Monday, May 31, 2010
by G. N. Saibaba
Yesterday’s( 28 May 2010) Gnaneshwari Express and a goods train tragedy near Kharagpur in West Bengal in which 80 people were killed and 200 injured was attributed to CPI(Maoist) and Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) by the media. The media unscrupulously played false news stories blaming CPI (Maoist) and Peoples Committee for two days. Some political parties like Trinomial Congress and the ruling CPI(Marxist) also blamed these organisations without any verification. Significantly Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has declined to attribute the blame on the CPI (Maoist) and also announced that there was no evidence of any bomb blast in the incident.
The Union Home Minister has ordered an enquiry to find out any possibility of sabotage. During the day the leaders of CPI (Maoist) clarified through a long statement that they were not responsible for the train tragedy and condemned any possible sabotage work if any force involved behind the incident. They have also expressed their condolences for the families of deceased. The PCAPA also clarified that their activists are not involved in this incident. They suspected the ruling CPI(Marxist) to have been involved in the sabotage desperately trying to tilt the public opinion against the fighting forces.
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Saturday, May 22, 2010
The last six weeks have seen a series of deadly attacks on security forces and civilians by the Maoists or Naxalites, the insurgent group present in eight states, which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh describes as the gravest threat to India.
While the Maoists claim they are fighting a war on behalf of landless tribals, their opponents call them armed terrorists exploiting tribal sentiments.
In their worst-ever attack on April 6, Maoists massacred 76 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. In another murderous attack on May 17, they killed 40 civilians and special police officers in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh.
The recent attacks have left Union Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram grappling with the most serious internal security crisis on his watch.
As the government revisits its anti-Maoist strategy with Congress party President Sonia Gandhi advocating a redressal of the root causes of the problem, the debate on how to tackle the issue has gained in significance in the public space.
Sociologist Nandini Sundar is a prominent thinker on the Maoist debate. Along with two other intellectuals she filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court in 2007 against the excesses of the Salwa Judum, the anti-Maoist organisation of tribals in Chhattisgarh.
In this interview with Girija Shivakumar, Sundar, a professor at Delhi University, argues how the home minister has no grasp of the situation and highlights the importance of peace talks in finding a solution.
Often analysis indicates that development should take priority over anti- insurgency actions. How can development based activity be pursued in an atmosphere where schools buildings are being attacked/roads destroyed?
I don’t think there is a consensus that development should take precedence over Naxalism. I think that their sustained struggle actually shows that this problem has been neglected.
If you listen to Times Now (the television channel), (its editor-in-chief) Arnab Goswami is calling for India versus the others, as if these Adivasis living in Chhattisgarh are not part of India.
The rehabilitation plan which the Supreme Court had asked us to prepare was to understand the people living in this war-ridden atmosphere. We have asked college boys and districts judges to come out from the villages and give us information.
We have looked at the war situation and tried to see what needs to be done immediately for rehabilitation. Ultimately for anything to work there will have to be peace talks — that clearly is the bottom line.
Dantewada strikes back.
Dripping with the blood of hundreds of children
Its bullet-ridden body gasping for breath
Humiliated, harassed, raped and mutilated
Dantewada strikes back
Breaking the encirclement
By hordes of thugs descending from Delhi and Raipur
By schools of jungle warfare
And Institutes of counter-insurgency
By Washington, London, Tel Aviv, and what have you?
Dantewada strikes back
In defence of unsung mothers, daughters and sisters
Crying in pain from the festering wounds
Left by the death hunters out to destroy their life’s greenery
Dantewada strikes back
In defence of unheard fathers, sons and brothers
Buried in unknown places, exhumed and relocated by the powers that be to escape
the prying eyes of civil rights nuisance-mongers
Helpless, neglected, alienated, marginalized
Dantewada strikes back
Fulfilling the demands of its children
For Dudi Muye, Sodi Sannal, Tuniki Sinnal, Madivi Deval, Dudi Pojjal,……
For Gompad, Gachampalli, Singanamadugu, Gattampadu, Gollagudem,
For Gumiyapal, Palodi, Dokpad, Palachelima, Kachalaram…..
Dantewada strikes back
To ward off the non-stop savagery by the lawless goons
sent by the “civilized” gentlemen sitting in corporate board rooms,
To foil the heinous designs of the slave-holders
planning the biggest land grab in history after Columbus
Dantewda strikes back
To protect its jal, jangal, jameen, ijjat
To protect its resources from the monster of development
To fight back attempts to annex its territories into the prison-house
Of the Shining Bharat of Tatas, Mittals, Jindals ….
Dantewada strikes back
To defend its people from thugs and plunderers, dacoits and murderers
To protect its house from all predators
To defend the people’s government
Dantewada strikes back
Heralding a new spring thunder,
Charting the path for a billion people
Hungry, starving, undernourished, emaciated,
Suffering countless injustices and humiliations
Dantewada strikes back
To defend its right to live.
Co-ordination of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO)
The Coordination Of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO) strongly denies the allegation that the eight member human rights team that visited Purbi Singhbhum from 14th -16th April had Maoist links. The team was a CDRO team, an organization of which both PUCL Jharkhand and PUCL national are constituents together with other civil rights organization like APDR, CPDR, APCLC, PUDR, MASS, NPMHR, COHR etc. The fact-finding was organized by PUCL Jharkhand.
