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Archive for February, 2008

Kerala: Armed struggle Maoists’ aim

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2008

KOZHIKODE: With his blue denim jeans, blue T-shirt with white stripes and clean-shaven face showing a trace of stubble Mohan could easily pass as an IT professional or an IIT or IIM graduate.

It will take a while for you to stomach the fact that he is the most wanted Maoist leader in Kerala, a glimpse of whom would be valuable information for intelligence agencies.

When the state organising secretary of the banned CPI (Maoist) settles downs to speak it becomes clear that he means business. And that he represents the new generation of Naxalites.

The CPI (Maoist) is not interested in making its presence felt with symbolic agitation. And they are not inclined to go for the 'actions' of the Naxalite era like police station attacks. That doesn't mean that Maoists in Kerala are pacifists.

"Our line is armed struggle in Kerala too. We will set up base areas, people's militia and people's liberation guerilla army in due course.

Right now we are in the process of developing leadership at different levels," Mohan told this website's newspaper in his first ever interaction with the media.

Mohan says sophistication is essential for revolutionaries in all fields.

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Repression in Kerala, says Maoist leader

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2008

KOZHIKODE: Mohan, the state organising secretary of the banned CPI (Maoist), has told this website's newspaper in an interview that "repression of any sort cannot wipe out revolutionary movements, which has been amply proved by the Maoist movement in Andhra Pradesh which went through many bad patches."

In Kerala too there is highhandedness on the part of the police. "Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan wanted to crush the movement in the initial stage itself. The Kerala police sent men to Andhra Pradesh to get trained under the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) and the Grey Hounds."

The repression in Kerala is more intense than in places like AP. "Persons like Varavara Rao and Gadar are allowed to work there. Here Govindan Kutty, who is running a legal magazine, is put behind bars. Even environmentalists and human rights activists like Jayasree and Shyna are not spared," he said.

"Maoists in Kerala are being presented in a larger-than- life picture. We are at an infant stage and are engaged in building the underground party structure. We did not want to come out in the open now but have been forced to do so after the arrest of our central committee member Malla Raja Reddy," he Said.

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Fighting With Posters – Police Vs. Naxalites

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2008

Police and Naxalites in Koraput district are fighting not only with bullets and bombs but have staged a virtual war against each other by pasting posters on the walls and distributing leaflets among the masses , especially in the naxal affected regions of Narayanapatna , Bandhugaon , Pottangi and Nandapur blocks in Koraput district.

While it was a practice by the naxalites to take the people on their side by staging street plays , meetings and revolutionary songs over the last many years , now the district police has also come up with similar strategies to spread the message on the welfare prgrammes of the government . District police has already organized 8 special camps in the naxal affected blocks of the district during the last month alone , Deepak Kumar , SP of Koraput said .

The camps were conducted to reach the common masses by addressing their own concerns and difficulties . Efforts were made to see that more and more people get involved in the performances and get in touch with the police through the cultural programmes , community feast and medical camps , he added.

Looking at the overwhelming response from the common people in the region , the district police has now come up with posters and leaflets written in Kuvi language , the prime medium of communication for most of the tribals from Kondh community living in the naxal affected regions of the district . While this move was thought to have emerged from the latest posters by the naxalites in Bandhugaon block which they had displayed after killing a businessman alleging him for being a police informer, the success of the move was also appreciated . The naxalites had for the first time used Kuvi language written in Oriya dialect asking people to support their mission .

While most of the posters & leaflets displayed and distributed by the naxalites had carried messages asking the traders , contractors and oppressors to stop their alleged anti tribal activities like selling liquor to the tribals , claiming their rights on the tribal lands and engaging tribal men and women to smuggle wood from the forests, few posters had also invited people to join their mission or to extend support to make the band calls given by them .

In addition , posters by naxalites were seen to have asked people to learn their rights and exercise them whenever required. But in contrary , the posters and leaflets distributed by the district police , carried the messages of the programmes and policies of the government with a mission to take the message of development and concern of the government towards the people at grassroots and the responsibility of people to approach the respective agencies to enjoy the benefits rather than taking laws into their own hands , Mr. Deepak added.

