August 3rd 2018
The protest programme at Parliament Street in Delhi by Campaign Against State Repression on Rights Activists saw the participation of over four thousand people from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and all other parts of the country. The programme was presided by Professor G Haragopal. Justice BG Kolse Patil, D Raja, Manorajan Mohanty, Arundhati Roy, Dharamvir Gandhi, S Vanchinathan and others addressed the gathering. The programme began with cultural performances from Praja Kala Mandali from Andhra and Telangana, and cultural organisations from Punjab and Haryana.
Setting the stage for the programme, Prof. Haragopal laid out the purpose of the programme and welcomed the gathering. Advocate S Vanchinathan, the lawyer who was fighting for the release of residents of Thoothkudi who subsequently found himself jailed under draconian and colonial laws like the Goondas Act, spoke of the struggles of the people of Tamil Nadu. He reminded the gathering that the struggle against Sterlite in Thoothkudi has strong similarities with the struggle of Maruti Suzuki workers in Haryana. In both cases, the government in power did everything in its capacity to protect the interests of the corporations over the people of this country. He said, the TN police under the instructions of Sterlite-Vedanta Company imposed a ban on internet, created a condition of fear and ordered the firing on the people of Thoothkudi. After the targeted shooting of TN Commandos was released, the BJP government along with the Intelligence Bureau started claiming that the protests were a Naxalite conspiracy. He stated that the current government, the BJP, is doing everything in its power to invent enemies to justify its actions. Justice BG Kolse Patil reminded us that we must remember that we have evidence of the crimes of former CM of Gujarat Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in light of the 2002 Gujarat massacre of Muslims. Justice Patil said, two classes of people exist in India – the struggling people of the country and the parasitic class who live on the labour of the struggling masses. The people who neither believe in democracy nor the Constitution are sitting in Parliament today and what we face today is an unprecedented case of an undeclared Emergency. He warned against the Brahmanical nature of the state that is crippling all the democratic institutions, including the education system, by negating the collective intelligence of the country. This, he felt, is something we should strongly oppose while we strive for a world without repression.
Dharamvir Gandhi, independent MP in Rajya Sabha, remarked that the struggle for the rights of dalits, adivasis, Muslims and all marginalised communities need to be fought both inside the Parliament and outside it. And, he reiterated the need for all democratic forces across the country to fight against state repression and fascism expanding all over the country. Writer Arundhati Roy spoke of the breaking of two locks in the early 90s, the locks of Babri Masjid and the end to the restraints on exploitative global capital. She felt that we need to understand both capitalism and casteism in order to understand the nature of the state as both work hand in hand. The arrests of Prof. GN Saibaba, Rona Wilson and Advocate Surendra Gadling reveals that anyone amongst us could be arrested next by this exceedingly vindictive state; a state that is ready to let the country burn in order to retain control in the 2019 elections. She called the BJP the Bharat Jalao Party that spreads the politics of hatred and urged everyone to unite in the face of this hatred. Kavita Srivastava of PUCL raised the threat to all democratic institutions and activists in the lead up to the 2019 elections. As democratic state institutions collapse under the weight, journalists are constantly threatened by the police, and activists thrown behind bars under UAPA and other draconian laws. She asked for the repeal of UAPA, a draconian law which has progressively been made more draconian through amendments in 2008 and 2012.
Vinay Ratan Singh from the Bhim Army spoke of the continued incarceration of Chandrasekhar for challenging caste oppression. The government has set the silence of the Bhim Army against atrocities and caste-based oppression as the price for Chandrasekarʹs release. On 2 April 2018, those protesting against the government were killed, arrested, and their families continue to struggle, without food. Bhim army will continue to raise their voice against caste oppression, through education, of this and the next generation. D Raja, member of Parliament, reminded the people that the constitution was enshrined to protect the people of the country but instead, under the current regime, it is being dismantled and abused and most importantly subverted to serve the ends of those in power. He challenged the BJP and the Sangh Parivar about the history of this country particularly highlighting their history in being hand in glove with the colonial state. He called the effort to build a Hindu Rashtra an attempt to establish fascism and destroy democracy. He condemned state repression, be it in the form of name-calling to outright violence, on the people fighting to save democracy in the country.
