Saturday, December 16, 2006

CRPF jawan killed in encounter in WB


Officers point to the bodies of one of the Maoists (left) and the CRPF jawan who were killed in Friday’s encounter. Picture by Shyamsundar Barui
Bankura, Dec. 16: A probe into last night’s encounter between the CRPF and a band of 70 Maoists has revealed that the rebels were on a mission to murder CPM leader Nabin Hembram.

The shootout left one CRPF jawan and two Maoists dead.

The guerrillas had planned to drag Hembram out of his house in Bogdoba village in Barikul and set up a kangaroo court, where they would have killed him, said officials who conducted the preliminary investigation.

Hembram is among the eight CPM leaders on the rebels’ hit list.

The armed gang arrived in the village, about 240 km from Calcutta, last night and headed to Hembram’s house. But the CPM leader was not home. So the Maoists took his daughter, Jyotsna, away.

“The extremists stormed our house around 8 pm and were looking for my father. When they could not find him, they dragged me out and took me to a nearby field in front of a primary school,” Jyotsna recalled, still shuddering at the memory. “They forced me to shout Maobad zindabad (long live Maoism).”

As Hembram’s daughter was being harassed, a group of 30 jawans, led by deputy superintendent of police (administration) Prasanta Dey, was patrolling the village.

“Suddenly, they heard conversations near the one-storeyed school building,” said an officer. “They immediately took position. Initially, they could not see anything because of the dark. It took them a few minutes to spot the large group that had assembled outside the school.”

One of the jawans then opened fire. The Maoists retaliated by firing and hurling bombs. “Two Maoists were killed in the first spell of firing,” said Bankura superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar Singh.

Bloodstains found on the forest routes through which the rebels fled suggest some of them were injured, Singh added.

According to the police, a woman named Sabita Kumari from Andhra Pradesh was leading last night’s operation. “Earlier, Jagari Baskey used to look after the action and elimination operations in this area. Now Sabita has taken over as Jagari is pregnant,” said an officer.

The police searched the school premises and found two bags. But they did not touch them or the bodies of the two rebels as there could be traps. The bodies were removed only after experts from the bomb disposal squad had examined them.

The police also found three .303 rifles at the spot. “One of these firearms had been snatched from the police in Purulia,” an officer said.

The police said last night’s encounter was the biggest in recent times.

Encouraged by the “successful mission”, the police have virtually issued a shoot-at-sight order. “Wherever they notice Maoists, I have ordered my officials to fire at them,” said Singh.

State school education minister Partha Dey and backward class welfare minister Deblina Hembram visited the encounter site today. “Last night, the police proved their bravery. But from now on, the police will have to be more careful while protecting villagers and our partymen,” Dey said.

CRPF jawan killed in encounter

Posted at Saturday, 16 December 2006 14:12 IST
Kolkata, Dec 16: An encounter between the Maoists and the CRPF personnel killed at least two ultras and a Central Reserve Police Force jawan.

The heavy gunbattle between the rebels and the paramilitary forces took place at Barikul in Bankura district of West Bengal on last night.

A contingent of 30 CRPF troopers, while acting on a tip-off, raided a school in Bagdubi village in Barikul's Sarensokra, where as many as 12 ultras were holding a meeting.

The Maoists had gathered in a school building to execute a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Rabin Hembram.

The rebels opened fire when they saw the CRPF troopers, triggering a heavy exchange of fire.

"Two rebels and one CRPF man died on the spot," said Rajesh Kumar, Bankura Superintendent of Police.
Some of the rebels escaped in the forest area.

The then officer-in-charge of Barikul police station, Prabal Sengupta, was killed when he tried to open a bag, containing explosives, left behind by the Maoists.

Naxalite pioneer Mandakini Narayanan dies

Press Trust of India

Kozhikode, December 16, 2006

Mandakini Narayanan, a pioneer of the naxalite movement in Kerala, died at her residence in Kozhikode on Saturday, family sources said. She was 81 and survived by her daughter Ajitha, a comrade-in-arm for her mother and a leading women rights activist.

Gujarat born Mandakini was involved in Kerala's first Naxalite strike in 1968, came to be known as the Thalassery-Pulpally case, alongwith her husband Kunnikkal Narayanan and daughter Ajitha.

On November 22, 1968, a group of about 300 armed people had made an unsuccessful attempt to attack Thalassery police station. After 48 hours, a group of peasant revolutionaries attacked the police station at Pulpally in Wayanad, killing a police wireless operator and injuring several others.

Mandakini was arrested in 1970 and again in 1975 during the Emergency.

Born in a Brahmin family at Bhavnagar, Mandakini was attracted to Communism while she was in Mumbai, where she met her Malayali husband Naryananan.

After marriage, they settled down in Kozhikode where Mandakini worked as a teacher in the Gujarati School.

After the decline of the Naxal movement in Kerala, she had been active in human rights and cultural spheres and the pro-Left women rights groups saw a mother figure in her.

A large number of people turned up at her home in Kozhikode to pay last respects.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Anarchy is tightening its grip on parts of the country not too far flung

Incredible India to Impossible India

Anarchy is tightening its grip on parts of the country not too far flung


Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 0138 hours IST

Life gets more and more bizarre with each passing day, with much to write about, realities that boggle the normal intelligent mind. A historian is brutally murdered in her home in Patna and the police remain mystified. Gunda gardi, as it is referred to in the newspapers, continues unabated on the Lucknow University campus where students come armed and with armed guards, and when the vice-chancellor closes down the institution till such time the arms are ‘surrendered’ and kept off the premises, all hell breaks loose.

The political class in the state is appalled that it has been asked to live by the law. Fortunately, the vice-chancellor refuses to buckle under pressure and has categorically stated that this move of his may begin the cleansing process in a state ridden with extortion and other such horrors that stem from a lack of sane governance.

Because governments have abdicated their responsibility and degraded the processes of plain and simple governance, the courts have taken over everyday lives. This can be hugely dangerous, particularly if integrity is on the wane.

A corrupt judge could damage a great deal with rulings that are based on partisan demands of people who push through illegalities with muscle and money power, people who have learned well how to ‘buy’ their way, bypassing the laws of this land. Anarchy spreads like wild fire and when fuelled with large dollops of cash it becomes uncontrollable, raging through the environment, damaging civilized and dignified life and living. The bullies take over and run amuck with weapons of personal destruction. Only strong, fearless and unselfish gover-nance can check the fire.

Madness and mindlessness seems to dominate decisions that affect hundreds of thousands of straightforward, honest-to-god people, who are the anonymous majority with no access to the powers that be. Last week, a judge of the Rajasthan High Court closed down the Ranthambhore National Park indefinitely. The order was based on a petition filed by some transporters who were protesting rules and regulations of the park authority. Instead of compelling the government to furnish a set of rules that pertain to movement within the park, asking for them to be made statutory for a specified period of time, and brought into play within a specified time bound period of even a week, this judge arbitrarily closed the National Park.

Incredible India has become Impossible India.

Travellers from far and wide have been held to ransom because of either an unthinking or a motivated order. It makes no sense at all in its present form and has thrown dignity to the winds. Visitors cannot leave and go to any other destination because there are no rooms anywhere for love or money. There are no seats on flights out of India. What do these innocent people do? Why is this kind of trauma being meted out to domestic and international tourists? It is well known that when parks are shut down, poachers and graziers enter these areas that are out of bounds knowing well that the indirect patrolling of visitors wandering through the forest and direct in-season patrolling of forest authorities are non-existent. Where has the common intelligence of this great civilization gone? Why are moronic decisions allowed to be taken with such sickening regularity, decisions and acts that plague ordinary people?

The answer is quite simple. It can be very dangerous when the courts enter the space and jurisdiction of the executive. When the executive is weak and indecisive, and the judiciary is governed by superficial and inadequate knowledge on the subject in question, only anarchy will prevail, destroying all that was and could have been productive.

The judiciary should stop governing from courts, and instead act to compel the government and its agencies to address complaints quickly so that corrective action is taken.

Take a look around.

India is in the throes of a very serious, possibly terminal, illness. An illness where the pain is causing dreadful contortions and side-effects. The Naxal/Maoist movement is one such truth, and there are many more that will overwhelm this nation state that may, in the future, initiate the Balkanization of the subcontinent as states get more and more disillusioned with the breakdown we are witnessing around us.

CPM activist gets Life term for killing BJP activist

CPM activist gets Life term for killing BJP activist

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction of CPM activist A Pradeepan in the murder of Jaykrishnan Master, state Vice President of Bhartiya Yuva Morcha in Kerala but reduced his death sentence to life imprisonment.

However, a Bench comprising Justice S B Sinha and Justice Markhandey Katju, gave benefit of doubt to six other activists by setting aside the death penalty awarded to them along with Pradeepan for hackling to death Jaykrishnan in a classroom in front of the students.

Jaykrishnan was killed in broad daylight in a primary school classroom in Kerala's Kannaur district allegedly by the CPM cadre in 1999.

The Kerala High Court last year had confirmed the death penalty awarded to them by the trial court in 2003 for the offence committed in Kannur District in 1999. (With PTI inputs)


If Naxals can have Sholey type parties , why can't we play Jharkhandi

THIS IS YEAR END , Let's have some fun also .... JHARKANDI

Naxal Violance: Slide Show

In rural India tribal people are caught in a violent conflict between Maoist rebels and the police. In Chhattisgarh more than 50 people have died in the last 30 days. More than 43,000 tribals are now huddled in relief camps too scared to return home.

