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Salwa Judum & tale of 644 deserted villages

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007


Tribals in 644 deserted villages in Chhattisgarh don’t exist, at least on paper. These villages don’t have citizens and hence there is no National RuralEmployment Guarantee scheme for them or any health services or cheap rations.

These villages, located in the state’s Dantewada district, have been allegedlyevacuated by the government-backed private army Salwa Judum. All villagers are supposed to be “well settled” now in 20 relief camps.But testimonials by tribals from the district and also footage from a filmmade for Channel 4 of the BBC prove otherwise. People still live in thesedeserted villages, where almost all houses have been burnt by the invading SalwaJudum mob armies. They hide in the jungles most of the day and come back now andthen.

Tribals question the government figure of 50,000 people lodged in 20 reliefcamps. Are they the whole population of 644 villages, asks Lingoo Markam, a wardpanchayat member from Balood panchayat of Dantewada block.”If the entire population of the 1,354 villages in the district is seven lakh,how can 644 villages have only 50,000 residents,” he asks, adding that nearlytwo lakh people are on the run.

Many are hiding in the forests, while many have fled to neighbouring AndhraPradesh.Manish Kunjam, a former Communist Party of India legislator from Dantewada,agrees that half the tribals in the villages attacked by Salwa Judum have fledto Andhra Pradesh. He says that he organised a rally in Cherla in Andhra Pradeshin which tribals who had fled from Dantewada were present in thousands. Theywere demanding an end to Salwa Judum terror.

The BBC film Unreported World shows a few families taking shelter in the onlysurviving house in a village. One of the tribal had his back mawed by a bear. Hewas in pain. The villagers come and look after him in that house saying that allthe other houses have been burnt. They could not go to a doctor, as they wouldbe caught by the Salwa Judum and killed on the way.Shubrangshu Kumar, who assisted in the making of the film, says that the crewhad no means to reach the deserted villages as they could be caught by the SalwaJudum. So they walked three days taking the jungle route, assisted by two tribal boys from the village they met in a Raipur hostel.What do people in these deserted villages eat? Do they cultivate their lands?Chomuru had left Salwa Judum a few days after he was forced to join it. He says about his own village of Bechapal, which was raided and officially evacuated:”We survive on the burnt rice left in the village. We spend our time in theforests and eat whatever is available there.”Himanshu Kumar, activist of the Vanvasi Chetna Ashram in Dantewada, says thatthe tribal areas are now split into three.

There are 644 villages, which havebeen evacuated while the remaining 600-odd villages are being targeted forevacuation. This is the enemy zone as far as Salwa Judum is concerned. Theirgoal is to capture these and burn the houses.The third zone is the Naxal-dominated areas where, of course, no one enters.So, in all the three zones, health, education and employment generation is nil.Worse still, people can’t move in and out for fear of being killed.

Chattisgarh Home Minister Ramvichar Netam agrees: “The representatives of thegovernment cannot go to the villages following Naxal threats. The rebels havedestroyed the schools, government buildings and are terrorising the teachers anddoctors. How can the government provide relief when Naxals are not allowing us to enter?”He added that even the roads had been damaged to cut off the villages.

Netam acknowledged the fact that all the 644 villages are not deserted. Thereare many villages which house 20 to 30 families.According to Dantewada collector K R Pisda, not a single village is completelydeserted.Only those who fear Naxals have taken shelter in the camps, while the othersare still staying in the villages.

The 644 villages are not the ones that are abandoned. These are the villages where the Salwa Judum campaign has reached,Pisda clarifies.”Most of the villagers, who had earlier fled, have returned to the villages andthose who have gone to the neighbouring states are part of the tradition as theygo there every year for work,” Pisda explained.

Himanshu Kumar, however, contested this: “If the villages are not abandoned,then why the government has shifted schools to the camps and pulled out otherfacilities?

“Dharmo Rakshati RakshataIf you protect Dharma, Dharma will in turn protect you

Source: cgnet.in

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CPI-Maoist anniversary hits normal life in Bastar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007

Roads wore a deserted look and normal life came to a standstill in the forest stretches of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region Friday as the radical Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) observed its fourth foundation anniversary.

The CPI-Maoist was founded Sep 21 2004, with the merger of the Peoples’ War Group (PWG) and Maoist Communist Centre (MCC).

The group runs parallel government in the interior areas of the mineral-rich Bastar, spread across about 40,000 sq km in southern Chhattisgarh, bordering Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

‘The anniversary celebrations were totally peaceful though transporters kept vehicles off the road and people in the forest areas remained indoors fearing violence,’ a police officer told IANS.

The weekly markets in tribal dominant areas were deserted Friday and the lone passenger train and a goods train plying on KK Line from Dantewada district’s Kirandul to Kothavalasa in Andhra Pradesh were suspended for the day.

The Bijapur, Dantewada, Bastar, Narayanpur and Kanker districts of Bastar region have been Maoist terror nerve centres for decades.

Violence in the region has escalated since June 2005 when locals launched the Salwa Judum civil movement against Maoists that has forced over 50,000 people to desert their villages and live in government-run relief camps.

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Maoists give bandh call in three states

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007



Posted at Friday, 21 September 2007 13:09 IST Latehar/Chatra (Jharkhand), Sep 21: The outlawed CPI-Maoist on Thursday called a 24-hour bandh in Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh to protest against the arrest of one of its top leaders, Tushar Kant Bhattacharya alias Srikant, and another cadre.

