Monthly Archives: April 2012

‘The State has to own up to the killings in Green Hunt’

by Kunal Majumder, Senior Correspondent, Tehelka

An interview with GN Saibaba, Vice-President, Revolutionary Democratic Front Of India

Civil activists like Prashant Bhushan and Binayak Sen have put out an appeal for the release of Sukma Collector Alex Menon. Do you agree?
The collector of a district represents the government in a district. The government has to take responsibility for whatever atrocities and killings are happening in the name of Operation Green Hunt. It does not matter whether the collector is a good individual or not. Hundreds of people are being arrested and tortured. When there is no mechanism in place to look after their relief, the people are forced to this situation. This is the government’s creation. There is no point in saying that these things will not happen as if everything else is all right. This is a kind of war-situation where both the government and the CPI(Maoist) are locked in a battle of tactics and counter-tactics.

Maoists have said that they don’t pick on doctors, teachers and honest officials. Why did this happen? Menon was working for tribal welfare. How do you justify his kidnap?
I don’t think Maoists intend to harm Menon. I think the kidnapping has been done to put pressure on the government and also to highlight the condition that exists in Bastar. Otherwise their voice is not heard. Such acts help the Maoists highlight the situation in interior regions.

Of late, we’ve seen a spate of kidnappings. First it was the Italian tourists, then and an MLA in Odisha was kidnapped. Do you think the Maoists are losing their ideological coherence with such acts?
Kidnapping is just a tactic. Three incidents in three months are chance happenings. Because they had a chance to get an MLA or a collector, the Maoists took it. They have used the situation to highlight the atrocities that are taking place in that area. I don’t think there is a pattern in it. If there was an erosion of the ideology, they could have killed these two people too, but they haven’t. They have not tortured like the police or the paramilitary forces do in custody. This clearly indicates that they are adhering to their ideology and not resorting to any kind of mindless violence.

Kunal Majumder is a Senior Correspondent with Tehelka.
kunal@tehelka.com

[Posted on Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle on April 28, 2012.]

Resolution condemning the AP government for its rejection of permission to the RDF rally to be held on 23 April 2012

Resolution condemning the AP government for its rejection of permission to the RDF rally to be held on 23 April 2012

This house strongly condemns the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad and the Andhra Pradesh government for refusing permission for the proposed RDF rally at the conclusion of the first conference of the RDF held from 22 April 2012 at Sundarayya Vignana Bhavan, Hyderabad. The rally was to be addressed by prominent personalities like B D Sharma (former Commissioner of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes), Syed Ali Shah Geelani (Chairperson, All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir), Anand Teltumbde (Professor, IIT Kharagpur), Amit Bhattacharya (Professor, Jadavpur University), Professor SAS Geelani (Working President, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners), Professor Jagmohan (civil rights activist and nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh), G Hargopal (Professor, HCU), Professor A Sheshaiah (APCLC), revolutionary authors Varavara Rao and G Kalyana Rao, and many others from all across the country.

RDF declared the rally much in advance in order to take the message of the conference to the masses culminating in a public meeting. However the democratic right to organise a rally has been denied by the Hyderabad police under the instructions of their political masters. In its communication to the Reception Committee, the DCP made the outrageous allegation that on the first day of the conference was aimed at disseminating Maoist ideology and involving in promoting a revolutionary propaganda. It also objected to the books and leaflets circulated and displayed for the programme and at the venue for their alleged “inflammatory” content. The DCP alleged that RDF was propagating “seditious and provocative ideas on the minds of the general public” and “inciting the people to mass militant movements” through its activities, literature and conference. Justifying the politically motivated decision to disallow the rally, the police further claimed that underground cadres of the Maoist party are likely to attend the rally causing “severe impact on the prevailing law and order situation in the state of Andhra Pradesh in general and in the city of Hyderabad in particular”. In addition, the police cited the bogey of the likely participation of the so-called “radical and fundamentalist elements” which the police considered would “disturb the communally fragile and highly sensitive situation in the city”.

On the basis of these frivolous, baseless and concocted grounds the police have denied permission to the rally, which is a gross violation of the democratic rights of the people. It is nothing but another step towards stifling the voices of the people against the increasingly repressive Indian state and the ruling classes, who are carrying out a multi-pronged assault on the people of the subcontinent and facilitating the unbridled exploitation of the oppressed sections of the society or their resources. Propagating an ideology such as Marxism-Leninism-Maoism which aspires for a revolutionary social transformation free from all forms of exploitation and oppression is not a crime. But the police and the government are trying to portray criminalise Maoism and revolutionary ideology, which is unacceptable. It is not only the inviolable right of the people and peoples’ organisations to propagate such an ideology, but becomes a responsibility to propagate and disseminate it widely with renewed intensity in the present context of growing class struggle. Moreover, being consistent with RDF’s demand of lifting the ban on revolutionary organisations like CPI(Maoist) and others, RDF does not see any opposition to the participation of people with varied progressive ideologies in its rally, including the Maoists. We are opposed to the manner in which the genuine political issues raised by RDF and its programmes are dealt with by the state as ‘law and order problems’. Also, the use of the excuse of alleged ‘communal sensitivity’ in the city and branding of the rally participants as ‘radical and fundamentalist elements’ is an extension of criminally profiling the Naxalites and the religious minorities, which is highly objectionable. It clearly demonstrates the Hindu majoritarian character of the state, which is up in arms with any voice of dissent and opposition from the oppressed people.

It is regrettable that the AP High Court has completely ignored the highly authoritarian act of the police and the AP government, and today has even refused to admit the appeal against the denial of police permission. In doing so, the court has only given its sanction to this police highhandedness. The house therefore strongly condemns the High Court for its refusal to even hear the RDF’s arguments against the denial of a basic democratic right like holding a rally, which goes against the very principles of justice.

The first RDF conference strongly and unequivocally condemns the Andhra Pradesh government for preventing and detaining the 35-member team of delegates coming to attend the conference in Kusimunchi police station of Khammam district. The team also had a troupe of cultural activists amongst them. All of them were kept under police custody for two days and tortured, and were released only after the conference got over. However, Ghanta Satyam, an adivasi activist who was a part of the team was not released. He has been falsely booked under several sections of the draconian AP Public Securities Act including Section 8 (1) (2) alleging him to be a member of an unlawful organisation or cooperating with such an organisation. He has also been framed by the AP police for purportedly carrying a message from the CPI (Maoist) to the conference. The house condemns this act by the government and demands the immediate release of Satyam.

