Indian Television on Naxalism – Agenda 2010 : Red Corridor
Video: Girl takes on Indian soldier for molesting her
Assam India: A young girl thrashed an Indian soldier for trying to molest her, she beats him with bricks in front of public. The incident was captured on a cellphone camera
Arundhati Roy on Green Hunt
Activist and writer Arundhati Roy shares her thoughts on the importance of the Naxalite uprising, Indian democracy. Speech given at a Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee panel opposing Operation Green Hunt, Nov. 23, 2009
Rally against War on People (17th December, 2009)
On 17th December a rally was held in New Delhi (from Ramlila Ground to Parliament Street) to protest the state’s ongoing offensive against the people of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashra. People from many states joined the rally. For more information…http://radicalnotes.com/journal/2009/12/11/rally-against-war-on-people-december-17-2009/
Video: GN Saibaba on Adivasis’ Struggle for Survival
G. N. Saibaba, of the Revolutionary Democratic Front speaks about the state’s war on the Maoists and the tribal people.
Human rights activists raise voice against operation greenhunt
The central government has launched operation greenhunt against the naxals in Chhattisgarh. But h
uman rights activists in the region are stepping up their campaign against it, saying, the tribals face many atrocities.
Operation against Naxals hurting peoples interest: Medha Patkar
New Delhi, December 16(ANI):Addressing a news conference in New Delhi on Tuesday, Indias renowned social activist Medha Patkar expressed that the Offensive by Indian security forces against Maoist rebels in the country is hurting people’s interests. The central government recently launched a major offensive against Naxals, with an aim to curb their increasing violence.
Activist reveals Police-Mafia nexus in Narayanpatna
Testimony of activist Indu Mallick who went through a harrowing experience while attending the funeral of tribal leaders killed by police in Narayanpatna.
Development flows from the barrel of the gun
Police repression and administrative high-handedness is becoming a common phenomenon in the country today, when the project-affected people protest against development-induced displacement and demand justice on account the serious consequences. It’s but an irony that instead of ameliorating the sufferings of the displaced and the project affected people and working for their humane and just resettlement and rehabilitation, the Government machinery resorts to brutal violence on them whose lives are already at stake on account of the development projects. This is a clear case of human rights violation.
While such acts of the state sponsored barbarism are to be condemned and the guilty punished by the court of law, one must understand how such crimes are committed by the law enforcing authorities on the just demands and rights of the people so that public opinion is created against such oppression.In a recent orientation programme to the Govt. officials from various Ministries on resettlement and rehabilitation of the project displaced and affected people, organized by Council for Social Development and held at Indian nternational Centre, New Delhi, the author was asked to present some case studies on the phenomenon and impact of displacement.
He showed the participants a video film on human rights violation at the behest of development projects, entitled “When people assert their rights over land, water and forest DEVELOPMENT FLOWS FROM THE BARREL OF THE GUN”. It was a video clipping of five cases of police tyranny on the displaced and the project affected people in five different states. They were the Bauxite Mining at Kashipur in Orissa, the Commercial Harbour at Umbergaon in Gujarat, the Steel Plant at Nagarnar in Chhattisgarh, the World Bank Forestry Project at Mehendikhera in Madhya Pradesh and the Koel-Karo Hydel Power Project in Jharkhand. Ten minutes of each video clipping was so powerful that the viewers were moved nearly to tears. There was a good discussion on the film at the end and a desire was expressed that greater awareness to such realities be brought about in the civil society for appropriate action. It indeed was an eye opener to all the present.An effort is made here to present these case studies in the written form to understand how the state repression is same all over the country in displacement situations.
The content of the presentation is taken almost verbatim from the script of the film to make it more real and effective. But certainly nothing like viewing the film itself to understand the extent and nature of human rights violation all in the name of national development. This video film is directed and produced by Biju Toppo and Meghnath of AKHRA, Jharkhand. Dr. Ram Dayal Munda is the overall narrator. He describes and comments on each of the cases briefly. The rest of the story is told by a number of social activists, professionals and the victims themselves.
Shastri NagarKanke Road
Jharkhand – India
CPI (Maoist) Martyrs Week – July 28 – August 3
When one sees a group of Maoists singing and dancing against a backdrop of hills, with people watching, or a memorial being wrapped with party flags and people shouting slogans along with the Maoists – it is the Maoist way of honouring their dead colleagues.The martyrs’ week that ended on Monday offered Maoists in South Orissa an opportunity to get closer to the local people whose support they need the most, especially when they fear a major offensive by central security forces. Maoists have a very strong presence in Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada districts and in the last 15 months they have killed over 100 policemen and 12 civilians.They have raided police armories and mines. Many believe the success of their strikes depends mainly on the support they get from the local people.”We carry out our activities with the support of the local people. Our line is the class line and mass line. We are not terrorists, as branded by the government,” said B Sonu , Spokesperson, Andhra-Orissa Border Committee, CPI-Maoist.Whether it was out of fear or commitment, a large gathering of local people, wherever the Martyrs’ Week was observed, was clear evidence of the clout the Maoists enjoy in this hilly and remote zone – a serious challenge for the security forces.
