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Archive for September 29th, 2009

CoBRA and Army cannot suppress our movement: CPI Maoist

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009

Maoist guerrillas have adopted a belligerent stand against the centre’s move to send security forces into Maoist controlled areas in several States, by declaring that neither the commando force raised by the CRPF nor the Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army could suppress the revolutionary movement in the country.

The recent offensive in Bastar forests of Chhattisgarh by the CRPF’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and Chhattisgarh police was “courageously” repulsed by the Maoist guerrillas who killed at least six security forces personnel. "After suffering the biggest loss, the commandoes caught several unarmed adivasis and killed them in cold blood", Azad, spokesperson of the Maoist Central Committee said in a statement here on Tuesday.

Referring to the September 18 offensive in forested areas of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh, Azad said the massive operation was part of a bigger offensive being taken up in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

The brutal onslaught in Dandakarnya showed the extreme demoralisation of and desperation of the "fascist clique" at the centre over its failure to lay hands on the mineral wealth in the adivasi-inhabited regions in Eastern and Central India.

Azad alleged that the Centre was planning ‘aerial bombardment’ of some Maoist-held areas even at the cost of civilian casualties and destruction of clusters of villages. The centre had already tried ‘Vietnam type’ resettlement of adivasis in ‘strategic hamlets’ through the Salwa Judum campaign in Bastar forests. The visit of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand on September 25 was akin to "morale-boosting trips" of Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The advertisements in newspapers on naxal violence was part of a simultaneously taken up psychological war, but such ‘cheap propaganda’ was bound to backfire, as people witness the violence perpetrated by the security forces daily.

Conceding that the arrest of Kobad Ghandy was a ‘great loss’ to the revolutionary movement in India, Azad said Ghandy was betrayed by a ‘weak element’ in the party. The courier had led the Special Intelligence Branch (SIB) of Andhra Pradesh and the intelligence wing in Delhi to Bhikaji Cama Place in South Delhi, where Ghandy had an appointment after his return from a trip to a Guerrilla zone in the country. Ghandy was arrested on September 17 and not on 20th as police claimed, he said charging that the police had planned to ‘torture and murder’ him, but with the intervention of democratic civil rights organisations foiled their plans. The Hindu

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CPI-Maoist urges war against ’state terror’

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009

CPI M3 CPI Maoist urges war against state terrorCalling arrested Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy a “role model” for the youth, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Tuesday also urged people to unite against “state terror”.

The CPI-Maoist, in a statement, termed the operation against their cadres a “cruel war” led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

It said the “Sonia-Manmohan-Chidambaram fascist clique has upped its cruel war by launching the biggest-ever armed onslaught on the adivasis and CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh”.

The outfit appealed to all revolutionary, democratic and peace-loving forces to unite to resist this “fascist country-wide offensive” by the central and state governments.

It called upon the party cadres, “the brave PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) fighters, and the revolutionary masses to rise up courageously to confront the brutal offensive unleashed by imperialist agents ruling our country, to prepare for immense sacrifices in this war of resistance”.

The CPI-Maoist also urged them to mobilise masses all over the country into militant movements against the “brutal onslaught” by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Betrayal by courier led to Kobad Ghandy’s arrest: CPI-Maoist

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009

HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Tuesday claimed that its London-educated leader and ideologue Kobad Ghandy was betrayed by his courier, leading to his arrest in New Delhi Sep 17.While admitting that the arrest of the politburo and central committee member was a big loss to the Maoist movement in the country, the Maoist outfit said it was only a temporary success for the authorities.”Comrade Kobad Ghandy was betrayed by his courier who led the SIB from AP (Special Intelligence Bureau of Andhra Pradesh police) and the intelligence wing in Delhi to the appointment spot in Bhikaji Cama Place in South Delhi,” said a statement by CPI-Maoist sent to IANS.This is the first reaction by the Maoist outfit to the arrest of the 63-year-old Ghandy, who was in-charge of expanding the party in urban areas and played a crucial role in getting international recognition for the party.

“Kobad Ghandy had just returned from a trip to the guerrilla zone.

His arrest is being touted as a big success for the intelligence officials while it was actually a result of the betrayal by a weak element in the party who was acting as his courier,” said the statement signed by Azad, the spokesperson of the outfit’s central committee.The central committee appealed to democratic forces to fight against the “heinous attempts of the reactionary rulers to implicate Ghandy in false cases, to conduct narco tests and to mentally harass him”.Azad alleged that Ghandy was arrested Sep 17 but the arrest was showed only Sep 21.

“The reactionary rulers were elated by this temporary success and the wily Chidambaram had congratulated the intelligence agencies for the prize catch. Like true heirs to George Bush, these state terrorists have stepped up their propaganda that the Maoists and the Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy are terrorists.””The reactionary rulers churn out numbers to show how thousands have become victims of Maoist violence. Read the rest of this entry »

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An interview with Arundhati Roy on India’s conflict with Maoist rebels, the occupation of Kashmir, ongoing Ind ian-Pakistani tensions, Obama’s war in “Af-Pak,” and more

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009

Source: Democracy Now

Author Arundhati Roy on the Human Costs of India’s Economic Growth, the View of Obama from New Delhi, and Escalating US Attacks in Af-Pak


