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Archive for June, 2007

6 mn displaced tribals yet to get compensation

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 18, 2007

In Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills, tribals are protesting against the government’s plan to mine uranium fearing that the radiation would damage their health and ecology.

At Kalinganagar in Orissa, 16 people were killed last year when police opened fire on tribals protesting against the takeover of their land for a steel plant.

From Chipko movement against logging in Garhwal to Jadugoda protests in Jharkhand to Narmada movement in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, more and more tribal people seem to be fighting a losing battle against the industry, mines or dams.

Since 1980, about 9.8 lakh hectares of forestland has been diverted for 11,282 development projects according to an official reply to a Parliamentary question. It specifically mentions that about 1.6 lakh hectares of forestland was diverted for 300 mining projects alone.

Though exact official figures are not available on the total number of tribals displaced from India’s forests due to development projects, a 2004 study by NGO Manthan Adhyayan estimates that the Indira Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh has submerged 42,000 hectares of forests land and displaced over 80,000 tribals. Ekta Parishad, another NGO, estimates that in the last one decade about 4.7 million hectares of forestland has been occupied by the Chattisgarh government, displacing about 15 lakh tribals.

A 2005 National Advisory Council paper titled Tribal Welfare and Development authored by D. Swaminadhan, president of Hyderabad-based Mahatma Gandhi National Institute of Research and Social Action, says in the last 50 years over 9 million tribals were displaced out of which 6 million are yet to get any compensation. Noting that displacement has led to far reaching negative social and economic consequences, the author of the paper warns that economic planning cannot ignore these consequences of displacement that come at enormous economic, social and psychological cost. It is well known that uprooting people from their ancestral lands and livelihoods alienates them from kinship and family systems completely disrupting their market links.

The government acquires land for ‘public purpose’ through a 113-year-old Land Acquisition Act. The displaced tribals cannot take any legal recourse as the country’s laws only recognise individual ownership of land and not community ownership of shared resources like the land, water sources, ponds and pastures, as is the case with tribal ‘possessions.’

The present National Policy on Resettlement and Rehabilitation for Project Affected Families of 2004 compensates only assets, not livelihoods. And since forest tribals depend on common property resources, they get very little compensation and a large part of this meager payment is spent on debt repayment and subsistence in the interim period between displacement and rehabilitation, leaving little or nothing for future livelihoods.

A study conducted by Biswaranjan Mohanty, Associate Professor of Utkal University concluded that only 25 per cent of tribals displaced from forests in Orissa since independence have been rehabilitated with proper livelihood. The rest, the study says, are languishing because of bureaucratic apathy.

The new ST and Forest Dwellers Act offers some hope by underlining that the acquisition of forestland for national parks, sanctuaries and development projects should be accompanied by resettlement packages that provide secure livelihoods to the affected communities.

saikat.neogi@hindustantimes.com

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Press communiqué of the 6th Regional Conference of Parties and Organisations of South Asia United in the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 18, 2007

19 February 2007. A World to Win News Service. We received the following communiqué. The 6th Regional Conference of the Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia United in the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement was recently convened in a situation, where, both in South Asia and the world, the opportunities as well as challenges before the Maoist forces are greatly heightened in the context of the emerging new wave of world revolution and the counter-revolutiona ry offensive led by US imperialism, the main enemy of the peoples of the world.

This is particularly seen in Nepal where the new democratic revolution led by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has entered a decisive level. After paying homage to the revolutionary martyrs, specially mentioning comrade Karam of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) who was earlier an active participant in previous Regional Conferences, the Conference devoted a good amount of time to discussing the situation in Nepal. It reiterated the internationalist solidarity of the Maoist forces of this region with the CPN(Maoist), condemned the blatant intervention and conspiracies of US imperialism striving to preserve the old reactionary state and society, took note of the devious role of Indian expansionism and exposed the reactionary and revisionist propaganda that tries to confuse the revolutionary masses and divert them from the path of revolution.

