotten’

Posted by hetty7 on December 14, 2011

Protesters in Bhopal

This article appeared at

Bhopal Protesters Block Trains in India

Bhopal, India – December 3, 2011 (Associated Press) – Thousands of survivors of the world’s worst industrial accident blocked trains through a central Indian city on Saturday to demand more compensation for the 1984 disaster.

The protest came on the 27th anniversary of the disaster in Bhopal, where a Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked gas that killed some 15,000 people and maimed tens of thousands of others.

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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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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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Corporate attacks on India’s peasants

Posted by redpines on November 22, 2011

As Lenin observed back in 1916, imperialist countries export financial capital to poorer countries, in order to exploit their resources and labor. Back then, most of these countries were formally colonized. With the assistance of less powerful capitalist regimes and firms, finance capital based in the imperialist countries is still able to plunder these formerly colonized nations. While banks like JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup have swindled US workers and forced many people out of their homes, they also help destroy communities on the other side of the globe. 

The following article from Samar discusses the transnational dimensions of capitalist exploitation and shows concrete links between US banks and the displacement of indigenous people and peasants in India. It also highlights the need for  international solidarity with oppressed peoples all over the world–the vast majority of the 99% are outside the US and Europe:

People in the west have joined the global south in putting corporate greed on trial. We can only hope that this unified voice will strengthen the ongoing resistance of those on the periphery to bring about some real victories to the people directly affected by the crimes of corporate capital.

What the article doesn’t mention however, is the Maoist organizing and resistance in Orissa and other areas of India that are targeted by Indian and international corporations. A diagnosis of these problems is one thing. Finding effective ways to resist–and form new societies–is another issue altogether, and one the Maoists of India have taken seriously.

Land Grabs and Corporate Steel

November 14, 2011

by Neil Agarwal, Sufina Ali and Prachi Patankar

For the past six years, forest dwelling peasant communities in the Indian state of Orissa have been living under the threat of dispossession by the largest proposed foreign direct investment in the history of the country. Pohang Iron and Steel Company (POSCO), a South Korean conglomerate and third biggest steelmaker in the world, has set its sights on acquiring over four-thousand acres of land and access to rich mineral deposits of the region. If realized, this twelve billion dollar project will displace a community of 22,000 tribal people for the sake of a steel plant, strip 20,000 fishermen of their means of support to allow for a captive port, and cause long-term environmental damage through unsustainable mining of iron ore. The stakes of this project extend beyond simple tabulations of those whose lives and livelihoods are under immediate attack; because of the sheer size of POSCO, its outcome may determine the conditions under which foreign capital is allowed to enter the subcontinent in the future.

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