Baby Turi from Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan, Jharkhand, challenged the continuing persecution, false arrests and cases against adivasis involved in Pathalgarhi, challenging the escalated grab of land and forests. She demanded the repeal of UAPA. Prashant Bhushan also shed light on the trend of arresting those who are facing repression, such as Muslims, Christians, Dalits, Adivasis, and those raising their voices against the repression, while the perpetrators of violence and atrocities are not even investigated. This he found was visible in the case of Stan Swamy and 10 other activists being charged with sedition in Jharkhand. Surendra Gadling, representing GN Saibaba in the false case under UAPA, is arrested under UAPA. In Thoothkudi, those protesting against Sterlite are shot and killed, those leading the movement arrested. The BJP government is looting the country, while their promises of bringing a strong Lokpal, targeting black money and corruption, are all forgotten. Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi are allowed to flee the country under Modiʹs watch. The attack on the people of this country as visible in Assam with the NRC is another effort by the current government to establish a Hindu state favourable to its ends. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty reminded all that while oppressed groups have been fighting injustice but there are two new dimensions to the current regime: one, relentless repression by army and paramilitary forces, and two, mob lynchings. This is done in the name of ʹnational securityʹ. This national security is nothing but security for corporate and capital. We are fighting for the security of peoples. During the Emergency, we fought for civil liberties and democratic rights, but those are not sufficient anymore. The fight needs to be strengthened through unity.
Rinchin from WSS also brought to the fore the two issues of repression on women and the loot of land. She found that capitalism and patriarchy stood firmly on the ground established by a repressive state, a state that runs roughshod over the constitutional rights of adivasis as in the case of the Pathalgadi movement in Jharkhand and the assaults on women by CRPF in Bastar. She reminded that someone like Mahesh Raut who had been working for the rights of gram sabhas as enshrined in the constitution in Gadchiroli has been incarcerated and declared anti-national. She asked where are the voices of the women who have been raped, and then forcefully held under the custody by the state. She asked the gathering to resolve to fight against both capitalist loot and the patriarchal system that exists to crush the people of the country. Sujato Bhadra spoke of the Bhangar movement and the effort to crush it as indicative of the various forms of repression visible in the country today. Rajeev Yadav of Rihai Manch said that these arrests are a warning to the people that anyone who will speak will be jailed and todayʹs protest is an indication that people will not be threatened this way. Aparna of IFTU spoke about the banning of trade unions like MSS in Jharkhand and how the state is afraid of workers organisations that are reminding the people about the struggles of workers all the way from the Russian revolution to now. The struggle for Podu land in Telangana where the government is running JCBs on land of the people and filing cases against those speaking against it is indicative of the anti-people nature of the government. She said that we must remember that two people from amongst us, Professor GN Saibaba and Rona Wilson, are now behind bars for speaking against the loot of land and for the release of political prisoners while right wing perpetrators of violence like Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide roam free.
Buta Singh of Association for Democratic Rights talked about party controlled media trial that is on–going all over the country. Sawarnjit Singh, Tapas Chakrabarty, Prof. Laxman and Kranti Chaitanya all spoke of the need to unite in the face of repression. Parvez Ahmad spoke of how today is a gathering of people of all shades but what is common is our struggle against fascism and how people like Gauri Lankesh, Gadling and Chandrasekhar and all spoke about justice and now they are silenced. All participants reiterated the need to fight against the murder of constitutional rights and the need to unite and fight against all forms of state repression. The programme culminated with revolutionary songs in various languages by groups from all over the country.
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KOBAD HEALTH ALARM IN JAIL
Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy, lodged in a Jharkhand prison and facing trial for a 2007 rebel attack, has said his health has worsened because jail authorities have not acted on doctors’ advice to send him to capital Ranchi for treatment.
The 71-year-old was shifted from Bokaro’s Tenughat sub-divisional jail to Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan Central Jail in Hazaribagh in March.
“The latest urine/blood report for the prostrate/urinary (July 3, 2018) tract shows a serious deterioration in the condition,” Ghandy has said in a July 7 letter to human rights activist and JNU professor Moushumi Basu.
