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Monday, 28 May 2007

Interview with Ganapathy, General Secretary, CPI(Maoist) [The questions that follow have been sent by various newspapers to Ganapathy, General Secretary, CPI(Maoist). More than half of these were sent by BBC. The answers by Ganapathy are being sent to the media in the background of the successful completion of the Congress of the CPI(Maoist) and other recent developments—Azad, Spokesperson, CPI(Maoist), 24th April, 2007] [The following is only a small section of the full interview available online -- PF] On the Islamic Upsurge: Q: But globally the fight is now becoming pro-globalisation versus Islamic upsurge—in this scheme of things how do you see a classless society? A: Globalisation is a war on the people and on every value cherished by the people for centuries. Globalisation is the ideology of the market fundamentalists. The market fundamentalists are destroying everything a nation had possessed and preserved for centuries. They promote nothing but sheer greed and self-interest with the sole aim of global hegemony and the means to achieve it is a war on all fronts—military, economic, political, cultural, psychological. And to achieve this "lofty" goal, they think even the destruction of the world is collateral damage. There is a people's upsurge against globalization all over the world and Islamic upsurge is an integral part of the worldwide people's upsurge against imperialism, imperialist globalization and war. A classless society-Communism—is a conscious human project and has to be built through the transformation of human consciousness. And to achieve this, the first step is to destroy imperialism on a world scale and domestic reaction in every country. Islamic upsurge is a reaction to imperialist globalization and imperialist oppression and exploitation of the world people, and Muslim masses in particular. As long as imperialism exists, and as long as it bolsters up decadent reactionary comprador Islamic regimes in countries of Asia and Africa, it is impossible for the Muslim masses to come out of their fundamentalism. It is only after the destruction of imperialism on a world scale can the Islamic masses come out completely from their obscurantist ideology and values. This will pave the way for the establishment of a classless society. Q: What is your opinion about Islamic upsurge? A: The answer to this question is already contained in the above explanation. In essence, we see the Islamic upsurge as a progressive anti-imperialist force in the contemporary world. It is wrong to describe the struggle that is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestinian territory, Kashmir, Chechnya, and several other countries as a struggle by Islamic fundamentalists or as a "clash of civilizations" long back theorized by Samuel Huntington and which is being resurrected by all and sundry today. In essence all these are national liberation wars notwithstanding the role of Islamic fundamentalists too in these struggles. We oppose religious fundamentalism of every kind ideologically and politically as it obfuscates class distinctions and class struggle and keeps the masses under the yoke of class oppression. However, "Islamic fundamentalism", in my opinion, is an ally of the people in their fight against market fundamentalism promoted by the US, EU, Japan and other imperialists. The upsurge is bound to raise the anti-imperialist democratic consciousness among the Muslim masses and bring them closer with all other secular, progressive and revolutionary forces. I see the Islamic upsurge as the beginning of the democratic awakening of the Muslim masses despite the domination of fundamentalist ideology and outlook in the Islamic movement at present. Our Party supports the Islamic upsurge and seeks a unity with all anti-imperialist forces. Q: Nasarullah of Hizbollah has recently said that Left should come close to Islamists. In Indian context—what do you feel? A: I basically agree with what Nasarullah of Hizbollah has said. One must understand that Nasarullah is referring to the struggles for national liberation from imperialism in Islamic countries. The need of the hour is to achieve the unity of all forces opposed to imperialism, particularly US imperialism, which is aggressively destroying every human value handed over to us by thousands of years of history and is oppressing every nation of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Left cannot even claim itself to be democratic if it does not initiate steps to unite with the forces in the Islamic movement which are fighting for national liberation from imperialism, particularly US imperialism. All the ongoing movements which are supposed to be led by Islamic forces in various countries as I had mentioned above, are national democratic movements in content. The strong religious language used by the leadership of these movements does not alter their national democratic essence and their anti-imperialist character.

