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Archive for June 13th, 2009

People’s Truth — The successor to People’s March

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

  In December 2007 the editor of People’s March, P. Govindan Kutty, was arrested and the magazine was suppressed and banned. After some time Govindan Kutty was released, and though still facing charges, in mid 2008 he began issuing a bulletin with the name People’s Truth, marked with the notation to be circulated privately. However, this bulletin has a lot of good information in it which will be of considerable interest to those following the development of the revolution in India. For this reason we are taking it on ourselves to make this new bulletin available to a wider audience. The newest issues available are listed first:

People’s Truth, No. 5 (April-June 2009)    [PDF: 2,390 KB]   (Posted: June 4, 2009)
People’s Truth, No. 4 (January-March 2009)    [PDF: 1,059 KB]   (Posted: Jan. 11, 2009)
People’s Truth, No. 3 (September-December 2008)    [PDF: 697 KB]   (Posted: Jan. 11, 2009)
People’s Truth, No. 2 (July 2008)    [PDF: 621 KB]   (Posted: Nov. 10, 2008)
People’s Truth, No. 1 (May 2008)    [PDF: 754 KB]   (Posted: July 25, 2008)


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Press reports on the uprising in Lalgarh and its background

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

This series of articles was put together by

Background material

Background article on Lalgarh movement by Partho Sarathi Ray
An introductory article on Lalgarh by Koustav De from Monthly Review

Chronological progression

May 31:

Hard times in Bleak Houses: How the women in Lalgarh eke out a living

May 3:

5000 villagers raze govt building in Salboni to keep cops out

April 25:

A Brief Report on the Adivasi Rally on April 24 at the heart of Kolkata – Koustav De, Sanhati
April 22:

Lalgarh agrees to elections on its own terms
April 12:

Report of the All-India Fact-Finding Team on Lalgarh

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Interim Report of Fact-finding Team on Developments in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

An all-India fact-finding team visited Chhattisgarh from May 29 to June 1, 2009 in the wake of certain disturbing developments in the State plagued by Maoist violence, state terror, the Salwa Judum campaign and attacks on voluntary organisations (even Gandhian bodies) by the powers that be. The team visited the site of the demolished Vanvasi Chetna Ashram (VCA) at Kanwalnar near Dantewada and run by Himanshu Kumar, a noted Gandhian social activist working among the tribals in Dantewada and Bijapur districts of Bastar region. The demolition of the ashram took place on May 17, 2009. After the visit, the team met with the state Governor, E.S.L. Narasimhan, and the Superintendent of Police, Dantewada, Rahul Sharma, and submitted a Memorandum to them.

Apart from the government officials, the team, which did the fact finding from May 29 to May 31, met the Gandhian social activists running the VCA, including its founder Himanshu Kumar, as well as Manish Kunjam, the former MLA of the CPI. The team members spoke to various people (villagers, civil society activists, and local media persons) in Kanwalnar, Lingagiri, Basaguda, Boraguda, Kamaram, Bijapur and Dantewada. All of them confirmed and acclaimed the constructive work that the VCA has been doing in the region for the last 17 years. The Governor assured that he would look into the points made in the Memorandum. Read the rest of this entry »

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Naxal Revolution Archives

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

Given below are some randomly chosen articles from this blog
more information can be accessed by clicking on the categories above
or you can use the search function to dig really deep into this archive for

there are more than 1300 posts in this blog.

Partial Index of Important Documents ( Randomly chosen )

Interviews with Com Ganapathy, Currently
General Secretary of the CPI(Maoist)

Unification is the only way to advance the cause of the Indian revolution’

as General Secretary of CPI(M-L)Peoples War
(1998 –

The People’s War always repay’s its blood debt


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Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

Peoples Truth

Comrade Valluri Venkat Rao alias Mastan Rao alias Kailasam, comrade Thota Gangadhar alias Ramchandar, comrade Jaya alias Aruna alias Sarita and comrade Ramathoti Jaya Kumar alias Ashok alias Ramana were arrested by the APSIB on the 26th of October, brutally tortured for more than 24 hours and were murdered in the early hours of 27th. They were separated into two batches and shot dead in two different regions of Nallamala and AOB. As usual, a fake encounter story was floated by the police that comrade Ramchandar and Jaya were killed in an exchange of fire in Ravulapalli forest area in Bollapalli mandal of Guntur district which falls under Nallamala forest region, and comrades Mastan Rao and Ashok were killed near Ravikona Kothavalasa in Parvatipuram mandal in Vizianagaram district falling under Andhra-Orissa Border Special Zone. A few days prior to their arrest, another rcomrade of AP Special Committee and a former member of AOBSZC, comrade Gopu Sammi Reddy alias Jogal was arrested in Orissa but was produced in the court after arresting the other comrades. Read the rest of this entry »