Statements by the Maoists on this were spotted at Latehar and Chatra, reports said.

Bhattacharya, probably the biggest catch this year for police, and his associate were nabbed by a special task force in Patna on Tuesday.

He is the accused in a number of cases registered in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Dehi, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.

He is the chief of the group’s “Triple U” unit that operates in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttar (North) Bihar and a member of the international department of the South Asian forum of Naxalite organisations.

http://www.saharasamay.com/samayhtml/articles.aspx?newsid=85227

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How true is Justice Sabharwal? Probe demanded.

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007

Realated News:

1- CJI contempt case: Journalists sentenced to 4-month imprisonment

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice YK Sabharwal is in the midst of a controversy, with senior lawyers and former CJIs demanding a probe into the allegations. A report.


HE SEALED the fate of many a people in Delhi, with his strict orders on ‘Sealing’ the illegal buildings in the Indian capital.
But ‘sealing’ today came back to haunt the former Chief Justice of India (CJI), Justice Y K Sabharwal, when questions were raised over his professional conduct into the entire sealing episode.
Raising serious allegations over the professional demeanour of the former CJI, the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Judicial Reforms (CJAJR), a group of jurists and social activists, demanded a probe into the manner in which his Lordship accrued pecuniary benefits for his sons, through his judicial orders over the sealing issue, on Wednesday (September 19).
We need to approach the serious allegations against the former CJI with caution and care. Is Justice Sabharwal being singled out for some reason or is there any iota of truth in these charges? In fact, a section of the legal fraternity feels that Justice Sabharwal should himself demand an impartial probe into the serious allegations. They added that other former CJIs, judges and senior lawyers’ demand for a fair probe into these charges needs to be viewed in the light of utter fairness and objectivity.

Addressing media persons in Delhi, senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan demanded that an independent probe should be ordered by the Supreme Court of India to find out the truth.
“We want the truth to come out and for this the Supreme Court has to take the lead”, he said, alleging that Justice Sabharwal’s two sons had colluded with the builders to take advantage of the real estate market influenced by the sealing drive.

Making a point-by-point rebuttal of Justice Sabharwal’s statement published in the media, Prashant demanded that the Justice Sabharwal be charged under prevention of corruption act.
The Judicial Reforms Group further stated that they would initiate an independent inquiry if the Supreme Court did nothing in this regard.

A time of reckoning for Indian Judiciary has come and it is time the Apex Court rises to the occasion and faces the challenge, said former Law Minister and veteran lawyer, Shanti Bhushan.
“A number of former Chief Justices including Justice V K Krishna Iyer, Justice PB Sawant, Justice JC Verma have called for a probe into this matter and same will bring forth the truth.
Noted social activists Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal, who were present on the occasion, also demanded an impartial probe into the affairs of Justice Sabharwal.

On this occasion, a document, in the form of a press release, was issued by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Judicial Reforms detailing the alleged irregularities.

Here it must be mentioned that former Chief Justices of India including Justice J C Verma, Justice VN Khare, Justice PB Sawant and Justice V R Krishna Iyer had called for a voluntary probe to put an end to this controversy. They had said that an independent probe would bring out the truth and restore the credibility of Indian judiciary.

A few days earlier, Justice Sabharwal had, however, strongly denied any wrongdoing on his part or on the part of his two sons, in the media.

The document (press release), is reproduced verbatim, issued by Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Judicial Reforms (CJAJR), on Wednesday:

Justice Sabharwal finally broke his silence in a signed piece in the Times of India. His defence proceeds by ignoring and sidestepping the inconvenient and emphasizing the irrelevant if it can evoke sympathy. To examine the adequacy of his defence, we need to see his defence against the gravamen of each charge against him.

Charge No. 1: That his son’s companies had shifted their registered offices to his official residence.

Justice Sabharwal’s response: That as soon as he came to know he ordered his son’s to shift it back.

CJAJR’s Rejoinder: This is False. In April 2007, in a recorded interview with the Midday reporter MK Tayal he feigned total ignorance of the shifting of the offices to his official residence. Copy of the CD containing the said conversation is attached hereto as Annexure I. In fact, the registered offices were shifted back from his official residence to his Punjabi Bagh residence exactly on the day that the BPTP mall developers became his sons’ partners, making it very risky to continue at his official residence. Copies of the document showing the date of induction of Kabul Chawla, the promoter and owner of BPTP in Pawan Impex Pvt. Ltd., one of the companies of Jutstice Sabharwal’s sons, and Form no. 18 showing the shifting of the registered office from the official residence of Justice Sabharwal to his family residence on 23rd October 2004 are attached hereto as Annexure II (Colly).

Charge No. 2: That he called for and dealt with the sealing of commercial property case in March 2005, though it was not assigned to him. It is only the Chief Justice who can assign pending cases to various judges. He was not the CJI at that time. Copy of the order dated 17th March 2005 is attached hereto as Annexure III.

Justice Sabharwal’s response: Justice Sabharwal does not answer this charge.