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India's War in the Woods

Slaves of the Middle Kingdom

by P. Chacko Joseph

In a broadcast from Delhi on 1 January 1965, the union home minister Gulzarilal Nanda said “There is a reason to believe that the new party CPI (M) was formed under Peking’s inspiration. It was to serve as Peking’s instrument in creating conditions of instability in the country and to facilitate the promotion of Chinese designs against India in furtherance of her grand strategy of establishing hegemony…. over Asia and her declared aim of world revolution. There is reason to believe that the Left Communist Party has close links with the Chinese from whom it draws ideological inspiration and receives support in other forms.” Sinha, The Red Rebel in India, pp 186-9.


Krishna Menon and K.M.Panikkar who shapped India’s Tibet policy, had strong Communist leanings. So much so that K.M.Panikkar married his daughter to a leading Communist labor leader. Panikkar, when called upon by Nehru, went so far as to fib that there was a "lack of confirmation" of the presence of Chinese troops in Tibet and argued that to protest the Chinese invasion of Tibet would be an "interference to India’s efforts on behalf of China in the UN." He wrote, "our primary consideration is maintenance of world peace... Recent developments in Korea have not strengthened China’s position, which will be further weakened by any aggressive action [by India] in Tibet."

Vallabhbhai Patel’s Letter to Jawaharlal Nehru on 7 November 1950 not only deploring Indian Ambassador KM Panikkar’s action “I have carefully gone through the correspondence between the External Affairs Ministry and our Ambassador in Peking and through him the Chinese Government. …... From the latest position, it appears that we shall not be able to rescue the Dalai Lama. Our Ambassador has been at great pains to find an explanation or justification for Chinese policy and actions….”

In 2001 CP I(M) organized a function to observe the "50th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet" in New Delhi. Sitaram Yechury addressed the gathering then and "pointed out that the Tibetans had improved their standard of living and that the life in Tibet was much easier than it could be otherwise because of the difficult physical conditions there," according to the CPI (M) weekly newspaper People's Democracy of June 10, 2001. In 1999 it came out with a statement criticizing Indian Minister George Fernandes for supporting the Tibetan people.

1962 Chinese aggression and boundary problem

In an article “Whitewashing Jyoti Basu in The Daily , M V Kamath (30 March 1997) writes in regard to, the Chinese attack on India, again, the CPI (M)'s record is nothing short of despicable. He quoted Surabhi Banerjee the biographer of Jyoti Basu who said "Indian communists became the targets of public outrage: the flames were fanned by Indian jingoists". Jingoists? It is a needless slur on Indian patriots who were incensed by the Communists' sell-out. As during the Quit India movement, once again the comrades were ready to betray their country. Surabhi Banerjee says-that the majority of the Indian Communist Party was in favor of condemning the Chinese aggression, but that "a vocal minority was -not willing to accept that ChinaIndia was motivated by a desire for territory". More significantly this "vocal minority" stuck to the view "that a socialist country could not commit aggression, nor was it prepared to support a Policy under which would receive arms front western powers even if it paid for them".

She unsuccessfully tries defending Jyoti Basu’s record during the times “The party supposedly was divided into two camps. According to her, a third camp was formed to mediate between the two opposing groups called the Communist Unity Centre (CUC) and she adds: "Basu worked with the CUC"! The nation was under attack and Jyoti Basu was trying to mediate between two camps on whether or not the invader should he fought and resisted”!

But the fact lies that in those times Jyoti Basu, addressing a meeting said: "It's being propagated that the country has been attacked by the Chinese. We don't know what is happening in the snow-clad areas of the Himalayas. The border problem to be solved Peaceably across the table. And if the country has been attacked how is it that this by-election! is being held?" Consider the use of the words like “propagated". Basu was suggesting that the news that the Chinese were attacking India was false. When he should have been fully aware of what was going on, he was pretending to ignorance, as an excuse. True, a by-election was indeed being held in Calcutta, but that; merely showed India's inherent democratic strength - something not to be sneezed at.

It was Lal Bahadur Shastri, then Home Minister, who gave an apt reply to Basu's outpourings. Said Shastri: "How an Indian could make such a statement, I can't even imagine." He threatened CPI with legal action. The Congress president and general secretary demanded a ban on the party. “Nehru himself” spoke of the possibility of a ban or curbs on it.

B.T. Ranadive, long-time top leader of the CPI and, later, of the CPI (Marxist), was on overdrive to contain the public outrage. In an article on “India-China Relations” in New Age (which was the monthly organ of the CPI) of December 1959, after the Longju and Kongka Pass incidents wrote that the CPI “had consistently supported the basic principles of our foreign policy — in fact more consistently than the Congress followers themselves”. The article clarified that in a resolution the National Council of the CPI had held “that whatever the origin of the McMahon line may be, the fact cannot be ignored that for several years this has been the frontier of India and the area south of this line has been under Indian administration. It, therefore, held that the area south of the McMahon line was a part of India and should remain in India.” The article stated: “As regards the Western border, the National Council held that the government [of India] was correct in basing itself on the traditional border.” The CPI upheld the demand of the Nehru government that ChinaIndia in their earlier notes.” “should withdraw their personnel 20 kilometres to the east of the international boundary which has been described by the Government of

“The [Indian communist (Read CPI)] party leadership’s action in condemning China for the border fighting and pledging the party’s unqualified support to Nehru can be seen in retrospect as making the final, open split into two parties unavoidable.” Neville Maxwell (Maxwell, op cit, p.380, fn.).

Many of the The pro-Chinese Left (future CPI (M)) elements were jailed. They supported the Chinese claim on the Aksai Chin region.

THE 34th and 35th volumes of the Complete Works of E. M. S. Namboodiripad contain some important documents of the period 1962-66 which have a bearing on the India-China war. Namboodiripad had refused to condemn the 1962 Chinese aggression. He had taken a pro-Beijing stand, stating that it was a conflict between a socialist (China) and a capitalist (Indian) state. To quote him, “Dogmatic assessment of the class character of the Nehru Government as well as the role a socialist country should play in relation to a non-aligned country made the Chinese Communist Party resort to force rather than peaceful negotiation as the means of settling the border problem,”

Mao Tse-tung was raised to sainthood in Calcutta. To this day there is a Mao Tse-tung Sarani in Calcutta. Mao has been practically disowned in his own country but not by the CPI (M).

In November, 2006, The Chinese Ambassador in India declared Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese territory. The CPI (M) has tried to overtly justify China's position by stating that there were territory disputes." "These are historical issues, there are disputes, this is why these issues are being discussed," CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri told mediapersons

CPM general-secretary Prakash Karat said that Arunachal Pradesh was part of Indian territory and that the dispute was about Tawang.


Naxalbari is located in the narrow corridor between Nepal and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) which represents India's only land connection with the state of Assam. Naxalbari had striking similarities to that of the communist-ruled enclaves in China during the 1920's and 1930's from which the Chinese Communist movement made its first advances toward dominating the entire Mainland. The peasant uprising in Naxalbari in 1967 was led by some communists (CPI-M) of the Siliguri area after their release from prison. The alleged uprising was led by pro-Maoist elements. A pronunciation by Mao titled "Spring Thunder over India" gave full moral support for the uprising. The Peking radio called on the Indian people to wage “relentless armed struggle” to “overthrow government” and “forcibly size power.” In the Indian parliament it was alleged that the Chinese embassy officials had gone and met CPI (M) leaders in Calcutta.

According to the Chinese version, "a base of peasants armed struggle led by the revolutionaries of the Indian Communist Party has been set up in the countryside in Darjeeling district". This is, according to the Hsinhua report, "a strong spark of the fire of the revolutionary armed struggle launched by the Indian people under the guidance of Mao Tse-tung's thought. This represents the general orientation of the Indian revolution at the present time."

The "red district" which was first established in early March, Hsinhua maintained, "has been standing majestically like a mountain for nearly four months in the encirclement of the white regime." It is being led by revolutionaries of the Indian Communist Party "who advocate the seizure of political power through armed struggle." These revolutionaries went to Naxalbari and other villages in early March "to lead and organize the peasants to carry out armed struggle for land, and thus took the road of China's revolution."

This armed struggle, however, - the Chinese contend - is not confined to the Naxalbari region alone: "The peasants' armed struggle in this district has shaken the whole of India and given impetus to the peasants' struggle throughout West Bengal state for the recovery of their land." Moreover, the Naxalbari affair only represents the beginning of even greater events. As the Hsinhua report points out: "It forecasts the approach of a great people's revolution in India with the armed struggle as its major form."

The CPI(M) original founders found the thunder was stolen from them. To salvage their position, they pronounced that the armed struggle was not the way. This forced a split up in and CPI (Marxist Leninist) was born. Ideologically, the CPI (ML) believed that the Chinese model of guerrilla warfare and liberated zones would work in India as well. Their concept of armed struggle was primarily based on a premise that as soon as they organize and start an armed struggle, the people of India would rise up in revolt. This was to be done by the annihilation of the class enemy.

The rebel CPI (ML) members accused the CPI (M) leadership of 'neo-revisionism'. This debate continued for about two years and ultimately a new party was floated on the May Day of 1969. The new party CPI (Marxist-Leninist) started replicating the Naxalbari experience elsewhere.

However, the naxalite movement disintegrated in various splits. China withdrew its political support and turned non-committal towards the various Indian groups (but the support continued), China realized the strength of the Indian democratic system through an articles in its mouthpiece newspaper. At present, there are at least forty Naxalite factions. Among these, the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) in Bihar and the People’s War Group (PWG) in Andhra Pradesh, formed in 1975 by Kondapalli Seetharamaih, still adhere to the concept of annihilation of class enemies though they have combined armed struggle with mass front activities as well.