 

Resolution on the Trinamool Congress’s repression on peoples’ movement and activists

Resolution on the Trinamool Congress’s repression on peoples’ movement and activists

 

In Nonadanga, a place located in the eastern part of Kolkata in the past three decades many slums have grown. The present TMC government much like its social fascist predecessor CPM, continued to evict the slum dwellers, to build a satellite township there. In the last 10 months the state government evicted around 1000 slum dwellers. In March this year the government sentr a large police force in Nonadanga. In presence of the police the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority officials destroyed the shanties of two colonies with bulldozers first before setting them up on fire. As a result around 200 families became shelterless overnight. With no other option open to them people started organizing themselves in order to build up a protest movement. Within a short period of time, they formed a ‘Committee Against Displacement’. Different mass organizations and members of human rights bodies came in support of the protesting people of Nonadanga. But as soon as the victims organized a protest programme, the police, along with the TMC hoodlums backed by the state government brutally assaulted them. Moreover, the government since then has not even allowed the democratic and civil rights organizations to hold protest rallies against the forceful eviction and the brutal police action.

 

The police arrested 69 protestors on the first day and 86 on the second day’s rally. Six of them are still in custody facing false charges. Those arrested initially include one member each of CPI (ML), MKP, USDF and MMS, besides three other civil rights activists. Though all of them were arrested on the same day and same place different charges have been framed against them. Debolina, Secretary, Matanginin Mahila Samiti has been booked under different sections of the draconian UAPA, while Abhignan Sarkar, a Engineering student of Jadavpur University and editor of Towards a New Dawn has been charged with sedition and arms act.

 

This house condemns the nefarious plans of the government to build IT parks, water parks and residential/commercial complexes, by forcefully evicting the Nonadanga residents. This house extends its solidarity with the residents of Nonadanga and all other places where forceful eviction of slums are taking place. This house also demands that the already evicted families should be rehabilitated adequately. RDF also demands the immediate and unconditional release of Debolina and Abhijnan who are still in police custody.

The first Conference of the Revolutionary Democratic Front

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Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)

 Friends,
The first Conference of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) is going to take place at a time when the imperialist forces and their props – the ruling classes of various colonial and semi-colonial countries – are going through an unprecedented economic depression resulting in a worldwide economic crisis, a condition which is of their own making. The reactionary Indian ruling classes, being agents of imperialism, have transferred the burden of the world economic crisis to the people of this country – the masses of the people who are already grappling with acute exploitation, poverty, unemployment and deprivation of the basic necessities of life. Their purchasing power has come down drastically. They have been denied the right over jal-jangal-zameen (water, forest and land resources) and other resources. Such conditions have generated disaffection amongst vast sections of people of the subcontinent manifested as a multitude of peoples’ struggles.
Despite every effort of the Indian state to hide the gravity of the crisis in which it is, the Indian economy has been severely shaken by the worldwide economic crisis due to its increasing dependence on the imperialist economy. The exploitative ruling classes, who never tire of making tall claims about outstanding ‘growth’ and ‘development’ riding on the fortunes of an export-oriented economy aided by imperialist globalisation, have lost their sleep over the present crisis. Those who used to wax eloquently of ‘development’ citing the speculative growth in the sectors of information technology, outsourcing, real estate, etc. has now been put on the dock. Due to the imperialist domination and dependence prevalent in the Indian economy, lakhs of workers have been rendered jobless and thrown out of sphere of production. Workers in hundreds of thousands have been at the receiving end of lay-offs and pay-cuts as a result of the closure of a large number of firms in the real estate industry, export-based industries, textiles, brass industry, jewellery and metal industry, mining, and so on. Now, the introduction of Foreign Direct Investment in retail trade will render more than 50 lakh people jobless by bringing Wal-mart and other imperialist players in retail business. Students particularly in the professional courses like engineering are finding little avenues of employment even through placement agencies. At the same time, however, imperialist forces such as foreign institutional investors are siphoning off the hard-earned wealth of the working people through speculative trading in the share market which are completely cut off from the real economy.
The impact of the economic crisis is evident in each and every sector of the Indian economy. The worst ever economic depression since the Great Depression in the 1930s has further deepened the agrarian crisis. As the demand of ‘Land to the Tiller’ remain yet as a tall promise with the ruling class bereft of any political will to fulfil the demand, the impact of the economic crisis on the working people engaged in agriculture has been very severe. The growing dependence of the rural masses on the agrarian sector has strengthened the landowners and moneylenders in the countryside, and has given them the opportunity to continue their exploitation and oppression. This exploitation and oppression takes the concrete form of caste-atrocities and caste-violence, the number of which is on the rise all over the country. Khairlanji, Lathor, Mirchpur incidents provide glaring evidence of this fact. More than 2.5 lakh peasants and agricultural workers have been forced to commit suicide in the last fifteen years due to the anti-peasant policies of the Indian state. In spite of this devastation, the imperialist stranglehold over Indian agriculture is being further tightened in the name of Second Generation Reforms and the Second Green revolution.
The path of independent and indigenous development of industry in the country has been blocked by imperialist dependency. In the name of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), imperialist enclaves are being established all over the country in which none of the laws of the land will be applicable. The natural resources of India which belong to the people of the country are being handed over to multinational corporations and the Indian big capitalists working as the local agents of the MNCs. Mines, mega dams and extractive industries that work as the conduits of this plunder of resources are being set up by displacing the peasantry – particularly the adivasis – from their land, forests, hills and means of livelihood. The latest attempt of the Jharkhand government to amend the Chota Nagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) is yet another desperate attempt to grab the land and resources of the Adivasis of Jharkhand guaranteed through the constitution of India. The people of this country have risen up to resist this destruction in the name of ‘development’, be it in Nandigram, Jagatsinghpur, Kathikund, Lohandiguda or Sompeta, Kakaralapalli and other Andhra Coastal corridor projects and other movements. Apart from its control over economy, imperialism which has aligned itself with feudalism – in its desperate efforts to maintain the surplus extraction at the present level without further decline – has also been consistently trying to mould the ideological and cultural spheres. It is propagating individualist and consumerist ideologies, including the spreading of obscenity and patriarchal values where women are transformed into commodities. The instances of heinous crimes such as sexual harassment and rape on the women of this country, who have been shackled for ages by feudal social norms and relations, are on a rise. The prevailing system of education has been segregated from its social role, the responsibility of serving the people, upholding of democratic values and aspirations for social transformation. Education which has fundamentally been undemocratic in content as well as in student-teacher relations primarily promoting feudal values is getting commodified and converted into a powerful tool in the service of foreign corporations and comprador Indian big capital. The distressed students and youth of the country are increasingly becoming active in the political arena by associating themselves with the struggle for social and political change.