I think that hardcore anti-communist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Taliban must be excluded from the United Front.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Idealism, dialectics and materialism
Just criticising religious literature is not enough. There are some people who uphold religion even they know that there are lot of meaningless stories in religious literature. In bible, there are even stories that explicitly advocate incest, rapes and slavery etc but still there are people who uphold bible and there are some christian countries that banned books written against oppressions encouraged by bible. One person said that at first he was christian and he turned as agnostic(ajneyavadi) and later turned as atheist. He said that it is easy to make a rational argument with atheist or agnostic but it is difficult to argue with an idealist rationally. That means he became atheist after developing materialist way of thinking. Hegel claimed himself as dialectician but his thoughts were mixed with metaphysics and idealism. For example, Hegel said that mind is real. In German language, the word mind(geist) has two meanings. They are mind(alochana) and soul(athma). Soul is non-existent in scientific sense. Mind(thought) is existent but we need not think that thoughts are rationale in all cases. If we think that thoughts are rationale in all cases, we should even think that Hitler's thoughts were also rationale but Hitler was very foolish idealist. Hegel said that real is rational and Karl Marx modified the idea and said that rational is destined to be real. Hitler was also an idealist but there is very clear difference between Hegelianism and Hitlerism. Hitler said that every thing in the nature must be beautiful. It is one of his foolish ideas. Hegel said that every thing in nature undergoes changes. Karl Marx also agreed that every thing in nature undergoes changes but Hegel made metaphysical and idealist thoughts on dialectics of nature and Karl Marx made materialist analysis on dialectics of nature. Though Hegel was idealist and metaphysician, his ideas were some how mixed with dialectical way of thinking. Hegel's dialectical ideas also influenced Karl Marx's dialectical materialism. Any how, there is very much difference between Hegel's idealism and Hitler's idealism. It is difficult or impossible to make rational argument with a person who believes Hitler's idealistic ideologies because he didn't understand about nature. It is some how easy to make rational argument with a non-Marxist Hegelian because Hegelians understand some what about nature. It is easy to make rational argument with Marxist or Maoist if he had completely understood dialectical materialism.


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Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2007 5:19 PM
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Saturday, 19 May 2007
Human Rights group protests against Binayak Sen's arrest
Activists of People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) staged a demonstration outside a Chhattisgarh Government facility in New Delhi protesting the arrest of a renowned doctor Binayak Sen for allegedly sympathizing with the Naxals in Chhattisgarh.

Sen, a paediatrician has been working in the villages of Chhattisgarh to evolve a low cost health plan for the locals. He is also one of the most vociferous critics of the Salwa Judum movement - the government-sponsored movement to counter the Naxals.

Police had arrested Sen under the Special Public Security Act 2005 and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, citing he had supported the Naxals operating in the State.

"Binayak's arrest on the pretext of support to Naxals, sends a signal that anyone advocating for human rights of the Naxals, would be crushed, and put behind bars," said Prashant Bhushan, a Supreme Court lawyer.

Sen's supporters said that the doctor has been victimized for criticizing the Salwa Jadum movement.

"What has happened to him is a very dangerous signal for all of us as we are beginning to see the results of a society that is becoming a police society, where every problem is approached as a military problem. This is happening in Northeast where the public security act, the armed forces special powers act are enforced," said Arundhati Roy, Booker prize-winning writer and social activist.

The Army has taken over security of northeast, Kashmir and now in Chhattisgarh. Very soon it will be called in Andhra Pradesh as well, we are going to have a society where there is no such thing like civil rights or human rights, and democracy. We have all the institutions but they have all been hollowed out," said Roy.

Roy further said that Chhattisgarh is one of the worst affected states by Naxal violence. Over 40,000 tribal people have been moved to inadequate government camps in the state. A human rights group says there is an "unacknowledged civil war" in the area

The Naxal movement has intensified over the last two years and is beginning to attract national and international attention.

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Friday, 18 May 2007
Buddha Deb Bhattacharya and Adolph Hitler
Buddha Deb Bhattacharya is leading Hitler style police state in West Bengal. Buddha Deb claims himself as Marxist leader but he is behaving like a Nazi leader. When Hitler came into power in Germany, he banned communist party and killed social democrats and workers by using police force. Buddha Deb Bhattacharya banned Maoists and killing peasants and other opposition activists in West Bengal. Hitler was explicit anti-communist but Buddha Deb Bhattacharya is implicit anti-communist. He claims himself as Marxist and kills Maoists. Communist Party of India (Marxist) must change it’s name in West Bengal as Nazi Party of West Bengal (Hitlerist). Buddha Deb Bhattacharya has no right to claim himself as Marxist because his ideas are close to Hitler’s Naziism. Buddha Deb Bhattacharya equals to Adolph Hitler and West Bengal under Buddha Deb’s rule equals to Nazi Germany.

