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India: Binayak Sen Granted Bail

Posted by celticfire84 on April 18, 2011

Dr. Binayak Sen

Binayak Sen has been charged with sedition by the Chhattisgarh Government, but has now been released on bail for lack of evidence. Dr. Sen has been a popular figure among the poor and oppressed people of India and the attacks against him are seen as an attack on the poor and oppressed themselves. We celebrate Dr. Sen’s release and join with others in demanding that all charges against him be dropped.

Binayak Sen Granted Bail

By Free Binayak Sen Coalition

16 April, 2011

Free Binayak Sen Coalition Activists Welcome Supreme Court Bail Decision -Remain Vigilant for Campaign Battles that Lie Ahead Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Orissa Increases State Repression

Posted by celticfire84 on April 11, 2011

Map of the Indian State of Orissa

This article comes from Indian Express. In outlines the heavy handed repression against the Naxalite movement. This particular piece is a bourgeois news report and we should always use caution when reading such reports. It does reveal however that the growing Naxalite movement is a serious threat to the repressive Indian regime.

Orissa govt resumes offensive against Maoists

In its first-ever offensive after the uneasy truce in February this year, the Orissa Police on Sunday raided a Maoist camp at a reserve forest in the mineral-rich Keonjhar district and seized a huge quantity of gelatine explosives.

Follwing a tip-off that eight to 10 Maoists of the Kainganagar division were camping at the Bali Hill area near Rebana reserve forests, a platoon of CRPF personnel, local police and the district voluntary force (DVF) comprising former special operation group (SOG) men, raided the Maoist camps on Saturday evening.

The Maoists were having dinner when the police team arrived. However, the rebels managed to flee under the cover of darkness.

“We seized 72 gelatine sticks, several detonators and some handgrenades as well as seven kit bags. The Maoists could not take away anything. This is the biggest haul from any Maoist camp in the district,” said Keonjhar SP Ashis Kumar Singh. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Rising Poverty Fuels Maoist Movement

Posted by celticfire84 on March 30, 2011

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The Maoist “Problem” and the Democratic Left in India

Posted by celticfire84 on March 29, 2011

This piece comes from, and was written in June 2009. It explains why the Indian Maoists known as Naxals are not simply a “terror group,” but rather they are the front of a liberation struggle that is unlike NGO systems. Posting here does not imply endorsement.

While this strengthens the ruling political classes by diversifying its composition (adding the colour red), the problem for the thinking members of the ruling elite today seems to be that there is no credible “left” force out there to contain the “social discontent” of the masses. NGOs, social movements, Hindu right-wing have all failed. Further, there has been a significant exhaustion of the energies of neo-Gandhian social movements (for example the Narmada Bachao Andolan), which were committed to militant but professedly non-violent, non-hierarchical struggles. Concomitantly, there has been the shift of the entire spectrum of parliamentary political parties, including communist parties and social democracy, openly to the right. With a security-centric and repressive neo-liberal state destroying the lives and livelihood of millions of people, the change in the role of social democracy means that there is no credible “left” political force that would contain and channel the resistance from these masses along “democratic” lines: a problem for the ruling classes but an advantage for revolutionary forces.

The Maoist “Problem” and the Democratic Left in India

By Saroj Giri. Guest Contributor, Sanhati. June 22, 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Arundhati Roy: Indian Maoists are “Patriot of a Kind”

Posted by celticfire84 on November 29, 2010

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy

From The Times of India

Writer-activist Arundhati Roy on Sunday described Maoists as “patriot of a kind” and accused the prime minister and home minister of “violating the Constitution and Panchayat (Extension of Scheduled Areas) Act by allowing corporates to use tribal land”.

“Patriot of a kind, they (Maoists) are. But here patriotism is very complicated. So at the moment what people are fighting for is to keep this country from falling apart,” Roy said after addressing a meet on Cultural Resistance to War on People in Corporate Interest, organised by a magazine.

She said she did not think there could be only Maoist revolution for solving problems. Read the rest of this entry »

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