The struggle for socio-political transformation continues to surge forward fighting against feudal-imperialist exploitation and oppression. The spark of Naxalbari which ignited the movement for the revolutionary transformation of society in 1967 has become a prairie fire, spreading its wings across, Telangana, Andhra, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Bengal, Vidarbha, Uttar Pradesh and many other regions. The fight to establish a New Democratic India free from all forms of exploitation and oppression is marching forward in rapid strides and is pioneering the path of revolutionary transformation. In contrast to the parliamentary system – which has become the instrument of the exploitative ruling classes to promulgate draconian anti-people laws and exploitative policies – Janatana Sarkars have taken shape in the course of the revolutionary struggle as the new centres of peoples’ democratic power in embryonic form. Under this peoples’ government, new experiments are being conducted as part of developmental activities in the agricultural sector. Collective methods of work are being encouraged in all activities including production along with developing a higher level of political consciousness among the masses. A new just society is taking shape among the fighting masses, with a new people’s culture. At the same time, the struggle for ensuring people’s right over jal-jangal-zameen is being intensified through the building of militant mass movements. The land struggle in Narayanpatna, the movement against the proposed SEZ in Nandigram, the struggle against caste-violence in Khairilanji, the fight against state repression in Lalgarh and the movement of the Bastar adivasis for their right over land and forests clearly show that the people of this country are resolutely digging the graveyard for the present exploitative system and are strengthening the struggle to establish a New Democratic state in its place. In this context, the people of Bastar and other regions are moving forward by establishing alternate people’s model of development with all powers to Revolutionary Councils in the process of building a self-reliant people’s economy.
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) was formed in May 2005 with the aim to intensify the anti-feudal and anti-imperialist struggles for establishing a new democratic society, to coordinate among these peoples’ movements and to give it the form of an organised and united resistance struggle. RDF, which came into being as a result of the merger of All India Peoples’ Resistance Forum and Struggling Forum for Peoples’ Resistance, is committed to establish a genuinely democratic India by building and leading anti-imperialist and anti-feudal struggles. It is also committed to stand united with the peoples’ struggles that envision this aspiration.
Revolutionary Democratic Front stands opposed to all such oppressive policies of the reactionary governments which are being formulated and implemented in order to crush all peoples’ movements including those which strive for revolutionary social transformation. During the last three years the central government has embarked on Operation Green Hunt – a war on the people of central and eastern India – along with various state governments and led by the Indian army. By deploying lakhs of paramilitary personnel in Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Bengal etc., the ruling classes are trying to crush the revolutionary movement. Hundreds of people have been murdered by the government’s forces in this marauding war, while lakhs of people have been forced to run away from their homes. Women have been raped and mutilated – and sexual violence on women has been used as a psychological weapon of war. Even children are not being spared by these mercenary forces – their fingers are being severed and their bodies staked on bayonets. Of grave portends is the recently admitted presence of the US mercenary troops in South Asia including India ostensibly to help the Indian state fight ‘terrorism’.
Recently more than 5000 Indian army troops have been deployed in Bastar in the name of opening up an army training centre. The armed forces of the Indian government are working in tandem with private militias and gangs. In spite of the supreme court declaring them to be illegal, such state-sponsored vigilante gangs are routinely attacking the leaders, members and supporters of the revolutionary movement with impunity, be it the Salwa Judum of Chhattisgarh, Shanti Sena of Gadchiroli and Odisha, Nagarik Suraksha Samiti and Gram Rakhsa Dal in Jharkhand, CPI (M)’s Gana Pratirodh Committee and Harmad Bahini or Mamata Banerjee’s Bhairab Bahini in Bengal. The comprador big business houses are party to this strategy is evident from the releases of the FICCI providing recommendations to the Indian state to continue funding and protecting such vigilante gangs as part of the undeclared all out war on the poorest of the poor in the subcontinent. The governments at the centre and various states are trying to terrorise the masses by banning revolutionary parties and organisations. Staged encounters, torture, custodial death, forced disappearances, etc. have become the order of the day. By killing the two vanguard soldiers of the Indian revolution Azad and Kishenji in fake encounters in the name of peace talks, the Indian state has violated its own laws and constitution. Moreover, the government is trying to break the revolutionary resolve of the people by imprisoning thousands of political activists including Raja Sarkhel, Prasun and Jeetan Marandi of the RDF. In spite of such brutal repression, the revolutionary movement is surging forward. The rulers of India – the political entity which is nothing but a prison-house of oppressed nationalities – are playing with the peoples’ aspirations for freedom, independence and autonomy by responding to their democratic demands of various oppressed nationalities with bullets, and brutal state repression. Freedom fighters and people belonging to the liberation struggles of the oppressed nationalities of Assam, Kashmir, Nagalim, Manipur, Mizoram, etc. have been killed and brutalised in their lakhs. Even the people fighting for the genuine demand of separate states – Telangana, Gorkhaland, Bodoland, Kamtapur – are facing the brunt of state terror.
The ruling classes are also using the casteist and Hindu communal-fascist organisations to break the unity of the oppressed masses. Under the active patronage of the Indian state, the Hindu-fascist organisations are conducting pogroms and terrorist activities in order to portray the Muslims and Christians as the enemies. This is aimed at legitimising the further militarisation and securitisation of the state in the name of ‘threat to national security’ and also at diverting the genuine struggles of the people. The recent aborted attempt of the Congress government at the centre to form the NCTC is a clear step in this direction. The Gujarat pogrom against the Muslims and the Kandhamal genocide against the Christians have been perpetrated by the governments’ active planning and instigation.
In this context, RDF calls upon all democratic organisations and people to come together to fight unitedly for the unconditional release of all political prisoners, to do away with the sedition laws and draconian laws like UAPA, AFSPA, and also fight against the formation of anti-terrorism Centres. Further, the democratic and revolutionary movements should take ahead the movement to remove death penalty from the statute books.
Braving the Indian state’s repression, the people have continued to remain firm in the battlefields. Much like in Lalgarh, they are carrying forward the struggles with a new and heightened political consciousness fighting extreme forms of state repression. The militancy and intensity of peoples’ struggles is growing with the deepening crisis of the worldwide imperialist economy. History bears testimony to the fact that during periods of acute economic crisis in the capitalist world order, the oppressed and exploited classes of people have fought against imperialism and capitalism and paved the way for revolution – be it in Russia or in China.
RDF, onwards to its first conference, appeals to the entire masses of this country, the revolutionary and democratic forces as well as their organisations to come forward and transform this economic crisis into a revolutionary crisis by giving a decisive turn to the movements of the wretched of the earth for a new society free of all forms of oppression and exploitation. We are confident that this new tide of peoples’ movements will sweep away the exploitative ruling classes and will carry us forward in the path of building a new democratic society. The success of the first Conference of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) lies in strengthening the militant mass movements against imperialism and feudalism.
22-23 April, 2012, Sundarayya Vignana Bhawan, Baghlingampalli Park, Hyderabad, Telangana
Procession 23 April (Monday), 2012 at 3 PM
Public Meeting at 4 PM
Stop Operation Green Hunt!
Withdraw the armed Forces from Bastar!

REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRATIC FRONT (RDF)

Report on the first All India Conference of Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)

Report on the first All India Conference of Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)

 

The historic first conference of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) was held on 22 and 23 April 2012 in the Sundarayya Vignana Bhavan in Hyderabad. The conference was inaugurated with the hoisting of the RDF flag by Goru Madhava Rao, the veteran fighter of the Srikakulam armed peoples’ uprising, the founding president of All India Peoples’ Resistance Forum (AIPRF) and an untiring revolutionary who recently passed away on 18 July 2012. Slogans hailing ongoing revolutionary movement and condemning the Indian state’s repressive class violence in the form of Operation Green Hunt, Operation Haka and Operation Vijay were raised. The martyr’s memorial was unveiled by Mallamma, the mother of the martyred revolutionary leader G. Shankar, also known as Sheshanna and Shamsher, state committee member of the North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) of the CPI(Maoist). Resistance songs were performed by members of Jharkhand Abhen of Jharkhand and revolutionary cultural activists of Revolutionary Writers’ Association (Virasam) of AP and Revolutionary Cultural Front of Delhi.

 

In the inaugural session, B. S. Raju, the Secretary of the Reception Committee of the Conference welcomed the delegates and participants, and declared that the RDF stands resolutely in favour of a democratic and separate Telangana state. M T Khan, chairperson of the Reception Committee, condemned the Chhattisgarh government for preventing the 34-member team of delegates from that state coming to attend the conference.

 

Professor Jagmohan, noted democratic rights activist and the nephew of shaheed Bhagat Singh, inaugurated the 40th issue of Samkaleen Jan Pratirodh, the magazine of RDF, dedicating it to the people of India and the Indian revolutionary struggle. Pankaj Dutt, the renowned people’s intellectual and academic presented the Keynote address on economic crisis and possibility of revolutionary upsurge in the country. He analysed the confluence of imperialism and feudalism in a semi-feudal and semi-colonial reality like India, which then generates what is usually understood as ‘growth’ and  ‘development’ which is so disastrous for the vast masses of the country. He noted that it is the poor and landless peasantry – so far denied the power to exercise their labour creatively – who holds the key to the change of property relations and thereby turn the present world economic crisis into a revolutionary upsurge for a complete social transformation.

 

Arun Ferraira, who was just released after years of incarceration in Nagpur jail for allegedly being a Maoist, unveiled the collected writings of Comrade Anuradha Ghandy titled Scripting the Change. In his short speech Arun noted that in her life as revolutionary, Anuradha has significantly contributed to our understanding of the Dalit question and the womens’ question in the context of semi-feudal semi-colonial India. He dedicated this book to all the martyrs who have given their lives to the cause of the Indian revolution.

 

One of the main speakers of the conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the Chairperson of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir, was welcomed by G N Saibaba, the Deputy Secretary of RDF. Saibaba stated that Kashmir has a continuous liberation struggle of 40 years, and RDF not only supports it but is also a part of it. RDF plays the role of bringing together and uniting all the fighting movements of the subcontinent, including the revolutionary struggle, national liberation movements of Kashmir, Nagalim, Assam, Manipur etc., separate statehood demands of Telangana, Gorkhaland and others, and mass struggles of Dalits, Adivasis, workers, peasants and women.

 

Syed Ali Shah Geelani in his speech, addressed the audience as his own brothers and sisters, and said that he respects the dedication and commitment of the revolutionaries carrying forward the Indian revolutionary movement. He complimented RDF for raising the voice against the Indian state, against oppression, exploitation and injustice. The highly respected Kashmiri leader said that the people of his nation have been fighting for inquilab (revolution) – an inquilab with the fundamentals of justice, moral values and freedom. A Bhumaiah of the Telangana Praja Front (TPF) said in his speech that Hyderabad, where this conference is taking place, is a part of Telangana. RDF has already recognised Hyderabad as a part of Telangana. For recognition from the Indian government the Telangana struggle will have to be intensified.  He thanked RDF for taking the cause of separate Telangana to various parts of the country and mobilising public opinion in its favour in the subcontinent.

 

Varavara Rao, revolutionary poet and Virasam member, told the audience that on Lenin’s birthday we are having the historic RDF conference. He stated that huge mass movements need to be created and political work among the people has to be intensified for transformative politics to take advantage of the crisis in imperialism and its agents, the Indian ruling classes. He appealed to everyone in RDF to strengthen this struggle.

 

Shoma Sen of Committee against Violence on Women (CAVOW) said that we have to understand the essence of the Maoist slogan ‘women hold up half the sky’. To solve the problems women in our country, as well as in other countries, the struggle for New Democratic Revolution is the only way forward. To come out of the house and to participate in these struggles is confronting the problem itself – is the only path. She noted that revolution cannot happen without women and women too want revolution. This is the main point on which we work for.

 

Professor Anand Teltumbde, noted civil rights activist, emphasised the need for the Dalit and revolutionary movement to come together to annihilate caste and to complete the democratic revolution in the country. He was critical of both the parliamentary ‘Left’ like CPI and CPI(M) as well as identity-based parliamentary Dalit political formations, and said that there is a need to carry forward the class struggle with the participation of Dalits and other oppressed masses. He said that Dr. Ambedkar too believed in class-based politics, and therefore the need of the hour therefore is to reinvent Dalit militancy as well as revolutionary resurgence under Maoist leadership.

 

G Kalyana Rao, the noted revolutionary Telugu author, released a compact disk of Jana Natya Mandali songs on the martyrs of the Maoist party. Kalyana Rao stated that revolutionary culture is the expression of the oppressed, and this culture articulates the blood and sweat of the wretched of the earth, presented in the form of songs, dance, plays and other popular forms, and thereby carry forward the message of class struggle.

