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Archive for August 4th, 2009

Chengara: A photo essay

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009

Pictures on 2008.

An artist has left these words on the walls of Chengara…May victory be theirs and Humanity

Chengara audience

peopole of chengara



Excerpts from Sudeep’s Blog (Backdrop)

[The news from Chengara (ചെങ്ങറ) is depressing. Women are being abducted and raped, men kidnapped, in addition to over two weeks of cutting off food and other lifeline supplies to people who have been protesting peacefully for more than an year now.]

Armed with a lot of gumption and confident that i would be able to fare better than others at my tryst with tyranny, i set on my mission- to Capture Chengara and the lives of thousands who are stranded in the settlement with the no supplies and no government help.

32 day old samaraja was born amidst calamity, her mother looks after her with the supplies that manage to reach her, Sarun her elder brother is malnourished and has health problems.

[Over 5000 families of landless Dalits, Adivasis and other marginalised people started this protest on 4th August 2007 claiming 6000 acres of land (you read that right — six thousand acres) that is illegally kept by Harrison Malayalam Private Ltd in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. Around 24,000 people from different parts of the region have moved to this area, with tents with poles and plastic sheets. ]

A year long protest has left Ambika (60) and Sarojini tired.

George (58) has a bad heart which is failing his body..he wants to live a better life but first needs some medicines.

Panchami (60) was begging for a bit of rice when my lens fell upon her.

Chicken pox has left her scarred Nimmi (11), it could have killed her, thanks to the traditional Neem therapy.

Mani (55) is an asthama patient, with agrrevated breathing problems, his life is a misery these days. When he is caught unawares by a bout of asthamatic attack, he frantically looks for his friend who has an inhaler from which he is allowed a small share.
Almost 20 women who had camped at 4th counter of the protest grounds. The women have various diseases like fever, chickenpox etc… Availability of food is their main concern.

Related post: Dcember 2007:  Chengara Land Struggle in Kerala

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Cultural festival organised at Chengara

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009

Staff Reporter, The Hindu

Second anniversary of agitation for land at Chengara

Artistes attached to the Sadhu Jana Vimochana Samyukta Vedi staging a folk dance at a rally organised to mark the second anniversary of the Chengara agitation in Pathanamthitta town on Monday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Sadhu Jana Vimochana Samyukta Vedi (SJVSV), supported by various social organisations and Dalit groups, on Monday organised a cultural festival here to mark the second anniversary of the agitation for land at Chengara.

Artistes attached to various Dalit groups staged a cultural procession in the town as a prelude to the festival. The procession included folk art forms such as ‘parichamuttukali,’ ‘kolkali,’ ‘sanghagaanaom,’ etc.

Chengara Land Struggle Samithi convener Kaithakkara Ayyappan inaugurated the festival at the Town Hall. S. Rajeevan, organising committee chairman, presided over the inaugural function. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protests continue in Manipur over fake encounter killing

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009

Fake Encounter Killing Protest of Satish, May 23 2009( File Picture)
Protest over Fake Encounter Killing , May 23 2009( File Picture)

IMPHAL/NEW DELHI – Scores of protestors in Manipur and New Delhi took to streets to protest against the killing of a youth in an alleged fake encounter.

Holding placards and banners accusing the police for fake killing, scores of protestors marched through Imphal and raised slogans against the government.

The irate public also burnt the effigies of the Chief Minister and the Director General of Police.

Protestors demanded stringent action against the police commandos involved in the July 23 incident.

Meanwhile, all the market places and other business establishments remained closed and the inter-State as well as inter-district transport services were suspended, as the 48-hour general strike called by a social organisation entered the second day today.

In New Delhi, scores of students staged a protest outside the Manipur house over the killing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cops salute Maoists in Naxal heartland

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009

CPI MaoistRaipur, Aug 4: It could well be dubbed the capital of India’s Maoist country. But thousands of policemen in Chhattisgarh who take on the AK-47-carrying rebels are armed with the humble ‘lathis’ or bamboo staves.