CPI (M)’s Failed Indian Path

CPI (M) in public they did not fully embrace the political line of Mao Zedong because of the Naxalbari incident. The CPI (M) was confronted with a situation in which their own masters turned on them. This was for the reason that the CPI (M) was trying to create “the Indian path” of communism in answer to the Russian and Chinese paths. When they failed they toed the Chinese way. Classic example of CPI (M) failure can be seen in the states of West Bengal and Kerala. Both states have been mismanaged and do not contribute much to the national growth. CPI (M) made all possible attempts to remain in power which included including East Bangladeshi migrants in voters list, terrorizing, falsely implicating leaders of principal opposition leaders of Trinamul Congress etc. The CPI (M) leaders were involved in mass rape in Nadia of women passengers traveling in two buses only recently.

Shakti Nuclear Explosions

Indian jingoist slur was going to be repeated in 1998 Indian Shakti (Nuclear) test. CPI (M) did not condemn the Chinese nuclear test or the interpretation of Kashmir issue as it did not wanted to contribute to “nationalistic” hostility towards China.

The whole of Indian nation was elated and jubilated in 1998 when India conducted the Shakti Nuclear tests. But CPI (M) in an article in the communist mouth piece “New Approach” titled “Perils of the BJP bomb,” Jyoti Basu repeated the CPI (M) accuses “ We have to keep in mind that the BJP's attempts to create a nuclear India has adversely affected our relationship with China. The BJP and the RSS are offering the justification that the bomb is necessary to contain China and its hegemonistic plans. The realities, however, do not suggest that China can be held responsible for India's stepped-up nuclear activity. After the India-China war in 1962, various quarters in India and China have been working steadily towards improving relations between the two countries. They have achieved a degree of success in the past two decades. The Vajpayee Government has been trying to base the justification on charges that China has set up a naval base in Myanmar and a helipad inside India in pursuit of its so-called plan for expansion and that it is overtly helping PakistanIndia emerging as a nuclear power. in its nuclear programme”. CPI (M) organized mass rallies and street corner meetings to launch a tirade against Indian nuclear test.

Economic Subversion

China is desperate to compete with India in service sector. Yechuri referring to the 18th congress discussions on the Political-Organisational Report on “Certain Policy Matters” said “The Chinese economic model, which is showing a steady 9 per cent growth in GDP for several years and does not allow FDI in the stock market but only in the manufacture sector, merit serious consideration.” There is serious effort to subvert the services sector in India by CPI (M). The latest being creating trade union for Indian golden goose sector “IT and BPO.” Another issue is, “CITU” a CPI (M) trade union has been systematically subverting all manufacturing in the country. The worst hit is West Bengal. The other CPI (M) dominated state Kerala is an importing state.

Yechury stated “We will soon start a mass movement demanding regulation of industrial capital on the conditions- that it must augment existing productive capacities, enhance the existing technology and lead to employment generation.”

CITU the CPI (M) backed trade union is supposed to be formed for protecting workers right. If a house has to be constructed in Kerala, a Tamilian labour cannot be used who is cheaper to employ compared to his CITU backed militant Kerala labor. But CPI (M) has actively lobbied for visas for Chinese laborers to be brought into IndiaUSA, to protest against Indo-US joint exercises for days together. as they are cheaper to employ. Lack of labor must be the defense of CPI (M). It’s the same CPI (M) which can organize a hundred thousand and more farmers and laborers who have no clue who George Bush is or where is

In West Bengal the Chinese company Dong Fang was favored over BHEL for a power plant in Sagardighi and for adding capacity to a plant in Durgapur. That decision came even though the BHEL union is affiliated to CPI (M)’s trade union wing CITU. But, the Left Front government defended the decision saying the Chinese were the lowest bidders.

Intelligence agencies such as the IB and RAW have expressed reservations in engaging Chinese firms in telecom sector and the construction of ports. Left sources said Chinese companies are interested in building as many as 13 ports across the country at a cost of Rs60,000 crore. Airing deep differences with the Congress-led government, on economic issues, Yechuri said the MNCs could not be allowed to enter our economic sphere “only to make profits and endanger our independent government and the sovereignty of the states.” While Indian/US/ European MNC’s have a reputation of localizing the operations in the country of operations, Chinese companies operate as traders. The western MNC’s are bringing in cutting edge practices in China; Chinese MNC’s have no such practices.

The CPI (M) favors the Chinese model of economy. Briefing the newspersons on the fifth day of the 18thChinaChina.” “Why can’t we learn this thing from China?” CPI (M) is quite on the fact that Hutch is a Chinese company which is a major telecom operator in India. congress, party politburo member Sitaram Yechuri said the CPI (M) had differences with the UPA government on economic issues in the telecom and insurance sectors, reminding the government that opened its economy only in the hardware and manufacture sectors. Yechuri asserted that “no private cellphone company is there in

He said the party was opposed to the use of finance capital for speculative economy and recalled how the economy of the Asian countries was destroyed in the process only recently. This is another sector Chinese would love to subvert in India, while they build up their stock markets.

The CPI (M) backed the Chinese envoy in India Sun Yuxi’s allegation of unequal treatment for Chinese businessmen. The CPM leader echoing the Chinese envoy says, “What are these security considerations? We would like to know why this old mind-set. George Fernandes had called China enemy number one. I am sure the Congress does not think on these lines. Then why are Chinese companies being blacklisted?”

CPI (M) deplores the western MNC’s using Indian natural resources. It actively lobbies for Indian iron ore to be exported to China and for import of finished Chinese goods into India. Talveen Singh a columnist in Indian Express has termed it as “Chinese East India Company.”

The CPI (M) strike on 14 December 2004 is another form of slowing down of India. CPI (M) talks about increase in provident fund. West Bengal, which is the home of CPI (M) is one of the biggest defaulters of Provident Fund. The report `Labour in West Bengal 2001', which was tabled in the State Assembly on Jul 03, 2002, mentioned that as on December 31, 2001, PF arrears in exempted establishments stood at Rs 223.12 crore and in unexempted establishments the figure was Rs 13.07 crore. Burn Standard Company Ltd and the State-run North Bengal State Transport Corporation were among the biggest defaulters, aside from the jute sector.

Diplomatic Subversion

“The UPA government has so far refused to face to the fact that Israel is an outlaw state which is illegally occupying and oppressing the Palestinian people,” the CPM polit bureau said in a statement here. It said the least the UPA government can do at this juncture was to “sever military and security co-operation ties” with Israel, which has become immune to criticism about the atrocities committed on Palestinians. Keeping up the pressure on the UPA to stop buying arms from Israel, the CPM sees New Delhi’s strategy on Israel to be in line with the government’s ‘getting closer’ to the US. The CPM had alleged there was a hidden US agenda in the attack on Lebanon and said Israeli aggression was threatening peace in West Asia. China has a history of buying arms with China. Israel is the only country in western hemisphere which has covertly sold high end technology to China. China has diplomatic ties with Israel.

On Iran nuclear issue, CPI (M) toes the Chinese line. Iran has been in forefront of Indian NPT woes. Iran took the lead time and again to create UN resolutions against Indian Nuclear programme.

The top Chinese leaders during meetings with members of a visiting CPI (M) delegation in Beijing were told that India won’t be joining US in containing China. The CPI (M) behaved like uncivilized ruffians during democratic US President Bush visit to India. The CPI (M) was found lobbying in secret for autocratic Chinese President Hu’s address to the Indian parliament.

While Chinese have taken economic and diplomatic advantages from US in order to toe US line at UN, CPI (M) hasn’t learnt this lesson from their masters.


Now that Congress party and its leaders dynastic ambitions rest on the CPI(M), CPI(M) has acquired unprecedented position in Indian capitals corridors of power. The CPI(M) has been using this leverage to push Chinese interests. In past the British used this opportunity to colonize India. CPI (M) also happens to have tremendous clout in Delhi University and JNU , which produce a quite a lot of Indian intellectuals. Prakash Karat is a JNU graduate. It’s a cause of concern. A lot of Indian parties are looking towards forging a Third Front with CPI (M) leadership. This will also help CPI (M) gain foothold in the Hindi belt which is already wrecked with the Red Terror. A red government with a red terror in the economic heartland will be a night mare situation. Chinese can destroy it without firing a single nuclear missile positioned in Chinese occupied Tibet. The first betrayal of India started from Bengal. In Delhi, the British were invited to take over as one Indian king couldn’t see another Indian king prospering. History repeats itself? The brazenness with which China manipulates communist parties in India to pursue its diplomatic objectives, leading to the apprehension that China will fish deeply in Indian domestic politics.

Chinese communist had charisma and had a practical approach. That’s how Chinese provided an alternative to Russian communism. CPI (M) is non-charismatic and idealist. Past five decades have been spent on evolving an Indian alternative to communism which has been a failure. Chinese know it only too well and CPI (M) needs to survive. The Chinese Communists have time and again managed to subvert the CPI(M). A possible explanation of sudden Chinese pragmatism in CPI (M)? Another pitfall is CPI (M) looks at India from its failed “Indian Path” mentality. It refuses to recognize the Indian growing power status. CPI (M) talks about not aligning India with imperialist America and India needs China for saving itself from America. Prakash Karat in 18th Congress of the CPI(M) states that “China, the biggest socialist country has been steadily developing its economy and making all-round progress. For more than a decade China has registered above 9 per cent growth of GDP. The growing strength of China will have a determining effect on international relations in the coming days and strengthen the trends towards multipolarity”. Then he goes on to state “ US also strategically sees India as counter-weight to China is a target of imperialism’s attention given the sheer size of its market and the immense possibilities for the forays of international finance capital. The whose growing power, it wishes to contain”.

One can understand this as CPI (M) needs China to save itself. CPI (M) will never see India as equal to China. Today, the word communist has become a slur in India and CPI (M) has earned it.

CPI (M) is one of the instruments that China usses for Língchí on India. Língchí is a form of execution used in China before the modern era and is usually known in English as "slicing" or "death by a thousand cuts".