 

Many speakers from different parts of the country including Lenin Kumar, editor of Odiya cultural magazine Nisan, Jharkhand’s Sharmila of Nari Mukti Sangh, and others addressed the delegates of the conference on its first day. Sharmila noted the role of revolutionary culture as an integral and organic part of the lives of the Adivasis, which has traditionally upheld the principles of collective life and production.  It is this voice of revolutionary culture and resistance that the fascist Indian states are trying to crush, by perpetrating violence and class hatred. Fraternal organisations and peoples’ movements sent their solidarity messages to the RDF Conference. Atom of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) of Nagalim sent the good wishes and political solidarity from the national liberation struggle of the Naga people. Along with speeches and messages, cultural troops from Jharkhand, Delhi, Telangana and Punjab performed revolutionary songs and dance on the first day of the conference.

 

On the second day of the Conference, Rajkishore, the secretary of RDF presented his report, in which he outlined the seven years of political struggles and programmes taken up by the organisation all across the country – and particularly in the 13 states where its units have been formed. The secretary’s report was passed by voice vote after a few suggested amendments.

 

M N Ravunni of Porattam, Kerala in his fraternal speech said that people’s revolutionary struggle in India raises hope for toiling masses throughout the world for radical social transformation. The imperialist attempts to plunder all mineral riches with the aid of Indian ruling classes have led to a new polarization in the society. He noted that the unity of fighting forces has to be urgently fulfilled, and this is the demand of the situation. P. A. Sebastain of Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Mumbai, noted in his address the devastating impact of Liberalization, Privatsiation and Globaliasation on the working people of the country. In this context the oppressed people are drawn into the revolutionary movement to fight against this injustice. Professor Anand Teltumbde of IIT Kharagpur highlighted the havoc caused by US imperialism to the lives of peoples, nations and countries across the world, and it is this imperialist bourgeoisie that the Indian rulers are trying to emulate. He said that the shamelessness of the corrupt and anti-people nature of the farce called democracy in our country has crossed all limits. So Muslims become ‘terrorists’ while Dalit and Adivasis become ‘Maoists’ for the Indian state. He appealed to fight against this process.

 

Professor G Haragopal of the Hyderabad Central University condemned Hyderabad police’s refusal to permit the RDF rally which was to be taken out at the end of the conference. He said that the story however does not end with this violation of our democratic right, but the story in fact begins here, which is our resistance to such authoritarian acts by the government. In his speech Professor Jagmohan, stated that the people fighting against imperialist exploitation are usually framed as Maoists. Today the security forces are being deployed to snatch the rights of people. The people who are fighting it are declared seditious. We must understand how the war on the people is continuing, and follow Bhagat Singh who said that our war is against imperialism and all its apologists.

 

G Kalyana Rao, the revolutionary author, declared in his address that the Maoist party has today emerged as the largest and most acceptable peoples’ party in the whole country, which is a matter of pride and happiness for all democrats and patriots. This has been achieved through the martyrdom of thousands of fallen peoples’ heroes and by fighting the ruthless violation and criminalisation by the ruling elites. Changing governments from NDA to UPA or from CPI(M) to TMC etc., will not end the suffering and backward condition of the people will not end. People must reject all parliamentary parties and move towards a total annihilation of the present exploitative system, because revolution is a democratic right.

 

Several books were released during the conference proceedings today, including a Hindi translation of the Chinese novel Hurricane which was released by Varavara Rao. A book on the history of the Andhra Pradesh Radical Students’ Union (APRSU) was released by Prof. Seshaiah. Prof. Haragopal released the Telugu translation of Jan Myrdal’s book Red Star over India as well as Jan Myrdal’s CD on revolutionary Telugu songs of the 1970s recorded in Cherabandaraju and Godavari’s voices. CSR Prasad of Revolutionary Writers Association released two volume book titled Jagtiyal to Jangal Mahal, the saga of revolutionary movement from 1980-85. Varavara Rao released a book by Pani of Virasam on alternative revolutionary Janatana Sarkar in Dandakaranya. Ratnamala released a CD by Lingu on separate Telangana and democratic Telangana movement. A book titled The Flames of Narayanpatna was released by Ghanti Prasad. Lenin Kumar released a Hindi collection of short stories titled Prasenbabu Maovadi Nehin Hai edited by Anjani Kumar. Another book on Narayanpatna movement by B D Damayanti in Telugu, one book commemorating Patel Sudhakar and another with his selected writings, a volume of Kishenji’s poetry anthology were also released in the conference. A documentary film on the life of Kishenji was released and screened at the conference.

 

Several important resolutions were passed by the first conference of RDF today. These included a resolution condemning Operation Green Hunt and Indian state’s war on people, against forced displacement of people by the government and private corporations in the name of ‘development’, resolution demanding the unconditional release of all political prisoners, resolution in solidarity with the national liberation struggles of Kashmir, Nagalim, Manipur, Assam and other oppressed nationalities, resolution condemning imperialist aggression against Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, North Korea and other sovereign countries, condemning the joint military exercise between India and US as well as the stationing of US special forces in India, resolution demanding the creation of separate Telangana state, resolution supporting the peoples’ struggle of Narayanpatna, and many other resolutions.

 

The first RDF conference unequivocally condemned the Chhattisgarh government for preventing the 34-member team of delegates from that state coming to attend the conference, and demanded their immediate release. It also condemned the framing of false charges by the Chhattisgarh police on RDF office bearers in this connection. In addition, RDF also condemns the Andhra Pradesh government for cancelling the permission to the RDF mass rally scheduled for 23 April 2012. The conference also criticised the rejection by the Hyderabad High Court of the appeal filed by the reception committee challenging the cancellation of the permission for the rally.

 

A new All-India Executive Committee was elected by the conference consisting of eighteen executive members from 13 states. The members are: R C Prasad (Bihar), Rajkishore (Delhi), G N Saibaba (Delhi), Manas (West Bengal), Jeevan Chandra (Uttarakhand), Dandapani Mohanty (Odisha), Uttpal (Jharkhand), Balwant Makku (Punjab), Ajayan (Kerala), Ajay (Haryana), Srinivas (Seemandhra), Jeetan Marandi (Jharkhand, presently in jail), Raja Sarkhel (West Bengal, presently in jail), Varavara Rao (Telangana), Chandrakala (Uttarakhand), Ganti Prasadam (North Andhra) and Deobolina (West Bengal, in jail).  The conference also elected new office-bearers of RDF from among the Executive Committee. Varavara Rao was elected as the President, Ganti Prasadam as the Vice President, Rajkishore as the General Secretary, G N Saibaba and Jiten Marandi as Joint Secretaries and Ajay as treasurer. One post of joint secretary was remained vacant, which is to be filled in by cooption in the first meeting of the EC after the Conference.

