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Vasantha appeals for Prof. Saibaba’s transfer to Telangana jail

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Vasanta for Saibaba
In a letter dated February 2, 2018, Vasantha Kumari, women’s rights activist and wife of Dr. G.N. Saibaba jailed in Nagpur Central prison for above 14 months, has requested the Governor of Maharashtra for the transfer of her husband, Prof. Saibaba from Nagpur to Cherlapalli Central Jail, Hyderabad, Telangana.

Vasantha has been working for women’s rights since 1992 and has been part of organisations such as Chaitanya Mahila Sangham in A.P. and Committee Against Violence on Women (CAVOW), Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) and Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP). She received three letters from Prof. Saibaba in January 2018 in which he sought
emergency medical investigation and treatment of his 19 health problems, multiple stones in gallbladder and immediate surgery needed (to be advised by The Department of Gastroenterology, Government Medical College, and Hospital, Nagpur)

Saibaba’s flailing health condition 
In all these letters, while explaining his critical condition and deterioration of his health, he describes his suffering in past months without any medical care and treatment. Though he has been advised to go for an immediate surgery for removal of the gallbladder, which is causing frequent attacks on his pancreas and may cause fatal form of jaundice.

“It is impossible for me to survive here during the winter that starts from November.” He said before winters started. He lacked a blanket and sweater/jacket, was “shivering with continuous fever.”

However, even after repeatedly drawing attention to these grave health issues, including his heart problem, severe pain in the stomach, there seems to have been no attempts at addressing his situation.

Persisting health situation
Prof Saibaba suffers from a spinal disorder that has resulted in the rapid deterioration of his muscles and nerves, which means that he can’t walk or use his left arm. His rib cage is collapsing on his lungs. The fact of him being 90 percent disabled requires constant medical care to stop his condition from declining gradually.

Mishandling by Jail staff
Through these letters, Saibaba also reported that the jail staff were not adept at handling a disabled person. He narrowly escaped a fall from the wheel chair and the danger of breaking his polio affected bones. The jail staff is not trained at handling a severely disabled person.

Vasantha added, “My husband’s left-hand disfunctioning happened after a severe damage to muscles and nerves because of the mishandling at the time of incarceration. He has to suffer for the damage for the rest of his life. Without the presence of family members, it is difficult to him to move in a wheelchair.”

Vasantha requested to consider her earlier representation on the transfer of Saibaba, from Bagpur Central Prison to Cherlapalli Central Prison, Hyderabad so that his family members residing there could meet and extend moral support to him. Medical support can also be extended in a better manner as there are Government hospitals available with required facilities.

Concerns with the Gadhchiroli Sessions Court Judgement
The Gadhchiroli Sessions Court in Maharashtra, in its judgment of March 7, 2017, sentenced G N Saibaba, Prashant Rahi, Hem Mishra, Mahesh Tirki and Pandu Narote to life imprisonment while Vijay Tirki was sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment. However, activists and intellectuals across quarters have criticized the judgement for being flawed and for misusing the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). It has been said that the judgment, apart from citing irrelevant documents, has ignored valid evidence and arguments presented by the defence, and accepted dubious versions of the same presented by the prosecution. Civil rights activists also believe that the judgment displays “extreme animus” especially directed towards Saibaba, going to the extent of describing him thus: “though G N Saibaba is 90% disabled, he is mentally alert.”

This seems to have arisen out of state’s vendetta against Professor Saibaba for the sympathy that was shown by the higher courts in granting him bail and also the widespread protests that followed his arrest in 2014. The sessions judge was insensitive enough to not even grant him basic facilities that were granted by earlier courts, such as medical assistance, attendants, diet, and so on, leaving him at the mercy of the prison authorities!