“Ever since arrest by the Jharkhand police I have been informing that this condition is serious and continuously deteriorating. But the authorities have totally ignored it.”
Ghandy, held in various jails across the country since his arrest in Delhi in 2009, suffers from hypertension, arthritis and a slipped disc, and was treated for prostate cancer. He is alleged to have been associated with the CPIML People’s War, which merged with the Maoist Communist Centre to form the CPI Maoist in 2004.
The charges of association with the banned Maoist party and involvement in acts of terror have not been established although Ghandy was convicted of cheating, forgery and impersonation in 2016.
In his letter, Ghandy says that a doctor who examined him at Tenughat referred him to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, on February 9 and March 15 but he is yet to be sent there.
“After coming to Hazaribagh Central Jail, the condition has seriously deteriorated. Over a month back the doctor instructed to do a urine culture and blood tests. But this was ignored,” he has written.
“Finally on the eve of his retirement on June 30, at his personal initiative the tests were done. And the new doctor who took charge says there are serious problems in the report. But I am still not being sent to RIMS for thorough check-up and treatment by an urologist.”
Hazaribagh jail superintendent Hamid Akhtar told this newspaper that the prison’s 110-bed hospital ward conducts pathology tests and has an outpatient department.
“It has not yet been brought to my knowledge that he needs treatment outside. The jail hospital treats people but we don’t have facilities for conducting surgeries,” he said.
Basu told this newspaper: “His sister has not heard from him in the past four weeks, and whenever friends visited the jail they were turned away. His lawyer Rohit Thakur is also finding it difficult to meet him.”
She added: “The last time his sister from Mumbai, who is 69 years old, saw him was in March when he was about to go on a hunger strike demanding a transfer from Tenughat.”
Ghandy studied at Doon School, Dehradun, and St Xavier’s College in hometown Mumbai before leaving for London to study chartered accountancy. He is suspected to have come under the influence of the far Left there.
His wife Anuradha Shanbag, who died of malaria in the forests bordering Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana in 2008, was a central committee member of the CPI Maoist.
source : https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/kobad-health-alarm-in-jail-250362
Kerala; Alleged Maoist Shyna Gets Bail in all the cases.
Three long years of imprisonment. In order to ensure imprisonment, a year long preventive detention under National Security Act, even while she was imprisoned.One by one 17 UAPA cases were slapped to extend the imprisonment.
But finally Shynaʹs release is imminent as she got bail in the two remaining cases today.
Now, Shyna has got bail in all the cases against her.
Unless the state with a vengeance slaps more cases, the signing of bail bonds by the guarantors will guarantee the end of Shynaʹs three years long imprisonment and its miseries
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26 july in 2008, he was murdered in an exchange of fire by Bangladesh government’s RAB special forces. This murder proved the State’s cowardice. By killing Comrade Rakesh Kamal they thought they could defeat Maoism in Bangladesh. But a revolutionary ideology cannot die. Therefore, the spirit and legacy of Rakesh Kamal will continue to appear before us as history progresses.
Comrade Rakesh Kamal was a very talented student who studied in the bourgeois educational system. He scored top marks in both secondary school and higher secondary school certificates in Bangladesh. After that, he was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College where he got involved in revolutionary politics. In a short time, he took a leadership position in the East Bangla Communist Party (ML) Red Flag and developed a strong theoretical base by engaging in correct practice.
In rejecting all the opportunities he had for individual self-advancement, Comrade Rakesh Kamal lived a very ordinary life. He could quickly relate to and meet with workers and people, and he could easily get involved with rural farmers and the masses. Maoist revolutionary communist Shahid Rakesh Kamal tried to unite the Maoist revolutionary movement in Bangladesh. Shortly before his martyrdom, he developed the East Bangla Communist Party (ML) (Red Flag)’s line, in which Bangladesh’s communist movement was of dire need. Throughout his whole life, he planted the flag of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. We salute the life of Comrade Rakesh Kamal.