CPI (Maoist) marks 9th anniversary ofPeoples Liberation Guerrilla Army
Bihar,December 04 (ANI) Members of a banned Maoist outfit in Bihar celebrated the ninth anniversary of the creation of Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA).
When the State Declares War on the People: Video – Gopal Menon
A 15 minute Trailer on the Human Rights Violations in Chhattisgarh resulting from Operation Green Hunt.SynopsisWe have been hearing many stories about the human rights violations before and after Operation Green Hunt was announced. Allegations and counter-allegations have been going around. Fact-finding investigations have uncovered the atrocities security forces are committing in these areas, but now those very findings are being questioned.At such a time it is crucial to present the reality and tear the veils obscuring the truth. When the State Declares War on the People is a 15-minute trailer by Gopal Menon based on his recent coverage of the ground reality in Chhattisgarh. This short film contains exclusive interviews with victims and their testimony including 1 1/2 year old Suresh who had three fingers chopped off his left hand, an old man who was electrocuted and whose flesh was ripped off with knives, women raped by Special Police Officers and CRPF.The film also presents the views of Arundhati Roy and Mahesh Bhatt, two eminent citizens who have been closely following developments in Chhattisgarh. The clear intention of the State – to wipe out all resistance through terror in the name of fighting the Maoists – is demonstrated in this film.About the DirectorGopal Menon is an activist-filmmaker focusing on caste, communalism and nationality. He was arrested twice while trying to go to Lalgarh and beaten with rifle butts and lathis. He was detained in Dantewada too. This is a trailer of a larger film on the Indian State’s war on the people.Some of Menon’s earlier films are Naga Story: The Other Side of Silence, Hey Ram!! Genocide in the Land of Gandhi, PAPA 2 (about disappearances in Kashmir) and Resilient Rhythms (a rainbow overview of the Dalit situation) amongst others.The trailer for this film is available on YouTube in two parts:
Inside Maoist land, Lalgarh: CNN IBN Special Report
Being inside Lalgarh, West Bengal, is like entering another country, a different timezone. It is the liberated area where the state government is desperately trying to regain some foothold. Lalgarh is an area of ruthless confrontation, where a group of armed combatants who don’t believe in the Constitution dictate the pace of life. They have made the jungles their home, the adivasis their friends and the state and police their enemy number one.
Video: Anger against Narayanpatna killings
23 November 2009
Tribal leader K Singana and Andru’s funeral, where thousands of people have gathered.
They were killed on 20 November by Orissa police and Indian Reserve Battalion in front of the police station during a peaceful demonstration against molestation of woman by armed forces.
CHHATTISGARH : RALLY OF ANTI-DISPLACEMENT MOVEMENTS
IN RAIPUR ON 6TH OCTOBER.
The unrelenting loot of the abundant mineral resources of Chhattisgarh – iron ore, coal, limestone, bauxite, and even diamond and uranium has meant the total stranglehold of big corporates – foreign and Indian – over the State’s bureaucracy, polity, and even judiciary.
Multinationals Holcim and Lafarge have gobbled up the Indian cement companies and persist in earning super profits from the illegal exploitation of contract labour; Vedanta can get away with, and is in fact ably assisted by the State administration in, the criminal cover up of murder by negligence of nearly a hundred workers in a recent chimney collapse; Jindal and Monnet specialise in managing the pollution control department and so the Raigarh district, labouring under black clouds, drying water sources and disappearing forest cover, sees public hearing after public hearing where the public is never heard and clearances are granted, (Jairam Ramesh honestly called these environmental public hearings “match fixing” by the companies); a rash of sponge iron factories – mushroom in Raipur; Tata and Essar, with a little help from Collector Sahab, manipulate gram sabhas in the scheduled areas in gross violation of the PESA Act and employ every trick in the game to coerce people to accept compensations for land. Read the rest of this story
Visuals of Ganapati, CPI Maoist General Secretary
New Delhi, Oct 24,: A video showing the Maoist ideologue Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy has been displayed by a section of media on Saturday.Ganapathy, who is the General Secretary of the banned Communist party of India (Maoist) appeared in public for the first time. He was in disguise for over 25 years.In the video Ganapathy was shown addressing the Maoist cadres during the 9th Congress of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in an undisclosed location at Dandakaranya region.Ganapathy who hails from Karimnagar District of Andhra Pradesh is one of the founding members of the terror outfit.Security analysts feel that after the arrest of Maoists ideologue Kobad Ghandy, the other leaders like Kishanji and Ganapathy are coming out in public platforms.They also feel that is an attempt by the red ultras to gain more publicity for their cause.
Arundhati Roy : Indian democracy in a state of emergency
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.
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 »
Kishenji To NDTV: Train drivers not hijacked,
All reports are false
Maoists hold ‘Jan Adalat’ in Bihar
We will not leave our village (Gaon Chodab Nahin)
The song describes the present day exploitation of tribal land and forests in the name of development.
Govt at war with Maoists to aid MNCs: Arundhati Roy
Telugu song: Aagadu Aagadu by Gaddar
Inside Story – Maoist Movement in India
Al Jazeera, 17 August 09
Inside Story – India’s battle against its people
Al Jazeera 29 Sep09