Fighting Corporates synonymous to Waging War?
Professor GN Saibaba is currently serving life in prison in Nagpur Central Jail for allegedly “waging war against the country and supporting the ideology of a banned organisation (CPI Maoist)”. However, the worldwide campaign that ensued in the aftermath of his arrest, has raised several serious concerns about such charges in the light of a draconian act UAPA. Whether Saibaba was waging a war against the state, or standing in between corporate greed and state support to the same, can be understood by this paragraph, which the judgment itself quotes, “the situation of Gadchiroli district from 1982 till today is in paralyzed condition and no industrial and other developments are taking place because of fear of naxal and their violent activities. Hence, in my opinion, the imprisonment for life is also not a sufficient punishment to the accused but the hands of the Court are closed with the mandate of Section 18 and 20 of UAPA and in my opinion it is a fit case to award sentence of imprisonment of life” (para 1013, pp 818–19)

Wrath of the State
GN Saibaba began his activism when he stood for reservations in the early 1990s, against those who were pushing to end reservations for lower-caste people in India. In that decade, he also campaigned against what he said were “encounter killings” of innocent people and Naxalites in Andhra Pradesh. Through his activism, Saibaba travelled all over the tribal belt in central India. He was teaching English in Delhi University and was well recognised for fine intellectualism and insights. He would get invited to several conferences and other universities.

In September 2009, the Indian government launched Operation Green Hunt, in the name of fighting the “biggest internal security threat” but in fact, to facilitate the mining giants which were showing interest in the area. “I gathered enough evidence that suggested the ruling class wanted access to their resources no matter what. So the Operation Green Hunt was launched to kill, maim and dislodge these people,” Saibaba had noted. At the height of the operation, between 2009 and 2012, Saibaba galvanised people through a group called Forum Against War on People. He organised a national campaign against the military operation that he said resulted in investors pulling out from the area. According to Saibaba, “the best way to stop me was to throw me in jail.”

International Covenants and Requisites for Justice
Though India is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the UN Resolution 70/175 on Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Also known as the Nelson Mandela Rules), all of which reaffirm the right to life with dignity of prisoners, Prof. Saibaba a person with a disability is being slowly pushed into death. The UNCRPD, which India also ratified, as well as the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPD Act), which was enacted to fulfil India’s obligation under the afore-mentioned convention, are wholly applicable to his case.

The Transfer of Prisoners Act, 1950, The Prisoners Act, 1900 and Article 226 of the Constitution of India for inter-state transfer and several Supreme Court Judgements on the convicts are entitled to transfer if sending and receiving states agree.

My pain, a voiceless song,

my being a nameless mote.
If only my pain could speak,
I’d know who I am.
And if myself could find its essence,
I’d unravel the mystery of this world.
If I could seize this hidden mystery,
my silence would find expression
(Faiz Ahmad Faiz)

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Atrocities against Dalits at 17-year high in Gujarat

The Una flogging incident sparked a Dalit movement in Gujarat, but this seems to have had no effect as atrocities against Dalits saw a steep increase in the state.
According to RTI figures, the state registered 1,515 cases under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in 2017, the highest number in 17 years.
According to figures obtained through RTI by Mehsana-based Dalit activist Kaushik Parmar, these 1,515 cases include 25 murders, 71 severe assaults and 103 cases of Dalit women being raped. The figures show that atrocities on Dalits have increased year-on-year instead of lessening.
The number of atrocity cases in the state jumped from 1,046 in 2015 to 1,355 in 2016, an increase of 309. In 2017, the so-called model state of Gujarat registered a further increase of 160 cases.

Shockingly, Ahmedabad registered the highest number of atrocity cases in 2017, 121, which includes five murders and 17 rapes. The data clearly shows that caste-based discrimination is as widespread in cities, contradicting the notion that casteist discrimination is a rural problem.
It needs mention that In July 2016, Gujarat witnessed a Dalit movement after a video of four Dalit animal skinners being flogged by gau rakshaks in Una spread on social media. In September 2012, three Dalit youths were killed by police firing in Thangadh town of Surendranagar district. The report of the Thangadh case inquiry committee set up by the government has not yet been made public.
Keywords : Atrocities, Dalits, Gujarat, hindutva, bjp
(2018-03-21 09:31:45)

Malkangiri: Public meetings of CPI(maoist) attended by 5,000 people


MALKANGIRI: IN a bid to regain their lost ground in the cut-off region of Malkangiri district, members of CPI-Maoist Korakundah Dalam on Sunday organised a public meeting in Cheruberu forest area bordering Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, they had organised a similar meeting in the area on Saturday.
Slamming the State Government for deploying paramilitary and other security forces in the region, rebel leader Ora Nageswar Rao said civic issues such as potable water, electricity and communication hadn’t been addressed in the region.
Raising anti-government slogans, the Maoist leader urged the youths to join their outfit, sources said. More than 5,000 tribals, including women, armed with traditional weapons, attended the meetings. Police were clueless about the public meetings, sources added.
The Maoist leaders warned the Government of dire consequences for not following the conditions that it had once agreed to implement during the release of then Malkangiri Collector Vineel Krishna.