Copyright: Frontier India Journal, 20 November 2006

Indian elite should be measured about praising Prachanda


The Indian elite should be measured about praising Prachanda

Kanak Mani Dixit

The tumultuous transformation of the Maobaadi of Nepal represents hope for the people of Nepal, of a return to peace and democracy through a necessarily cumbersome transitional process. By giving up violent struggle, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has rescued the future of his cadre and provided relief to a populace of 26 million.

What does this Maobaadi transformation mean for India? For Naxalites in various parts, Mr Dahal is a revisionist of the first order, having promised to give up the gun, gone back to championing competitive politics, and — the unkindest cut — cosying up to the Indian establishment. Meanwhile, for the many ‘armchair Naxalites’ who had hailed the Maobaadi cause as the long-awaited victory for agrarian revolution, the 180-degree turn by Mr Dahal has necessitated a rapid gear-change. They now have no option but to hail the rebel leader as a boldly pragmatic, far-Left visionary — all the while forgetting that he did so under geopolitical duress.

The welcome that Mr Dahal received from the media and political class in his first above-ground sojourn to New Delhi was revealing. Some of the enthusiasm can be explained by this having been the rebel commandant’s first bow, but two other strands were visible. There were those who wished to hail the coming of a Maoist messiah, even as he abandoned the Great Helmsman at the altar of expediency. But most others fussed over Mr Dahal mainly to co-opt him, so as to take away the revolutionary sheen. The grand reception was aimed with an eye to the desi Naxals far from the capital’s five-star hotels — a glimpse of the welcome awaiting them if they too were to abandon their various people’s wars.

Those who hailed the CPN (Maoist)’s original violence, and who are now justifying the about-face, do an injustice to the people of Nepal, who have suffered through 11 years of violent insurgency and vicious response by the State. The same holds true for Indian politicians who opportunistically welcomed Mr Dahal as an exemplar of revolution in South Asia (IK Gujral, et al, reportedly). The Indian power elite applauds the Maobaadi transformation in order to co-opt it, so that the CPN (Maoist) will no longer serve as a high-profile platform for copycat revolution in India.

The proper response to the Maobaadi would be the one adopted by the Nepali political parties: welcome their conversion and make space for them, but never for a moment justify or glorify their past. The Maoists of Nepal have bowed to reason and to geopolitical reality. In welcoming their makeover as something good for not just Nepal but India and South Asia as a whole, it is unnecessary to retroactively buy into their ideology of violent change. The space made by the Nepali parties for the retracting rebels has nothing to do with accepting Maoist ideology; it is the price to be paid to prevent more bloodletting. Girija Prasad Koirala’s stand that the Maoists not be allowed to join the interim government without first locking up their arms was backed by New Delhi’s insistence on the matter, something which the Maobaadi came to realise they could not easily disregard.

The adjustments in Maobaadi rhetoric have been nothing less than dramatic. A year ago, they were digging trenches in schoolyards all over Nepal to fight what was projected to be an Indian invasion — virulent anti-Indian nationalism being a defining feature of the CPN (Maoist) ideology. But in New Delhi, Mr Dahal gave the Indian state a clean chit as being “no longer a reactionary power”, a rhetorical switch that would have driven the comrades in the Deccan up the wall. Indeed, so meek has Mr Dahal suddenly become with regard to India that New Delhi is in danger of being perceived in the over-active Kathmandu rumour mill as a clandestine backer of the Maobaadi.

One only asks analysts and politicians in New Delhi to welcome the Maobaadi transformation for what it is: a smart appreciation of the futility of the gun. There can never be acceptance of the argument that in the mid-1990s when they ignited the ‘people’s war’, the gun was the only recourse to social and political change. If armed revolution is wrong in India, so it is in Nepal, and the rejection of violence as a means of class struggle must apply equally all over the subcontinent. Nepal cannot be an exception just because New Delhi’s analysts and politicians have not done their homework on Nepali society and history.

Dixit is Editor, Himal Southasian, a Kathmandu-based monthly

11,000 police personnel to be recruited in Maharashtra

Nagpur, Dec 15: Admitting that Maharashtra police were "over-burdened" by a shortage of 55,000 personnel, the state government today said it has taken remedial steps like the recruitment of 11,000 personnel every year.

The government will also increase the allocation for security in the budget for 2007-08, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, who holds the home portfolio, told the Legislative Council here.

Replying to a resolution tabled last week by the opposition, he said the budgetary allocation for security in the state was 3.7 per cent, against a national average of 5.3 per cent.

Maharashtra police are short of 55,000 personnel, which is causing a burn-out among policemen. An average constable works 14 hours a day. Seventy per cent of policemen did not get their weekly offs for three months at a stretch, Patil said.

The government is taking concrete steps to increase their salaries, provide them better housing and reduce their workload, he said.

Lauding the police force, Patil said it had tackled the Naxalite menace better than its counterparts in other states.

"Maharashtra police are admired by governments of other states. Recently, the Gujarat government had given a reward of Rs 10 lakh to policemen who foiled the terrorist attack on the RSS headquarters (at Nagpur)," he said.

Noting that many law and order problems are politically instigated, he said, "police have video footage of the violence in Wani which shows youths donning jeans indulging in arson. These youths are not farmers."

Bureau Report

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Naxals have became Sexals now

Naxal movement has been distorted. naxal movement was started because of hunger and social injustice. now their stomach is overloaded.

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa's dense jungles and hostile mountains reverberate to the sound of music late into the night as women dance and men tap to the beat of the music, passing lewd comments and mark their woman for the night. This is not a scene out of a Bollywood flick, but the reality of Naxal women.

Sex and music is what keeps the trigger-happy Maoists going in the rugged mountains and jungles of Orissa. It is almost a Sholay-like setting in the camps. Maoist fighters, who are always on the run, source their entertainment with sex solicited from women colleagues, who are also asked to dance for them. At times they are little better than camp followers, doing odd household chores rather than taking active part in guerrilla operations. This is the story pieced together by police from interrogation of several woman combatants captured in recent months.

Women guerrillas — even the ones with arms training — mostly work as cooks. In one district, Maoists run a natyamandali (entertainment group), comprising women and children. Even as the police and Maoists engage in a battle across 16 Orissa districts,the Maoist way of life has been a hot topic in the administration.

"It is a different world altogether. Maoists try to add some elements of glamour to their isolated life in the forests by taking village girls into their fold, This is more for personal pleasure rather than to add to their cadre," said a senior police officer.

"The women cadre are trained the same way as their male counterparts. But are mostly used for cooking food and are sexually abused," the police officer claimed. Referring to Rina, leader of a music group called 'Jana Natya Mandali', he said: "The mandali has about 15 members. They are taken to camps of extremists to perform."

Unlike in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, Maoists in Orissa use the inaccessible terrain more as a hideout, with stray incidents of killings and attacks on police stations. They operate in three broad divisions.

While the southern region functions under the Andhra-Orissa border zonal committee, another division looks after operations in Sundergarh, Deogarh and Sambalpur districts. A group called Janasakti operates in the coastal district of Jajpur. Armed operations in the border areas of Mayurbhanj are mostly carried out by groups from Jharkhand. Each group and sub-group has its quota of women.

While in most groups, women seem to be part of the group for the use of men, that isn't the case in the western belt. "We have identified at least six armed groups in the region that are led by women, two of whom died recently," said Arun Sarangi, DIG, north-central range.

Sarangi said in most other cases women cadre are used for "sexual purpose". He cited the death of "pregnant" cadre Sulochana (23) at Sambalpur District Hospital in November.

"Women are no longer interested in joining the Maoists because of reports of sexual abuse. Maoists are, however, still on the job and we are keeping a close watch on their movements," Sarangi said.

Naxals attack relief camp in Bastar

Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 16:13

NAXAL MENACE: Chhattisgarh is the worst hit of 13 states affected by Naxalite violence.

New Delhi: Four people were killed on Wednesday in Basaguda village of Bastar region as a large number of armed Naxalites attacked a relief camp and looted arms.

About 250 armed Naxals attacked the relief camp, where about 1,000 people had taken shelter due to Naxal threat following anti-Naxal drives, and opened fire.

A gun battle ensued that lasted for 15 minutes, as security personnel retaliate. Later, Police found 10 petrol bombs at the battle site.

About 60,000 villagers from over 650 forested villages are staying in 19 government-run relief camps in Dantewada and Bijapur districts since the beginning of anti-Naxal drive ‘Salwa Judum’ on June 6, 2005 in Bastar region, where naxalites are active for over two decades.

Chhattisgarh is the worst hit of 13 states affected by Naxalite violence.

After the 'Salwa Judum' or peace campaign, the state government had recruited villagers as Special Police Officers and imparted arms training to them.

According to police, about 400 people, including 321 civilians, have been killed in Naxalite violence since January in the state.

In a separate incident two Naxalites were arrested from Raghunathpur village of Bihar's Gaya district on Wednesday and a cache of firearms was recovered from them.

On a tip off, a team of Fatehpur police station raided the village and arrested two CPI (Maoist) activists. One SLR, one carbine, one rifle and two country made pistols have been recovered from them.

Naxals party Sholay-style

Rajaram Satapathy

BHUBANESWAR: Orissa’s dense jungles and hostile mountains reverberate to the sound of music late into the night as women dance and men tap to the beat of the music, passing lewd comments and mark their woman for the night. This is not a scene out of a Bollywood flick, but the reality of Naxal women.

Sex and music is what keeps the trigger-happy Maoists going in the rugged mountains and jungles of Orissa. It is almost a Sholay-like setting in the camps. Maoist fighters, who are always on the run, source their entertainment with sex solicited from women colleagues, who are also asked to dance for them. At times they are little better than camp followers, doing odd household chores rather than taking active part in guerrilla operations. This is the story pieced together by police from interrogation of several woman combatants captured in recent months.

