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Banned Thought: An extensive collection of articles surrounding Lalgarh

Posted by Admin on August 20, 2009



The Great Lalgarh Revolt

by n3wday on August 20, 2009

This this was written by Banned Thought and is an introduction to a series of articles collected and posted on the site.

Starting in November 2008, the tribal people (or adivasis) of the Lalgarh village area of the Midnapore district of West Bengal, India, rose up against decades of oppression and abuse by the police and armed thugs of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). This party is usually known by its initials as the “CPM”. Despite its name, this is by no means a revolutionary Marxist party; it is instead a revisionist or phony “communist” party, which represents not the workers, peasants and the poor, but actually the ruling alliance of exploiting classes (capitalists and landlords). The CPM has been in power in West Bengal for decades, and has come to demonstrate that old revolutionary Marxist addage that revisionism in power is nothing other than outright fascism as far as the masses of people are concerned.

Naturally the people of West Bengal are more and more resisting this state oppression, but when a revolt like that in Lalgarh occurs, the CPM police and armed goons become all the more ferocious in their attempts to suppress the people’s upsurge and drive them back into submission. There are now huge numbers of state police and paramilitary forces in the Lalgarh area attempting to put down the people’s revolt. But the mass struggle is continuing!

In recent years hundreds of adivasis in the Lalgarh area have been imprisoned on false charges of having ties with the widespread and ongoing Maoist insurgency in large parts of India, and many of them have been murdered. But it is a fact that the Communist Party of India (Maoist) has become more and more influential in the area, and has proven to be the only significant party which actually sides with the people in their fight against the oppressive CPM state machine. It has helped the adivasis set up People’s Committees, and start to take control over their own lives. Activists of the CPI(Maoist) have played a leading role in promoting these People’s Committees and in expanding the struggle to new areas. There are, in addition, a number of special people’s organizations with a broad range of support and participation, such as the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities, which are playing very positive roles in defense of the masses. This is the overall situation at present in the Lalgarh area and beyond.

The reports and documents below, available either on this site or else via links to other sites, provide extensive information about this great Lalgarh struggle of the Indian masses. While many of the news reports from the establishment press which are included below are of course not themselves banned in India, they are listed here in order to present a fuller and more complete picture of all the many events in this prolonged struggle. Sometimes the ruling class suppresses views and information outright and directly, but more often it suppresses it through simply making sure it has very limited circulation and does not actually reach most of the masses. This is just as much true in the United States as it is in India, and maybe even more so, due to the tyranny of capitalist media market forces. Withholding news coverage to the people, or only very spotty news coverage, is really almost as bad as the outright banning of publications which try to break the news embargo. It is the goal of BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET to help break down both of these forms of suppression of news and ideas, and to combat the ignorance and “dumbing down” of the population which the rulers seek to impose on us.

  1. Pamphlets and Articles by Amit Bhattacharyya, Professor of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  2. Selected Press Accounts and Commentary
  3. Photo Gallery
  4. Statements and Interviews by the CPI (Maoist)
  5. Articles from People’s Truth, Voice of the Indian Revolution
    [Some of these articles are not yet available separately, but the entire issues are available on via the links below.]

    • The Lalgarh Revolt a “Festival of the Masses”, by Cherag, and other shorter items totaling 10 pages, from People’s Truth, #7, August 2009.
      PDF Version (295 KB);   MS Word (66 KB)
    • Lalgarh Revolt Surges Ahead, People’s Truth #6, July 2009.
    • The Mass Uprising in Lalgarh, People’s Truth #5, April-June 2009.
    • Uprising in Lalgarh, People’s Truth #4, January-March 2009.
  6. Solidarity with Lalgarh and Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) Statements
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