Charge No. 3: That he did this exactly around the time that his sons got into partnerships with Mall and commercial complex developers, who stood to benefit from his sealing orders. The chain of events is as follows:
On 23rd October 2004, Kabul Chawla, the promoter of one of the biggest developers of shopping malls and commercial complexes, was inducted in Pawan Impex as a 50% shareholder and Director. On 12.02.2005, Kabul Chawla’s wife, Anjali Chawla was also inducted as Director of Pawan Impex. On 17th March 2005, Justice Sabharwal ordered that the case dealing with the sealing of commercial establishments should also be heard along with the writ of M.C. Mehta, which was being heard by him. On 8th April 2005, Chetan Sabharwal and Nitin Sabharwal, two sons of Justice Sabharwal, set up another company, Harpawan Constructors, with the object of constructing Commercial complexes. On 25th October 2005, Purshottam Bagheria, one of the big builders on shopping malls and commercial complexes of Delhi was inducted as a partner in Harpwan Construtors. On 16th Februrary 2006, Justice Y. K. Sabharwal, who by that time had become the Chief Justice of India, passed a detailed order in the aforementioned case setting into motion the demolition and sealing in Delhi.

Justice Sabharwal’s response: That they were his sons friends. That Harpawan Constructors, which was set up by his sons with the Mall developer Purshottam Bagheria did not do any business. In fact the courts under him got Bagheria’s 1 MG road mall demolished. That his sons are not developing shopping malls but only an IT Park.

CJAJR’s Rejoinder: If so many Mall and commercial complex developers were his sons’ close friends, then he should not have dealt with the case anyway since that creates an immediate conflict of interest. Moreover, why should they go into partnership with these developers who stood to benefit from Justice Sabharwal’s orders, and that too exactly at the time when he seizes control of the sealing of commercial property case and starts dealing with it. He says that the company set up by his sons in partnership with Bagheria has not done any business. If so, why was this new company set up for developing commercial complexes in partnership with this builder? In an interview with ZNews Justice Sabhawal claims credit for the judiciary under him ordering the demolition of the illegal 1 MG road mall owned by Bagheria. But then why do his sons enter into partnerships with such an illegal builder whose buildings have had to be demolished by the Judiciary? And immediately after this partnership with the Sabharwals, Bagheria went on to announce the construction of “Square 1 mall” in Saket as the most fashionable mall in India. And all the fashion designers who had their shops and outlets at 1 MG road went on to buy space in the Square I mall. What is important to note here is that Bagheria and his partners at 1 MG road had already parted with all the space on 1 MG Road. The demolition thus hurt the designers and others who had bought shops there, but did not hurt Bagheria who may have in fact benefited from it by clearing the land of his tenants and getting them to buy space at his new malls at Saket and elsewhere.

An IT park is also a commercial complex like any other. Many commercial establishments sealed were IT centres and BPOs, which were forced to buy space in, IT parks like that being constructed by his sons and their partners.

Charge No. 4: That the Union Bank of India gave a loan of 28 crores to his sons’ company Pavan Impex on a collateral of plant and machinery and other moveables at the site of their proposed IT Park, which were non-existent.

Justice Sabharwal’s response: That his sons’ had a credit facility of 75 crores.

CJAJR’s Rejoinder: If that were the case, what was the need for mortgaging non-existent assets for obtaining this loan? Moreover, the Banks’ senior manager is on record saying that the loan was given on the basis of projected sales to prospective customers. The conversation with the Bank Manager is in the CD attached hereto as Annexure I.

Charge No. 5: That because of the obvious conflict of interest, he could not have dealt with this case.

Justice Sabharwal’s response: That his orders have never benefited his sons.

CJAJR’s Rejoinder: His orders of sealing lakhs of commercial properties clearly forced those establishments to buy or rent space in commercial complexes like those that his sons’ companies were constructing; and shopping malls etc that their friends and partners were constructing. There was a clear conflict of interest and his orders have clearly benefited his sons and their partners.

Charge No. 6: That a large number of industrial and commercial plots were allotted in Noida by the UP government to his sons’ companies, at prices far below the market price. In particular several huge plots were allotted between December 2004 and November 2006 by the Mulayam Singh/Amar Singh government, while he was dealing with Amar Singh’s tapes case, and had stayed the publication of those tapes on the behest of Amar Singh.

Justice Sabharwal’s response: That some of the plots were allotted by earlier different governments. That the prices were not far below the market price. That the allotments were made in the normal course to his sons who were entrepreneurs and were providing employment to hundreds of people in Noida.