 

Concluding the two-day conference, a public meeting was held which was presided over by the newly elected RDF President Varavara Rao. Bojja Tharakam, senior counsel and President, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) AP Chapter, Dr. B D Sharma and Govindan Kutty, editor of People’s March were the main speakers.

 

The first conference of RDF was successfully concluded in spite of the several restrictions and obstacles put forward by the state and other circumstantial constraints. The active participation of the delegates, fraternal delegates, invitees and volunteers from all across the subcontinent as well as an enthusiastic audience cutting across all walks of life made the conference a historic event. The conference concluded with a resolve to carry forward its stated goals of mobilising the vast sections of the people for new democratic revolution in the times to come.

Resolution on the peoples’ movements in West Asia and the Arab World

Resolution on the peoples’ movements in West Asia and the Arab World

 

The peoples’ upsurge in the Arab World has shown the fault-lines of the worldwide economic tyranny of imperialism and has shaken the foundations of many a dictatorial anti-people rulers. However, this democratic upsurge has not merely been targeted against their own governments, but is also against imperialism. The worldwide economic tyranny designed by US Treasury and imposed by US Agency for International Development, IMF, WTO and World Bank have ensured that even relatively rich countries like Egypt are pauperised, with half the population earning less than $2 a day.

 

From Tunisia in January 2011 the desert storm of people’s upsurge had set across the entire Arab world. From Tahrir Square in Egypt to Algeria, Bahrain, Sudan, Yemen, etc. massive protests shook the comprador, autocratic regimes most of which are mere stooges of US imperialism. Although the corporate and imperialist media are forced to talk about these massive protests and their attempts to overhaul the ruling classes in Tunisia and Egypt, the anti-imperialist and anti-neoliberal aspect of these protests are being carefully hidden and the uprisings are only attributed merely to the misrule and corruption of the head of the states. These protests with their anti-imperialist character and overwhelming participation of women demolished all the vulgar stereotypes of the Muslim world trumpeted by the propaganda machinery of the so-called ‘war against terror’ led by US imperialism.

 

As it became impossible for the imperialists to continue their support to Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak etc. on the face of militant peoples’ movements, they removed these puppets in the name of ‘democratic reforms’, but ensured that political power remain in the hands of the old ruling classes. For this consideration, the US and its European allies supported the Egyptian military’s hold over state power, while in Tunisia another puppet has been put in place of the old ruler. This is how imperialism has tried to stifle and divert the peoples’ aspiration for a fundamental social and political transformation in the countries of West Asia.

 

At the same time, by taking advantage of the growing anger of the Arab people against their ruling classes, imperialism has tried to manufacture dissent and foment imperialist-funded and sponsored ‘movements’. By following a longstanding policy, the US and its allies have toppled or tried to topple the governments of various countries in Asia, Africa and South America through overt and covert means, and have aimed to replace them with puppet regimes through the so-called colour revolutions. In Libya we have witnessed last year in the manner which the US and European imperialist powers conducted an all out war on the government led by Gaddhafi. NATO alliance used planes to bomb Libya indiscriminately, landed secret Special Forces, trained and armed mercenary vigilante gangs, killed thousands of Libyan citizens and by propping up armed militias to fight their government. The US government and its intelligence agencies have been actively planning and executing coups, and fomenting anti-government ‘movements’ in countries like Venezuela, Iran, Syria, Russia and other countries. Along with Israel, the US has gone to the extent of assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists in a planned bid to destroy the nuclear programme of that country. Now the US is leading an international campaign to prepare the grounds for an imperialist military assault on Iran and North Korea. The Indian ruling classes on their part have abandoned even the fig-leaf of ‘non-alignment’ and are acting as the agents of the US by supporting its every act of aggression on sovereign countries and their governments.

 

It is the right of people to decide about the nature of their government and their state. Imperialism must be stopped from toppling governments of other countries under any pretext – be it in the name of ‘War on Terror’ or ‘establishing democratic governments’. RDF hails the people’s upsurges in the Arab world and expresses its full solidarity with the struggling people fighting tooth and nail the mighty forces of imperialism and the feudal/monarchic ruling classes who have lived the time and space that post-World War II inter-imperialist arrangements have provided them. We must resist this imperialist war in solidarity with the people of West Asia. It is the people of the Arab world who will finally shape their future through anti-feudal and anti-imperialist struggles.

 

 

Resolution on the Narayanpatna Struggle

Resolution on the Narayanpatna Struggle

 

The first conference of the RDF hails the militant mass movement of Narayanpatna which has carried forward the red banner of revolution braving severe state repression and violence. The struggle has forged the adivasi and dalit landless and poor peasants into a massive tide of resistance that has successfully challenged the feudal nexus of landlord-liqour trader-politicians. In the course of struggle, the people of Narayanpatna have laid the foundations of a new society by establishing an alternative centre of peoples’ political power in the form of revolutionary peoples’ committees. The struggle has demolished the liquor trade in Narayanpatna and adjoining blocks of Koraput district. The widespread peoples’ anger against the liquor traders is justified as this has been one of the weapons in the hands of the feudal dominant-caste landlords to tie the peasants down in debt bondage, appropriate their land and labour, and subject them to oppressive feudal production relations.

The purview of Operation Green Hunt has been extended to Narayanpatna and adjoining areas of Koraput district with an aim to crush the movement and to re-establish the stranglehold of the landlords. By fighting off the landlord goons organised in the name of ‘Shanti Sena’ and the police/paramilitary forces which have come to the aid of the landlords and liquor traders, and presently the onslaught of Operation Green Hunt, the people of Narayanpatna has reclaimed thousands of acres of land and distributed it among the landless. They are carrying out developmental works through voluntary collective labour to build a self-reliant economy. The movement has formed self-defence militias to resist the reactionary forces that are relentlessly assaulting on the struggling masses through combing operations, hundreds of arrests, custodial torture, beating and arson, looting and destroying peoples’ homes and property, sexual violence against women, and even killing them in fake encounters. Of the more than 600 political prisoners languishing in Odisha, close to two hundred are associated with the Narayanpatna struggle alone. Peoples; leaders like Nachika Linga, Gananath Patra and many others are being prosecuted by the government in order to make the movement leaderless. Narayanpatna is also remarkable for its uncompromisingly staunch struggle against revisionism and opportunism in the name of Marxism-Leninism.

