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Archive for July 3rd, 2009

ഡല്‍ഹിയില്‍ സി.പി.എം. ആസ്ഥാനത്തേക്ക്‌ മാവോവാദിഅനുകൂലികളുടെ മാര്‍ച്ച്‌

Posted by Admin on July 3, 2009


ന്യൂഡല്‍ഹി: പശ്ചിമബംഗാളിലെ ലാല്‍ഗഢില്‍ ദളിതര്‍ക്കും ആദിവാസികള്‍ക്കും നേരെ സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ അതിക്രമം നടത്തുന്നുവെന്ന്‌ ആരോപിച്ച്‌ സി.പി.എം. കേന്ദ്ര ആസ്ഥാനമായ എ.കെ.ജി. ഭവനുമുന്നിലേക്ക്‌ മാവോവാദി അനുകൂലികള്‍ പ്രതിഷേധ മാര്‍ച്ച്‌ നടത്തി. വിവിധ സംഘടനകളുടെ ബാനറില്‍ മാര്‍ച്ച്‌ നടത്തിയ സ്‌ത്രീകളും കുട്ടികളും ഉള്‍പ്പെടെയുള്ള മുപ്പതോളം പേരെ പോലീസ്‌ അറസ്റ്റ്‌ ചെയ്‌തു നീക്കി. മുന്‍കൂട്ടി പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചതുപ്രകാരം ചൊവ്വാഴ്‌ച രാവിലെ പതിനൊന്നേകാലോടെയാണ്‌ പ്രതിഷേധ പ്രകടനം നടന്നത്‌. സംഭവസമയത്ത്‌ എ.കെ.ജി. ഭവനില്‍ സി.പി.എം. ജനറല്‍ സെക്രട്ടറി പ്രകാശ്‌ കാരാട്ട്‌, പി.ബി. അംഗങ്ങളായ വൃന്ദാകാരാട്ട്‌, എസ്‌. രാമചന്ദ്രന്‍ പിള്ള എന്നിവരുമുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. എന്നാല്‍, പ്രതിഷേധത്തെക്കുറിച്ച്‌ സി.പി.എം. നേതാക്കള്‍ പ്രതികരിച്ചില്ല. സി.പി.എം. കേന്ദ്ര കമ്മിറ്റി ഓഫീസിനു മുന്നില്‍ പ്രകടനം നടത്തുമെന്ന്‌ തിങ്കളാഴ്‌ച രാത്രിയോടെ എ.കെ.ജി. ഭവനില്‍ ഇ-മെയില്‍ സന്ദേശം ലഭിച്ചിരുന്നു.
പതിനൊന്നു മണിയോടെ പ്രകടനക്കാര്‍ ഓരോരുത്തരായി എ.കെ.ജി. ഭവനു മുന്നില്‍ എത്തി. ബാനറുകള്‍ ഉയര്‍ത്തി സി.പി.എമ്മിനെതിരെയും ബംഗാള്‍ സര്‍ക്കാറിനെതിരെയും മുദ്രാവാക്യമുയര്‍ത്തി. കൂടുതല്‍ പോലീസ്‌ സ്ഥലത്തെത്തി പ്രകടനക്കാരെ നീക്കം ചെയ്‌തു.

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Chhatradhar Mahato’s house ransacked

Posted by Admin on July 3, 2009


 
LALGARH: A police team on Thursday evening allegedly ransacked the house of Chhatradhar Mahato, the leader of People’s Committee against Police
 
Atrocities. Mahato’s wife Anita claimed that the policemen had misbehaved with her while looking for the fugitive leader.

A team of policemen went to Pathardanga village — some 4 km from Lalgarh — where they met Uma Mal, wife of Haradhan Mal, a villager. The policemen asked Uma where Chhatradhar’s house is located. When Uma told them she did not know, the policemen allegedly caught her and started dragging her towards Amlia, the village where Chhatradhar stays.

Chhatradhar’s wife Anita was at home. She told police that he was not at home. “They started abusing me and an altercation followed,” Anita said. Later on, the policemen allegedly entered the house and broke an emergency light. They were also accused of taking away the battery. Anita claimed that their clothes were torn by the marauding policemen.

The Lalgarh police on Thursday arrested one Rajesh Mahapatra, a suspected Maoist who hails from Ramgarh.

TOI

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FIRE AND FOREBODING – The CPI(M) itself is responsible for the predicament it is in

Posted by Admin on July 3, 2009


FIRE AND FOREBODING

– The CPI(M) itself is responsible for the predicament it is in

Cutting Corners – Ashok Mitra (Former West Bengal Finance Minister)

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Legal rhetoric is not the real issue though. Spokesmen of the administration led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in West Bengal had been importunating for the despatch of Central forces to quell the rebellion in Lalgarh. We have obviously travelled aeons since the days the Left questioned the very right of the Centre to raise police and security forces on the ground that law and order were an exclusively State subject. In response to the state government’s plea, CRPF personnel have entered West Bengal, taken charge in Lalgarh and its neighbourhood, and are currently engaged in combing operations with gusto. The drama, however, has only reached Act One, Scene Three. Having answered the state government’s prayer, New Delhi is now intent on extracting its pound of flesh. The Maoists are a national menace; to combat that menace, other states have banned them in terms of the relevant Central legislation. West Bengal too must fall in and apply the same legislation; the West Bengal government has agreed to do so.