CJAJR’s Rejoinder: Even if one were to look at only the last two allotments of 12,000 metres each made in December 2004 and November 2006, made by the Mulayam Singh/Amar Singh governments, it is obvious that the allotments are definitely not in the normal course. Consider the allotment to Pawan Impex. The company has Nil turnover and Nil business (as declared in their application) on the date of application on 30/12/04. The very next day they receive a letter from Noida Authority asking them to come for an interview within 4 days on 5/11/04. On that day the authority notes that they want 12,000 sq m in Sector 125 or Sector 132. The minutes note that because the work of development of Sector 125 is not complete and because in sector 132 the plot size available is only upto 11,000 sq metres, the matter is deferred for the next meeting. In the next meeting on 13/12/04, though Sector 125 is still not developed, a decision is taken to allot them a 12,000 Sq. metre plot in Sector 125 for a BPO. All this without a word about how and why a company with nil business is worthy of being allotted one of the largest plots of 12,000 sq. meters. The previous application of M/s Softedge Solutions Pvt. Ltd for an IT park is rejected on the ground that they could not satisfactorily answer questions about their previous experience in IT and their technical tie up. But Pawan Impex represented by Chetan Sabharwal with Nil business, no previous track record in IT and no technical tie up sails through with no questions asked. All in the normal course, of course! Copies of the profit and loss accounts of Pawan Impex Pvt. Ltd. for the year ended 31.03.2003 and 31.03.2004 showing its income nil are attached hereto as Annexure IV (Colly). Justice Sabharwal says that the allotment price of Rs. 3,700/sq M was not below the market price. The current circle rate in Sector 125 is Rs. 11,000/sq metre and the market price is over Rs. 30,000/sq meter there.
Similarly, the huge plot of 3 acres, No. 12 A in Sector 68 alloted to Sabs Exports in November 2006 at a throw away price of Rs. 4000 per square meter is also not in the normal course and was similarly made within days of application and a bogus interview, without any other system. Today, within 10 months of allotment, even the circle rate of plots in Sector 68 is Rs. 8,000 per sq. meter and the market rate is Rs. 20-22,000 per sq. meter. Moreover this allotment has been made at a time when he was dealing with Amar Singh’s tapes case and had stayed the publication of the tapes.

Charge No. 7: That his sons have purchased a 1150 square meter house in Maharani bagh, New Delhi in March 2007 for a consideration of 15.46 crores. The source of money for this is unexplained and in the sale deed they seek to conceal their relationship with Justice Sabharwal by writing his name as Yogesh Kumar and giving their factory address instead of the residential address.

Justice Sabharwal’s response: That 90 per cent of the money for the purchase of this house was from four banks; that his sons concealed his full name in the sale deed in order to avoid taking advantage of their association with him.

CJAJR’s Rejoinder: Banks do not normally advance loans of 90% of the value of a property on its security. Otherwise they would end up holding inadequate security if the property prices fall by even 15%. If they have done so in this case, it is either because of an undue favour as in the case of the loan of 28 Crores to Pawan Impex, or they valued the property higher than the declared purchase price. His explanation for concealing his name in the sale deed is hilarious and unbelievable since his sons did not hesitate to use his official residence as the registered office of their companies. Moreover, this was in a registered sale deed with a private party, where there was no occasion for taking any advantage by using his name.

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Tapasi Malik Murder: CBI files charge sheet agianst CPIM leader

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007


Special Correspondent

CPI(M) leader among two accused in Singur murder case

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has chargesheeted Suhrid Baran Dutta, Singur zonal secretary of the CPI(M), and Debu Malik of Singur, in a murder case.

The case relates to the killing of 19-year-old Tapasi Malik who was protesting against the acquisition of land in Singur village for setting up the Tata Motors car plant.

According to the CBI, Dutta had arranged four assailants for executing the murder and the unidentified persons raped and murdered Tapasi on December 18 last. The CBI is hunting for the assailants.

Dutta was also involved in infrastructure development work of the Tata Motors’ small car project in Hooghly district of West Bengal for “personal gains,” said the CBI charge sheet, filed in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chandannagar.

Dutta and Debu Malik are now in judicial custody. The charge sheet said the two were on good terms and supervising the work of different contractors in connection with the infrastructural development of the acquired land. “There is evidence to indicate that accused Suhrid Baran Dutta was involved in the infrastructural development work, including selection of contractors, for personal gain,” the charge sheet alleged.

Threats

It was found during the probe that Tapasi was associated with the Trinamool Congress party, which was spearheading the protest against the acquisition of land. She had been receiving threats from Debu Malik that she should not participate in local demonstrations and strikes.

Dutta had also allegedly threatened her of dire consequences on May 25 last while she was leading a demonstration. Despite such threats, Tapasi continued with her demonstration and hunger-strikes along with the villagers. On many occasions, the police also took action against the demonstrators, including Tapasi, the charge sheet said.

“On December 2, 2006, there was large-scale police action in the village. Suhrid Baran Dutta was leading a police party and pointed out the houses of active members who were protesting against the acquisition of land by the government, including the home of Tapasi Malik,” it said.

The HIndu

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Now FM radio to curb Red menace

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007

Nitish Kumar government is planning to set up FM radio and local video centres in different parts of the State to curb the Naxal menace.

The government has urged the Centre to simplify licensing procedures for setting up FM radio and video centres and involve the Broadcast Engineering Consultant India Limited (BECIL) in providing technical support to the State in this regard.

Making this demand, the State Information and Public Relations Department Secretary Vivek Kumar Singh said Bihar was contiguous to the international border and many parts of the State were affected with Naxal activities. “It thus becomes imperative to spread awareness about the development activities and policies of the government among the masses. The FM radio and local network television would be useful in spreading such awareness and curbing Naxal activities,” he said.