Women guerrillas — even the ones with arms training — mostly work as cooks. In one district, Maoists run a natyamandali (entertainment group), comprising women and children. Even as the police and Maoists engage in a battle across 16 Orissa districts,the Maoist way of life has been a hot topic in the administration.

"It is a different world altogether. Maoists try to add some elements of glamour to their isolated life in the forests by taking village girls into their fold, This is more for personal pleasure rather than to add to their cadre," said a senior police officer.

"The women cadre are trained the same way as their male counterparts. But are mostly used for cooking food and are sexually abused," the police officer claimed. Referring to Rina, leader of a music group called 'Jana Natya Mandali', he said: "The mandali has about 15 members. They are taken to camps of extremists to perform."

Unlike in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, Maoists in Orissa use the inaccessible terrain more as a hideout, with stray incidents of killings and attacks on police stations. They operate in three broad divisions.

While the southern region functions under the Andhra-Orissa border zonal committee, another division looks after operations in Sundergarh, Deogarh and Sambalpur districts. A group called Janasakti operates in the coastal district of Jajpur. Armed operations in the border areas of Mayurbhanj are mostly carried out by groups from Jharkhand. Each group and sub-group has its quota of women.

While in most groups, women seem to be part of the group for the use of men, that isn’t the case in the western belt. "We have identified at least six armed groups in the region that are led by women, two of whom died recently," said Arun Sarangi, DIG, north-central range.

Sarangi said in most other cases women cadre are used for "sexual purpose". He cited the death of "pregnant" cadre Sulochana (23) at Sambalpur District Hospital in November.

"Women are no longer interested in joining the Maoists because of reports of sexual abuse. Maoists are, however, still on the job and we are keeping a close watch on their movements," Sarangi said.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Afzal Guru case : What makes Indian Politicians to be terror agnostic ?

If the "hanging of Afzal Guru (convicted by court) will become a political issue for long long time to come" as CNN IBN reporter says , then any terrorist who attacks democratic institutions and innocent civilians is definitely having more political backup and can scare off government and law abiding citizens . This is a standard message , twisted in many ways , that our mainstream media and "seculars" are subtly feeding to our citizens , in fact they are scaring away public and brain washing that they may foresee more terror attacks if Afzal is hanged .

It is the law abiding citizens and security personell who were victims of terror for all these years , NOT "secular" politicians . Congress politicians are telling to law abiding citizens that delay is inherent in any clemency petitions so bear with us . On one hand justice delayed is Injustice , on the other hand COngress and communists are subtly educating Indians that when court delivers its verdict , delay in carrying out the verdict is also justice . Considering the clout of terror agnostic leftwingers and "seculars" who rush with all legal and political resources to any terrorist undergoing a trial , Indian citizens can conclude beyond any reasonable doubt that justice to martyrs and/or victim families in India is a far cry .

Question is where is the line to be drawn , afterall security apparatus is made up of humans . I remember one of my friend , who pointed leftwing human rights activities for ( pro active role in protecting and rescuing Terrorists , Naxalites) , " Kya ye Insano ki haq ke liye hai ya haiwano ki" . A Pro Afzal online petition launched by EKTA even quoted International Covenent "International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights had not been respected, which can no longer be remedied by appeal, would constitute a gross violation of the right to life as per the article 6(1) of the aforesaid Covenant. " If organizations can go to such levels to protect a terrorists using such covenants then what about the rights of law abiding ordinary citizens and security officials.

Here is what a multi disciplinary scholar Dr.N S Rajaram ,a historian , scientist and author of many books said , "The Government cannot pardon the criminal while asking the security forces who laid down thier lives to cointinue protecting them " . One can piety Indian politicians level of maturity, inspite of 20 years of terror onslaught on India they are "TERROR AGNOSTIC", probably they are thinking that THEY and THEIR FAMILIES are safe from terror attacks and do not want to risk being tough as it invite the Jihadi wrath of terrorists ,which they are so scared of .

CONGRESS LEADERS SHOULD BEAR IN MIND , that they are playing with the morale of the security forces , after all security forces are made up of humans .

Imagine , god forbid ,OUR PARLIAMENT IS ATTACKED AGAIN OR SAY ANY STATE ASSEMBLY , CAN WE EXPECT OR THINK THAT OUR SECURITY PERSONELL WILL PROTECT as valiantly as they did in the case of 12/13 ? They are not Machines like firewalls, they are humans . The perception of Indian politicians about our brave security personell is very negative , as this high visible Parliament attack case exhibit . Security is an evolving faculty ,when it comes to personal and physical security , human component is crucial . It is the responsible of the Protectee to take care of protector and his well being . If the protectee denies justice to the protector , protectee will be vulnarable as it severely affect the morale of Protector leading him to lowering his guard .

We are sending a message and signal to all illwishers and terrorists around the world that they can attack attack any institution in India , even the Parliament again , and if they are unsuccessful , they can still live as India is a land of infinite tolarance and law can be compromised using leftist mercenaries for a price .

1. How many politicians lost their family members in terror acts ?
2. How many politicians were killed by terrorists in last 10 years ?

It is very important to compile this data , party wise slicing and dicing of this data can throw some light on what makes some leaders to talk tough on terror and some taking a neutral stand . It reminds me a favourite quote of Gen.Hamid Gul (Pakistans ex-ISI chief)"NEUTRALITY IS RASCALITY" ,well he is right as he articulated Pakistani perception . But for Indians the word Neutrality is an abuse , they consider it as an "Impotency beyond recovery by viagra" .

Now infiltration through coastline

Faisul Yaseen

Jammu, December 13, 2006

Now foreign mercenaries are infiltrating into India through the coastline wherefrom they travel to J&K for operating in Kashmir, Defence sources said.

According to official Defence sources in J&K, a new trend of infiltration through the coastline has come to the fore since past few months.

This is for the first time that infiltration has been reported from the coastline.

In the past there have been reports of infiltration by foreign mercenaries through the Line of Control (LoC), which divides the state between India and Pakistan, and through the 198 km International Border in J&K and borders of the adjoining states.

India has a long coastline of 7,417 km and Pakistan's coastline meets India's 1,640-km-long Gujarat coast. There are no bilateral agreements on maritime boundaries between New Delhi and Islamabad or any of the South Asian countries.

The coastline of Pakistan extends 1,050 km along the Arabian Sea, 250 km falling in Sind province and 800 km in Balochistan, and forms most of Pakistan's southern boundary. It borders the productive Arabian Sea famous for its upwelling phenomenon.

"Though there are no statistics of infiltration bids through the coastline but yes, infiltration has been reported from the Arabian Sea," a senior Defence official in J&K told Hindustan Times.

"The infiltrators come disguising as fishermen," Defence sources said. It is difficult to determine the exact number of fishermen who are still imprisoned in the India, since the government does not release the figures.

Even the hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah has confessed of infiltration of foreign mercenaries into the state saying at least 5,000 of them had 'sacrificed' their lives here fighting troops and paramilitary forces.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during the recently held Congress Chief Minister's conclave at Nanital had informed that while the peace process between New Delhi and Islamabad was progressing well, it was worrying that infiltration into J&K had increased two-fold in the last two months.

According to the CM out of thousands of militants killed during the last 17-years of armed insurgency in the state 4,000 were foreigners which included 3,800 Pakistanis and PoK nationals and among the other 200, most were Afghanis.

There have also been reports of infiltration of the Sudan and Bahrain nationals.

In Brussels on September 24, Azad had briefed the European Parliament President Josep Borrell, chair of its foreign relations committee Elmar Brok, and a number of other Euro deputies about infiltration and how the state was dealing with it.

"While on one side the confidence-building measures are going on, talks are on between New Delhi and Islamabad, bus services have started, trade is going to start soon in future, Pakistan is increase infiltration. That is worrying," the CM told the European parliamentarians.

Infiltration by foreign mercenaries through Bangladesh has also been reported previously.

Besides, infiltration through Nepal has been an old norm, with such reports having surfaced since early nineties, soon after militancy broke out in the state.

New Delhi had recently also expressed fears of infiltration by Nepal's Maoist rebels.

In addition, ex-filtration of the Bangladesh nationals from the state to Pakistan has also been reported from time to time through the International Border at Ramgarh, Samba and RS Pura areas of Jammu region.

On Sunday, Defence Minister AK Antony in first visit to the conflict-hit Jammu and Kashmir at Poonch accused Islamabad of continuing to abet terrorism.

In a written answer in the Lok Sabha Antony on November 30 said that infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir in October was down to 515 against 540 during the same period in 2005.

On March 21, 2003, Christina Rocca who was then the US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia had told the US House Panel headed by the Republican James Leach that Washington would continue to hold Islamabad's "feet to the fire" on infiltration into Kashmir.

"Ending infiltration into Kashmir remains a key goal," she had said.

'Maoists buy cartridges for Rs 110 each'

Gyan Prakash
[ 13 Dec, 2006 0246hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

PATNA: Cartridges are now sold to extremist outfit, Communist Party of India (Maoist), @ Rs 110 per cartridge.

This revelation was made by Raju Kumar, Ramu Kumar and 40-year-old Nilu Devi during their interrogation by the police. The trio were caught by the Bakhtiarpur police on Saturday following a tip-off provided by the state intelligence wing, special branch.

Police sources said the trio, carrying a bag containing 380 cartridges of .315 bore, were arrested from a famous motel in Champapur village under the Bakhtiarpur police station where they had gone in a Wagon R to strike a deal with the buyer.

As they took out the bag, the waiting policemen in civvies swooped on them.