RDF salutes the martyrs of the Narayanpatna struggle like Wadeka Singana and Andrew who fell to police bullets. We demand that the Odisha government release all the prisoners associated with the struggles in Narayanpatna as well as other anti-feudal and anti-imperialist movements going on in the state, such as in Niyamgiri, Jagatsinghpur, Kashipur, Malkangiri and other regions. The government must stop its police and paramilitary operations against the movement and withdraw its armed forces from Narayanpatna. We also demand that the government honour and implement the agreements it has signed with the Maoists while negotiating the release of Malkangiri DC and the Italian citizens. RDF calls upon the people of the entire country to stand in solidarity with this valiant struggle.

Resolution on Telangana Separate Statehood Demand

Resolution on Telangana Separate Statehood Demand

 

The First Conference of the RDF upholds the democratic and just demand of the people of Telangana for a separate statehood. It is important to note that despite the machinations of the Indian state, since the 1940s, history continues to provide evidence that the flames of Telangana and the natural desire of her people to relentlessly struggle for their democratic demand have only got strengthened with time. If British colonialism successfully divided the people of the Indian subcontinent in the process of building of the colonial state for surplus maximisation, the post-1947 Indian ruling classes never missed an opportunity to emulate their colonial masters in their deviousness to divide and rule the peoples of the subcontinent as a continuation of the logic of surplus maximisation in the new re-division of the world post World War II. The necessity of state building in a semi-feudal, semi-colonial India for the Brahmanical Indian ruling classes in consonance with the need of their imperialist masters followed the repressive logic of trampling with the genuine aspirations of various peoples in the subcontinent. In the formation of the various states within the so-called Indian union the Indian ruling classes took extra caution to see to it that the various aspiring nationalities that had either demanded independence, or declared the right to have a separate statehood within the Indian Union never get an opportunity to assert their political demands.

 

Thus we could see the Nagas being divided into a so-called state of Nagaland, while a considerable section of them being divided into the state of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and also in neighbouring country Burma. The Santhals were divided into Bihar, Orissa, Bengal. The revolting tribals of Srikakulam got divided between the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. Similarly the heroic people of Telangana got entrapped into the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh. Thus the essence of state building in post 1947 India has been fundamentally to entrench the grip of the ruling classes through their props in various regions while simultaneously repressing and undermining every possible assertion that was prevalent at the time. Significantly the two biggest princely states of Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir faced the most brutal repression of the Indian state as part of its violent state building in the late 1940s.

 

This logic of state building within the Post-1947 Indian Union was in consonance with necessity of the feudal-comprador ruling classes to entrench themselves as the credible authentic representative of the newly formed state. Thus the consensus that was set in motion in 1947 through the repressive state apparatus in the form of draconian laws and the army and paramilitary were being challenged by the people of the subcontinent every now and then. The widespread and growing impoverishment of the people of Telangana along with the deepening tentacles of underdevelopment of the region should be seen as the perpetuation and reproduction of the same exploitative logic of surplus maximisation. The aggressive implementation of the policies of Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation by the Indian ruling classes have brought with it stiff resistance from the vast sections of the masses. The growing resistance of the people along with the unprecedented World economic crisis and its deepening tremors in the Indian subcontinent has created fissures within the desperate Indian ruling classes. The consensus that was violently built towards state building in Post-1947 India is once again threatening to break itself. The growing resistance of the oppressed people of Telangana for a separate state should be seen in this larger dynamic.

 

RDF resolutely stands with the people of Telangana for their demand and it believes that this is a definite step towards realising the larger demand of a democratic Telangana free from all forms of exploitation, oppression, discrimination and mistreatment.

Resolution on Political Prisoners

Resolution on Political Prisoners

 

This conference of the RDF resolutely demand the unconditional release of all political prisoners incarcerated in various prisons in the Indian subcontinent. With the increasing onslaught on the masses of the people in the form of Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation which is in the interests of the maximisation of profit for imperialist bourgeoisies and their local agents, the state also has teethed itself with more draconian laws to stem the tide of the growing indignation of the people. A surfeit of draconian laws have been enacted by the state to impose its ideological sanction of the need for a penalising national security state further emboldened with the US led so-called war against terror. The so-called war against terror is also a convenient alibi through which the state further criminalises all forms of political dissent; it further targets the minority communities in the subcontinent.

 

It is often the strategy of the state with the able support of a sensation driven media to float stories that would stigmatize the profile of the political prisoner—be it someone from the minority communities fighting for their rights such as the worker, peasant, dalits, adivasis, the Muslims, the Sikhs or those being persecuted for their demand to national self-determination such as the Kashmiris, Nagas, Manipuris, Assamese and lastly the Maoist political prisoners who stand for radical social transformation free from all forms of exploitation.

 

This negative profile of the political prisoner is brought again and again before the public to further point an accusing finger on those who are ready to take up the rights of the political prisoner—his/her right to be represented by a lawyer of choice, the right to defend oneself without prejudice and also to be given the status of a political prisoner as per the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) of the United Nations to which India is also a signatory. Even the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) which has been raising the issues of the political prisoner has also been branded as a frontal organisation of the CPI (Maoist) by the Indian state. This is yet another desperate attempt by the state to completely silence any kind of reasoned opinion against the deliberate creation of political climate that makes the reproduction of the ‘national security state’ easier. By incarcerating political activists and peoples’ leaders, the Indian state is unsuccessfully trying to demoralise them and to break down their will to resist, thereby hoping to crush the growing waves of democratic and revolutionary movements in the subcontinent.

 

The First conference of the RDF calls upon all democratic and freedom loving people of the subcontinent to join hands to create a mass upsurge towards realising the demand of the unconditional release of all political prisoners as their arrests and incarceration are politically motivated and are aimed at crushing the genuine peoples’ movements of the Indian subcontinent.

 

 

Resolution on Operation Green Hunt and Indian State’s War on People

Resolution on Operation Green Hunt and Indian State’s War on People

Since 2009 the Indian state has declared the bloodiest war against its own people in the name of Operation Green Hunt. This is nothing but a planned genocidal assault on the people, especially the adivasi population of central and eastern India. These regions are also the most mineral rich areas of the country and the mining mafias and corporate sharks are desperate to grab these resources at any cost.  The commencement of Operation Green Hunt started with a belligerent war cry duly echoed in the corporate media.  The stated aim of Operation Green Hunt was to “eliminate the Maoists”, while in reality it was clearly aimed at crushing the valiant resistance of the people, especially the adivasis, in order to make way for the corporate loot of these mineral rich regions.

