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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.

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When Mao ruled hearts in Delhi University

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 29, 2007

New Delhi : Armed only with idealism and Mao’s Red Book, some of the brightest in Delhi’s colleges embraced Maoism four decades ago, determined to usher in a communist revolution in India, even at the cost of their career. Many of these ‘revolutionaries’ wonder today if it was at all worth the pain.

When the peasants of Naxalbari village in West Bengal revolted in May 1967, sparking a violent movement that soon had India in its grips, those who took to the ideology included young men and women from Delhi University.
“It was idealism which made students take to Naxalism. They felt that through this ideology they could bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots,” recalled Novy Kapadia, a deputy proctor at Delhi University who studied English at St. Stephens College in the 1970s.

St. Stephens, one of the oldest and best colleges in Delhi, was the hotbed of Naxalites – as the Maoist came to be called after Naxalbari village – in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Pushing the students to Naxalism were the revolutionary and mainly anti-American movements around the world, mainly in Vietnam. “The Vietnam war had aroused a hatred towards the Americans and support for the Vietnamese,” Kapadia told IANS.

In no time, the little Red Book of Mao – which summarized the saying of the legendary Chinese leader — became a bible for the young revolutionaries in the colleges of Delhi University.Its popularity exceeded the appeal of even the Naxalite literature – and black and white photographs of Charu Mazumdar, the frail man who wrote the script for the Naxal uprising.

Journalist Swapan Dasgupta said that most students in the Naxalite cause -chiefly from St. Stephens or Miranda House — even went “underground for a while”. But after some time, “they were thoroughly traumatized”, Dasgupta told IANS. Miranda House is an all women-college while St. Stephens was then reserved for men.

Describing the Naxalite movement in Delhi University as a “passing cloud”, Dasgupta said that by 1971 the entire movement appeared to have faded out in the national capital. One of the major factors leading to this was strict policing within the university campus and of course student disillusionment.

Most activist students were from the middle class and children of senior civil servants. So they were able to get themselves freed after being caught for their Naxalite connections, said Dasgupta, who was in St. Stephens in 1971-76.

A student of La Martinere School in Kolkata, Dasgupta joined Delhi University in the 1970s when the violence Naxalite movement was at its peak in Kolkata and “I didn’t want to lose out on my academics”, he said.

A senior government officer who did not want to be identified explained to IANS what happened in the 1970s – which came to be known as the decade of revolution.

“Another reason which attracted students to Naxalism was the romanticism attached to being with the movement. But since most of them belonged to middle class families and were seeking to make a career, the movement gradually faded,” the officer said.

Political analyst Mahesh Rangarajan said the anti-establishment feeling ingrained in the young also pushed them to the Naxalite movement, which by early 1970s suffered serious setbacks.The patriotism triggered by the 1971 India-Pakistan dealt death blows to the Maoists, who were physically sought out and killed in hundreds in West Bengal as well as in other parts of India.

In the process Charu Mazumdar’s Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist split into several groups and began attacking one another when they were not taking on the state.”The Maoist movement’s entire focus has today shifted to rural areas, especially in tribal belts of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand,” Rangarajan said. “It is assuming more dangerous proportions due to economic disparities in these regions,”

By July 1972, when Mazumdar died in police custody, the Naxalite movement in the University of Delhi also died a natural death.

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All India Programme

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 25, 2007



The First War of Indian Independence

All India Programme

31st May, 2007

Morning 9am to 11am

Saajha Roti – Saajha Sankalp

In Red Fort (Darbar-e-Aam), Delhi

Near Khooni Darwaja – Sama-e- Azaadi

Rashtriya Samvad

On the Need to Initiate Third Wave of Independence Struggle

Starts at 12 noon


Swami Dayanand Bhawan

3/5, Asaf Ali Road, Delhi

Campaign for Initiating Third War of Independence

We cordially invite you to participate in the programme commemorating the First War of Independence.

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Rakesh Rafiq

Convenors: Gopal Roy, R.K. Pasi, Sumit Mandiwal, Rakesh Raman,

Nawab Md. Shueb Khan (Progeny of Bahadur Shah Zafar)

People’s Democratic Front of India (PDFI)

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Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 16, 2007

To protest against the Arrest
Dr. Binayak Sen
General Secretary, PUCL, Chhattisgarh






Near Gyarah Murthy

New Delhi

Time: 12 Noon
Date: 17th May 2007 (Thursday)

Peoples’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR)

People’s Union for Civil Liberties(PUCL)
Medico Friend Circle

National Alliance for People’s Movement (NAPM)

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Inquilab Rally in New Delhi

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 3, 2007

Inquilab Rally in New Delhi

On March 23, hundreds of thousands of people from all over India converged in Delhi to express their anger at the killing of peasant protesters on March 14 by police and thugs aligned with the West Bengal Left Front (LF) government. Those killed were resisting eviction from their land in Nandigram. Similar killings also happened on January 7. The mass rally was preceded by two days of cultural protests.

dipanker bhattacharya rally cpi(m-l)

Dipankar Bhattacharya addresses the ‘Inquilab rally’.