Further the police in its leaflets has asked the people to think over the actions performed by naxalites . The naxalites were using the arms and ammunition for anti national activities and were obstructing in developmental programmes in the rural areas , police alleged . While the leaflet with its 15 points were trying to invoke people to think over the intentions of the naxalites in the region , the poster was designed with multicolour pictorial presentation on the prohibition of liquor and the need to visit the police station, tahsil office and block offices in need .

Moreover contrary to the posters and leaflets of the naxalites which were handmade and handwritten , these posters were more attractive and printed with clear letters . But looking at the lower level of literacy in the tribal dominated regions while spreading messages of change through theater , culture and sports had begun to show some results , the impact of the posters and leaflets was still to be ascertained in the long run , Mr.Deepak added.

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Bhutanese Maoists launch class struggle

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2008


Communist Party of Bhutan (CPB-MLM) led by Birat has owned up responsibility to the explosion that took place in Samtse district inside Bhutan yesterday night, reported refugee-run new agency Bhutan News Service.

According to the report, Central Committee Member of the party who identified himself as 'John' over a telephone conversation from undisclosed location quoted a press release issued today by Birat, general secretary of CPB-MLM, as saying that the party has begun launching 'armed rural class struggle' inside Bhutan to establish people's government. 

John further informed that the party would launch program in three phases that include resettlement of Bhutanese people occupying the land and properties used by evictees of early 1990s, taking physical action against those spying against their democratic struggle, and deconstruction of government infrastructures in rural areas of the country. 

CPB-MLM has also claimed that their Sunday attack damaged all properties meant for the upcoming necessary National Assembly election scheduled for March 24 that was kept at Renewal Natural Resources (RNR) office in Ghumauney gewog inside Bhutan. John further quoted Birat's press release as terming their armed lunch as a 'first successful attack'.

A bomb had exploded behind the Renewal Natural Resources (RNR) office in Ghumauney gewog at midnight on Sunday.

The RNR office was used as a polling station during the first phase of upper house election on December 31 and has been used as residence by returning officer and the national officer deployed for National Assembly election scheduled for March 24.

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THE RED STAR, Nepal’s National Magazine.

Posted by Admin on February 9, 2008

Subject: Fwd: The Red Star, Issue-3.pdf

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please find the latest Issue of THE RED STAR, Nepal’s National Magazine.

With Greetings,

The Red Star

Nepal’s National Magazine

Kathmandu, Nepal.



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Police fail to arrest tribal leader, chased away

Posted by Admin on February 9, 2008

Statesman News Service

JAJPUR, Feb. 6: Tension is running high in Kalinga Nagar since yesterday night, after police team who had gone to arrest a tribal leader for being involved in anti-industrialisation movement was reportedly chased away by the tribals.

Sources said that the police entered Chandia village under the Kalinga Nagar police station limit to search for the tribal leader for his allegedly link with the Maoists following the recent revelation made by Anna Reddy. Vistapan Virodhi Jan Manch (VVJM), which has been spearheading movement in the area since the 2 January, 2006 firing in which 14 tribals were killed by police while opposing land acquisition for the Tata steel project, today organised a meeting. They reportedly decided to gherao the police station for entering the village. They also decided to restrict media movement.

Security has been tightened in and around Kalinga Nagar, fearing possible attack of Maoist-supporting tribals to free their leaders.
The Jajpur superintendent of police, Mr DS Kuttey, said that five platoons police have been deployed in and around Kalinga Nagar area. Anna and his aide, Nanika Jamuda were brought to Kainga Nagar police station on a four-day remand for interrogation.

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west Bengal: ‘No results’ in hunt for Maoists

Posted by Admin on February 9, 2008

Nani Gopal Pal

BALARAMPUR, Feb. 7: A 36-hour "Operation Dalma" in and around Ahodhyapahar, was conducted by the security forces, 50 km from Purulia town, to arrest Maoists, with no results. District police had some information earlier about a “den of Maoists”. As a result, police raided the village of Sirkabad, Maramu, Kharbera, Urma, Kantadih and Ghatbera. Police also blocked the areas.

Mystery shrouds the arrest of two Forward Bloc members, residents of Bandhdih in Balarampur, Purulia, Mr Sankar Singh Sardar and Mr Sankar Mondal last week. Perhaps, it was the first arrest of a political party in the left front partners in West Bengal. Both were arrested as the link-men of Maoists, who were allegedly involved in the killing of a CPI-M cadre there.