Singh said the licensing procedures should be made easy and speedy clearance should be granted for setting up FM radio and video centres. He also demanded that DTH should be established and radio and TV sets should be distributed free of cost in the Naxal-affected areas.

http://www.hindustantimes.com

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Maoists celebrate their anniversary

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007

Raipur, Sep 20 – The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), an outfit of Maoist insurgents with terror bases in at least 13 Indian states, has asked people in its stronghold of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region to celebrate the party’s foundation anniversary on Friday, a senior police officer said.‘The outfit has pasted banners and posters in the interiors of Bastar region’s Kanker and Narayanpur districts, asking people to celebrate the foundation anniversary on Sep 21, Friday,’ Pawan Dev, Kanker Range deputy inspector general of police, told IANS.The CPI-Maoist was founded on Sep 21, 2004, with the merger of the Peoples’ War Group (PWG) and Maoist Communist Centre (MCC). The group runs parallel governments in certain interior forested parts of mineral-rich Bastar, which is spread across about 40,000 sq km in southern Chhattisgarh, bordering Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

‘Patrolling has been intensified and forces put on high alert after we recovered banners and posters of CPI-Maoist asking people to join in their foundation day anniversary celebrations,’ Dev said, adding ‘the rebels have not called for a strike Friday, but they might hold functions such as meetings and can target government installations.’A source in the state home department said: ‘Thousands of paramilitary troops of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and State Armed Forces (SAF) have been relocated to government facilities and strategic locations in Bastar, including the National Mineral Development Corporation’s (NMDC) iron ore mining facilities at Bailadila hills in Dantewada district to counter Maoists’ attacks during Friday’s celebrations.

In March this year, Maoist rebels massacred 55 policemen in Bijapur district in one of the worst ever attacks carried out on security forces since Maoists’ armed struggle began in India in 1967 from a remote village in West Bengal.The police estimate that about 5,000 Maoists armed with AK-47 rifles, rocket launchers, mortars and landmines are active in Bastar region, backed by about 20,000 cadres who carry self-loading rifles and traditional weapons like bows and arrows and sharp-edged weapons.The Bijapur, Dantewada, Bastar, Narayanpur and Kanker districts of Bastar have been Maoists’ terror nerve centres for decades.

Tension in the region has escalated since June 2005 when locals launched the Salwa Judum civil movement against Maoists that has forced over 50,000 people to desert their villages and live in government-run relief camps.

http://www.earthtimes.org

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Why Revolution is delayed?

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007

Dear friends,

Maoistresistance has posted an article What threatens the State: Arms or Ideology? Source: Spring Thunder

Serious political/ideological thought is a fundamental need for the success of any revolution. This must not remain confined in limited circles but need to be carried deep amongst the masses, primarily amongst its advanced sections.

The points raised by Puthiya Jananayagam were marked bold in Blue.

The reply given by me were marked bold italic in Red.

The views expressed in this are personal and are in no way connected with any revolutionary party or magazine that the editor support’s.

Please go through this and give your comments if anything is to be added or deleted.

P.Govindan kutty

Editor, People’s March

What threatens the State: Arms or Ideology?

Source: Spring Thunder


On June 25, Three Comrades of CPI (Maoist) namely Palanivel, Velmurugan and Muthamizh Selvan got arrested in Murugan Malai hills of Periyakulam, Tamilnadu. Police claimed to have seized rifles and grenades from them. It also said that some other comrades had fled the scene and published their photographs in media. On July 8, Police arrested Sundaramoorthy, Easwaran and Karthik in Tirupur and jailed them after interrogation.

The Q branch intelligence police conducted house raids in and around Madurai, a southern city of Tamilnadu in search of the escaped. The Super Cop Vijayakumar who ‘valiantly’ shot the corpse of Bandit Veerapan and ‘captured’ him leads the combing operation of the Special Task Force in Western Ghats.

“70-membered Armed Squads of 70 in numbers in Tamilnadu!”

“AK-47 Rifles in Periyakulam! Laptops and Grenades Seized! Arms dump uncovered!”

“600 Students to Join the Armed Squads!”

Some of the hysterical cries of press cited above even exceed the screenplay of jingoistic, irrational Vijayakant movies. The euphoria on Police atrocities in the name of ‘Naxal probe’ and blowing up Vijayakumar cum intelligence policemen as fearless warriors shows the bootlicking character of the press. By showing the arrested comrades in poor light and with its countless fabrications, news media shows its true nature in full light.

A planned measure to show Maoists as a biggest threat surrounding Tamilnadu is under way. But Police officers like Vijayakumar and Nanjil Kumaran say that Maoists have not grown much in Tamilnadu to fear about. In an interview, Ashok Kumar, Superintendent of Police, ‘Q’ Branch says, “According to our estimation, the number of Maoists in Tamilnadu may come around 25 to 35”. Also, police accepts that the seized weapons are quite ordinary and not dreadful ones.

Why such a hue and cry then? Why do photographs of Vijayakumar posing in combing operations in Periyakulam, Kodaikanal, Dharmapuri and Courtallam pour out in media? What’s the purpose behind setting up a permanent STF camp in Periyakulam?


It’s not a usual narcissistic propaganda stunt of police. It’s the state terrorism to terrorize the people. The very purpose is to instill the brute face of STF in the minds of people so that it’ll be recalled, whenever they hear the word ‘Naxabari’ again and they will be dreaded in fear to take part in it. Secondly, it’s the extravagant posture of Karunanidhi to counter Jayalalitha. For a long time, it’s been the permanent propaganda of all the Brahminic media, From ‘The Hindu’ to Cho.Ramaswamy and Jayalalitha that the Law and order will worsen if Karunanidhi comes to power. So this time Karunanidhi is all set to prove his mettle. Hence he chose Vijayakumar, a blessed boy of Jayalalitha to lead the ‘Naxal-Hunt’. Morever, DMK Govt must have felt a dosage of the blown-out ‘Naxal-Hunt’ as a necessity to market the state as a peaceful destination to the MNC’s.

