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Road to end Naxal menace?

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 22, 2007

NEW DELHI: In a fresh initiative, the Planning Commission has formulated an “arterial road” blueprint to help hot pursuit of Left-wing rebels and to open up the affected districts for trade.

The ambitious plan aims to create two major arteries — first, connecting Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh with Ranchi in Jharkhand, and the second, linking Bastar in Chhattisgarh with the Vijayawada-Ranchi highway or straight with Ranchi.

The home ministry recently discussed the action plan, ‘Development Strategy for Naxal Affected Areas’, with four related ministries — rural development, tribal affairs, panchayati raj and environment and forests.

To counter planting of mines by Naxals, the panel has suggested an “intensive” cement-concrete road network under PMGSY (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) in the most affected areas to interlink all hamlets having a population of 250.

The paper is a result of growing concern over the Naxal problem, now raging in 125 districts (over 20% of total 604) of 13 states, expanding from just 55 five years ago, a Plan panel source said.

It has sought creation of a rural electrification “backbone” under RGGVY (Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana), besides making BSNL and/or private operators ensure complete mobile phone connectivity in the affected regions.

“In many of these districts, local administration has been paralysed and a parallel government holds sway. There is a consensus that this is not primarily a security problem but has roots in the feeling of oppression and desperation fuelled by poverty and lack of development,” says the blueprint.

MHA has appended the note to discuss a “methodology for more focused action for effective implementation of development schemes in states/districts affected by Naxalite problem”.

The paper stresses that the affected regions are mostly tribal-dominated, forested and mineral-rich. “Despite being resource-rich, the local population has remained poor.

Forest wealth and minerals have been exploited by ‘outsiders’ with almost no local value addition. Administration has been thin and weak, connectivity poor and the more difficult areas can only be reached on foot. There is also near absence of education and health facilities,” it says.

To check employee absenteeism, the panel has suggested use of biometric identification and radio frequency. The commission wants the affected states to accord priority to the vulnerable pockets in implementing core development schemes and inform the Centre if any relaxation of norms is necessary to ensure that the areas are not left out.

The aim, it says, should be to “saturate” the difficult areas with facilities as these regions usually lack the “political voice” which developed areas use to corner funds.

“An employment plan should be prepared as part of the district plan through the convergence of various schemes. A skill development initiative should be taken up on massive scale. Information communication technology should be used with an imaginative media policy to ensure that information related to the programmes is available to everyone. Local culture, dialects and perceptions should be used to prevent disinformation and subversive propaganda,” the blueprint suggests.


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Message of Gratitude and Solidarity for Continuing Struggle

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 22, 2007

By Jose Maria Sison
Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines NDFP Chief Political Consultant Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle 19 September 2007

Dear Comrades and Friends,

Warmest greetings of solidarity!

I am deeply pleased and thankful to all of you for holding this discussion meeting in order to focus on my case, reaffirm your
solidarity, rejoice in my temporary release from prison and prepare for the struggle ahead.

I am very happy to be free from 17 days of solitary confinement in a cell 2.5 meters wide, 3.5 meters long and 3.5 meters high and from 7 days of intensive interrogation of 5 to 6 hours daily under overheated lamps above my head. The Rechtbank of The Hague has found no sufficient evidence for my further pre-trial detention.

For my release, I am very grateful both to my lawyers for their competence in the legal struggle and to the parties, mass organizations, personages and the broad masses of the people in Germany and many other countries for their militancy in the political struggle to defend my rights and demand my freedom.

The physical constraints and psychological torture that I had to suffer in the Dutch Scheveningen version of Guantanamo reminded me of the same painful experience which I had endured under the Marcos fascist dictatorship.

But the pain in this latest ordeal is made more acute by the fact that I have absolutely nothing to do with the false and politically motivated charge of inciting two incidents resulting in the killing of certain military assets of the Arroyo regime named Kintanar and Tabara. As a matter of fact, I have nothing to do with these incidents. Thus, there can be no direct evidence and no sufficient evidence against me.

The publications of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army have repeatedly explained that the NPA teams assigned to arrest the aforesaid individuals for certain criminal offenses upon the order of the people’s court had to give them battle because they were armed and dangerous and resisted arrest.

No less than the prosecution office of the justice department of the Manila government has categorized the Kintanar and Tabara incidents, not as acts of murder, but specific acts of rebellion in the charge of rebellion against me and 50 others in the Philippines. The Philippine Supreme Court nullified on 2 July 2007 this charge of rebellion, including such specifications as the Kintanar and Tabara incidents and the supposed evidence for these.