The Conference reaffirmed the Maoist position that a tactical compromise between a Maoist party and reactionary forces in one country doesn’t oblige the revolutionary forces in other countries to follow suit and that they should continue with their revolutionary tasks. It called for a broad campaign to support the revolution in Nepal and demand that imperialists and all reactionaries keep their hands off Nepal. The objective situation in the world is favourable for revolution. People’s Wars led by Maoist parties in different countries continue to advance, while in Nepal it has advanced closer to the seizure of power. The masses are coming out in struggle and resistance in greater numbers all over the world. In Iraq and Afghanistan, occupation forces led by US imperialism and puppet governments propped up by them are getting bloodied heavily, forcing the US to revise its policies. But in the absence of Maoist forces the masses are getting led by reactionary Islamic fundamentalists.

The US-backed Zionist aggressors were forced to pull back from Lebanon in the face of fierce resistance. In the imperialist countries also, including the US, struggles and mobilisation against the war and globalisation continue, while the rebellions of the youth and students in France shook up the whole of Europe. In South Asia, apart from armed struggles led by Maoists and national liberation forces, struggles of diverse sections of masses against imperialist globalisation and the intensification of exploitation and oppression of imperialism and the reactionary ruling classes have greatly increased the potential to make the countries of this region flaming fields of People’s Wars. Yet the hard fact remains that the subjective forces of revolution still lag behind.

The Regional Conference discussed the situation of the international communist movement focussing on the necessity to strengthen it, both at the theoretical and practical level. In this context, one important topic of discussion in the Regional Conference was that of deepening the grasp of Marxism-Leninism- Maoism (MLM) and developing it by correctly handling the dialectics of theory and practice to make the Maoists more capable of addressing the tasks of making revolution in the present world.

The Regional Conference, strengthened by the participation of the Communist Party of Afghanistan (Maoist) and Communist Party of Bhutan (MLM), concluded with the firm determination expressed by all the participating parties to push ahead in shouldering their revolutionary responsibilities and further strengthen the capacity of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement to carry out its role as the embryonic centre of the world’s Maoist forces. January 2007

Bangladesher Samyobadi Dal (Marxist-Leninist) , BSD(ML)
Communist Party of Afghanistan (Maoist), CPA(M)
Communist Party of Bhutan (Marxist-Leninist- Maoist), CPB(MLM)
Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist- Maoist), CPI(MLM)
Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Naxalbari, CPI(ML) Naxalbari
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), CPN(M)
Purbo Banglar Sarbohara Party (CC), PBSP(CC)

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Blazing Trail: A Journey Through the Indian Revolution

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 6, 2007

An awe inspiring video documentary from the Red areas of India. This film documents the emergence of the Indian revolutionary process, coming as it is in a world of struggle, mass upheaval, rebellion and revolution! This film includes footage of the Vietnamese people’s defeat of the US imperialists, the victory and success of the Chinese People’s Revolution and massive street rebellions shaking the citadels of imperialism. It shows the overall dialectical development of revolution, both in the oppressed and oppressor nations, shaking the imperialist system’s foundations.

Today in India, the communist forces are stronger, united within the Communist Party Of India (Maoist), leading the Indian revolution by developing People’s War. A must own for anyone who is seriously considering a whole new world.

This movie is a saga of heroism and sacrifice in the face of a brutal enemy masquarading as the World’s “largest democracy”, foundations are being laid for a New Democratic India

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3 killed, 5 injured in Naxal blast in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 5, 2007

Three employees of the Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board were killed on Tuesday and five Special Task Force personnel seriously injured in a landmine blast in Naryanpur district of Bastar region.

“The Maoists blew up a cement-laden truck near Kapsi, about 250 km from the state capital, by triggering a landmine, killing three CSEB employees, including the truck’s driver,” a police source in Narayanpur told PTI.

The injured STF personnel were admitted to Narayanpur district hospital, police said.

The incident occurred when the CSEB employees were going to Jharaghati with cement to repair three high-tension electricity towers that were blown up by Naxalites on June 1.