The sources said Ramu used to take the cartridges to the Naxalite-hit areas such as Bhagwanganj, Masaurhi and Jehanabad while Raju acted as the middleman. He used to get something between Rs 15 and Rs 20 from the Maoists as commission on every cartridge.
Police said these cartridges were brought from Kanpur from one Sushil Kumar, who is popularly known among arms dealers as S Kumar.

S Kumar had an arms dealership in Biharsharif but he had abandoned the shop and shifted his base to Kanpur as his illegal deals and links with Maoists became public.

After the dust settled on the matter, S Kumar opened a plastic shop at the same place in Biharsharif to camouflage his illegal deals.

This plastic shop was being looked after by Ramu, a local resident. Sources said Raju had purchased the cartridges for the Bakhtiarpur deal from Kanpur for Rs 90 each.

As for the role of Nilu, the sources said she was phua (aunt) of Raju and was accompanying them to make it look like a family trip

Four security personnel killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh


Raipur, Dec 13: Four security personnel were killed today as a large number of armed Naxalites attacked a relief camp in Basaguda village of Bastar region and looted arms, police said.

The Maoists killed three special police officers (SPOs) and a constable and took away five arms, including a light machine gun and a self-loaded rifle, besides a walki-talkie from the Basaguda relief camp, about 550 kms from here, in Bijapur district, superintendent of police Ratan Lal Dangi told reporters.

About 250 armed Maoists attacked the relief camp, where about 1000 people had taken shelter due to Naxal threat following anti-Naxal drives, and opened fire from both sides, he said.

Police have also recovered five petrol bombs from the spot during the search operation.

After the 'salwa judum' or peace campaign, the state government had recruited villagers as special police officers and imparted arms training to them.

About 60,000 villagers from over 650 villages are staying in 19 relief camps in Dantewada and Bijapur districts since the beginning of salwa judum on June 6, 2005 in Bastar region, where Naxalites are active for over two decades.
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Naxals kill four security personnel in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec. 13 (ANI): Naxals attacked a relief camp and killed four security personnel in Bastar District's Basaguda village early this morning.

The relief camp is about 550 kms from Raipur.

They looted five arms, including a light machine gun, a self-loaded rifle and a walki-talkie.

Police retrieved five petrol bombs from the site.

At least 54,000 people of 644 villages of Dantewada and Bijapur districts are staying at 24 state-run relief camps.

Naxalites attack these camps from time-to-time in an attempt to demoralise the state government's 'Salwa Judum' campaign.

Authorities say more than 200 people, including police and 'Salwa Judum' activists, have been killed in Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh is the worst hit of the 13 states affected by Maoists.The New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) says that at least 460 people have been killed in Maoist-related violence in the first half of 2006 in nine Indian states, including 181 civilians and 90 security men. (ANI)

Rajya Sabha to have special debate on Naxal violence

New Delhi, Dec 13: The Rajya Sabha will have a special discussion on Wednesday on Naxalite violence in the backdrop of a sudden spurt in attacks in certain parts of the country, particularly Jharkhand.

While 14 police personnel were killed in a landmine explosion in Bokaro district of Jharkhand, a passenger train was hijacked by Maoists on the Jharkhand-West Bengal border on Sunday and rifles and communication system were looted.

Jharkhand has witnessed a similar train hijack in March last when the Mukhalsarai-Barkakana passenger train was held up overnight in a dense forest.

The Naxalites had also torched the engine of a goods train in Nagpur division on Sunday.

Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal are among the seven states under the proposed 'Red Corridor Zone' of Maoists stretching from Andhra Pradesh to areas in Bihar bordering Nepal.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil recently assured Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda that his demand for 12,000 more para-military personnel would be positively considered.

Koda had met Patil in the wake of the Bokaro incident. With Jharkhand witnessing a sudden rise in Naxal attacks, Governor Syed Sibtey Razi too had a separate meeting with the Union Home Minister and apprised him of the situation.

The Governor of Chhattisgarh, which alone accounts for nearly 50 per cent of total incidents and about 60 per cent of total casualties this year, too discussed the situation with Patil recently.

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The march of Maoists

The march of Maoists

Maj-Gen(Ret) Ashok Mehta

"Gher lebo, dilli ko gher lebo" is the Naxal (Maoist) slogan in Chhattisgarh. The Maoists in Nepal, who have fraternal relations with the Indian Maoists, had actually surrounded Kathmandu in September last year but could not deliver the coup de grace. More security personnel have been killed by the Maoists than the casualties suffered in the North-East or Jammu & Kashmir. Forty Left-wing extremist groups are responsible for 88 per cent of the violence in the country. An average of 1,500 incidents involving Maoists are recorded annually, half of these in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand alone. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has admitted that the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by the country is from Maoists. The hijacking on Sunday of a train in Jharkhand makes parts of India resemble the erstwhile Wild West in America.

In September 2004, the People's War Group and Maoist Coordination Centre had merged to form Communist Party of India (Maoist). The aim of the Maoists is to capture political power through armed struggle. Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar said on Sunday there was nothing wrong with the ideology to fight against corruption, exploitation and social injustice. But the method - the use of violence by the Maoists - was objectionable, he said.

Maoists are well-armed and motivated groups with an organised military structure. They have carried out spectacular attacks against police and civilian targets and possess the capacity to make small arms, rockets, IEDs and electronic equipment. The Government has evolved a National Action Plan to defeat the menace at three levels: Socio-economic or developmental, political, and military. The worst affected States are Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. All the 13 affected States have now evolved an action plan that is being monitored by Delhi. The challenge is daunting and urgent. But the devil is in detail and implementation. The problem is compounded by law and order being a State subject and different State Governments having varying political orientations.

The Maoists have spread and grown rapidly from 55 districts in nine States in October 2003 to 105 districts in 13 States in 2004 to 170 in 15 States in 2006. They have around 10,000 armed cadres with 50,000 active supporters and 15 to 20,000 weapons of all makes including AK 47 and INSAS. There are 1500 illegal arms manufacturing units in Bihar alone and an indeterminate number in dense forests of other States. A recent study by Amnesty International and OXFAM estimated that out of 75 million illegal arms worldwide, 40 million guns were in central India. The annual budget is approximately Rs 200 crore supported by extortions amounting to Rs 250 crore. The most intense fighting is centred in Dantewada, Kanker, and Bastar in Chhattisgarh where the Maoists run a parallel Government in liberated zones. They run 80 training camps and train 300 Maoists at any one time.

Links with ULFA and LTTE have been reported - though not with ISI. The average casualties of this war are civilians (500), Maoists (180) and security forces (120). The bulk of their forces are Dalits and tribals while the leadership is mainly of upper caste Brahmins. This is precisely the composition of the Nepali Maoists. There is no red corridor from Pashupati in Nepal to Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh and its formation is very remote.

Maoists are a throwback from the Telengana and Naxalbari movements. While they do not pose a threat to Delhi, they certainly deter investment in coal and iron-rich regions in Chhattigarh, Jharkhand and Orissa - States where they are most active. Not surprisingly, Chhattisgarh is holding the beacon for other States. It is following a carrot and stick policy. The current focus is on security measures being imparted by India's first Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare College in Kanker which has trained 2,800 policemen to fight the Maoists. Advanced training has foiled attacks and not a single policeman has been killed since July 2006. In March 2006, CPI(M-L) and five other tribal organisations were banned in Chhattisgarh.

The people of Bastar have launched a controversial peace campaign called Salwa Judum. It was set up in June 2005 to protect people from the 'evil' of Maoism. It led to the relocation of 50,000 persons from 6,000 villages in 17 State-run relief camps. A force of 50,000 counter-revolutionaries supported by 5000 special police officers carry out operations in Maoist strongholds. Salwa Judum activists have carried out hundreds of rallies and meetings but one swallow doesn't make a summer. Critics argue that Salwa Judum is a ploy to take over mineral rich land from tribals and hand it over to MNCs like Tata and Essar.

Delhi has realised that the Maoist menace is a national and inter-State issue, no longer merely a law and order problem. Central policy guidance to meet the Maoist challenge focuses on socio-economic, developmental and livelihood security issues. Weaning away youth from Naxal ideology by use of mass media, promoting local resistance groups and encouraging surrender and rehabilitation of Maoists is being encouraged. No peace talks are to be initiated till violence and arms are given up by them. Other counter-measures include enhancing actionable intelligence through inter-State intelligence support teams, deploying 23 central paramilitary battalions, raising India Reserve Battalions and providing hardware like mine protection vehicles, UAVs and helicopters. The recent direction of the Supreme Court on police reforms will ensure modernisation and depoliticisation of police. Revised recruitment rules stipulate 40 per cent recruitment in central paramilitary forces from Naxal affected areas.

The Backward Areas Development Initiative, the Backward Regions Grant Funds and other developmental measures, notably implementation of land reforms are intended to cap and roll back Maoism. There is no dearth of monitoring mechanisms - empowered group of Ministers, standing committees of Chief Ministers, quarterly coordination centre meetings and monthly task force meetings of nodal officers. The States too, are required to hold monthly reviews.

How much of this can or will work, only time will tell. Meanwhile, the Maoists are engaged in a socio-economic investigation to identify new grievances and issues in the wake of Nepali Maoists being mainstreamed. General Secretary Azad has warned Prachanda of the great danger inherent in the agreement with Prime Minister GP Koirala which could lead to decimation of the revolution in Nepal. The Maoist menace is festering in 15 States with different political, social and police cultures. NATO has a similar operational problem in Afghanistan. The challenge is to prevent them from escaping or spilling over into neighbouring States. Inside a cordon sanitaire, the Centre must evolve a unified response: Governance, accountability, socio-economic development and no politics. For development and reforms to be implemented, the security forces will have to show the way. And Delhi must lead.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Train hijacks by Naxalites make govt revamp rail security



NEW DELHI: With Left-wing extremists now targeting trains plying across Naxalite-infested districts as well as mining and related activities, the Centre is coming up with a counter-strategy that would include raising more battalions of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to man the moving trains and fortification of premises of mining units.