Source: Maoist Green Media

Posted by laljhanda at 9:09 PM
Updated: Friday, 18 May 2007 9:17 PM
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Maoists admit role in Nandigram resistance
After maintaining silence throughout the phase of violence, the Maoists, for the first time, have admitted their involvement in the resistance struggle against the Bengal government's land acquisition for the proposed Special Economic Zone in Nandigram.

In an interview published in Resistance India – a Maoist blog – CPI (Maoist) general secretary Ganapathy said his party was involved in Nandigram but denied charges that Maoists were "outsiders" fomenting trouble, as alleged by the CPI(M).

Asked if his people were involved in inciting violence in Nandigram, Ganapathy said, "One should only be surprised if we are not involved in such life-and-death issues of the masses. We intend to mobilise the masses against the conspiracies of the rulers to snatch the land of the people."

Insisting that Maoists would always attempt to be in the forefront of the struggle against SEZs – which he termed as neo-colonial enclaves within the country – Ganapathy said, "Kalinga Nagar, Singur and Nandigram, in particular, have become important symbols in this struggle. As for our role in such movements we shall definitely make all efforts to be in the forefront and lead the movement in the correct direction."

Ever since violence broke out in Nandigram about three months ago, Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee publicly said that Maoists were involved in all acts of clashes. The CPI (Maoist), however, had chosen to keep a studied silence on the issue.

The Naxal leader, however, challenged charges that his activists were outsiders in Nandigram and said that statements such as these were attempts to divert the real issue.

"The CPI(M) leaders are trying to divert the issue by repeating that Maoists from outside incited the local people and the police had no other alternative but to open fire in self-defence. Brinda Karat said Maoists used the sea-route to enter Nandigram. In their eyes, Salims or Tatas are not outsiders while Maoists, who live and die for the people, become outsiders," Ganapathy said in the interview.

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Maoist threats for Munda, Marandi, Soren
Maoist rebels have reportedly threatened to 'teach a lesson' to some ministers - like former chief ministers Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren - for suppressing their 'revolutionary movement'.

Jharkhand police said the audiocassette - issued by the Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand Regional Committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) - was seized along with pamphlets and other material during a swoop in Jamshedpur Wednesday.

'This is the first time Maoists have issued a threat to politicians through an audiocassette,' a police official told IANS Friday.

Voiced by Sukhdeo, the committee's secretary, the tape allegedly says: 'A conspiracy is hatched to suppress the CPI-Maoist revolutionary movement by the leaders. These leaders will be taught lesson like Sunil Mahto.'

Mahto, a JMM MP from Jamshedpur, was killed by Maoist rebels in March.

'JMM has become a party of pimps and has forgotten the fight for jal (water), jamin (land) and jungle,' says the cassette, charging Munda, Marandi and Soren with helping the Village Defence Committee (VDC) against the Maoist revolution.

'These leaders supported the killings at Lango and they will be taught for this act.'

VDC members had killed nine Maoist rebels in Lango village of Jamshedpur in 2003.

The insurgents justified Mahto's killing. 'Sunil Mahto had become a puppet in the hands of the capitalist class. He was supporting the VDC against the Maoist movement.'

The taped voice also refuted charges that Mahto was killed for money. 'We strongly refute the charge that we killed Mahto for money.'

Maoist rebels are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. At least 600 people, including 290 security personnel, have been killed in the last six years in Maoist-related violence.

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City police to take strong action against Ferreira supporters
Police are trying to suppress sympathisers of Maoists for defending interests of ruling class.

Nagpur, May 15, 2007

The city police have decided to take a stern stand against those who try to take strong exception to the arrest of four Naxalites and sympathise with Mumbai-based Maoist Arun Ferreira, asserted police commissioner, SPS Yadav.

Reacting to the statement of Ferreira's Mumbai "friends", who are coming in Nagpur on Wednesday to ascertain the reasons for his arrest, Yadav said that prima facie evidences have established that Ferreira was a hardcore Naxalite and was very close to the CPI (Maoist) top brasses.

The Mumbai-based friends of Ferreira said that he was innocent and were quite apprehensive about his police safety. Some of his St Xavier's days friends, are coming in Nagpur on Wednesday and are likely to brief a vast cross-section of people about the incident.