The damage to the towers has resulted in 27 lakh people of five districts in the Bastar region going without electricity for the past five days.

Police had earlier said the Maoists had planted landmines to target people being sent to repair the damaged towers.


Hindustan Times

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State police mobilising anti-Naxal forces after alert

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 5, 2007

Hyderabad, June 05: With the intelligence inputs sounding an alert about the possibility of a major attack by the Maoists in Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) area, the State police began mobilising anti-Naxalite forces in the three districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

Sources said over 100 hardcore Naxalites including several top cadres of the CPI (Maoist) and about 500 tribals have been regrouping on Orissa side during the last one week. On coming to know about this development, the Orissa government mobilised additional forces to the border districts.

On its part, the Chattisgarh government has put its police forces on high alert as the Maoists are known for carrying out major attacks in both Orissa and Chattisgarh States.

As part of intelligence sharing, both Orissa and Chattisgarh governments have alerted Andhra Pradesh a few days ago. Of late, the Maoists have gunned down a couple of people’s representatives in Visakhapatnam district and their movement in forest areas had become a matter of concern for the police.

With the latest inputs from Orissa and Chattisgarh, anti-Naxalite teams have launched intense combing operations in AOB area.

“There is no possibility of their launching a major attack in Andhra Pradesh. But, there is a danger of their crossing over to Andhra Pradesh after launching an attack in the two neighbouring States,” a senior police official told this website’s newspaper.

Home Minister K Jana Reddy, however, said: “There is nothing to worry. The police forces are already on high alert,” he said

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Orissa is better place than neighbouring states: Naveen

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 5, 2007

Bhubaneswar, Jun 5: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today claimed the extremist violence in Orissa was much less compared to other neighbouring states.

Replying to a motion moved by the Opposition on the law and order situation in the state, Mr Patnaik said there has been a substantial improvement in the overall situation.

The extremist violence was much less compared to states like Chhatishgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, Mr Patnaik said.

He said while only 22 Naxalite related incidents were reported during the year in Orissa, 169 cases were registered in Chhatisgarh followed by 118 in Jharkhand, 40 in Bihar and 38 in Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister said the security forces have arrested 35 Naxal activists during the year and recovered 15 arms and 21 improvised explosive devices. This apart the security forces, Mr Patnaik said have busted two arms manufacturing units of CPI(ML) during January next. He, however, said the government was not complacent about the situation and was continuing all efforts in maintaining law and order situation in the state.

NewKerala.Com

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Oust Reliance !

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 4, 2007

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Comrade Arasubalraj took part in a massive rally against Reliance Fresh in Chennai,
on 1st of May he posts the following report on his blog.

The meaning of May Day is rubbished in India primarily by the pseudo-communist parties CPI and CPI (M) and by the ruling class parties like Congress, BJP etc., Historically May Day came in to existence to commemorate the Haymarket Martyrs of 1886 who fought for the Eight-Hour work day. The remaining eight-hours other than work and sleep for which the workers fought is not for entertainment as interpreted today. It is for organising the working class to build their future. Hence May Day cannot be celebrated as yet another holiday to rest at home or to distribute sweets as a ceremony to apoliticise and castrate the working class.

With this understanding, People’s and Literary Association (PALA) and its associate organisations namely New Democratic Labour Front (NDLF), Peasants Liberation Front (PLF) and Revolutionary Students Youth Front (RSYF) in Tamilnadu set specific political agenda for every May Day to organise the working class to make conscious of its duty. Hence, for the past two decades, May Day in Tamilnadu is marked with arousing protests, agitations and conferences by PALA. This year, as announced earlier, as part of the one month campaign against Reliance and MNC’s entering in Retail sector, PALA organised the protests encircling Reliance Fresh Shops. The one month campaign had 1,50,000 pamphlets, thousands of posters and wall writings and 25,000 booklets covering all over Tamilnadu but the primary focus was on Chennai as at present Reliance has started shops only in Chennai. The intensive campaign involved the doorstep propaganda in and around areas of Reliance shops.