As expected, Police always makes use of every single opportunity to strengthen its unquestionable authority and to conceal all its criminal acts. Hence, ‘outdoor-shootings’ are enacted in hills and jungles to create an image as if the police is engaged in a dangerous mission. Police tries to cover up all the past, present and future fake encounters using this opportunity as a screen.

After all, what exactly happened in Periyakulam that it is portrayed so dreadfully? Simply three men got arrested with some weapons. Did you witness it? There was no bomb blast or a gun fight or any lethal mishap. Not even a scratch for the policemen. Even according to the Law and order view of police, it’s just an ordinary crime.

Compare this incident with the recent gory assault on ‘Dinakaran’ Newspaper by DMK hoodlums in broad day light with police as mere onlookers. Karunanidhi justified the assault by saying that it was incited by the poll published by ‘Dinakaran’ though the brutal violence was caught clearly in camera that led to the death of three employees of ‘Dinakaran’.

If some magazine made a ‘grave crime’ by estimating a 2% mass support for Azhagiri, the elder son of Karunanidhi, then we are supposed to acknowledge the fury of Azhagiri’s henchmen and their ‘just’ protest of setting ablaze the newspaper office with its staff held inside. But if some take up arms against an establishment that pushed crores of peasants to suicide, countless people to hunger and butchered Muslims and dalits, then it’s terrorism!

No explanation needed as you support the armed struggle of Maoist

If three youths made a ‘grave crime’ by possessing some guns, then police searches for the Maoists every nook and corner of the state. Then what were the combing operations after the DMK councilor got bombarded with remote controlled device in broad day light in Sivagangai district recently? Why there is no cry about the violent incidents that led to the cancellation of local body elections and cooperative society elections? Was any STF ever got deployed to probe these criminal gangs? Whether such ferocity was ever shown for hunting corruption or communalism or caste atrocities other than Naxals? Was any Special Task Force ever formed to curb these crimes that take place straight in front of our eyes than to comb for Naxals in forests?

Violence or non-violence is not the issue. The ruling classes have no objection to get assimilated in the system, to act as agents of MNC’s and even for an armed clash for shares in the looting the state wealth. The technology involved in the remote device that triggered the bomb in Sivagangai district is far advanced than that of the one implanted for Chandra babu Naidu by People’s War Group. Even after that there was no witch-hunt. It’s not only because the perpetrators belonged to the ruling party but principally because that this violence is not aimed against the ruling classes. That’s why all the pillars of democracy pounce on Naxalites, when they proclaim to take up arms against the unjust political establishment.

Particularly Ruling classes fear the masses of this country that fight against the Liberalisation – Privatisation – Globalisation (LPG) policies may get organised under the leadership of communist revolutionaries in future. It’s not the jungles or rifles that terrify the establishment but it’s the Marxist-Leninist-Mao thought. The unrelenting fight and the indomitable soul of the Communist revolutionaries is the one that drives the establishment to panic. They end up in an endless jugglery of words concealing their fear, starting with citing the reason of Naxalism as Unemployment and disenchantment of youth. They dream to eradicate Naxalism by eradicating the above said social evils. They present Naxal Politics as a Criminal act just like robbery or prostitution by saying it evolves due to poverty and unemployment.

If one has to buy that argument, all those disenchanted one lakh farmers should have become Naxals and would not have killed themselves.

Maoists have repeatedly advised the farmers in distress not to commit suicide. Don’t kill yourselves. Fight against the system that was responsible for your miseries militantly.

It’s not despair that drives the Naxalites but it’s the rage against the social injustice. The scientific outlook of Marxism-Leninism leads their way. Naxalites bear the society on their shoulders. Naxalites are the men and women who come forward by their own will to sacrifice their personal pleasures of life for the sake of masses. Naxalites neither are disillusioned youth nor is Communism an ideology that withers away when plates are full.

How many of your views have sacrificed their personal pleasures of life for the sake of masses. Do you wish to be called as naxalites upholding the traditions of Naxalbari or was there a demarcation between you and the Maoists.

No one can defeat the Naxal Politics as wrong by argument. Any high profile leader of any ballot box party will never be able to answer a single question of a simple cadre of Naxalbari movement. The ruling classes fear to counter the Naxalites politically and hence they threaten, terrify and try to isolate them from the masses.

We can smash the false propaganda carried out by the state and media on the Periyakulam incident. But it doesn’t mean that this false propaganda didn’t sell out or that people understood the justification of the armed struggle of Maoists. The report published by the State Committee of Tamilnadu, CPI (Maoist) on Periyakulam incident is by itself an example.

The report says, “Media tries to project Maoists as arms obsessed terrorists hiding the ambitions and ideology.”, and “Karunanidhi Govt is propagating panic by portraying simple preparations for armed struggle as bigger terrorism.” It further explains briefly on who Maoists are and why they take up arms.

When an organization is in a stage to explain to people to make them understand on whom the Naxalites are, what they fight for and why do they take up arms, it is just childish to claim that they had started the armed struggle. In the last seven years, it is for the third time that they were caught encircled in Tamilnadu.

