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Archive for May 10th, 2007

Statement on 150th anniversary of the first war of Independence

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 10, 2007

Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Central Committee

Press Release
May 5, 2007


CARRY FORWARD THE HEROIC ANTI-IMPERIALIST TRADITIONS OF 1857!! HAIL THE FIRST WAR OF INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE!!

CELEBRATE THE OCCASION ON A GRAND SCALE FURTHER DEVELOPING THE ANT-IMPERIALIST TRADITIONS OF OUR COUNTRY!!!

—- CALL OF THE CPI (MAOIST)


Exactly 150 years ago on May 10th the first salvo of this great rebellion was fired. What started as a mutiny of the Indian soldiers soon turned into a prairie fire and became a great people’s war. This people’s war engulfed large parts of India embracing Oudh, Rohilkhand, Bundelkhand, Sagar, Narmada, Nagpur, Hyderabad, many districts of Bihar, Agra, Meerut, Punjab, Delhi, parts of Bengal and other places. In magnitude, depth, as also in significance, this rebellion was unparalleled in the long history of both independent and colonial India. Primarily anti-colonial, it was at the same time directed against the feudal forces. It was the soldiers of Meerut who set the ball rolling on the 10th of May. Mutinies followed in several stations of the north. In Bundelkhand, Jhansi took the lead. In many areas, British army officials were attacked and killed. At Jhansi, the rebel soldiers released all prisoners.


But this no longer remained a revolt of the armed forces. It spread to the entire peasantry and artisans. A few weeks after the Revolt began, British rule was virtually wiped out in north India. In all cases of rural uprising, violence was directed against those institutions of power with which they interacted directly and immediately, namely tehsils and thanas. Thanas and tahsils were attacked, records destroyed and government officials driven out. All vestiges of colonial rule were in the process eliminated. While confiscating the ill-gotten property was the principal form by which people asserted their power, arming themselves was the principal means by which they did so. The weapons chosen were anything that was available from matchlocks, spears, scythes, and iron-bound lathis, axes, etc to weapons seized from the British. British political power and that of their lackeys were practically demolished over entire Northern India.


The revolutionaries set up their own ‘Court of Administration’ for an independent India free from foreign control. It was set up with representatives from soldiers and civilians with two representatives each from the infantry, cavalry and infantry and four from the civilians. Each of these representatives was elected by majority vote from their own constituencies. This smaller body elected a president and a vice-president by a majority vote. This supreme body acted in a judicial capacity and also established different courts for discharge of judicial duties. Taking of bribes and other malpractices were firmly suppressed. The body took upon itself the task of administration of the land, maintenance of peace and order in the captured territories, collection of loans from the mahajans and the conduct of war. The emperor exercised no control over these affairs.


Not only did the militant masses fight the British and their lackeys they also established a new power in a rudimentary form. Such is the heroic history of this great uprising, which is as relevant today as it was over 150 years back. The direct British colonial rule has been replaced by the neo-colonial rule of the imperialists. The country continues being robbed through indirect means ever since the so-called independence of 1947. This robbery has increased phenomenally ever since the implementation of the policies of imperialist globalization in the country. The loot of our country today by the imperialists and their lackeys has reached gigantic proportions. Nothing but another Great War for Indian Independence can save this country from total devastation. On this occasion of this 150th Anniversary it is only such a message that must be sent to the vast masses of our motherland. It must be shown that if the masses revolt it is possible to seize power and smash the rule of the robbers, both Indian and foreign.


Today, while all establishment parliamentary parties are celebrating the event they are primarily doing so to hide their outright betrayal of the country and its people to the imperialists, particularly the US. While taking up a mass campaign we must expose their hypocrisy and false pretenses. We must call on the masses to continue in the revolutionary traditions of 1857 and also Bhagat Singh whose birth centenary is being celebrated this year. Both represent the great anti-imperialist and patriotic traditions of the masses of our country which is being taken forward by the Maoists and other democratic and revolutionary forces of the country.


Let us turn this 150th year of the historic 1857 uprising and Bhagat Singh birth centenary into a great festival of revolt in all parts of the country. Let us build this anti-imperialist tempo in every nook and corner of the country; starting from May 10th and culminating in huge actions/meetings/celebrations on Sept.28, the birth centenary day of Bhagat Singh.