The plan, conceived after Maoists detained a passenger train in Latehar, Jharkhand, for several hours in March this year, moots deployment of armed RPF personnel and Government Railway Police (GRP) on moving trains in Naxalite-infested areas.

However, considering that the current strength of the RPF, at 67,000, is seen as far too little to complement the already minuscule GRP, the Railways has been instructed to raise more battalions. Not just this, the RPF’s training programme is being updated to deal with Maoist attacks on trains, including handling hostage crises.

As for the growing vulnerability of mining and related activities to Naxalite attacks, the counter-strategy calls for a stronger security infrastructure around mining establishments. The onus for putting in place the additional security set-up will largely be on the mining company itself.

For example, as part of the security measure around the National Mineral Development Corporation’s (NMDC) iron-ore unit in Dantewada in Chattisgarh, the PSU will coordinate with the security agency in-charge, CISF, to clean up the forest cover surrounding the facility and set up watch towers to track Maoists’ movements. The NMDC will also be required to coordinate with the local police and the Railways to ensure safety of its ore in transit.

Incidentally, the Centre thinks that the intention of the Naxalites behind detaining trains is more to gain publicity than bringing any harm to passengers. In both the Latehar train hijack in March as well as the detention of the Tatanagar-Kharagpur passenger train on Sunday, the Maoists had caused no harm to passengers.

However, not in a mood to take any chances, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and the Railways have agreed that more RPF personnel must be deployed on trains plying through Naxalite-prone districts. According to sources, the Railways is likely to initiate the process of raising more RPF battalions soon.

That’s not all. The MHA, sensing that there is some room for improvement in RPF’s tackling train hijack situations, has decided to address the issue head-on by incorporating the same in the training course for RPF personnel.

The personnel will now be trained in how to deal with hostage dramas and ensure maximum protection to the passengers and railway property with minimum collateral damage. The targeting of mines is another problem area. The NMDC’s iron-ore mining unit in Dantewada has been targetted twice over the past one year.

, first in February when Maoists looted 20 tonnes of explosives and killed eight CISF personnel and then in October when they destroyed a conveyer belt, cutting off transportation and causing losses worth crores.

The Centre has urged the mining company concerned to strengthen the security of its premises in coordination with the agency protecting it, the local police as well as the Railways which transport the ore.

Among the suggestions made by the Centre to the corporate/PSU operating the mine are clearing of forests around the mining establishment and setting up of watch towers to keep track of Maoists.

In case of NMDC, whose premises are guarded by the CISF, these suggestions have been shared with the latter for incorporation in the security plan. Also, the company has been asked to ensure better approach roads and maintain an interface with the state police on intelligence inputs, if any, regarding threat to its facilities.

Naxalites strike again, this time in Maharashtra

Naxalites strike again, this time in Maharashtra

Pradip Kumar Maitra

Nagpur,, December 11, 2006

The Naxalites of CPI(Maoist) strike again! A group of armed Maoists stopped a Mumbai bound goods trains between Bortalao and Darekasa railway stations in Gondia district, bordering Chhattisgarh, on Sunday and set it afire.

According to reports reaching Nagpur on Monday, around 50 masked Naxalites stormed the area and forced one Mohd Salim, the gateman, to give them the signal light and red flag. As the goods train approached, they flashed the red light, bringing it to a halt.

After stopping the train, the ultra leftists asked the train driver, RN Gajbhiye, his deputy, Subbarao and the guard, MR Lajrath to get down. They, reports said, first tried to blow up the engine by using dynamite. When they failed to trigger the blast, they doused the engine with kerosene and set afire.

One side of the engine was totally damaged. The train was on its way to Mumbai from Raipur, via Nagpur.

This is a major Naxalite attack on public property. Earlier, the Maoists tried to torch a passenger train near Ballarshah in Chandrapur district, bordering Andhra Pradesh.

The Naxalites pasted posters near the railway crossing and called a bandh in Gondia, Gadchiroli and Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh on December 15 in protest against the police access in the region.

Meanwhile, the inspector general of police (IGP), anti-Naxalite cell, Pankaj Gupta was not available for comments.

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Army guerrilla warfare experts train Bihar Police to counter Naxals

By Ajay Kumar

Danapur (Bihar), Dec.11 (ANI): A team of experts in guerrilla warfare and counter-insurgency operations of the Indian Army is imparting special strategic training to Bihar Police under a month long programme to help the police the curb increasing activities of Naxalites in the State.

About 120 police officials and personnel underwent training in different batches.

Trainees received a first-hand knowledge of weapons that they had never handled before, including INSAS rifle, INSAS 2MG, AK 47, the Bren gun, Sten machine gun and similar other arms.

"We have learnt the operation of the latest armaments. It will be helpful in improving our firing technique. Our physical standard has also improved. Besides, we have learnt many other things that we did not know earlier. It will be helpful for us in dealing with the Naxalites because when we will counter them in the field, we will be very careful and on a stronger side," said Pappu Kumar Sarda, a Bihar Police sub-inspector.

"We were not given this kind of training previously. We have learnt to operate the LMG (light machine gun), Bren gun and Sten machine gun. We were also at the firing range in the night, which we never did before. We could not use so many weapons and armaments in the police," said Bihar Police constable Pramod Kumar Jha.

The training sessions are being conducted at the Bihar Regimental Centre.

In the first week of the training, the trainees were asked to perform certain drills physical training, and learnt how to assemble and dismantle INSAS rifle, INSAS 2 MG and other armaments thereafter.

"It (the training programme) has been taken up by the Bihar Government to counter Naxals. The police have requested the Army to help them in the training of police personnel. So, in the four weekends of training at the Bihar Regimental Centre in which the Bihar officers were trained in handling the anti-Naxals operation in physical fitness and also in general training of weapon shooting," said Lieutenant Colonel Raghvendra Singh of Sub Area Headquarters and instructor at the training camp.

Trainees also practiced night firing, field craft, motor vehicle check post training and fencing ambush. All these were not a part of the regular training regime.

Police officers said they were confident about handling the Naxals in a better and competent way. (ANI)

Naxals raid train; loot arms, cash

Posted Sunday , December 10, 2006 at 14:55

TRAIN RAIDERS: The rebels seized a passenger train on West Bengal-Jharkhand border.

New Delhi: Armed Maoist rebels on Sunday seized a passenger train on the West Bengal-Jharkhand border on Sunday morning, but abandoned it after some time, reports reaching here said.

According to Railway sources, the Naxals boarded 246 Tatanagar-Kharagpur passenger train at 1030 hrs (IST) and attacked the guards. The militants seized the rifles and wireless equipment of the guards and then fled.

The Maoists after hijacking the train hid in nearby areas holding out threats to blow it up. They, however, gave up as additional police reached the scene.

Agency reports quoted East Singhbhum Deputy Superintendent of Police S P Burnwal as saying that said tracks were being searched as Maoists might have planted bombs there.

He said the Maoists, who had boarded the train as passengers, snatched two rifles from RPF jawans and a walkie talkie set from the driver. They informed the Chakukulia Station Master about the incident and gave description of the attackers.

Some panic-stricken passengers jumped off the train and ran towards Chakulia station. Before fleeing, they also took away Rs 1 lakh, which was transported as salary of the Railway staff, he said.

Unconfirmed reports said an RPF jawan was beaten up by the attackers and was hospitalised. There were no reports of any other casualty so far.

The incident occurred in a dense forest area between Gidni and Chakulia stations, 76 km off Howrah.

Movement of trains on the section had been disrupted, a South-Eastern Railway spokesman said. A similar incident of train hijack by the Maoists was reported last year on Adra-Chkaradharpur section of the South Eastern railway.

Flexing muscles in their strongholds, suspected Maoists on Sunday captured a passenger train and held it for over two hours in a forest close to Jharkhand-West Bengal border.

While another group of ultra-Left activists set on fire a train engine near Nagpur.

A group of about 25 to 30 armed rebels, believed to be Maoists, overpowered two RPF guards after forcing the driver to stop the Tata-Kharagpur train near Kanuhahali.

They looted the two rifles from RPF men and the walkie-talkie from the driver, Superintendent of Police (Railway) Priya Dubey said.

A sum of about Rs one lakh in the train's safe, meant for paying the salaries of railway employees, was in the custody of authorities, said Dubey, who rushed to the spot.

The rebels assaulted the RPF personnel who were admitted to Chakulia railway hospital, she said.

Weapons looted

Police forces were dispatched from Jamshedpur when the injured RPF personnel informed police about the incident after reaching Chakulia station.

Dubey said the rebels did not make any demand after stopping the train between Chakulia and Kharagpur stations. They did not threaten to blow up the train as their sole motive was to loot weapons, she said.

Panicked passengers scrambled out of the train after the rebels struck at around 10.30 am.

The train resumed its journey at around 2.25 pm after a thorough search of the tracks for explosive devices that might have been planted by the rebels, police said.

On the western front, suspected members of Peoples' War Group (PWG) torched the engine of a goods train after asking the crew to get off between Darekasi and Bortalao in Nagpur division of South-Eastern Central Railway.

Past attacks

Naxals have targeted the railway system in the past.

On January 25 this year, they blew up a track in Paraiya in Gaya. On April 3, they blew up a railway post in Nadaul in Jehanabad and a week later, they bombed a police post in Bansinala.