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Maoists hold huge ‘Praja Meli’ to mobilise public support


Malkangiri: While the government is on a mission to crush left wing extremism (LWE) threat, Maoists organised a ‘Praja Meli’ (Villagers Assembly) in a bid to mobilise public support in their favour.
According to sources, nearly three thousand tribal men and women congregated inside the Cheruberu forest in the cut off areas of Malkangiri district along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border following a call given by top Maoist commander Ora Nageswar Rao.
During the public gathering, Nageswar and his brigade delivered speeches urging the locals to join protests against police and its anti-Maoist operations and held discussions on drinking water, electricity and transportation. Thousands of tribals including women and youth brandishing traditional arms and weapons were seen at the ‘Praja Meli’.
Even as the government is saying that Maoist violence has drastically reduced in recent years, such congregation has raised quite a few questions.

Why it is important to support the Spring Thunder Tour?

Why it is important to support the Spring Thunder Tour? 

In India the people’s war is intensifying day by day, led by Maoist Communist Party of India. It involves and relies on the support of millions of poor peasants, women, masses of untouchables, and now controls about ten States of the Confederation of India.

It is a people’s war against poverty, feudal capitalistic exploitation, in the regions where most acute are the contradictions brought by the turbulent development of plundering resources, caste oppression and exploitation, by the Indian capital linked to imperialism.

The Indian masses, led by the Maoist Communist Party of India, are writing an important historical page in the world class struggle today.

The development of people’s war in India confirms that the revolution today is the main trend in the world and that Maoism plays the role of command and leadership of the new great wave of world revolution against the imperialism in crisis.

The world proletariat is aware that the advance of people’s war in India puts under question not only the balance of power in the South Asian region but also the equilibrium of the world imperialist system.

The International Committee in support of the people’s war launches a great international campaign, the Spring Thunder Tour, to be conducted throughout Europe, in different forms, in most number of countries as possible.

This tour is and must be the reflect of the proletarian internationalism and the advancing unity of the international proletariat, of revolutionaries, democratic forces and the oppressed nations and peoples around the world.


 ¿Por qué es importante apoyar el Spring Thunder Tour? (Comunicado del Comité Iinternacional de Apoyo a la Guerra Popular en la India)

La Red de  Blogs Comunistas  (RBC) se une a la difusión de la campaña Spring Thunder Tour (Trueno de primavera) del Comité Internacional de Apoyo a la Guerra Popular en la India (CIAGPI), en solidaridad internacionalista con la lucha de los pueblos de la India contra el capitalismo, el sistema de castas y contra toda explotación.

¿Por qué es importante apoyar el Spring Thunder Tour ?

La Guerra Popular en la India se está intensificando día a día, dirigida por el Partido Comunista de India Maoísta, que implica y cuenta con el apoyo de millones de campesinos pobres, mujeres, masas de los intocables, y controla ahora cerca de diez Estados de la Confederación de la India.

Una Guerra Popular contra la pobreza y la explotación capitalista y feudal, en las regiones donde son más agudas las contradicciones creadas por el turbulento desarrollo del saqueo de recursos, de la opresión de casta y de la explotación, por el capitalismo hindú vinculado al imperialismo.

Las masas de toda la India, dirigidas por el Partido Comunista Maoísta de la India, están escribiendo una página historica de la lucha de clases en el mundo actual.

El desarrollo de la Guerra Popular en la India confirma que hoy la revolución es la tendencia principal en el mundo y que el maoísmo juega el papel de vanguardia y liderazgo en la nueva ola de la revolución mundial contra el imperialismo en crisis.

El proletariado mundial sabe que el avance de la Guerra Popular en la India pone en duda no sólo el equilibrio de poder en la región del Sudeste Asiático, sino también el del sistema imperialista mundial.

El Comité Internacional de Apoyo a la Guerra Popular ha lanzado una gran campaña internacional, el Spring Thunder Tour, que se va a desarrollar en la mayor parte de los países de Europa en diferentes formas.