It is an unenviable battle, so loaded against the policemen that many are refusing to fight the insurgents, preferring instead to get suspended from service, police sources say. But the state’s police chief denies that his men are demoralised.

“You can say policemen are demoralised only when we are not going for operations in areas of Maoist control. The fact is that we have taken the battle to their (Maoist) zone and are killing them,” Director General of Police Vishwaranjan told IANS.

Another officer claimed that the Maoists were on the run in Chhattisgarh.

Other police officers narrate a different picture.

Some of them told IANS that a section of policemen posted in the thickly forested Maoist strongholds have made peace with the guerrillas in order to stay alive.

The result? Maoists rule supreme in vast areas of Chhattisgarh.

A senior police officer with over 15 years of posting in Maoist areas told IANS: “The government has the will to crush the insurgents, but it lacks vision and a strategy. This has left hundreds of policemen in forested interiors at the mercy of Maoists.

“Believe it or not, some of these policemen daily salute local Naxalite (Maoist) leaders to ensure they are alive. But in Raipur, the police brass claim that Maoists’ days are numbered!”

On July 12, Maoists ambushed a police convoy and killed 29 policemen in Rajnandgaon district. The massacre took to some 225 the number of security personnel and civilians killed in the state this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kerala: Chengara stir will be spread if not solved, landless tribals’ stir enters third year

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009

chengara12A protest by nearly 5,000 tribals demanding land at a rubber estate near here completes two years Tuesday. The group heading the strike has slammed the Left-led Kerala government for not resolving the issue.

The landless tribals have been staying in tents pitched in the Kumbazha rubber estate of Harrisons Malayalam Ltd (HML) in Chengara, about 120 km from Thiruvananthapuram, since Aug 4, 2007 to mark their protest.

Led by the Sadhu Jana Vimocha Samyukta Vedi (SJVSV) headed by Laha Gopalan, the protesters have been demanding land from the government. Gopalan lashed out at the Left government, especially the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), which he termed as a party that had no regard for the poor.

‘The CPI-M has proved beyond doubt that they have no concern for the downtrodden. Otherwise, would they have allowed this genuine strike to enter the third year. They have let us down very badly,’ said Gopalan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Protests over fake encounter killing in Manipur intensify

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009

‘If Chief Minister has misled the House, he should resign on moral grounds’
Women block the road during a general strike on Monday in protest against the alleged fake encounter in Kakwa, Imphal.

IMPHAL: Life was disrupted in Manipur on Monday as a result of the 48-hour general strike called by Apunba Lup, an amalgamation of 32 social organisations. The general strike began from midnight on Sunday.

People are demanding a judicial probe into the firings in Imphal city on July 23 which killed two persons, including a pregnant woman, and injured five others. They are also demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh for misleading the House.

Photographic evidence

Published photographic evidence shows that Chungkham Sanjit was taken inside a pharmacy and shot dead. They also show that there was no encounter or recovery of weapons from Sanjit. Soon after the publication of the tell-tale photographs, Mr. Ibobi rushed to New Delhi to attend meetings. Lodged at the Manipur House, the Chief Minister is not taking any visitors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Plan for September strike on Maoists, Maoists ready with counter-strategies

Posted by Admin on August 4, 2009

majornaxalimageNew Delhi, Aug. 3: An inter-services committee under the home ministry is charting a roadmap for an offensive against Maoists that is likely from the third week of September.

The committee comprises representatives of the army and the air force, apart from officials of the central paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies.

The Left-wing extremists have also been anticipating such an offensive. Their preparations are taking into account lessons they have drawn from the LTTE’s defeat in Sri Lanka, says a document released by the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

A senior officer told The Telegraph the army’s role would be confined to training and operational advice but the force’s involvement will be more direct. An army officer, Brigadier D.S. Dadwal, is attached to the “Naxalite management” cell of the home ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

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