From the first day of Independence, the Left has fought against what it used to describe as the obnoxiousness of preventive detention. The regime in West Bengal, led by the CPI(M), has now gone on reverse gear. It is, in consequence, in the tentacles of a double jeopardy. The perverse logic they subscribe to induces the Maoists to target the Marxists as their biggest enemies. The grisly, indiscriminate killings of Marxist cadre in and around Lalgarh have no other explanation. But are the Marxists sufficiently aware of the other peril lying in wait for them? The Congress leadership mapping the strategy in New Delhi wants to liquidate not just the Maoists but the entire Left, including the CPI(M). To make a particular coalition partner happy is only one part of it. The ‘soft Hindutva’ line of the Bharatiya Janata Party does not worry the Congress; it is confident about containing that challenge — if necessary, by organizing a spell of round-the-clock temple-hopping by the Nehru-Gandhis. There is, in any event, no class divide as far as the BJP is concerned. That is not the case with the Left, which, at the national level, continues to put up irritating roadblocks to thwart the completion of the ‘economic reforms’ agenda, class interest according to demands choking the Left wherever possible.

The Marxists would therefore be living in a fool’s paradise if they think that once Lalgarh is cleared of Maoists, the Centre would shake hands in a gentlemanly way and withdraw its forces from West Bengal. The aforesaid coalition partner, fired up further by the results of the state municipal polls, will turn more raucous with every passing day. It will, rest assured, plot to create a situation in the state where the demand will intensify to bring certain parts of the state under the purview of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Chaos will mount, and the Left Front administration will be fighting simultaneously on several fronts; New Delhi, it is a fair surmise, expects it to collapse reasonably soon.

Is not the CPI(M) itself responsible for most of the predicaments it finds itself in? It was inordinately confident of its ability to persuade the Congress to rein in enthusiasm for both neo-liberal economic policies and the strategic alliance with the United States of America. And in spite of its severe disappointment, elements in the party still seem to think all was not lost, the Congress might yet bail the Left out at the very last moment.

Even more worrying is the gradual withering away of the party’s mass base in what was hitherto its strongest bastion, West Bengal. The Left Front administration’s desperate move to re-establish its control over certain parts of the state through induction of Central forces, with all its implications, is a sad admission of that reality. The CPI(M)’s political line for coping with the Maoist threat is unexceptionable: to isolate the Maoists from the people. In this context, should not the prime task of the party and the state administration have been to use all the energy and resources in their command to improve the conditions of the wretchedly poor adivasis in areas such as Lalgarh? The panchayats should have been made the focal point of welfare and developmental activities, with party leaders and cadre acting as the eye and ear of the masses.

Nothing of the sort, it is now clear, took place. Funds allocated to the panchayat bodies under different heads were either not spent or disappeared in mysterious directions. Party leaders generally played a passive — if not negative — role. Many of them imbibed the habits and attitudes of feudal overlords and allowed a social distance to grow between them and the people. What Gunder Frank had called the development of under-development expanded its empire. This, in sum, is the story that unfolded over the past decade or thereabouts in several districts of the state.

Lalgarh has, for the present, been freed from Maoist clutches through Central help. The prior question, though, is to ask how the Maoists got their opportunity to penetrate into territories where the CPI(M) had once overwhelming mass support. The answer is simple: instead of isolating the Maoists, the CPI(M) succeeded in getting itself isolated from the people.

When Maoist mayhem was at its peak at Lalgarh last month, television cameras had occasion to zoom their sight on a particular event: a frenzied mob setting fire to an apparently newly built, dazzlingly white palatial building, standing in unabashed and isolated splendour in the midst of squalor and destitution all around: parched earth, dishevelled huts, rickety children with not a stitch on, men and women with sunken cheeks and deep hungry looks. Then came the astounding revelation: that mansion was owned by the CPI(M)’s zonal secretary — by profession, trader, and by caste, high Brahmin; the party’s zonal office too was located there.

When the Left Front assumed charge of the state administration in 1977, it made a commitment to itself: notwithstanding the restraints set by the Constitution, it would carve out a Left alternative for social and economic development that would inspire the rest of the nation. Its initial years, marked by land reforms, speedy decentralization of administration and animation of the panchayat institutions, enabled it to make great strides toward that direction. Something obviously snapped in the later years. It could be the lure of economic liberalization in spite of the general party line: class awareness wobbled, and hubris set in. The panchayats, once considered the salvation of the people, can no longer claim to be as clean as a hound’s tooth. The state administration, as a whole, is in a state of atrophy. The CPI(M)’s state leadership, which was expected to act as a moral guide, is transformed into an unfeeling bureaucracy.

Does not one almost hear the whispered foreboding of an excruciating tragedy? Objective conditions in the country call for radical initiatives on the part of the Marxists and their allies. Were they to fail to fulfil that task, the nation’s millions, hapless victims of deprivation and relentless exploitation, would conceivably have no alternative but to migrate toward the direction of those who promise nothing beyond murderous anarchy.

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