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ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN CHATTISGARH— A Fraud of Himalayan dimensions

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

The reactionary ruling classes had once again enacted their routine drama of elections to state assemblies in the months of November-December 2008. In Chattisgarh the drama was enacted in two phases—on Nov 14 and 20. The reasons given by the election commission for conducting the polls in two phases were: to muster enough forces for ensuring security to the polling personnel, transport of EVMs to and from the polling booths and to confront the “threat” from the Maoists who had issued a call for election boycott. In most of the Maoist stronghold areas in the state i.e., in 39 of the 90 Assembly constituencies, the polls were held on November 14.

The entire state, particularly the Bastar range, was turned into a war zone with rifle-wielding policemen and central forces present everywhere while helicopters made incessant rounds over the forest terrain of the state. Polling personnel were transported to the polling stations by air in most of the Maoist stronghold areas, and they, along with the EVMs, were brought back after the polling in the same way. 40 helipads were constructed for the purpose. In several places re polling was held twice and at some places, even thrice, as they did not dare to venture into some interior areas or because Maoist guerrillas took away the EVMs. Overall, the entire exercise seemed more like a war exercise than the so-called electoral exercise; it was a war of bullets than a war of the ballot. All in all, around 50,000 troops were deployed in the 39 constituencies on Nov 14. Besides the 16 CRPF Battalions, two SSB Read the rest of this entry »

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The Mass Uprising in Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

People’s Truth
After Singur and Nanidgram, now it is the turn of Lalgarh. While the first two mass eruptions in West Bengal were over displacement of the peasants from their fertile lands which were handed over to the big comprador sharks, the Lalgarh adivasi uprising was against the high-handedness and atrocities by the police and, of course, by the social fascist goons of the ruling CPI(M). It is the first mass uprising that had erupted on such a massive scale against police atrocities in post-1947 India barring, of course, Kashmir and North East. One is reminded of the mass uprising of Manipur against atrocities by the Indian Army and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the wake of the rape of Manorama.
Described as the biggest adivasi rebellion ever in the state and as the second Santhal rebellion, the militant mass uprising in Lalgarh drew banner headlines for several weeks following the land-mine attack on the convoy of the West Bengal chief minister, Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, and a host of other VVIPs, including two Union Ministers, Ramvilas Paswan and Jitendra Prasad, and top industrialist, Ashok Jindal, on November 2, 2008 near Salboni in West Midnapore district. The convoy was attacked by Maoist guerrillas when it was returning from Salboni after Buddhadeb’s inauguration of a mega-steel project being set up by Jindal at a cost of over Rs. 12,000 crores and for which 4,500 acres of land was acquired by the so-called Left Front government. Three policemen, including an inspector and two constables, were suspended following the land-mine blast. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oppose the genocidal war on the people of Tamil Eelam by the Rajapakshe government!

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009


After a long gap of eighteen years the struggle in support of Tamil Eelam is engulfing the whole state of Tamilnadu for the last four months, particularly from January 2009 onwards. Showing the ghost of Rajiv Gandhi, the democratic right of the Tamil people to extend their solidarity to their brethren in Tamil Eelam was suppressed with an iron fist by the successive governments at the centre and in state for the last two decades. Now, as the genocidal war against the Eelam Tamils in the name of ‘war against LTTE’ in Srilanka has intensified killing and injuring thousands of people, the protests against such killings and solidarity movements for Tamil Eelam are spreading like a wild fire throughout Tamilnadu. It has become the most important political issue in the state. The stand taken by the political parties, particularly the treacherous support extended by the UPA government led by the Congress to this war; the double-dealing by the DMK, i.e. while condemning the killings of Tamils in Srilanka extending all support to the Congress; the fascist Jayalalitha who openly said that the killing of civilians is inevitable in the ‘war against terrorism’; the howling of CPI (M) that “we should not support the ‘separatist’ slogan of Tamil Eelam’ in the name of killing of Srilankan Tamils, enraged the people of Tamilnadu. All sections of the broad masses- workers, peasants, students, youths, traders, lawyers, women, dalits etc. are participating in this solidarity movement. At present the struggles are spearheaded by the students and the lawyers. The struggles started as human chain, demonstrations and rallies have become more militant and widespread. On 29th January, 2009, Muthukumar, a 26 year youth self immolated exposing the treacherous role of all political parties and appealed to the masses, particularly the students and youth, not to be cheated by the politicians but advance the movement independently. Pointing out the betrayal of DMK, which came to power by reaping the benefits of the anti-Hindi Read the rest of this entry »