Azad

Spokesperson,

Central Committee,

CPI(Maoist)

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Condemn the continuing Police atack on the Maoist forces in Haryana

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 10, 2007


Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Central Committee

Press Release

3rd May 2007



  • Condemn the continuing police attacks on the Maoist forces in Haryana!
  • Build a massive movement to fight back the multi-pronged offensive of the reactionary Indian ruling classes!!

Unnerved by reports of the successful completion of the Congress by the Maoists and the resistance by the people in several parts of the country led by the Maoists, the Indian ruling classes had stepped up their offensive on the Maoist revolutionaries and their supporters countrywide. The continuing arrests of revolutionary activists in Haryana is part of this countrywide multi-pronged offensive unleashed by the Indian ruling classes in collusion with the imperialists, particularly the US imperialists.


Today the people at large are opposing the treacherous plan of the traitors ruling our country to forcibly acquire prime agricultural lands of the peasants and giving them away to the big business houses, imperialist MNCs and other mafia gangs in the name of setting up SEZs. They are opposing the creation of hundreds of neo-colonial enclaves in the country—private states within the state similar to the old princely states—where the laws of the land do not apply and the big corporate houses and the imperialists can rule at their own sweet will. Huge so-called development projects initiated by the Central and various state governments are displacing lakhs of people from their homes and hearths. The CPI(Maoist) had openly declared that it will oppose this treacherous plan of the SEZs and the massive displacement of people tooth and nail and has been mobilising the masses against these. The living conditions of the Indian people are worsening day by day due to the pro-imperialist and anti-people policies of globalization, liberalization and privatization pursued by the Central and state governments whichever Party is in power. There is no other option before the people than to take up a life-and-death battle against these anti-people policies as the struggles in Kalinga Nagar Nadigram, Singur etc show.


It is in such a backdrop that the attacks on the Maoist and other democratic forces have been growing by the day. The aim of the ruling classes is to make the people leaderless by arresting or eliminating the Maoists and other democratic forces. While protecting the reactionary decadent feudal forces in the state the Haryana government is hell-bent on setting up several SEZs in the state by selling off the land and resources and granting huge concessions to the big business houses and the MNCs. In order to accomplish this it had unleashed a brutal terror campaign on all fighting forces. It had arrested five comrades last fortnight and is continuing the arrests and harassment of activists and supporters of the revolutionary movement ever since.


We call upon all democratic forces and people at large to oppose these attacks on the Maoists and all those fighting for the rights of the people, fight for their unconditional release, and to unite to build a mass democratic movement against growing state terror, SEZs, displacement of the people and the anti-people policies of the government.

Azad,

Spokesperson,

Central Committee,

CPI(Maoist)

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Naxals gaining foothold in Nagpur

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 10, 2007

NAGPUR: Santra, Peepal, Aam, Khajur and Bar. It may sound like the recipe of a fruit salad, but is much more sinister than that. These are some codes by which Naxalites reportedly refer to cities in Maharashtra.

The city police are now trying to decipher such codes that have been found in the documents seized from the four naxals, who were arrested near Deekshabhoomi on Tuesday.

While the police conjecture that ‘santra’ refers to Orange city Nagpur and ‘aam’ is another name for Amravati, the meaning of other monickers has yet to be established. These codes hint at a deep-rooted network of Maoists in the state, especially cities like Nagpur and Mumbai, sources said.

The arrest of Mumbai resident Arun Thomas Pereira alias Sanjay Choudhary also hints that Maoist activities may have started striking roots in the commercial capital of India. “Maoists are aiming to consolidate their operations in at least two cities in Maharashtra. Although we aren’t sure about one of them, the other is Nagpur,” said commissioner of police SPS Yadav during a media briefing on Wednesday.

“In Mumbai, Naxal activities might be very low-key but their existence cannot be denied,” Yadav added. “Naxalites might be present in Mumbai, but in lesser numbers than in Nagpur,” he conjectured.

The copy of a letter written by Maoist leader Sushil Roy, presently lodged in Kolkata jail, addressed to the West Bengal chief minister was also found from the possession of the arrested naxals.

Several translated documents related to the violence in Nandigram in West Bengal found in the seized documents hinted that apart from Dalit sentiments and farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha, Maoists are also looking at a broader horizon for support.

The police chief said the naxals probably chose Deekshabhoomi to meet, discuss and exchange materials to fan communal violence based on Dalit sentiments in near future. Apart from a convenient meeting point, Nagpur could be a place for treatment of injured cadres or their family members, rehabilitation and shelter, stated Yadav.

The Times of India

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