Nevertheless, the sword of Damocles still hangs over my head. The Dutch prosecution office has filed an appeal before the Court of Appeals to have me put back in pre-trial detention or solitary confinement. Right now, according to news reports, six officials of the Dutch ministry of justice and national police are in Manila to consult with their Philippine counterparts.

I face tremendous odds. There are two imperialist powers and one puppet government interested in destroying me physically and politically. You are already aware that most of the testimonies against me in the charge of inciting murder were produced in the US embassy and the rest in the Dutch embassy and the former US Clark Air Base, now administered by the Manila government. There is widespread concern that the charge of inciting murder is merely the pretext for conducting raids and fishing for the evidence to make a charge of terrorism.

It is therefore necessary for all of us to remain vigilant and militant and to persevere in political struggle in order to defend the democratic rights not only of myself but also many others like the chairperson and members of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, the consultants and staffers whose office and homes have already been raided. We must strive to stop the escalating fascist acts of persecution against those who advocate and fight for national liberation and the socialist future.

All efforts must be exerted to stop the baseless charge of inciting murder against me as well as the scheme to trump up the charge of terrorism against me and other Filipinos who have worked so hard to uphold, defend and advance the cause of national freedom, democracy, social justice, development and a just peace in the Philippines. We hope that the struggle to defend the rights of persecuted Filipinos contributes to the advance of the people’s struggle the world over for national liberation, democracy and socialism against imperialism and all reaction.###

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Maoists dismiss Indian media reports; say Ramdev’s camp should run smoothly

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 22, 2007

Kantipur Report

KATHMANDU, Sept 22 – The CPN-Maoist Saturday dismissed as “unfounded” some Indian media reports, which alleged that the Maoists were behind the disruption of Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev’s camp, which was due to start at Tundikhel in Kathmandu from Saturday morning.

“We believe that the camp should run smoothly. And, we request everyone to be assured of our belief,” Maoist spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara said in a press statement issued Saturday.

One of the leading Indian news channels, Aaj Tak, this morning broadcasted a report citing unknown sources that Swami Ramdev was in danger due to the Maoist threat in Nepal.

“Such baseless, misleading propaganda is a conspiracy of the regressive forces against the people’s desire for republic and peace,” Mahara said of media reports.

Thousands of followers of Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev had to make a sad return after they received a last-minute confirmation that the Yoga Camp scheduled to begin from 5am this morning was postponed for Sunday morning.

According to the police administration, today’s Yoga Camp had to be cancelled owing to some security reasons.

In his statement, Mahara added, “We request the common people and the camp organizers not to be misled by such unfounded news-reports.”

“What we want to make it clear is that the Government of Nepal has itself stopped the camp under different pretexts while the talks on the camp were held last night with the concerned sides,” he added.

The Maoists have also taken an exception to some Indian media reports on Kapilvastu violence.

“Some Indian media have linked us to Kapilvastu incident. We consider this too as a part of the conspiracy to defame our party,” he added.

“We appeal the ordinary Nepali people who are in favour of the federal democratic republic and peace to defeat all conspiracies of the regressive elements to move ahead with care and determination,” the statement added.

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Maoist leader arrested

Posted by Indian Vanguard on September 22, 2007

Ranchi, Sept. 22 (PTI): In a major catch, a top leader of CPI (Maoist) Misir Besra, a mastermind of two attacks that killed 55 policemen, was arrested along with an associate from Madnadih village in Giridih district of Jharkhand.

47-year old Misir, politburo member of the outfit, was arrested on Thursday night along with his associate Narendra Tiwari when they were driving a vehicle, Deputy Inspector General of police (Headquarters) R K Mullick told a press conference here this evening.

“He is a big catch as yet for the Jharkhand police. He was a mastermind in the Baliba (2004) and Biticlesoy (2002) ambushes, the two incidents killing 55 policemen,” he added.

Besra was one of the members of the Maoist’s highest decision-making body, comprising between 10 and 25 members, Mullick said.

He said an eight-member police team intercepted the four-wheeler in which Besra was travelling but did not reveal where the Maoists were heading for.

The arrest of Besra, who was also allegedly involved in several incidents of loot of police rifles, came days after the Bihar police netted another CPI (Maoist) frontline leader Tushar Kant Bhattacharya.

Meanwhile a Maoist release in Chatra announced a bandh in Jharkhand-Bihar-Chhatisgarh region on September 23 in protest against Besra’s arrest but another Maoist release at Latehar said the bandh was in protest against the arrest of Bhattacharya.

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