Este Tour es debe ser la expresión del internacionalismo proletario y del avance de la unidad del proletariado internacional, de los revolucionarios, de las fuerzas democráticas y de las naciones y los pueblos oprimidos del mundo.


Pourquoi c’est important de soutenir le Spring Thunder Tour? 

En Inde la guerre populaire s’intensifie de jour en jour. Dirigée par le Parti communiste maoïste de l’Inde implique et réjouit du soutien de millions d’agriculteurs pauvres, femmes, masses des intouchables, et contrôle désormais une dizaine d’États de la Confédération de l’Inde.

Une guerre populaire contre la pauvreté, l’exploitation capitaliste féodale, dans les régions où ils sont les plus aiguës les contradictions produites par le turbulent développement du pillage des ressources, l’oppression de caste et l’exploitation, du capitalisme indien liés à l’impérialisme.

Les masses indiennes, dirigée par le Parti communiste maoïste de l’Inde, sont en train d’écrire une page historiques de la lutte des classes dans le monde actuel.

Le développement de la guerre populaire en Inde confirme que c’est la révolution aujourd’hui la tendance principale dans le monde et que le maoïsme assume le rôle du commandement et de direction dans la nouvelle vague de la révolution mondiale contre l’impérialisme en crise.

Le prolétariat mondial comprends que l’avancement de la guerre populaire en Inde met en cause l’équilibre des pouvoirs non seulement dans la région du sud Asie, mais aussi dans l’attitude du système impérialiste mondial.

Le Comité international de soutien á la guerre populaire lance une grande campagne internationale, le Spring Thunder Tour qui se déroulera en tout Europe, sous toutes ses formes, dans la plupart des pays que possible.

Cette campagne est et doit être l’expression de l’internationalisme proletarie et de l’avancement de l’unité du prolétariat international, des révolutionnaires, des forces démocratiques et des nations et des peuples opprimés du monde entier.


Perché è importante sostenere lo Spring Thunder Tour?

In India la guerra popolare si intensifica ogni giorno di più. Guidata dal Partito Comunista dell’India Maoista coinvolge e gode dell’appoggio di milioni di contadini poveri, donne, masse di intoccabili, e oggi controlla una decina di Stati della Confederazione indiana.

Una guerra di popolo contro la miseria, lo sfruttamento capitalistico feudale, nelle Regioni dove sono più acute le contraddizioni prodotte dal turbolento sviluppo di saccheggio di risorse, oppressione di caste e sfruttamento, da parte del capitalismo indiano legato all’imperialismo.

Le masse indiane, dirette dal Partito Comunista dell’India maoista, stanno scrivendo una pagina storica nello scontro di classe attuale nel mondo.

Lo sviluppo della guerra popolare in India conferma che è la rivoluzione oggi la tendenza principale nel mondo e che il maoismo assume un ruolo di comando e guida nella nuova ondata cdella rivoluzione mondiale contro l’imperialismo in crisi.

Il proletariato mondiale comprende che l’avanzamento della guerra di popolo in India mette in discussione i rapporti di forza non solo nella Regione sud asiatica ma in tutto l’assetto del sistema imperialista mondiale.

Il Comitato internazionale di sostegno alla guerra popolare lancia una grande campagna internazionale attraverso l’Europa, lo Spring Thunder Tour, da condursi in tutte le forme, nel maggior numero di paesi possibili.

Questa campagna è e deve essere l’espressione dell’internazionalismo proletario e dell’avanzamento dell’unità del proletariato internazionale, dei rivoluzionari, delle forze democratiche e delle nazioni e dei popoli oppressi di tutto il mondo.

Comitato Internazionale di Sostegno alla guerra popolare in India

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‘It was cold-blooded murder’: Noted writer Varavara Rao slams Telangana Maoist encounter


The writer called the Greyhounds an unlawful police force and termed the killings as ‘state-sponsored’.
Condemning the alleged encounter that took place near Telangana-Chhattisgarh border on Friday in which 10 suspected Maoists were gunned down by the police, revolutionary writer Varavar Rao termed the killings as ‘state-sponsored’.
Among the 10 people who were killed, six were women. Besides, a greyhounds (elite anti-naxal force) constable, B Sushil Kumar died, while three others suffered injuries.
Speaking to TNM, Rao said, “It was a cold-blooded murder. These killings can’t be termed as encounter. The police have claimed that they had credible information about their hideouts and went to fire at them. Can that be called an encounter?”

