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Archive for October 26th, 2009

Green Hunt: Eight killed in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2009

Eight killed in Maoist violence in central IndiaNew Delhi – At least four police officers and four Maoist militants were killed in India’s central state of Chhattisgarh, which was placed on alert Monday amid intelligence reports that the rebels could strike urban areas, officials and news reports said.

The police officers from the Central Industrial Security Force were killed Sunday evening when Maoists triggered a landmine blast to blow up their jeep, senior police official RK Vij told reporters.

The explosion took place in a village in the Dantewada district, a stronghold of the rebels, located about 400 kilometres south of the state capital, Raipur.

The police were part of the security force at iron-ore mining facilities at the state-run National Mineral Development Corp.

Security forces also gunned down four Maoist insurgents, including a woman, in three separate shootouts Sunday in thickly forested areas of the state’s Bijapur and Narayanpur districts, the IANS news agency reported.

Meanwhile, security in and around key installations in Raipur was intensified after intelligence reports that Maoists with access to rocket launchers were keen to strike urban areas to halt security operations against them.

With more than 40,000 police and paramilitary troopers planning to raid guerrilla hideouts in the remote, Maoist-dominated areas of the state, the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist was desperate to take the battle to towns and cities, particularly Raipur, officials told the IANS. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Media Question

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2009

arnab.thumbnailA leaflet issued by Correspondence and Radical Notes

Admittedly it has been an old problem with most movements, that they have treated the media only as a means to an end, ‘a way of making themselves heard,’ and so long as they got some coverage with the help of conscientious friends within the media, they were satisfied. The larger dynamics of the media, as a certain sort of work, in a certain sort of work place, with human agents who are workers here, has not been addressed. Newspapers and news channels should be and can be the strongest arms of a democratic society; they can make sure that the voice of the people finds representation. Though cliché, one has to point out how the media can raise difficult questions, but the onus is upon journalists as responsible citizens and in their capacity as workers to raise them.

The decidedly undemocratic tenor of mainstream newspapers and news channels, whose editorial bosses seem to be dummies through which the state on the one hand and multinational capital on the other preach their doctrines, is not merely a sign of the larger move away from democratic values, but also of the way in which journalism is becoming an alienated activity. Responsible journalism, bent upon bringing out the democratic truth languishes as the unholy nexus of the state and moneyed interest decides the ‘line’ of a newspaper. The inability of journalists to raise their voices against recent pay-cuts in houses like The Times of India (TOI) is not unconnected from the destruction of democratic space within journalism and mass media. Both of these get subsumed in the large movement away from true democracy – maximization of profit that a few make, in the last analysis determines all these tendencies. That is to say that the general antipathy to democratic movements visible in the lack of honest media coverage and an anti-people, non-democratic shift in the Indian situation at large not only go hand in hand but are also born out of the same tendencies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Initiative Against War on People: Statement and meeting

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2009

Election at gun point copy1Source: Sanhati Initiative Against War on People

Invitation: Meeting of people’s organisations and individuals: At Gandhi Peace Foundation, DDU Marg, Delhi 5 PM on 27th October 2009.

The Indian government has deployed 100,000 troops in addition to the existing paramilitary and police forces in parts of central India, including Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand, Maharashtra Lalgarh – Jungalmahal area of Bengal – a vast area inhabited by mainly tribal people. Forces are being withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast to join battalions of CRPF commandos, the ITBP, the CoBRA and the BSF. There is also talk of bringing in the Rashtriya Rifles – a paramilitary force that is directly guided by the Indian Army created especially for counter-insurgency work known for its notoriety in Kashmir and Northeast in the past few decades, and the purchase of bomb trucks, bomb blankets, bomb baskets, and sophisticated new weaponry. The Air Force has already been deployed and a full-scale air operation is in the offing.

Prior to this military build up in these regions a sort of hysteria about the ‘deteriorating internal security environment due to Maoist threat’ is being created in an attempt to manufacture consent for this war on the Indian people. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh repeatedly stated that ‘left wing extremism’ was the gravest internal security threat. This raises a basic question – Why does the state need to go to war against its most deprived, impoverished and oppressed population, and inside its own territory?