The arousing march was flagged off by Comrade.Mukundan, President of NDLF and it started from the Koyambedu Market which is at the verge of extinction due to the Reliance entry in Chennai. The fervent slogans raised by the comrades of these organisations exposed the political parties, bureaucracy and Reliance while upholding the Naxalbari Revolutionaries as the only alternative to face the Recolonisation onslaught. The Revolutionary songs of PALA arts troupe roared in the air. Children and women carried the placards defying the scorching heat. The march reached the Reliance Fresh shop at Virugambakkam Market Road one in sense and two thousand in numbers.

The shop was closed expecting the protest and the police were all ready with barricades. Comrade Marudhaiyan, Secretary of PALA and Comrade Kaliappan, Joint-Secretary of PALA gave speeches explaining the movement. As the one-month campaign in various forms already reached the people of that area, they came in large numbers to watch the agitation bearing the three-hour traffic jam. The comrades got arrested 50 yards before the shop. When they all were carried in Police vans, Koyambedu trader’s union designators came to wish the comrades. Comrade.Marudhiyan thanked them and said, “The distance between us and the shop is just 50 yards. But the distance between the understandings of the people on the menace of MNC’s in retail sector and the reality is far more. Our motto at present of this struggle is to reduce that gap. If reliance to be put down, then Koyambedu should rise up!”

The false and confused ideas ruling the minds of people that deter them to foray were not formed by Ambani. These ideas were thrust in by the ruling class, media and political parties with the implementation of Recolonisation from the last decade. When the traders alone raise the slogan to oust the MNC’s, Reliance masquerades in ‘quality and cheaper prices’ and lures the people. But when the fight begins as a fight against Recolonisation then the slogan will become a people’s slogan and the definite moment will arrive.

The recent, spontaneous, laudable struggle of Ranchi vendors shows the desperation of the small vendor class. The land of Birsa Munda atlast showed the way to the country. These struggles should be organised and shouldn’t be allowed to be corrupted with decomposed political parties. People’s movements should be channelised as movements against Recolonisation as a whole and not to fade away as scattered and spontaneous.

photographs of the protest on M ay 01,2007 at Chennai:






*Watch the Video in this post. Thanks to Karumpalakai.

* To read the tamil press clips of the protest read here.
* To read the tamil summary of the thought-provoking speech by Comrade Marudhaiyan, General Secretary, PALA in Public meeting on 27-04-07, read here .
*To hear the speech, click here
From arasubalraj.blogspot.com

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Chikamagalur: Police informant killed

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 4, 2007

Chikamagalur, Jun 4: After a few days Naxalites have hit news headlines once again, but in a ‘bloody’ manner. A group of 5 Naxalites shot a shopkeeper dead at Gandaghatta near Kigga of Shringeri here on Sunday June 3 night.

The deceased has been identified as Kesamudi Venkatesh (45) of Gandaghatta. He was shot dead in front of his wife Madhu and son in their shop-cum-house at Gandaghatta around 8.30 on Sunday night. When the Naxalites came to the shop, Venkatesh was closing it down. But Naxalites pulled him out, stabbed him, burnt his mobike and finally shot him in his head from a point-blank range.

While one Kalasappa who was in the shop fled the place immediately, neighbors closed their doors in fear when Naxalites attacked Venkatesh. After shooting Venkatesh to death, Naxals said to have warned the locals of same fate if any one of them tries to pass on information about them to police or ANF.

One Dinakar of Kuthloor in Beltangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada who had identified himself with the Naxalites had been shot dead by police at Kigga on December 26. He was shot dead in front of Ventakesh’s brother Yogappa’s house. Naxalites were of the firm opinion that it was owing to Venkatesh that police had trapped Dinakar and shot him dead.