(Posted: July 17, 2018) Documents and posters for International Women’s Day (March 8th), 2 pages. Hindi: PDF format [66 KB]; Hindi: PDF format (more color) [66 KB]; Telugu: PDF format [107 KB]; Koya language: PDF format [63 KB]; Hindi poster: PDF format [76 KB]
(Posted: July 17, 2018) Statement on Ramananna and Padma, statement by the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI(Maoist), February 10, 2018, 2 pages. Hindi: PDF format [147 KB]
Statement on Koregaon Bheema, by Abhay, spokesperson for the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), Jan. 9, 2018, 2 pages. [Document somewhat disorganized from original format.] English: MS Word format [265 KB]
And also possibly the same document in Hindi: Hindi: PDF format [48 KB]
ADIVASI WOMEN IN ATTAPPADY TRIBAL BLOCK IN KERALA’S PALAKKAD DISTRICT FEAR THAT THE STATE IS ATTEMPTING TO SCUTTLE A NATIONAL RURAL LIVELIHOOD MISSION PROJECT.
In Kerala’s Adivasi belt, women are protesting to save a project for the poor that transformed lives
Adivasi women protest in Attappady. | Special Arrangement
Adivasi women in Attappady tribal block in Kerala’s Palakkad district are protesting against what they view as attempts by the state government to scuttle a poverty alleviation programme that was launched in 2014 with financial assistance from the National Rural Livelihood Mission.
Since July 2, braving heavy rain and inclement weather, women have been assembling at a spot in Agali town both day and night to protest against any move to bring the Attappady Comprehensive Tribal and Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups Development Project under the control of gram panchayats by delinking it from the National Rural Livelihood Mission.
“Gram panchayats will take away our rights and will destroy the goodwill generated by the four-year-old project,” said 57-year-old Maruthi, secretary of Thai Kula Sangham, a women’s collective that was formed in 2001 to curb alcoholism among the Adivasi community but later got involved in environmental activism. “It will affect the livelihood of thousands of Adivasi families.”
Though the state government has, so far, not announced any plan to delink the project from the National Rural Livelihood Mission, Local Self-Government Minister KT Jaleel hinted at the possibility on Saturday. “The government will change the name of the project if it decides to bring it under the control of gram panchayats,” he told Scroll.in. “The government is keen to improve the conditions of the Adivasi community. It is a top priority.”
Adivasis protest in Attappady. (Photo credit: Special arrangement).
Adivasis protest in Attappady. (Photo credit: Special arrangement).
Yesterday, Maoists had released an audio tape asking the locals to observe Sahid Saptah (Martyrs’ Week) –from July 28 to August 3– to commemorate the cadres murdered by the security forces.
Cultural programmes, meetings and recruitment drives are undertaken by the Maoists during the week, meant to commemorate the Martyrs.
Government bus services were stopped today in Malkangiri in view of the Martyrs’ Week.
A Maoist poster was found near Midiapanga under Baliguda police limits of Kandhamal district urging the locals to join the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) against operation ‘Green Hunt’.
More posters and banners also surfaced near Sohela in Bargarh district and in Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district asking people to observe the Maoist Martyrs’ week.
Sources/images: OdishaTV, OdishaSunTimes
Socialist Students Union of Manipur- SSUM, Proletarian Feminist Movement Manipur- PoFM and
Socialist Women Association- SWA Manipur hold protest rally at the hard of
Capital of Manipur by demanding the protection of Indigenous land and people
from Indian Conspiracy, Transparency in education sector, to ban any form of
illegal dSocialist Students Union of Manipur- SSUM, Proletarian Feminist
Movement Manipur- PoFM and Socialist Women Association- SWA Manipur hold protest
by demanding the protection of Indigenous land and people from Indian
Conspiracy, Transparency in education sector, to ban any form of illegal drugs
and alcohol in Manipur and justice for Sports persons on 23rd July 2018.rugs and
alcohol in Manipur and justice for Sports persons.
Starting from 5th July and till today and it will continue, Main protest were held on 12th July as Torch rally at various place, 13th July General Strike covering entire Manipur State and Mass Protest rally on 23rd July 2018 at the hard of the capital. Here I am enclosing picture and some videos of the protest.