This was the first major incident in Telangana since the state’s formation in 2014.
“In an encounter, two groups should have confronted each other and exchanged fire. This unlawful killing mocks the constitution.”
Attacking the Greyhounds for their action, he alleged, “Greyhounds is an unlawful police force… and they also violated another law by going to a neighbouring state to kill them.”
Doubting the claims made by the police, he said, “Except for Prabhakar, who is a district level leader, all others are Adivasis, who are the most downtrodden. There is no evidence that they were Maoists.”
Although it was initially assumed that Haribhushan alias Jagan, a top leader of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) was killed in the encounter, police on Saturday clarified that he is yet to be caught.
Police identified the slain Maoists as Dadaboina Swamy alias Prabhakar, Ithu, Budri, Rame, Mallesh, Kamala, Kosi, Sukki, Ratna and Sombi. Except for Prabhakar, all the others belonged to Chhattisgarh.
Several other civil rights activists have condemned the ‘encounter’. Human rights activist KV Jagannadha Rao said that it was definitely a fake encounter. “If police had credible information that they were Maoists, they should have arrested them. The killings were uncalled for.”
A PIL also has been filed by Civil Liberties Committee president Gaddam Laxman, who called the encounter unconstitutional.
Following this, the court has directed the government to video-graph the post-mortem of the slain Maoists.

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"Against Proposed Aerial Attacks on Adivasi Areas"

Red Homage to CPI(Maoist) Central Committee member Comrade Sridhar Srinivasan!

“The closure of three thousand schools and ashrams by the CG government is a symbol of the economic and academic bankruptcy and its anti people character”

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“Rise Against the Proposed Salva Judum-2 with the name Vikas Sangharsh Samithi (Committee to Struggle for Development)! — An appeal to the people, democrats, progressive intellectuals, writers, teachers, lawyers, media personnel, human rights organizations, adivasi, non-adivasi social organizations, sarv samaj, sarv adivasi samaj”

“A Call to the People to Fight Back the New Form of Salva Judum and the Supportive Organization of Greenhunt, Salva Judum-2”

“Boycott the Visit of Modi, the Prime Servant of CBB and MNCs to Chhattisgarh”

“Against the Family Planning Murders of Women”

“Condemn the Limitation on Buying Paddy”, in support of the peasant’s struggle

“Against Harrakoder Fake Encounter"

MIB Interview with Comrade Ganapathy: “Building on the new, unique and unprecedented achievements of the last decade, Indian revolution will certainly overcome the difficult situation to win newer, larger and more glorious victories”

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CC Collected Statements: Volume 2 (March 2007 - July 2010)

CC Collected Statements: Volume 3 (August 2010 - August 2014)

Collected Interviews — September 2004 - August 2014

Message to the Milan International Conference in Solidarity with the People’s War in India

A Call to the People of India! Shatter the shackles of imperialism and feudalism, Destroy this rotten system! Build your future and that of the country with your own hands!

Statement in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on September 21, 2004, issued by the Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) -Hindi

Pamphlet in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on September 21, 2004, issued by the Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) -Hindi

Condemn the Invasion of Gaza and Massacre of Palestinians by Zionist Israel! Hail the Heroic National Liberation Struggle for Independent Palestine!

Pamphlet and in honor of Com. Barunda (Sushil Roy), put out by the Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) -Hindi

Jan Sangram Issue4 July 2014 -Hindi

CC CPI(Maoist) Statement on the Lok Sabha Election Results

Jan Sangram 2014 March - Special Election Boycott Issue -Hindi

Jan Sangram, 2014 Pamphlet On International Day Of Support -Hindi

Tongpal Ambush is the Consequence of White Terrorism of the Indian State in the name of Operation Green Hunt — ‘War on the People

Merger Declaration of the CPI(Maoist) and CPI(M-L)Naxalbari

Boycott the sham parliament & assembly elections!

Comrade Abhay Interview on General Elections — 2014

Condolence Message of the CC, CPI(Maoist) on the Demise of Comrade S. A. Rauf

The message for the International Conference in Hamburg by the Secretary, CPI(Maoist)

The Call of the CC, CPI(Maoist) to celebrate the 9° anniversary of the Party

On the PLGA Attack of May 25