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Friday, 18 May 2007
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.

Posted by laljhanda at 6:50 PM
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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.

Posted by laljhanda at 6:25 PM
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Parliamentary democracy or Revolutionary democracy?
There are some people who allege that Marxism and Maoism always advocates violence. People who are ignorant about Marxism and Maoism think so. Karl Marx said "The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism". That means "Anti-socialists talk about peace for misleading people and real peace can be achieved through socialism". In my view, Marxists are only real peace mongers. Even Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King etc were pseudo nonviolence mongers because they didn't give proper definition of peace. There are some people in India who scold Karl Marx and praise Ram Manohar Lohia. Ram Manohar Lohia claimed himself as democratic socialist but I know that there are many capitalists including quasi-fascists who worship Ram Manohar Lohia. I read about a Lohia's fan who worked as chief minister of Bihar and led police state as Hitler did in Germany. Many naxalites were killed in fake encounters in his rule and peasants who were doing peaceful agitations were also killed in police firing. I also know about a journalist who is Lohia's fan and earned lot of money through real estates business in Hyderabad and killed his own kin by property disputes and hidden the deadbody for vanishing evidences. Such people are not eligible to criticise Karl Marx or Mao Zedong. Ram Manohar Lohia was influenced by British Fabian society that believes that socialism can be achieved in peaceful way. There are also ultra-capitalists who claim themsleves as Fabians. British imperialist prime minister Tony Blair claims himself as Fabian. If it is really possible to achieve socialism in peaceful way by contesting in parliamentary elections, Marxists and Maoists will feel very happy and capitalists will be only frustrated but parliamentary communist parties are collaborating with market capitalists and ignoring basic principles of Marxism. So, CPI(Maoist), Maoist Internationalist Movement and other communist parties are opposing parliamentary democracy. Ruling capitalist parties make attractive schemes and promises for diverting minds of people from communism. If they fail to divert minds of people, they do propaganda against communist. They say that communism is impractical or out dated ideology. There are also some parliamentary communist parties that ally with one capitalist party against another capitalist party. They directly uphold class collaboration and benefit capitalist class. Source: Maoist Green Media

Posted by laljhanda at 6:23 PM
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Karl Marx said that capitalism breeds war. It is very true. World War I happened between capitalist countries only. World War II was result of Hitler and Mussolini’s corporatism and imperialism. During cold war, christian imperialists concentrated much on attacking communist countries and now they are concentrating much on attacking islamic countries.

  • First nuclear bombs were made by a corporate capitalist country.
  • First nuclear bombs were dropped by a corporate capitalist country.
  • That corporate capitalist country never promised that they won’t use nuclear bombs again.
  • During cold war, that corporate capitalist country killed many innocents by dropping bombs on North Korea, Vietnam and other countries. Poisonous gasses spread by them even effect babies in wombs of pregnants.
  • Now also that corporate capitalist country is spending a lot for research on nuclear power and making more powerful nuclear weapons.
  • What is that corporate capitalist country?

United States of America - The most vehement “rogue state” of the world.

Source: Maoist Green Media

Posted by laljhanda at 6:10 PM
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Capitalism kills aqua wealth
Fish, prawns and crabs etc are wealth found in rivers, ponds, seas and other water resources. Some people depend upon occupation of fishing fish, prawns and crabs in ponds, rivers, streams, lakes and sea. Nowadays, industrial wastes are released into water resources and water contamination is killing aqua creatures. Fishers cannot find more fish in contaminated water and their income falls down. Even if they find fish in contaminated water, that fish is not suitable to eat. Eating fish of contaminated water causes diseases. People do not buy such fish if they know that fish was fished in contaminated water. Musi is one of the most polluted rivers in Andhra Pradesh. Hussain Sagar lake of Hyderabad is one of the most polluted lakes of Andhra Pradesh. If any one goes to fish market and he\she is informed that a person is selling fish found in Hussain Sagar or Musi, he\she fears to purchase fish from that person. Lakes that were constructed as fresh water lakes for drinking water purpose are also severely polluted. Hussain sagar lake was first constructed for drinking water purposes of Hyderabad city and now it is one of the most dirtiest lakes. Musi river flows through Rangareddy district, Hyderabad and Nalgonda district. Hyderabad city and Rangareddy districts are severely polluting water of river Musi and even effecting Nalgonda district. Hyderabad and Rangareddy district people and industrialists, both of these groups are responsible for pollution of Musi river. Drainage wastes of Hyderabad city and surrounding areas in Rangareddy district and industrial wastes are largely drained into river Musi. Industrial wastes drained into river Musi also includes poisonous chemicals like Mercury. It is easy to pollute river water either by draining town drainage wastes or industrial wastes. It is easy to kill good aqua wealth like fish, prawns and crabs by polluting rivers. It is easy to make fisher men starve by killing fish, prawns and crabs in rivers, ponds and lakes etc.

Nowadays even sea water is contaminated. Today, I saw a program in a telugu TV channel about death of whales in sea due to pollution of sea water. According to rules, industrialists should dig separate tanks from draining wastes but industrialists are freely ignoring rules and releasing wastes into rivers, ponds, lakes and other water resources and killing good aqua wealth. 500 million litres of sewerage is discharged into Musi river every day according to official estimation. I think that estimation is only about wastes discharged from Hyderabad city and surroundings.

Source: Maoist Green Media

Posted by laljhanda at 5:44 PM
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