Central and eastern parts of India are rich in mineral wealth that can be sold to the highest bidder. All that stands between politicians/ big money bags and this wealth is the tribal people and their refusal to consent to their designs. Addressing a conference of heads of different paramilitary, intelligence and police forces a month ago, Manmohan Singh stated that the mineral resources in the regions of tribal people remained untapped due to resistance, which affected the foreign investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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West Bengal police IG says Maoists network is difficult to crack

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2009

The Maoist supporters came from several districts of Andhra Pradesh are at the Naxalite rally in Hyderabad. The historic rally after 14 years is conducted by the extreemist outfit.   SEPT-30/2004

The Maoist supporters came from several districts of Andhra Pradesh are at the Naxalite rally in Hyderabad. The historic rally after 14 years is conducted by the Naxal outfit. SEPT-30/2004

Maoist network can’t be cracked overnight: WB

Kolkata: Cracking the Maoist network in West Bengal will not be easy, top police and administrative officials admit days after the rebels cocked a snook at the authorities with the dramatic abduction of a cop in Sankrail near the Lalgarh region.

“It would not be right to call the Lalgarh operation totally successful right now. The Maoist network can’t be cracked overnight and it’s not a very easy task either. You have to give some more time,” Surajit Kar Purakayastha, the state inspector general of police (Law and Order), told IANS.

It has been over four months since a massive security offensive was launched in the Lalgarh region of West Midnapore district to flush out Maoists. While it has not seen much success yet, police insist that investigations into the rebel network are yielding positive results.

“The outcome of the investigation has been satisfactory, especially after the arrest of tribal leader Chhattradhar Mahato,” Purakayastha said.

Around August, Mahato spearheaded a Maoist-backed movement in Lalgarh under the banner of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA). Police also arrested a Maoist commander, Chandra Bhushan Yadav, who used to operate in neighbouring Jharkhand. He has been handed over to the Jharkhand police.

However, the Sankrail episode has left many in the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led government redfaced.

Terming it as “unfortunate”, state chief secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty said the government would take steps to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

“We’re taking adequate measures by formulating necessary security strategies now. We’ll tighten security arrangements at all police stations in West Midnapore district,” Chakraborty said.

In the audacious daylight raid last week, about 40 Maoists had stormed into the Sankrail police station and shot dead two police officers and abducted officer-in-charge Dutta. He was handed over to a section of scribes by the ultras in exchange for some tribal Maoist suspects.

Additional Director General (CID) Raj Kanojia told IANS: “So far the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested four people for allegedly carrying out Maoist activities across the state.

“Yes, we’ve got several important leads from those arrested and the investigation is progressing.”

Many photographs and other incriminating evidence have surfaced before the investigating agency that established the links between Maoists and Mahato, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Indian democracy in a state of emergency: Arundhati Roy

Posted by Admin on October 26, 2009

In her latest series of essays, Arundhati Roy sounds deeply dismissive of the Indian democracy and perhaps supportive of the Maoist struggle. Why does she take these positions? That’s the key issue explore today with Arundhati Roy.


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Kiran Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil’s Advocate. In her latest series of essays, Arundhati Roy sounds deeply dismissive of the Indian democracy and perhaps supportive of the Maoist struggle. Why does she take these positions? That’s the key issue I shall explore today with Arundhati Roy.

Let’s start with your cynical view of Indian democracy. In your essays, you say the ‘Beacon is fading,’ you say it’s being hollowed out and emptied of meaning, you say that Indian democracy no longer can be relied upon to deliver the justice and stability we dreamt it would. Why have you come to this conclusion?

Arundhati Roy: It is pretty obvious that in the last 60 years of our democracy what we have is a situation in which the poor are getting poorer and poorer, the rich are getting richer. I am not suggesting by this that we should go back to some older form of discredited despotic or colonial regime. I am trying to analyse what is the problem with democracy now. Why are the institutions of our democracy – the courts, media and Parliament – letting the people down? In a democracy, they are meant to act as checks and balances but actually they are serving as a cover to be as undemocratic as possible.

Karan Thapar: So you are suggesting two important things. Firstly, you are saying that the institutions of democracy have actually failed to act as checks and secondly, you are saying that the poor, who I presume are the vast majority of India, are not benefiting from Indian democracy sufficiently.

Arundhati Roy: Of course they have protection but the fact is that we are now in a situation of emergency. The human developmental index shows that more than 80 per cent of the people of India are living in conditions of extreme poverty. We have the world’s most malnutritioned children. The Dalits and the Adivasis are living in conditions of famine by any world indicators when more than 50 per cent of them are malnutritioned.

Karan Thapar: So the state of India’s dispossessed and poor is proof that Indian democracy has failed? Read the rest of this entry »

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