In January 2000 as a consequence of Bus torching, Comrade Ravindran was tortured by the police and was killed in the custody. Police fabricated it as an encounter. It was DMK tenure at that time. In November 2003, 26 comrades were arrested in Oothangarai of Dharmapuri district, charged under POTA and Comrade Siva was shot dead by the police. It was AIADMK tenure at that time. Now Periyakulam has come to the fore.

When Ravindran was murdered and when 26 comrades were detained in Oothangarai, we criticized their adventurism of forming armed squads even without mass support. Maoists got infuriated on us. They argued that they have organized people in large numbers in Dharmapuri and said the district was an emerging front of armed struggle.

A single Veerappan could take on sustain the onslaughts STFs of three states and survive for more than two decades why not a Maoist party having dedicated cadres initiate and sustain armed struggle? When you compare Dharmapuri, Sathyamangalam, Chikmaglur, Udipi, Shimoga, Sindhudurg, Walayar forests Basthar is nothing.

Now with Periyakulam, the Report of Maoist party doesn’t say anything on what exactly happened there. There is no mass political support in the area for the party and there are no reports as to any of the local people got detained for supporting the Maoists.

It seems not the politics but only geography leads the Maoists. They seem to think that dense jungles and hilly ranges are enough reasons to form the armed squads and to start an armed struggle. Not only that, they consider these absurd actions devoid of political outlook as their personal issues. They think in a classical adventurist way like, “We fight and we sacrifice. What’s your problem?”

Maoists learnt their warfare by studying history. From Spartacus to Alluri Seetharamaraju to Maoists and even to Veerappan geography played an important role in guerilla warfare. Freeing 350 prisoners and abducting a dozen class enemies from jail in Jehanabad jailbreak and looting arms in a 3-hour operation, attacking 8 targets simultaneously in Koraput armory raid, Madhuban and Giridh raid. Do you say all these actions are adventurism? You admit that you cannot fight like Maoists and you cannot sacrifice like Maoists. Then what Maoists are saying is correct. Revolution suffers and is delayed because of revisionists as they keep their masters happy by playing their (master’s) voice.

The simple truth that Communists are answerable to people for each and every of their act seems to hit them only when the enemies start the false propaganda. Hence, they explain in their report on why they take up arms. They cite a long list from SEZ’s to Gujarat and say, “It is not terrorism when people take up arms against these kinds of terrorisms. Maoists take up arms only to spearhead such a mass revolution.”

So the mass revolution is already on and they spearhead them! Wonder, we have never heard Communists who lead a revolution of the masses offering such a ‘self-explanation’ to the masses who are already engaged in the revolution.

Be it SEZ’s or other Privatisation onslaughts, people are taking up spontaneous struggles all over the country. But all these struggles, however militant they may be, are only economic struggles that are waged by several sections of the society to fulfill their individual demands within the limits of the system. There is neither the political outlook of Anti-Recolonisation nor an aim of overthrowing the state apparatus in these struggles. The duty of the communists is to organize the people under such political slogans and that’s what ‘organising people’ means. Maoists don’t have such an understanding nor do they believe in organising people this way.

But Maoists follow a detrimental methodology to politicize people. They intend to convert the struggles of people waged for their individual demands as a clash with police. The police repression on the people will eventually follow and Maoists believe that thereby people will understand the state as a brutal apparatus by experience. They get some of their frontrunners for armed squads through these actions amongst such troubled people. This is the tactics formed by Maoists to organize people for a revolution.

They project their mass support attained in Andhra and Dandakaranya due to some special circumstances, as mass armed struggle and they argue for applying it all over the country. But the mass support they gained there is not a political support ; it’s based on the moral feeling of tribal people that ‘Naxalites give their life for the sake of tribal people and their causes’. This kind of support doesn’t encourage political consciousness among the people but on the contrary wipes it out and leaves them as spectators.

The whole world saw the Sahara TV broadcast “Sulagtha Abhuj Maad” a two part news item on prime slot on 17 th February 2004. The reporter Ruchit Garg after filming a 25,000 tribals meeting organized by Maoists commemorating Bhum Kaal Divas, says “Aisa nahi laga ek prathibandhith shetra mein bhumigath sanghatan ka aayojan hai” (It didn’t look like a meeting organized by an underground party in a prohibited place.

The reporter further adds “Jis Samay ham people’s war ke nimanthran par Abhuj Maad me guse the us samay police ke nigha say pure Basthar hai alert par tha. Kyonki do din pahale hi Orissa ke Basthar ke seema se laghe Koraput zille mein police mukhyalay mein is naxali sanghatan ne bada bari hamla kiya tha.” (when we were about to enter Abhuj Maad, the whole Basthar was under high alert of the police because this naxalite orgonisation has attacked and ransacked the police head quarters two days prior to their visit at Koraput in Orissa which is a border district of Basthar)

The reporter further added “Eh hi samay mein Koraput zille mein sainik thakath our Abhuj Maad mein sanghatanik pradarshan”. (showing military power at Koraput and at the same time showing organizational display at Abhuj Maad) [for video CD contact Editor, People’s March]

In Andhra, media reports say that there was no response or incidents in the recent Bandh announced by Maoists against SEZ’s. Only military acts of smashing the electrical and telecommunication towers have taken place in Chattisgarh. A political activity of Bandh, which is supposed to express the political consciousness of the people in an organized form, which is supposed to raise the class-consciousness of the people to a higher level, has lost the meaning, getting diminished just as a ‘nuisance act’ to the state.