This for the second time that Naxals have shot down a civilian. Earlier another police informer Sheshaiah was shot dead at Menasinahadya on May 17, 2005 at avenge Naxal leader Saket Rajan’s killing by police. Later Chandrakant, an agriculturist from Hemmige near Shringeri was attacked and injured by Naxals on November 21, 2005. Now once again the Naxals have resorted to violence and killed a civilian.

D aiji World

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Blackout creates security threat in Bastar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 4, 2007

RAIPUR: Security forces in Chhattisgarh have been put on high alert to prevent any Naxal attack following a blackout in Bastar region after Naxalities blasted three high tension transmission towers.

Intelligence and jail authorities have received inputs that taking advantage of the darkness and communication problems due to power failure in the entire Bastar region, Naxalites could attack some vital installations including jails to take out their associates, officials said on Sunday.

Since it would take another ten days to restore the power, the jail headquarters reviewed the situation and directed all the jails of that area to shift the jail inmates, who are accused of being Naxalites, to safer places to prevent any jail break, jail department officials said.

As a part of that at least 60 such accused of Dantewada district jail, involved in Naxal related violence, have already been shifted to Jagdalpur Central jail, the officials said.

The jail Department had so far identified 182 such people, who had been housed in various jails of Bastar region on charges of involvement in Naxal violence and the authorities have been directed to take permissions from the local court to shift them to safer places, they said.

The Maoists had earlier unsuccessfully attacked some jails, including Narayanpur jail, when there was no power in the area and the current blackout could provide them with an opportunity, they said.

The Times of India

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India’s Reds gather in Delhi, talk of another Freedom movement

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 4, 2007

India’s Reds gather in Delhi, talk of another Freedom movement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harjot Singh
Sunday, June 03, 2007

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NEW DELHI: The Reds in India, many of whom remained silent when tens of hundreds of Sikhs were mowed down everyday by trigger-happy Punjab Police in fake encounters, during the years of militancy are now talking of one more war of Independence.

Frontal organisations of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) discussed the need and imperatives for a “Third Freedom Struggle Movement” at a national seminar in the capital.

Representatives from the Naxal-affected states took part in the deliberations for launching the “Third Freedom Struggle” in the country “to free the people from the clutches of capitalism and imperialism”.

The outfits that participated in the one-day seminar include People’s Democratic Front of India (PDFI), Anti-Displacement Front, Hindustan Communist Gadar Party, Yuva Bharat and Bharatiya Kisan Union of Madhya Pradesh. Other outfits included Azadi Bachao Andolan and Lokraj Sangathan and representatives of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), who took part in the deliberations.

PDFI is spearheading the Maoist cause of mobilisation of the masses with the specific objective of uniting the dis parate forces against development policies of the Centre, according to the Union home ministry. Speakers at the seminar included representatives of the frontal organisations from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana. The Naxal outfits have established overground activities in Uttarakhand and Punjab, according to the latest list of the states affected by the ultraLeft ideology. The speakers exhorted the need to counter imperialism and capitalism through their so-called “Third Freedom Movement”, as the First War Of Independence in 1857 and the 1947 Independence movements have not resulted in social freedom.

As per reports in the Indian media, the speakers claimed that a nexus existed between the capitalists and the government to the peril of the common people. The outfits expressed lament that credible non-governmental organisations did not exist in the country to take up the cause of the displaced farmers. The foreign-funded NGOs were espousing the cause of the capitalists, the speakers said during the deliberations. The outfits also expressed their resentment against the Foreign University Bill and claimed that the same, when enacted by the Parliament, will cripple the education system in the country.

Convenor of the “Third Freedom Struggle Movement”, Gopal Rai said, “A training camp will be organised towards July-end to take the “Third Freedom Movement” forward and a National Sovereignty Day will be observed across the country on September 21, 2007.”

The preparations for the seminar was made during the last six months. About 300 representatives from 22 organisations of Socialist, Communist and democratic ideological streams gathered at the city function, Mr Rai said. A revolution at the national-level will also be launched on a campaign basis “to free the society from the clutches of caste and religious divide through ideological churning,” he added.


World Sikh News

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