The president of Juba Trinamul Congress Barabazar block, Mr Pratul Mahato was also arrested, reportedly because of a Maoist link, and had was involved with the murder of a CPI-M activist at Bhikheri Cheliama.

Protesting against the arrest of the Forward Bloc members and the Trinamul Congress leader, both parties demonstrated in Balarampur and Barabazar, Purulia. They also set up road blocks in different areas of the district.

The arrested members were forwarded to Purulia court, when the court sent them police remand. In connection to the Barabazar agitation, police arrested 13 members of Trinamul Congress. A bodyguard’s pistol was missing at Barabazar.
Mr Ashok Kumar Prosad, SP of Purulia said in Purulia town today that the police had some definite clues to arrest them. While talking to The Statesman, he further added: "We had also no intentions to arrest them without any cause and the court will now prove."
The president of Purulia district Trinamul Congress Mr Kamakshya Prasad Singh Deo and the secretary, Forward Bloc district committee, Mr Nishikanta Mehata also former Arsha MLA, strongly criticised the attitude of Purulia district police. Both separately alleged: "Police are now a kind of CPI-M party men."

Mr Manindra Gope, a leader of the Purulia district CPI-M committee cautioned the member of both parties. "They (police) are not maintaining their neutral attitude," he alleged.

Meanwhile, four more members of the CPI-M local and branch committees had to quit the party after receiving Maoist threats, raised to 25 in Balarampur and Barabazar. The CPI-M secretary of Balarampur zonal committee, Mr Gobardhan Majhi admitted: "Maoists force cadres to quit the party, distributing leaflets for consequences."

Forward Bloc top brass, including the MP, Mr Narhari Mahato, alleged the CPI-M is creating pressure with the knowledge the party will fight alone in the forthcoming panchayat elections in West Bengal.

The Congress leaders also blamed the CPI-M who were responsible of corruption charges in the panchayat. "They (CPI-M) are trying their best to hide out the corruption," they said.

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Maoist doc, aide held

Posted by Admin on February 9, 2008

MALKANGIRI: The district voluntary force , a wing of the district police, nabbed six Maoist accomplices from Kondapalli forest area, some 10 km from Motu police limits, on early hours of Friday.

The arrested include a Maoist doctor and an expert in writing Maoist literature. This was informed by SP Satish Kumar Gajbhiye. The arrested are Marian Mukta Madiam, Sariam Rama, Rama Prasad Sana, Dr Sujay Dafatar, Ranjit Sarkar and Karam Sita. Police recovered six detonators, 26 gelatin sticks, 100 meter wire, gun powder and some life-saving drugs from them.

All the six were acting as couriers for Maoist leaders like Ashok and Jaga, attended Maoist meetings and extended logistics support to the movement.

Dafatar was also working as a physician for Maoists while Sarkar of MV-128 village, who is a sikshya sahayak, was an expert in writing Maoist banners, leaflets and pamphlets, he said.

They were involved in recent encounter between Maoists and police at Kondapalli.

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SC raps Andhra for branding lawyer a Maoist

Posted by Admin on February 9, 2008

NEW DELHI: Advocate R Chandrashekar Reddy was branded a Maoist sympathiser and ordered to be put under surveillance by the Andhra Pradesh police soon after he moved the Supreme Court challenging the state's decision to release 1,500-odd prisoners much before they served their sentence.

Seeking the state's response to the allegations, a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said: "Somebody files a PIL, the court issues interim order and the very next day you brand him a Maoist sympathiser and put him under surveillance?" the court asked state's counsel T R Andhyarujina.

The state denied this and said police protection had already been given to the PIL petitioner. However, the court issued notice to the state and asked it to file its affidavit responding to the charges levelled by Reddy.

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Everybody Loves A Naxal

Posted by Admin on February 9, 2008

As the word Naxal changes meaning, Sudeep Chakravarti’s book is essential reading, says ADITYA NIGAM

NAXALISM, OR ITS current variant, Maoism, is back in the news with a bang. On its first coming, forty years ago, it expressed a radical utopian impulse that rapidly captured the imagination of a generation of the most brilliant students across the country. It started as a peasant revolt in 1967 in a small area of northern West Bengal but while the initial revolt was rapidly crushed by the governments of the day, the metaphor called Naxalbari and its anglicised derivative “Naxalite” took the political world by storm. Naxalism was a radical critique of the existing state of affairs — the corruption of the parliamentary democratic system, the political parties; the rot in the educational system; rampant joblessness, famines and food shortages and other contemporary issues of the late 1960s.

