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Archive for June 4th, 2007

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

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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


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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CPI workers, Salwa Judum activists clash, 7 hurt

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 4, 2007

Raipur, June 3: No less than seven CPI members, including a Panchayat representative, were today seriously injured in a clash with activists of anti-naxal movement Salwa Judum in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

“All the seven injured have been admitted to Dornapal Hospital in a serious condition,” CPI national executive member Chitta Ranjan Bakshi told PTI from Dantewada.

When contacted, Dantewada police confirmed the incident and said the SP Rahul Sharma had left for the spot.

The incident occurred near Dornapal when the CPI leaders and workers were returning from Cherla in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh after attending a meeting against the Salwa Judum and naxal threat, police and CPI leaders said.

About 20,000 people had left their villages in Dantewada district because of the Salwa Judum and naxal threat and took shelter in Andhra Pradesh and it was a CPI organised meeting in Cherla against their forced ouster, Bakshi said.

Initially vehicles of CPI leaders were blocked near Injeram, because of which they returned to Konta block headquarters and with police escort they crossed the Konta police station area, CPI leaders said.

After crossing the Konta area they were passing through Dornapal area when Salwa Judum activists stopped their vehicles, they said. “Initially there was a verbal duel followed by the attack in which at least seven CPI leaders and workers were seriously injured and admitted to Hospital,” they said.

Among the injured was one Rama Sodhi, who is an elected Panchayat people’s representatives from Dantewada district, police added.

Sahara Samay

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2 cops, 4 naxals hurt in encounter

Posted by Indian Vanguard on June 4, 2007

CHANDRAPUR: A naxal attack on Border Road Organisation’s base camp Komaka-Gattajamiya road in Ettapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli district was repelled by the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) on Saturday evening.

Around 70 rebels attacked the base. As the security personnel intercepted them, four naxalites are said to be injured in the cross fire. Two cops have been wounded too. The naxals reportedly hurled some explosive devices at the base camp, which appeared to be detonators.

A 1500 feet long, six-coloured wire has also been discovered from the spot, say police sources.

The injured policemen, Chandrakant Chaurate and Vishweshwar Pishe, have been admitted in a hospital at Gadchiroli and are likely to be shifted to Nagpur. Though not confirmed, but blood stains on the spot indicate that least four naxalites must have sustained injuries, said sources.

BRO which is building roads and bridges in the naxal hit region, have always been a target of attacks. A year ago, one of its engineers was brutally killed by the naxalite. There have been instances of workers being beaten up and threatened to spot work.

The Times of India

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