After the brutal realities of Operation Green Hunt came to light, protests broke out world-wide, condemning the Indian government and its ruthless war on the people. After that although it was played down in the media, the ruthless war is continuing till date and has in fact escalated in its intensity. Although the state has always denied the official execution of Operation Green Hunt, it continues in various names and forms. The most recent and brutal forms of operation Green Hunt was witnessed in Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.

In Jharkhand it has come to our notice through various independent fact finding reports, that security forces undertook a two-month long carnage In the Sranda Forests under the name of Operation Anaconda in Tholkobad, Digha, Rattamati, Nayagaon, Gundijori, Tirilposi, Bitkilsoy and Baliba. They barricaded 25 villages and consumed and spoiled large amounts of food grains, stole 942 chickens, 120 goats and sheep. They destroyed and burnt houses and ration shops, utensils and agricultural equipment. Schools were closed and mid-day-meal was also suspended in 25 villages during Operation Anaconda. The security forces destroyed land entitlement papers, ration cards, education certificates, voter identity cards and job cards in Tholkobad, Gundijora, Baliba, Tirilposi and Bitkilsoy villages. They seized the bronze utensils, traditional weapons, axes, clothes and crops to show that they have recovered these from the “Maoist camps”. According to eye-witnesses, Mangal Honhanga stopped for a brief toilet break and was brutally shot dead by the CRPF Assistant Commandant Shambhu Kumar Biswas, just based on “pretext” that he might flee. The official story spun around this incident was however, that Mangal Honhanga was caught in a cross fire between the CRPF, Police and the Maoists. In another case, Soma Guria of Baliba village was dragged towards the forest and was beaten brutally after which he succumbed to injuries. Two bullets were fired at him from close range and the official narrative was the same.

30 year old Sukhmi Bankira, a resident of Trilposi village was repeatedly gang raped by security forces for a week in the second week of August. According to her husband and villagers, Sukhmi was forced to cook for the men who barged into her house and stayed there for a week. Sukhmi is silent about the gang-rape as she fears for her son’s life who was sent to jail in allegation of being a Maoist. Even the old have not been spared; 74 year old Tupa Honhanga was severely beaten by the security.  Many other adivasis are missing and some have been booked under draconian laws on the pretext that they are Maoists. 33 people in total have been arrested and booked under the UAPA, Arms Act and 17 CLA Act. It is not a coincidence that a Chinese company “Electro Steel” has been given mining lease of “Dinsumburu mines”, which is situated near Baliba and Kudliba villages, where “Operation Anaconda” has been executed. Similarly, 17 mining companies including Mittal, Tata, Jindal have been given mining leases in Saranda. “Operation Anaconda” is a subset under the larger matrix of Operation Green Hunt which was started by the Indian state in 2009 to usurp the rich resources located largely in tribal belts. Jharkhand contains 40% of India’s precious minerals like uranium, mica, bauxite, feldspar, coal, iron and copper. Forests and woodlands occupy more than 29% of the state which is the highest in India. 102 MoUs have been signed with MNCs till date for establishing steel factories, power plants and mining industries with the estimated investment of Rs 4,67,240 crore, which approximately requires 200,000 acres of land, which directly means the displacement of approximately 1 million people. Predictably the anti-Naxal operations like “Operation Anaconda” have been carried out in those districts (East Singbhum, West Singbhum, Khunti, Gumla, Bokaro, Giridih, Chatra, Latehar, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh) where villagers have been boldly and militantly protesting against the unjust “development”.

In Chhattisgarh too, State forces comprising 3000 personnel of CRPF, BSF, STF, CoBRA, C-60 battalions and the police forces with air support have once again unleashed a reign of terror on the adivasi villages around Abhujmad. From March 13th to 18th this year, they scourged through over a dozen villages in the densely forested tracts of the districts of Narayanpur, Bijapur, and south Bastar in Chattisgarh and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra assaulting scores of villagers, torching their houses and looting their food-grains. This is the first effort of its kind from the part of the security forces to enter Abujhmad and is being perceived amongst the progressive-democratic sections as a marked intensification in the ongoing the war on people. This definitive shift both in terms scale and intensity of the operations this month are precisely aimed for the purpose of clearing the area for the establishment of the proposed Army Cantonment in Abhujmad. This ‘ground clearing exercise’ would eventually pave the way for the deployment of 65,000 army personnel into the area supplementing the 2.5 lakh paramilitary already stationed therein. These Operations are being conducted under the code names ‘Operation Vijay & ‘Operation Haka’. Inhabitants of Godelmarka, Ikonor, Jetwaya, Podenar, and Toke were ravaged by the paramilitary forces. While several adivasi houses were set on fire, their meager household rations like rice, lentils, chickens, etc were indiscriminately looted. An adivasi named Dunga was beaten and tortured to death by the security forces. While another Jaini Gotta was injured in the police firing in the village of Toke. The police tortures left Boe, Raju, Pali, Malu and Mangi seriously hurt in Kechhapal village. Sonu Podadi, and Bekte Bodde, residents of Ikonor and Lalsu Bodde, and Bitiya Bodde, inhabitants of Godel Marka, and Dadama Karu, from Kodenar were arrested during the period. They have not yet been produced before the court.  These operations with the name of Vijay or Haka come closely following the heels of such other names like the Operation Anaconda or Operation Marx in the state of Jharkhand. And what comes out starkly is the programmatic impunity with which violence is unleashed by the forces of the state. Whether the brutal custodial torture and killing of Podiyam Mara by the CRPF in Chattisgarh, or the inhuman killing of Lucas Minj – a deaf and dumb adivasi villager by the Joint Forces in Jharkhand earlier the year, such acts are routine. The state is today even deploying Army and Air Force in order to crush the indomitable spirit of resistance of the people. Alongside the state also plans to raise 3 batallions of fratricidal forces under the Army in the name of ‘Home & Hearth Battalions’ from amongst the adivasis in the model of the notorious and now unconstitutional Salwa Judum.

 

Operation Green Hunt therefore is continuing in the most brutal possible ways. But alongside the heroic resistance of the people are also intensifying in defense of their land, forests, rivers, livelihood and dignity. The wild fire of people’s resistance are spreading across India and it is also painstakingly building a most scientific and democratic model of pro-people development. It is the vision and aims of this people’s movement that the state aims to crush with its army, paramilitary, weaponries and vigilante gangs. This house resolves to oppose tooth and nail the deadly Operation Green Hunt and state repression and its nefarious designs to dispossess millions of adivasis in order to hand over the land and minerals to the MNCs. This house demands the immediate scrapping of all such MoUs with the MNCs. This house also resolves to stand in solidarity with the heroic resistance of the people waged against corporate loot and state repression.