On April 25, they attacked Nargango railway station near Jhanjah and the next day they destroyed rail tracks in Dasrathpur in Munger. (With PTI inputs)

Is Bengal grinding to a halt again?

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NEW DELHI: Are the dark days of the 1970s, when life came to a virtual standstill because of political processions, trade union unrest and factory lockouts; when industrialists bolted and capital fled; threatening Kolkata once again?

Recent bandhs in quick succession, 'michils' choking the streets, Salil Chowdhury's songs take you back to the tumultuous days of the Left agitations three decades ago.

As the fury over CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's decision to hand over Singur farmlands to the Tatas refuses to die, Kolkata is under siege again.

As a new week began, Kolkatans on Monday were blocked by three rallies which drew anything between 5,000 and 15,000 people.

The three processions organised by SFI, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind and the Krishijami Bachao Committee — a Trinamul Congress-led platform opposing the Singur land acquisition — clogged streets of North and Central Kolkata, with College Street being the worst-hit.

Things aren't going to improve. Landowners who have given up land voluntarily, will be showcased by CPM in Kolkata on Tuesday, possibly crippling the city traffic again.

On Thursday, the state is bracing for a Citu-sponsored bandh over various labour and industry issues. Last week, the dust over Singur never got time to settle down in Kolkata's streets.

The city and suburbs witnessed two-bandhs in a row phenomenon. First Trinamul and other groups banded under Mamata Banerjee's anti-land acquisition movement mobbed Kolkata streets.

For two days, they banded on the streets and even smashed a Tata showroom in the heart of Kolkata. The first bandh was against alleged police excesses against Mamata when she tried to reach Singur.

The SUCI and Naxal groups joined in, scaring residents off the streets. "When West Bengal is making an all-out effort to change its image, the bandhs are strict a no-no.

Political parties don't really care for the poor as the bandhs mostly hit them," said Nilanjan Maitra, an executive of a telecom company.

It's not just the last few weeks. Bengal, despite CPM's best efforts to look modern, has staggered in efficiency.

According to the latest report on industrial situation in West Bengal, the state has lost millions of mandays due to strikes and lockouts in industrial units with more than 500 workers.

Mandays lost in September this year far exceeds last years monthly average of mandays lost. While 3.44 million mandays were lost this September alone, the 2005 monthly average of mandays lost stood at 2.26 million.

An industry department official said, "The data obviously doesn't prove that suddenly there has been an upsurge in the number of strikes and bandhs. But it points to the obvious fact that industrial disputes are on the rise in the state."

As the controversy raged, breakthrough on the Singur impasse appeared to fade. While Buddha once again asked Mamata to end her fast and come to the negotiating table, opposition parties cold shouldered the CM's offer.

Mamata described Buddhadeb's offer for the talks "a ploy to break the movement", while Congress said there could be no dialogue till acquisition was stopped.

Mamata also rejected feelers sent from Tata Motors MD Ravi Kant for talks. "Please don't talk nonsense. I am not aware of any offer from talks from Tata Motors. Please don't cross your limits," Mamata said.

She refused to go to any hospital for medical care if her condition worsened because of the hungerstrike
emphasising that she did not trust a hospital.

"They (the government) will inject poison, they will administer the AIDS virus. I will rather die sitting on the road.

Is Bengal govt sowing Naxal seed again?

Monday , December 11, 2006

Thirty-seven years ago, an obscure village in West Bengal sparked an armed peasant struggle which when it burnt out had taken the lives of hundreds and created a new ideology.

The village was Naxalbari in Darjeeling district, the time was 1967 and the movement was Naxalism. But in 2006, is West Bengal sowing the seed for unrest again and are the protests in Singur a warning?

The Naxal movement, under the leadership of a revolutionary group of the Indian Communist Party, was applauded by the Chinese and was influenced by the Maoist Communist movement in Nepal. But with the abolition of the zamindari (feudal) system and with the empowerment of labourers under strong labour unions, the movement subsided in West Bengal.

But the memory of that era and is still strong in West Bengal. Naxalism grew because of acute poverty and labour exploitation in tea estates.

The situation in Singur looks similar to Naxalbari of late sixties. Here the sufferers are landless farmers who earn a livelihood by working on someone else's land. Now that land, the only source of livelihood, is being taken away from them. The crucial difference here is that the land-grabber is not a zamindar but the government.

It is ironic that the Communists, who always support the cause of the poorest of the poor, are now change the role and snatching the bread and butter of the landless farmers. By confronting with the farmers in Singur, the government may be sowing the seed of Naxalite movement again. And thousands of landless peasants, the true beneficiaries of the controversial land for several decades, have already vowed to fight till death.

The movement is still very much in force in the tribal belt of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa, and altogether 13 states are affected. And the process of evacuation of the controversial field in Singur for Tata Motors may provide the ground for resurgence of Naxalite movement in the state.

Naxals in West Bengal so far kept faith on the Communist Parties, which help the Left government to convince them to follow law and order.

But the recent police atrocity on the landless farmers in Singur may result into eruption of the sleeping "Naxalite" volcano, which will make the situation totally out of control.


Abhijit Ghosh I thought the recorded landless farmers are being given some form of compensation.
No change is painless. West Bengal is long overdue for an industrial revival. Let's join hands with the well meaning Cheif minister and make this dream of new Bengal a success. It is easy to criticise, but it takes real vision, courgae, and hard work to bring about positive change.

( Posted: Tuesday , December 12, 2006 at 06:38 )

Shloka Bose What an irony...the left which once drove industries out of state creating militant labour movements (comrades might diagree saying it was Indira-Rajiv Gandhi era quasi economic blockade of West Bengal). Caught in a time wrap the left is facing the same ill concieved gumption of imbecility it once created. Antedeluvian demagogues of the left and extreme lefts
enjoy and see for your self how history repeats itself.

( Posted: Tuesday , December 12, 2006 at 06:04 )

P Mitra Amitava, please remove this blog. This one word 'Naxal' can scare away many investors from Bengal (specially foreign investors). I am sure being a Bengali yourself, you will not want to harm the future of Bengal. I also request you not to mix up issues. Bengal in 2006 is very different from Bengal in 1970. There is a dire need to industrialize the state and factories need land. Sure, there will be some displacement but that has been in the trend in Japan, coastal China and now Vietnam.

( Posted: Tuesday , December 12, 2006 at 05:09 )

Sandeep Chowdhury Agreed that by taking the land in Singur, a lot of labourers may become jobless, but at the same time, we should consider the fact that another thousands of jobs will be created with the setup of the Tata factory. This is like comparing to the fears in the 70s and 80s that computers and robots will take over our lives. Jobs are always there - only the type of job is changing. On the long run, if a company like Tata gets to establish themselves in West Bengal, the living standards of the working class will improve, as the salary structure will change accordingly.

( Posted: Monday , December 11, 2006 at 21:30 )

Civilians, police pay a heavy price for Naxalism

Posted online: Monday, December 11, 2006 at 0000 hours IST

NEW DELHI, DEC 10 : The menace of Naxal violence continues unabated with rising number of incidents causing loss of life and property. Over the years, the situation has worsened despite several claims of putting in place socio-economic measures with higher allocations in affected areas and refurbishing of police forces with right intelligent inputs.

According to latest government figures, the number of violent incidents has increased from 1465 in 2002 to 1608 in 2005. In the current year till October, the reported incidents are 1272. Similarly, the casualty of police personnel has also increased from 100 in 2002 to 158 in 2005, where in the current year the October figure stands at 129. The number of civilians killed in the violence has also shown an uptrend trend. While 328 civilians were killed in 2002, the number stood at 519 in 2005 . In the current year till October, 481 civilians have already been killed.

So, where does the solution lie? Experts believe that most of the government measures to tackle the problem till now have squarely gone off the mark.

This is so because a problem of national dimension has always been considered a law and order problem and left to the respective state governments to deal with, they said.

Recently, an interesting fact has come to the fore. Naxalites have been shuttling from one state to another.

This has been happening between Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh, between Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and between Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, they said.

Once, a group of Naxalites identified, the police of that state pushes them beyond their border and as Naxalites find themselves cornered, cross the boundary from one state to the other.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh's take on Naxalism only reinforces this. He said, “Over all, we have been able to contain left wing violence in our state. In the north now, Sarguja area is freed from the clutches of Naxalites and in South operations are on in Bustar. Many of them have been caught and the rest are in process of evacuation.”

So, Chhattisgarh's gain in its northern region proves an apparent loss to Jharkhand with spurt of violence in recent times.

CPI-M leader arrested for raping his daughter-in-law

KOLKATA, Dec. 10: A CPI-M leader from North 24-Parganas in West Bengal was arrested last night on charges of raping his 21-year-old daughter-in-law on 8 November this year.

The accused person, Mr Mortaza Ali, a resident of Dakshinbena village near Baduria in North 24-Parganas and a member of the CPI-M Chandipur II branch, has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks after being produced before the Basirhat sub-divisional magistrate's court today. "The party is going to take stern action against Mortaza. A decision in this regard has been taken at a local committee meeting last night," said local MLA and CPI-M district committee member Mohammed Selim. The victim lodged a complaint with Baduria police station on 15 November alleging that she had been raped by Mortaza on the afternoon of 8 November when she was alone at her residence, Mr Praveen Kumar, superintendent of police, North 24-Parganas, said. The accused had allegedly threatened the victim with harm if she dared to disclose the incident to anyone. But the victim confided in her husband, Mr Johirul Islam and urged him to accompany her to the police station. But Johirul advised her not to inform police. The victim left her in-laws' house two days after the incident and came to Jhunjhunia village in Habra where her parents live. Mr Ali followed her to Habra and allegedly tried to persuade the victim return home. The victim finally lodged a complaint with police on 15 November. The CPI-M leader was picked up from his residence last night. n sns