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Scrap the anti-reservation Reservation Bill

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

The Rajya Sabha, during its winter session, passed the Reservation Bill in two minutes without debate. Till today Reservations are being extended every 10 years by executive order. Now they seek to institutionalize it; and while doing so they made sure to remove its teeth.
The casteist mentality and the brahmanical ideology of the Indian ruling classes is once again exposed during the last session of Parliament when an anti-dalit and anti adivasi Bill “The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservations in Posts and Services) Bill, 2008” was passed in Rajya Sabha without any discussion. The name of the Bill is quite misleading. Instead of protecting the reservations, The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill, 2008, passed by the Rajya Sabha in December 2008, restricts, cripples and wipes out, to a significant extent, the provision of reservation for the SCs and the STs. From various clauses in the Bill it becomes very clear that the objective of the Bill was not to implement reservation but to end reservation to ensure complete and legalized exclusion of Dalits and Adivasis from all spheres of development. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Recent Draconian Acts are a desperate attempt at saving the State from Impending Doom

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009


In December 2008, only one month after the Mumbai blasts the Indian Parliament passed two bills, one on the creation of a National Investigation Agency and the other on an amended version of a previous act known as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amended Bill 2008 or Bill No.76 of 2008. The first is the proposal to set up a national investigation agency throughout the country to coordinate the activities of different intelligence agencies and the second is the measure to exercise more ruthless control over the rights and body of the citizens by making a mockery of democracy in this ‘land of the largest democracy’ of the world. The second bill incorporated provisions borrowed from previous ‘anti-terrorist laws’, which were discredited due to their misuse by the police and their draconian anti-right measures. Both the bills were passed in the Parliament without any opposition. There was no opposition from the so-called ‘left’ parties including CPI (M)–the self-professed champion of people’s rights.

What are the provisions of this Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amended Act of 2008?
This act has revised the provisions of the CrPC.—one of the main codes prevalent in India. According to existing law, anybody charged with being a “terrorist” can be kept under police custody (Section 43D) for 15 days together; in the new law, the period is extendable to 30 days initially. According to the existing law again, if the prisoner is not given the charge-sheet within 90 days, then he or she will naturally get bail on the 91st day. In the revised act, it is stated that even if the police fails to give the charge-sheet within 90 days, the prisoner can be kept in prison for a period of 180 days. It implies clearly that the evidence to be furnished by the State would be ghost and fictitious, and such evidences would be prepared by the newly-formed National Investigation Agency and the details of those ghost witnesses would not be disclosed to the prisoners vide section 17(2) of the NIA. Side by side, Read the rest of this entry »

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Lalgarh Movement spreads

Posted by Admin on June 13, 2009

Express India

Kolkata The turf war between the CPM and the Lalgarh-based People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) has spilled over from West Midnapore to the neighbouring district of Bankura. Violence erupted in Akkuda village of Raniband Assembly constituency on Thursday

night during a bandh called by the PCPA.

Fifteen shops and one motorcycle were set ablaze during the clashes. “We are assessing the damages. Six persons have been arrested. I cannot say which party they belong to,” Bankura Superintendent of Police Vishal Garg said. Police sources, however, said the arrested persons were from the PCPA.

Tribal leaders said the bandh was called to protest against the atrocities by CPM cadres and to muffle the protest, CPM members unleashed violence injuring several of their supporters. “They said they wanted to teach us a lesson and set fire to the shops,” a PCPA leader said, adding that villagers sympathetic to the PCPA fled after the incident and were yet to return.

Tension, meanwhile, prevailed in Lalgarh on Friday after the murder of a local CPM leader at Dharmapur on Thursday night. The district administration has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC at Lalgarh.

District Magistrate West Midnapore N S Nigam said many areas in Lalgarh remained under siege as members of the PCPA continued to block the roads and the police could not enter Dharmapur.

Falku Saren, CPM branch committee member, was killed last night at Dharmapur village. Local CPM leaders claimed he was killed by the PCPA members but tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato denied the allegations. No arrests have been made so far.

Pulin Behari Baske, CPM MP from Jhargram, said the district administration should be proactive in restoring normalcy in Lalgarh.

The PCPA is being controlled by Maoist outfits operating from forest areas because police hesitate to move into the forests due to fear of Maoists, he added.’

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