We’re joined from the Indian capital of New Delhi by the Booker Prize-winning novelist, political essayist and global justice activist Arundhati Roy. Her books include the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things and her latest essay collection, Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers. We speak to Roy about India’s conflict with Maoist rebels, the occupation of Kashmir, ongoing Indian-Pakistani tensions, Obama’s war in “Af-Pak,” and more. [includes rush transcript]

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Arundhati Roy, world-renowned Indian author and global justice activist. Her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the Booker Prize in 1997. Since then she has written numerous essays on war, climate change and the dangers of free market development in India. Her new book, published today by Haymarket Books, is called Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers. An adapted introduction to the book is also posted on

AMY GOODMAN: We turn to a woman the New York Times calls India’s most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence, Arundhati Roy, world-renowned Indian author and global justice activist. Her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the Booker Prize in 1997. She has a new book; it’s called Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers. An adapted introduction to the book is posted at, called “What Have We Done to Democracy?” Arundhati Roy joins us now from New Delhi, India, on the country’s biggest national holiday of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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CPIML – Liberation statement on Operation Green Hunt

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009

Press Statement by CPI (ML) – Liberation
New Delhi, September 20 2009

Halt paramilitary offensive in Chhattisgarh
Halt ‘Operation Green Hunt’

War on the people cannot bring peace to Bastar
Disbanding Salwa Judum and ensuring rights of adivasi people is the only road to peace

The paramilitary offensive launched in Bastar by CoBRA battalions along with State police is a matter of grave concern for all those who seek the return of peace in the region. The experience of counter-insurgency offensives in other parts of the country as well as that of the past few years in Chhattisgarh itself have clearly shown that paramilitary ‘cleansing operations’ never bring peace or end militancy. In effect, such operations have invariably spelt a war on the people, with mass scale violations of human rights, and have been quite ineffective in checking military actions by Maoists or insurgent groups.

The UPA Government, by sponsoring a militaristic offensive in Bastar and backing up the Chhattisgarh Government in the patronage of a private militia (the Salwa Judum), is not even heeding the recommendations of the Expert Committee appointed by the Planning Commission. In its report submitted in early 2008, this Committee had explicitly counseled against ineffective militaristic solutions, pointing instead to a “socio-economic malaise” caused by State’s failure to ensure basic Constitutional entitlements to the poorest and most deprived of people.

In a highly irresponsible manner, the Home Ministry is accompanying its offensive with screaming ads displaying photographs claimed to be victims of ‘naxalites’ who, the ad claims are “nothing, but cold-blooded murderers.” Civilian killings by Naxalites are indefensible. But killings of innocents by the State, in order to brand them as extremists in death, is surely a far more heinous offense. The Home Ministry is silent on the numerous ‘encounters’ in Bastar, where villagers have identified the victims as innocent adivasis rather than ‘dreaded naxalites’. The Ishrat Jehan case has emphasized that ‘encounters’ which are yet to proved genuine by a judicial enquiry are all too likely to be fake. Are fake encounters not cold-blooded murders? An estimated 2 lakh adivasi people of Bastar have been rendered homeless since the launch of the Salwa Judum offensive in 2005. There have been several charges of rape and loot against leaders of the Salwa Judum. What passes for the ‘counterinsurgency’ operation in Chhattisgarh is clearly nothing but a war on the people.

The only road to peace in Bastar, in this situation, can be for the State and central Governments to immediately put an end to the war on the people by private militia (Salwa Judum) and paramilitary; to ensure the return of the displaced adivasis to their villages; and guarantee of their rights to land, livelihood and life.

Prabhat Kumar,
For CPI(ML) Central Committee
Communist Party of India (ML) Liberation

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Lalgarh: Media protests West Bengal police misrepresentation

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2009

The arrest of Chhatradhar Mahato by policemen posing as journalists may have been the stuff of spy thrillers but the adventure has come in for criticism from representatives of the media, among them former editors and the globally networked International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

The elusive convener of the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities) was dramatically picked up on Saturday from a village near Lalgarh in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district. Though officially in hiding, Mr. Mahato had been in regular contact with local journalists which fact was used by the police to trap him.

As reported by The Hindu on Sunday, policemen, pretending to be journalists from a foreign news agency, approached two local reporters, who, unaware that they were part of an undercover police mission, led them to Mr. Mahato’s hideout. The decoy reporters conducted a mock interview after which one of them whipped out his revolver and secured Mr. Mahato’s arrest.

“Deeply disturbed”

Reacting to this, the IFJ said in a statement that it was “deeply disturbed” by the implications of the operation. “The police operation in West Bengal compromises the status of journalists and spreads a pall of suspicion over the profession,” said the organisation’s Asia-Pacific Director, Jacqueline Park. Ms. Park said the IFJ was concerned that the incident would seriously impede the freedom that journalists in India enjoyed to “meet and interview all parties in an evolving situation.”

Columnists and former editors Nihal Singh and Inder Malhotra described the incident as unfortunate. Mr. Singh said it had “diminished the role and profession of journalists.”

Pointing out that Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance chief Ahmed Shah Massoud had been killed by Al-Qaeda assassins posing as news camerapersons, Mr. Singh said, “We must draw a line between professional journalism and such misrepresentation.” He argued that whatever was the objective of operation, it denigrated the profession. “After all, journalism trades in only one thing — integrity. And if that integrity is lost, it is not a good development.”

Mr. Malhotra said he found sting operations problematic and unethical, whether that involved policemen posing as journalists or journalists posing as other people. He said he did not see any public good being served by such deception. Tje Hindu

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