In a major breakthrough, the Nagpur police arrested four Naxalites, include Ferreira and top extremist, Murali Sattya Reddy on May 8 at Deekshabhoomi. While Murali was one of the top leaders in Naxalite hierarchy, Ferreira was a communications and propaganda strategy expert. "We have enough evidences that show that Ferreira is a hardcore Naxalite. During our investigations we learnt that he and Murali, a divisional secretary of the Naxalite group, were staying together in the city. If he was innocent why did he throw a pen-drive and diary when the police reached the spot and were trying to arrest them on May 8?" Yadav asked and informed that the pen-drive contained several revealing information, including minutes of secret meetings of Naxalites' organisation and its strategies.

Moreover, police seized a 9mm Chinese-made pistol, two magazines, 16 rounds of ammunition, two VCDs, an MP3 CD, a notepad containing information on manufacture of improvised explosive devices and use of walkie-talkies from them. "Can a simple person carry such materials? How can they justify their acts?" he further asked. Yadav continued, "he might be a bright and sobre student during his college days. But that does not mean that he is still carrying his past. It is utter shamelessness to defend persons associated with a banned organisation like the CPI (Maoist)," a furious CP said.

According to the city police super, Ferreira is close to Vishnu, the chief of the Maharashtra unit of CPI (Maoist). Ferreira and his three associates were booked under 10, 13 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Meanwhile, the committee for the protection of democratic rights (CPDR) filed a writ petition before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday against the police torture of four alleged Naxalites, including Ferreira.

While filing the petition, it said that the JMFC Court in Nagpur did not take any cognizance of these accused, who pointed out before the court the torture by the police during "interrogation". The petitioner also raised the issue of safety and security of these accused. The court served notices to the state home department and local police to file their replies by June 6 next.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Surendra Gadling, the counselor of Ferreira said that they would oppose the police move for narco-analysis test and braining-mapping in the court on Wednesday.

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Maoists call bandh on May 24
Tension is brewing in the border districts of Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Gondia in eastern Vidarbha region in the wake of the Naxalite bandh, called by the CPI (Maoist) on May 24 in protest against the recent arrest of four alleged Naxalites, including Murali Satya Reddy and Arun Ferreira, at Nagpur last week.

According to reports reaching Nagpur on Friday, Maoists are determined to bring these districts---bordering Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh--- to a complete standstill on May 24. They have distributed pamphlets and leaflets in this regard and appealed the villagers for ensuring its success.

Anticipating Maoist violence in three troubled districts during the bandh, additional police force is being deployed in the region to tackle the situation. Moreover, police patrolling in all the sensitive areas has also been spruced up in view of possible violence. "We have received the information about the Naxalite designs and are ready to face any eventuality," asserted Pankaj Gupta, inspector general of police (IGP), anti-Naxalite cell.

The intelligence inputs have also warned that the ultra-leftists can trigger large-scale violence using sophisticated arms and landmine blasts. Maoists are trying to mobilise tribals of these districts by instigating them that police were torturing the alleged Naxalites at Nagpur.

The secretary of North Gadchiroli-Gondia-Balaghat and Rajnandgaon division, Murali, the communication expert of the outfit, Ferreira and two others were arrested by the police in Nagpur when they were trying to hold a secret meeting at Deekshabhoomi on May 8. All are now in police custody and would be sent to Mumbai for the narco-analysis and brain-mapping tests soon.

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Maoist gen secy justifies killing of MP Sunil Mahto
General secretary of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), Ganapathy, has been elusive, wanted in several cases across states. In his first interview since taking over as party chief, the "Naxal commander-in-chief" dealt with questions on a host of issues — from his party’s plans for armed struggle to its opposition to SEZs. He justified the killing of JMM MP Sunil Mahto by his comrades and endorsed the much talked about thesis of Hezbollah chief Nasrallah that Left should join hands with "Islamists" to fight globalisation.

TOI had approached him just after his re-election as the Maoist party's boss at the outfit’s January congress — the first since the death of the legendary Charu Majumdar in September 1971.

Where was the congress held?

Let intelligence agencies keep guessing on that. As for the media, we can take you people to the place sometime later. These places will assume great historical importance for future generations. Everyone will come to know.

What were the major decisions at the congress?