The team was inquiring into issues of displacement and the appropriation of national resources in Jharkhand by multinationals, the resistance by people’s movements to such attempts, the procedures employed by the state for the take-over of resources of which Operation Green Hunt is one, and the violation of people’s rights in the process.
The police’s detaining and questioning of the team and the subsequent claims allegedly made by the police in the media about the Maoist links of the fact-finding team are an attempt to destroy the credibility of civil rights organizations. They are aimed at derailing all civil society initiatives intended to discover the truth about the development and displacement especially in Operation Green Hunt areas like the mineral-rich state of Jharkhand . Such campaigns of disinformation against civil rights organization have become a regular feature of the state’s attempt to repress civil rights activity. CDRO strongly condemns this trend.
[Constituent organizations: APDR (West Bengal), APCLC (Andhra Pradesh), CPDR (Maharashtra), AFDR (Punjab), COHR (Manipur), MASS (Assam), NPMHR (Naga areas), PUDR (Delhi), PUCL (National, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Nagpur), OPDR (Andhra Pradesh), PDF (Karnatka), CPDM (Delhi), Bandi Mukti Committee (West Bengal), PCHR (J&K), LHS (Maharashtra), HRF(Andhra Pradesh).
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The passenger bus, which was on its way from Sukma to Dantewada, was blown up by Maoists between Gadiras to Bhusaras near Chingavaram village, nearly 450 km from capital Raipur, using an improvised explosive device with gelatin sticks.
The bus was thrown up several feet due to the impact of the explosion and body parts were strewn along the roadside, according to reports
The attack, which took place at approximately 4.45 pm, was seen as yet another violation of Standard Operating Procedures which prohibit policemen and SPOs from traveling in civilian vehicles.
The bus was carrying 30 civilians and 20 special police officers of the Jharkhand police, according to the home ministry. No Central Reserve Police Force trooper was on board the bus, said the bus.
The SPOs, who are civilians assisting the police in fighting the Naxals, were attached to the Dantewada police. The IED was planted on a metaled road and detonated by the Left-wing extremists using a remote control device.
The attack came a day before the start of the 48-hour bandh called by Maoists in five states to protest the security operations launched by the Centre.
The home ministry condemned the attack and said most of the deceased were civilians.
On April 6, 75 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed when hundreds of armed Maoists ambushed their battalion in the thick forests of Mukrana in Dantewada.
On May 8, seven CRPF jawans were killed when Naxals blew up a bullet-proof vehicle in Bijapur district. The Maoists also killed six villagers, including a sarpanch, near Teregaon in Rajnandgaon district on Sunday and threw their bodies outside the villages.
Rajnandgaon district has witnessed a series of Naxal attacks in the past. In July last year, Maoists had attacked a police party killing 29 personnel, including Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar Choubey.
The Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ], which is in power in Chhattisgarh, strongly condemned today's attack and demanded that the menace of Naxalism should be fought with full strength and vigour.
"This is a barbaric attack and the BJP strongly condemns it. The government should further strengthen its resources to fight naxalism. This menace has to be fought with full strength and vigour," BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said the attack which showed the desperation of the extremists who were losing their support base. "This incident shows the cruel face of naxals. We have been saying this... when the naxals support base finishes they resort to such methods. Their (naxals) belief in people's representatives and local population has finished," the chief minister said, condemning the attack.
"There cannot be police personnel in every village... there are 20 thousand villages. The security forces are moving forward in various areas...they are getting trained. We hope that in the future we will be able to enhance security in a better way," he said.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Organization of Greece(KOE)
On todays huge demonstrations and the death of three bank employees
The Communist Organization of Greece
condemns the IMF-EUs government for its policy of annihilation of the society
and the orgy of repression unleashed against the people. The death of the three
bank employees because of fully condemnable acts provokes sorrow and anger,
which are added to the wrath felt by the whole society against the government
of the Quisling Papandreou.
This cynical government, assisted by
the mainstream Media that remind us of the dictatorships TV, has the
cheekiness to put the responsibility for the death of the three employees on
the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, on the mass movement and more
concretely on the Left. It is Papandreou himself who is igniting the tension
and the violence because of the measures adopted by his government. No matter
how many excuses he will invent in the Parliament, no matter how many appeals
for social consent he will make, Papandreou will remain in history as the would-be
gravedigger of the Greek people.
Athensand the whole country lived the
biggest demonstrations of the last 30 years, with half million marching for six
hours in Athensalone. The people demands that Papandreou and those MPs who intend to
vote in favor of transforming the society into a human waste bank, account for
their crimes. Those who handed over the country and the people to the hyenas of
the capital and of the markets, those who attempt to condemn the workers and
the youth to extermination, will account to the people.
The police attacked brutally the
biggest demonstrations of the last 30 years; it transformed Athensinto a huge gas chamber, and also
attacked brutally the marches in Thessalonikiand Patras. The Minister of
Repression shall account for this!
We hold accountable as well the
owner of Marfin Bank, this unsolicited “savior of the Nation” who obliged his
employees to remain inside the concrete branch, despite the fact that he knew the
danger was imminent. Obviously, human life is cheaper for the capital than the
daily profits of a bank branch.
The coordinated effort of the
government, of the right-wing opposition and of the extreme right-wing to
exploit the death of the three employees in order to stop the torrent of the
popular anger, will not go unanswered. The wrath and the despair that coexist
in society will send to hell Papandreou and any MP who will vote in favor of
the Greek people’s annihilation.
Athens, 5 May 2010
Communist Organization of Greece