Naxalism became what contemporary social theorists would call a “floating signifier” — a wide range of meanings could be put into that term. That Naxalbari was a trigger for a radical cultural-political critique of the stranglehold of landlordism and caste power in rural India is also evident from the wide range of films, theatre and literary products that emerged in the decade immediately following. This first round of Naxalism was therefore widely studied and written about by scholars of different persuasions and we have a fairly rich documentation of that history. The subsequent two phases of the movement have hardly been studied. The second phase, that of silent regrouping and reorganisation, was long drawn out and unspectacular, compared to its first phase. But that is where the foundations of the present movement were laid.

The present phase, where the term “Naxalism” has been replaced by the more specific “Maoism” (referring to only one powerful strand of the movement) has been the least studied and understood. Sudeep Chakravarti’s book is a timely and fascinating account of Maoism in the last decade or so. Written in the form of a journalistic travelogue, it gives a fascinating picture of the various elements that go into the making of this phenomenon. Chakravarti’s specific focus is on the current flashpoint, namely Chhattisgarh, where he traveled and met a range of different people. Chhattisgarh is also important because it is currently the site of the most vicious and violent counter-insurgency operation unleashed by the state — the Salwa Judum which pits one section of tribals into a civil war with others.


Sudeep Chakravarti
Penguin Viking
352 pp; Rs 495

Chakravarti’s account provides readers an opportunity to form their own judgement as we are brought face to face with officials directly handling the insurgency on the one hand, and others who are involved in developmental activity (including Gandhians, now branded as crypto-Naxals by the administration) to give a glimpse of life in this embattled land. Chhattisgarh today is only a notch below (or maybe not) the directly Army-ruled states (thanks to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act) of the North-East and Kashmir, for example. With its own draconian Chhattisgarh Public Security Act, it is run today as a police state and Chakravarti’s account brings out the situation there quite vividly.

However, despite its specific focus on Chhattisgarh, the author does not restrict himself to it and provides us with a fairly well-informed account of the larger picture of the movement, its current state, its different major tendencies and its general spread in different parts of the country. And he does it with interviews with a range of participants — including the legendary Kanu Sanyal — as well as with observers in the corporate sector or the media. These accounts are garnished with snippets of the Maoist movement in neighbouring Nepal, providing an excellent introduction for the lay reader.

Chakravarti’s account should also serve as an eye-opener to the powers-that-be, for their myopic responses to Naxalism betray an utter lack of understanding of the challenges posed by it. It is time to recognise that Naxalism is a response, however perverse, to years of looting of public resources and dispossession of people
from their lands by state and corporate elites. This is a curious omission from the Chhattisgarh story in the book. It is, after all, clear by now that the state-sponsored Salwa Judum and anti-Naxal operations are but the smokescreen behind which large-scale corporate robbery of tribal lands is carried out. This is a story that remains to be told.

From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 6, Dated Feb 16, 2008

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please sign the online petition demanding the release of P.GOVINDAN KUTTY

Posted by Admin on February 7, 2008

Dear friends,

This is the online petition demanding the release of P.GOVINDAN KUTTY the EDITOR of PEOPLES MARCH (the voice of Indian Revolution)

please sign and forward


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Posted by Admin on February 7, 2008

The Editor,
Dear Sir,
Kindly publish the enclosed Clarification in your esteemed daily as a news item. The matter being very sensitive, I would appreciate if the clarification is given a prominent space.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Yours sincerely,
Jiban Singha
Kamatapur Liberation Organization(KLO)
Date:- 04.02.08

The Govt of India, through their intelligence agencies, have been trying to malign the legitimate national struggle of the Kamatapuri people. Very recently they have circulated a news story complicating my name, Jibon Sigh, with the theft of the Nobel Prize Medal of the universal poet, Rabindranath Tagore, though they have given the home address wrongly. This is unthinkable, unfounded, and totally biased propaganda intended to create general hatred and ill feelings against me and our struggle. Therefore, this statement is issued to clarify categorically that neither the KLO nor myself is not all connected with the theft of the said precious memento, which is very unfortunate, and appeal to those peoples concerned not to be misled by the mischievous propaganda of the Indian government as well as the West Bengal Government.

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