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Archive for October 13th, 2009

Ravana’ PC goes up in Maoist flames

Posted by Admin on October 13, 2009


RANCHI: First it was a flying shoe which missed him by a hair’s breadth and now he’s burning in the flames of rebel ire. As Union home minister, P Chidambaram is used to these missiles and expressions of loathing. But then Dussehra showcased how deep ran the anti-PC feelings in rebel bastions.

When the country was busy celebrating Durga Puja, the festival celebrating the victory of good over evil, villagers in the "liberated zones" of the state were treated to a "Ravan dahan" of a different kind.

Armed cadres of the CPI (Maoists) burnt an effigy of Chidambaram as Ravana of modern times. Not only this, the destruction of the effigy was given full honours in their style by firing in the air and with shouts of: "Long live the revolution!" And all this just a couple of days after the home minister visited the state capital on September 25 reiterating the government’s anti-Maoist offensive in the state. "If the government is announcing a major offensive against us, our men, including villagers, should be prepared for the war," Maoist sources told tnn.

The effigy burning took place in the presence of CPI Maoist Bihar Jharkhand North Chhatisgarh Special Area Committee (BJNCSAC) members which has its headquarters in Jharkhand. Prior to this, Maoists also participated in the Durga Puja festivities by involving residents of at least five villages.

The festive days also saw the screening of B R Chopra’s mega serial Mahabharata for five days, with a special emphasis on episodes related to Krishna’s sermons on dharma yuddh (interpreted as war for righteousness) to Arjuna.

A small tent was set up, television and video CD player were arranged along with sound boxes and villagers lapped up the experience with alacrity. Since this was part of the nine-day Durga Puja celebrations, the Left extremists had also made arrangements for food. Sweets were also distributed among villagers in an obvious show of the rebels giving in to the festive spirit although by Left standards they are not supposed to observe rituals as they are atheists.

In fact, the young generation recruits took leave during the festival to visit their native places and also participate in the celebrations. Some of the mobile cadres were also given the liberty to invite their wives and children to their hideouts to spend the festive days with their family. It was a clever way of turning the festivities to their advantage. "Last year, they screened Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana," said a villager. TOI

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Statement against Government of India’s planned military offensive in adivasi-populated regions: National and international signatories

Posted by Admin on October 13, 2009


CG Encounter on 8-1-09 ..Sanhati October 12, 2009
Sanhati (www.sanhati.com), a collective of activists/academics who have been working in solidarity with peoples’ movements in India by providing information and analysis, took the initiative to bring together voices from around the world against the Government of India’s planned military offensive in Central India. A statement (Hindi version here, Bengali version here, Telugu version here) and a background note were drafted in consultation with Indian activists, and duly circulated for endorsement. Readers are encouraged to endorse by mailing sanhatiindia [at] sanhati [dot] com with full name and affiliation.To

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister,
Government of India,
South Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi,
India-110 011.

We are deeply concerned by the Indian government’s plans for launching an unprecedented military offensive by army and paramilitary forces in the adivasi (indigeneous people)-populated regions of Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa and West Bengal states. The stated objective of the offensive is to “liberate” these areas from the influence of Maoist rebels. Such a military campaign will endanger the lives and livelihoods of millions of the poorest people living in those areas, resulting in massive displacement, destitution and human rights violation of ordinary citizens. To hunt down the poorest of Indian citizens in the name of trying to curb the shadow of an insurgency is both counter-productive and vicious. The ongoing campaigns by paramilitary forces, buttressed by anti-rebel militias, organised and funded by government agencies, have already created a civil war like situation in some parts of Chattisgarh and West Bengal, with hundreds killed and thousands displaced. The proposed armed offensive will not only aggravate the poverty, hunger, humiliation and insecurity of the adivasi people, but also spread it over a larger region. Read the rest of this entry »

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Statement from national platform of adivasi and forest dwellers’ mass organisations (Campaign for Survival and Dignity) on Government offensive

Posted by Admin on October 13, 2009


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A Pretext to Impose Brutal Repression: the Government’s “Offensive” Is a Formula for Bloodshed and Injustice

The Campaign for Survival and Dignity, a national platform of adivasi and forest dwellers’ mass organisations (listed below) from ten States, unequivocally condemns the reported plans for a military “offensive” by the government in the country’s major forest and tribal areas. This offensive, ostensibly targeted against the CPI (Maoist), is a smoke screen for an assault against the people, especially adivasis, aimed at suppressing all dissent, all resistance and engineering the takeover of their resources. Certain facts make this clear:

The government tells us that this offensive will make it possible for the “state to function” in these areas and fill the “vacuum of governance.”

This is grossly misleading. The Indian state is very, very active in these areas, often in its most brutal and violent form. A vivid example is the illegal eviction of more than 3,00,000 families by the Forest Departments a few years ago. Laws have been totally disregarded; Constitutional protections for adivasi rights blatantly ignored and their rights over water, forest and land (jal, jangal, jamin) glaringly violated. Every month an increasing number of people are jailed, beaten and killed by the police. If this is the picture of what “absence” of the state means, people are terrified of what the “presence” of the state will mean. It can only mean converting brutalized governance into militarized rule, a total negation of democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kobad Ghandy’s Lawyer Allowed During Interrogation

Posted by Admin on October 13, 2009


kobadNew Delhi, Oct 12 – A city court Monday allowed the plea of Kobad Ghandy, the arrested leader of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), to have his lawyer present during his police interrogation but stipulated he has to be at a ‘considerable distance’.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja accepted Ghandy’s plea, through his lawyer Vishal Gosain, allowing Gosain to be present during the interrogation but also told him that he should not interfere in the proceedings and maintain a considerable distance in consultation with the investigating officer (IO) of the case.

Gosain has also submitted an undertaking in the court that he will not interfere during the interrogation at any stage.

The court turned down the plea of Delhi Police who opposed Ghandy’s request, contending that the very purpose of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act would be impeded if counsel is allowed during interrogation.

The 63-year-old London-educated Ghandy, arrested here Sep 21 under the act for being a member of the banned terror organisation, was residing at a rented accommodation in south Delhi and was allegedly working to set up a base for the Maoists in the capital.

Ghandy, whose release was demanded by Maoists in exchange for abducted Jharkhand police official Francis Induwar, has been sent to police custody till Oct 15. Read the rest of this entry »

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