Comrade Sonu, CC member of CPI (Maoist) acknowledges the fact that they have suffered a setback in Andhra. (‘People’s March’, March-July 2007). But they analyze the setback only in military aspects and not on political lines.

Setbacks, successes and failures, ups and downs, victories and defeats are quite common and are part and parcel of the ongoing revolution. Paris commune failed, the Great October revolution collapsed, the Chinese revolution failed. What is important is to study the causes for the failures/defeats and advance the revolution by learning lessons.

They don’t even take in to consideration of some questions like, “Whether People fight to protect the ‘people’s authority’ which Maoists claim to have established?”, “Why the lakhs of people organized during the talks with Rajashekhara Reddy, did not organise against the fake encounters that followed it?”, “how was it possible for George Bush to visit Andhra without any stiff resistance from people where Maoists claim to have strong support?”, and “how come it became possible for the rulers of Andhra to carry on with their pursuit of implementing neo-liberal policies ahead of other states and in such a situation why there are no significant mass movements like Nandigram?”.

You could have offered resistance. Or are you still ‘preparing’ the masses to offer resistance to the next visit of US President to Hydrabad.

Maoists find peace at simple formulas for these questions by saying that due to the repression, people are unable to organize and they are ready otherwise. But the countless political uprisings throughout the history or the ones that took place in front our eyes in Kashmir, Manipur or in recently in Nandigram, (may be of whatever leadership) but these mass struggles erupting out challenging the brutal repressions doesn’t seem to open the eyes of Maoists. It’s because of their pure military outlook which doesn’t cares about the people’s initiative and they care about the mass support only from the perspective of supporting their armed actions.

Wherever there are people’s struggles ….be it Singur, Nandigram, Mudigonda Maoists will be there with the struggling people.

Leave the false propaganda of media projecting Maoists as arms obsessed. What is the true state of affairs? If not, then what’s the meaning of Maoists having an idea to find the engagement in armed struggle as the deciding criterion to assess the revolutionary character of any organization? Or what to infer from the childish armed struggle preparation of Periyakulam? It only conveys their idea of ‘Rifle as the physical form of revolutionary politics.’

Maoists sarcastically reject our argument, when we put forward that the armed struggle is a matured form of political struggle and we should make people understand the necessity of armed struggle through their own experience of political struggles. They limit the politics in to heroic dialogues like, “People are all ready for armed struggle. For how long can we chat and waste their time? We need to start immediately.”

You wish to make people understand the necessity of armed struggle. You were ‘preparing’ the masses for the last thirty-five years to start the armed struggle. Even after three and half decades the ‘preparations’ are yet to be completed. You are not sure when you are going to complete this ‘preparation’. Assuming that you have completed the ‘preparation’ by tomorrow or day after tomorrow, how are you going to arm the people and train them? Are you going to float global tenders for procuring arms to arm the people? Where is the money? You have to train the people in using arms. Will the revolution wait till the people are trained to make use of arms? … This is nothing but our granny’s story of “How to catch a crow?” To keep some butter on crow’s head when the crow is sitting under Sun. Slowly the butter will melt and the crow won’t be able to see. Then you can go and easily catch it.

The duty of communists is to engage people in revolution and to lead them and not to enact revolution on behalf of them. Revolution is not a personal scuffle between revolutionaries and ruling classes. But the self-styled left adventurism thinks of bestowing liberation to the people.

The treachery of right opportunists and pseudo communists easily gets exposed. But many fail to understand that the left adventurism also causes extensive damage to revolution. Utmost it is understood in turns of personal loss of those comrades who face the cruel prisons and brutal tortures.

The report of State Committee of Tamilnadu, CPI (Maoist) says, “Karunanidhi tries to threaten not only Maoist revolutionaries but all who fight against the establishment by sending STF, a terrorist force.” Certainly, there is no doubt that the state apparatus and STF are common enemies of all masses . But the Maoist deed provided the opportunity to the enemies to showcase themselves as heroes, to justify all their terror acts and to isolate the revolutionaries from the masses. The question is whether at this moment the Maoists understand it as a loss to revolution.

Mao said, “Revolution is not a Tea Party”. It is bitter struggle between the oppressor and the oppressed. No revolution can succeed without any sacrifice. Maoists are prepared whereas you are not. It is true that the State apparatus and STF are common enemies of all masses but not for you because you are playing their (master’s) voice.

Editors Team – Puthiya Jananayagam

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Nine Ranvir Sena men get life term for massacre of 34

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 21, 2007

By IANS

Patna : A Bihar court Thursday sentenced nine Ranvir Sena members to life imprisonment for the massacre of 34 people in 2000.

Aurangabad Additional District Judge Krishna Kant Dwivedi passed the sentence after finding them guilty of the massacre. Two other accused in the case were acquitted for want of adequate evidence.

According to the police, 34 people belonging mostly to the backward castes and dalits, including nine children and 13 women, were killed and 15 others injured by the armed men on June 16 2000.

Ranvir Sena, private militia of the landed upper caste, claimed responsibility of the massacre a day after the incident.

Miyanpur is an inaccessible backward village, barely 10 km from Senari village where the Maoists killed 34 upper caste villagers in 1999.

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