Organised by the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, the rally fell on the 76th anniversary of the martyring of independence heroes Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru. With the executioner’s rope over his neck, Singh shouted “Inquilab Zindabad” (“Long live the revolution”). The CPI(ML) rally was called “Inquilab rally” in memory of these heroes. Bhagat Singh’s nephew Jagmohan was a speaker at the rally.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) dominates the LF government, which has held power for 30 years in West Bengal. The CPI(ML) was the result of a 1968 split from the CPI(M), after the newly elected LF government crushed a 1967 uprising of the rural poor in Naxalbari, in the state’s north.

More details of the March 14 massacre have come to light. According to a fact-finding report conducted by the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights and Paschim Banga Khet Majdoor Samity (an agricultural labourer organisation), authorised by the Kolkata High Court, at Bhangabera on the outskirt of Nandigram a group of mostly women and children were praying on March 14 when, without warning, police started indiscriminately firing on them. Those who tried to escape were hunted down by CPI(M) thugs disguised as police.

According to the report, “Children were murdered indiscriminately; bodies have been thrown to nearby Chuniburi river. The children of primary schools at least eight in numbers have been killed by the murderers and then all those children were buried in a particular place near Bhangabera area.”

The report revealed that the cops and hooligans then went on to ransack and indiscriminately fire upon the villagers’ huts, killing and injuring more. No less than 100 people were injured. Some victims were too scared to go to the hospital.

“A good number of women have complained that they have been raped, sexually abused and molested by police personnel and the murderers of the political party [the CPI(M)]”, says the report.

The report accused local CPI(M) MP Lakhman Seth of having engaged “professional murderers” to finish up the atrocities initiated by the police.

In an interview published by the Hindustan Times on March 20, CPI(ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, who has led a fact-finding team to Nandigram, claimed while a precise death toll isn’t yet established, bodies are being discovered every day. He added: “Many bodies were dumped, many were buried overnight and roads built on them. Our team has come back with horrifying tales and reports.”

Bhattacharya said that many victims had “chopper” wounds. “From when did policemen started carrying choppers? It means that CPI (M) goons must have accompanied the police. They were wearing police uniforms but their slippers gave them away. There were cases of women being gang raped as well. There were many cases where the women were mutilated. It was a cold-blooded, pre-planned carnage.”


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Protest march to mark the anniversary of martyrdom

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 25, 2007

RAISING THEIR VOICE: Communist Party of India (ML)-New Democracy holding rally at Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi on Friday in protest against the imperialistic policies of the Central Government. — PHOTO: ANU PUSHKARNA

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-New Democracy on Friday staged a protest march against the imperialistic policies of the Central Government to mark the 76th anniversary of martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

Starting from Science Academy at ITO, the activists and workers of CPI (ML)-New marched to Ferozeshah Kotla where several of their leaders and some other intellectuals addressed the gathering.

Delhi Party secretary Aparna told the gathering that, since Independence, the ruling classes of India chose an imperialist-dependent model of “growth” as opposed to a self-dependent, pro-people model of development. As a result, the situation has gone from bad to worse for the common man.

President, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Mrigank said Bhagat Singh was well aware of the danger that the white Englishman would merely be replaced by a certain “block” of people who were brokers of imperialism. That was why Bhagat Singh specified that independence meant the freedom for workers and ordinary people, Dr. Mrigank told the gathering.

Hindi poet Pankaj Singh and N. K. Bhattacharya of Jan Hastakshep also addressed the gathering. They also criticised the Government’s decision to allow foreign direct investment in retail sector, the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005, and also demanded that forcible land acquisitions should be stopped. They also demanded that the Government should scrap the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. The Hindu

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Civil rights groups protest Nandigram violence

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 16, 2007

New Delhi, March. 15 (PTI): Expressing anguish over Nandigram violence, several civil rights groups and ultra-left outfits today staged protests here.

“The CPI(M) has lost all moral rights to be called a left movement under a red flag, after the repressive act of yesterday, the Budhadeb Government in West Bengal needs to resign owning responsibility of the incident,” CPI(ML) General Secretary Deepanker Bhattacharya demanded in the rally.

Social activist Medha Patkar termed the Nandigram violence in which 14 villagers died as a “pre-planned” and “deliberate” attempt of the West Bengal Government to foil the genuine people’s movement against land acquisition for building Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

“From the kind of force deployment and the earlier statements of the government, it is clear that yesterday’s attack on the villagers was pre-determined and deliberate. It shows that the West Bengal Government has turned violent,” she said.

Speakers at the protest rally also demanded that government should “repeal SEZ Act 2005 and promote agrarian reforms co-operative and collective farming to avoid agrarian crisis”, a release by the Anti-SEZ Front, the organiser of rally said.

The protest was also participated by the CPI(ML)- New Democracy, CPI(ML)-Liberation, SUCI, RDF, CSWTU and Krantikari Yuva Sangathan and many other civil rights and left political groups. The Hindu

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