The general direction: to intensify people’s war, taking it to all fronts. In particular, the congress decided to take guerrilla war to a higher level of mobile war in areas where it is in an advanced stage and expand it to more states. Destruction of enemy forces is on the immediate agenda. Likewise, there is an immediate need to transform a vast area into war zone so that there is enough room for manoeuverability for our guerrilla forces. Police and central forces will be taught how dangerous it is to enter our areas.

What about issues like Singur and Nandigram? Are your people involved in inciting violence in Nandigram as claimed by CPM? What’s your view on SEZs?

One should only be surprised if we are not involved in such life-and-death issues of the masses. We intend to mobilise masses against conspiracies and treacherous policies of the rulers to snatch land from people and hand it over to MNCs and big business houses in the name of development through creation of hundreds of SEZs.

SEZs are aimed at creating neo-colonial enclaves within our country where no laws of the land can be applied.

Struggles against SEZs acquiring fertile farmland and huge projects are turning more and more militant as witnessed in Kalinga Nagar, Singur, Nandigram, Lohandiguda or Polavaram. These will go on.

As for Maoists inciting violence in Nandigram, the world will laugh at the temerity of these "Left" Front rulers.

Even Goebbels would turn in his grave seeing how much his art of lying has been improved by "Marxists" like the Buddhas, Karats and Yechurys.

JMM MP from Jamshedpur, Sunil Mahto, was gunned down by your guerrillas along with five others. According to reports, deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto was also warned. What do have to say?

We do not kill just because he/she is an MP or a minister. Though all legislators are responsible for government policies, it is mainly a coterie of leaders that plays a crucial role in finalising policies. Such leaders are singled out for attacks. We had to eliminate Mahto since he was involved in unleashing repression on the revolutionary movement in Jharkhand. He was associated with the Nagrik Suraksha Samiti, involved in the murder of 11 of our party cadres in Longo village in East Singhbhum district in 2001. Of late, he was organising armed campaign against the Maoist movement, to divide and pit a section of adivasis against the revolutionary movement, in the name of Salwa Judum.

But annihilation of Mahto should not be interpreted as our antagonism towards JMM. We are not against JMM as long as it desists from anti-people activities and attacks against the revolutionary movement.

What is your opinion about the Islamic upsurge?

There is a people’s upsurge against globalisation all over the world and Islamic upsurge is an integral part of the worldwide people’s upsurge against imperialism, imperialist globalisation and war. In essence, we see the Islamic upsurge as a progressive anti-imperialist force in the contemporary world. It is wrong to describe the struggle that is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestinian territory, Kashmir, Chechnya as a struggle by Islamic fundamentalists or as a "clash of civilisations".

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah has said Left should come close to Islamists. What is your view?

I basically agree with what Nasrallah has said. One must understand that he is referring to the struggles for national liberation from imperialism in Islamic countries.

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Protests against PUCL activist's arrest
Binayak Sen is the face of protests against the alleged state-sponsored excesses in Chhattisgarh.

He is now in Raipur central jail on charges of supporting naxals. His supporters say he has been victimised for campaigning against the controversial anti-naxal Salwa Judam movement and speaking out against atrocities by members of the group.

But the immediate provocation for the arrest seems to be his meetings with jailed Naxal leader Narayan Sanyal, even though they were under police supervision.

''I was not doing anything secretly. I did in the cause of human rights, not in the interest of CPI Maoist,'' said Dr Binayak Sen, General Secretary, PUCL.

Dr Sen, a pediatrician, has been working for years in the villages of Chhattisgarh, trying to evolve a low cost health plan in a region where there's little or no administrative support.

He is also one of the loudest critics of the Salwa Judum movement and was at the forefront of a campaign by the People's Union for Civil Liberties against fake encounters.

The police of course claim they have enough proof of his Naxal links.

''Unlawful activities will not be allowed in the state. Rule of law will prevail,'' said O P Rathore, DGP, Chhatisgarh.

Civil rights activists say many like Sen have been targetted for criticising the Salwa Judum and have been threatened, intimidated, jailed or even killed.

This was allegedly what happened at Dantewada, where eight villagers were killed in an encounter a fortnight ago.

And PUCL came out with a report that listed 13 other such incidents in the past year.

The outrage has also spread to Delhi, where social activists and politicians have asked the Centre to intervene.

And as more voices join the protests against Dr Sen's arrest, the Chhattisgarh government may find itself facing some very uncomfortable questions in the coming days.

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