Monday, August 09, 2010

Indian tribals and Kashmiris: same enemy, same fight

During the British colonial era in India, Indian princes and rajahs joined their colonial masters to hunt tigers and deer in the forests and jungle lands.

Today the Indian big bourgeoisie scour the same areas for humans, for their fellow-citizens who have dared to struggle for basic rights and liberties. The photo above shows a murdered Maoist activist trussed up to a carrying pole as if she were just another dead animal put on display as a trophy.

The latter day hunters call their current campaign Operation Green Hunt, employing the sporting terminology without any trace of irony.

Despite the massive scale of the Indian state’s war on the people of India, few reports are found in the Western media because India is a “democratic ally” and must not be allowed to embarrass the constructed distortions of who comprise the good guys and who are demonised as the bad.

The festering occupation of Kashmir, a legacy of the 1947 Partition of India, has seen recent eruptions of violence by the Indian rulers, and expressions of mutual support and solidarity between the Kashmiris and the adivasis and dalits fighting under the leadership of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

Acting as a regional big chauvinist power, India is also seeking to interfere in the political changes embracing Nepal.

Updates on the struggle against Operation Green Hunt and other oppressive acts of the Indian big bourgeoisie can be found here .

Do you know?

• According to the Indian government, they have deployed 150,000 troops in India’s central and eastern states. Independent witnesses say the numbers are closer to 250,000. This is more than the number of US troops in Afghanistan. This is war on the Indian people.

• Recent statistics show 37% of the country’s people suffer from chronic malnutrition and 50% are undernourished.

• A nearly third of India is under army occupation with no democratic freedoms? All over India arrests, detentions, disappearances have increased to alarming levels since the people began resisting the corporate take over of India?

• On July 1, the Indian Maoist revolutionary Azad, a Political Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the spokesperson of its Central Committee along with a Delhi-based journalist Hem Chandra Pandey were killed by the Andhra state police.

• During the last few days at least 29 innocent Kashmiris have been killed.

• India has sent one of its ex-ambassador to Nepal to influence the election of the Prime Minister there.

The following is a brief report of the proceedings of the sit-in in Delhi on the evening of 7 August 2010 against the crimes on the people of Kashmir by the Indian State:

The evening of 7 August 2010 witnessed after a long, long time voices of freedom from the people of Kashmir. Despite the heavy repression and the draconian laws to maim and incarcerate the people of Kashmir, to subjugate their indomitable spirit for Azadi, the evening of August 7 at the heart of Delhi just half a kilometre away from the parliament witnessed unprecedented scenes of assertion of the political will, not to say genuine desire, of the Kashmiri people for freedom from the exploitative and oppressive rule of the Indian State. Around six to seven hundred people had gathered including people from various peoples organisations in Delhi to protest against the increasing repression of the Kashmiri people.

(Above: Azadi is a word known to all the peoples of the region and expresses alike the strvings for freedom of the Kashmiri people and the revolutionary women of Afghanistan. See also the link to an article in the Times of India at the bottom of this page).

Every Kashmiri—students, teachers, journalists, working people—who spoke in the meeting was unequivocal about their demand for Azadi which set the tone of the proceedings as the dharna cite reverberated with slogans against India’s occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and the demand for Azadi.

Various people’s organisations from Delhi which participated in the meeting expressed their unconditional solidarity to the struggle for freedom of the Kashmiri people. Revolutionary poet Vara Vara Rao ,who was also an emissary of the present CPI (Maoist) party in their early talks with the government of Andhra Pradesh, asserted that the people of Kashmir are not alone in their struggle against Indian occupation. He pointed out that the fighting masses of Dankaranya, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand are with the struggle for freedom of the people of Kashmir. He said that the enemy of the both the oppressed people of Kashmir and the poorest and the wretched in India is the Indian ruling class which is a prop of US and other imperialist forces and the struggling people of Kashmir and India should join hands for the realisation of the freedom of both.

Noted film maker Sanjay Kak pointed out that the Kashmiris should stop looking at themselves as victims. While it was important for the Kashmiri people to be emotional in their struggles braving the repressive machine of the Indian State it was also necessary to have a political temperament to see the light at the end of the arduous struggle.

Mrigank from the Nav Jawan Bharat Sabha expressed his solidarity for the movement of the people of Kashmir. Narender from the Popular Front expressed his organisation’s support for what he termed as the “complete independence” of the people of Kashmir. Kavita Krishnan from the CPI (ML) (Liberation) talked about the scores of atrocities committed by the Indian army on the people of Kashmir as well as the need for a meaningful dialogue for which the Indian government should be made accountable. GN Saibaba of the Revolutionary Democratic Front pointed out that the rising struggle for freedom of the Kashmiri people will usher in the death knell of US imperialism. He also stressed that the liberation of the people of Kashmir is in the interest of the people of India who are also fighting for revolutionary transformation.

Sharmila Purkayastha from the PUDR, former Ambassador Madhu Bhaduri, Karen Gabriel from Delhi University, Banojyotsna Lahiri from DSU JNU, Om from AISA JNU, Tara Basumatary from DU also spoke expressing their solidarity for the struggle of the Kashmiri people for Azadi.
Members of the progressive cultural organisation Prathidhwani sang songs while some of the Kashmiri participants read out the poems of well known Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali. Later in the night at 10 the meeting ended at a high note amidst thundering slogans for Azadi, Demands to resolve the Kashmir issue, condemning the fake Indian Democracy, to stop the Genocide in Kashmir, when one of the young Kashmiri thundered: “The Indian government terms our struggle anti-national. They brand us anti-national. I want to ask: How can you call us anti-national. We are not part of your nation. We were never. We are Kashmiri nationalists fighting for our freedom. We want Azadi!”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Bloomberg Magazine, has a recent worried commentary on the Peoples war struggles in India , they point to where the money is and spread the Indian government lies that the Maoists are “terrorists” killing ordinary people.
They, blame the current bad living conditions on the victims , on the peoples violent resistance to increasing the exploitation and violent robbery !
As they say:
“Half hidden even to Indians, some 10,000 Maoists fighting over stretches of mineral-laden land hold a Portugal-sized swath of India known as the Red Corridor in their grip. From an area they call the Dandakaranya Regional Zone and neighboring forests, the rebels run their own schools and clinics, print their own books, fly their own flags -- and are stepping up their attacks.”

“Even with technology parks for International Business Machines Corp. and Infosys Technologies Ltd.; brand-new airports in Bangalore, Hyderabad and New Delhi; and luxury malls for 300 million middle-class consumers, stretches of India remain mired in poverty. Thirty-seven percent of its 1.1 billion people live on less than $1.50 a day, the government says. Life-expectancy and child-malnourishment rates rival those of sub-Saharan Africa.

The rich and their multinational partners want more of this capitalist “development”!

Perhaps they can create ‘development ’ below that $1.5O a day level ,with even cheaper factory fodder available ?
Ah, “progress” from the point of view of one class.
The common class aim and dream of the bourgeoisie is to create yet another huge low waged export of commodity wealth economy in India –competing with China- for the benefit of the local ruling Elite class and the Imperialist First World ,an economy based on even cheaper labour than China and with cheaper natural resources.
Even if they succeeded in this dream, in the long run, by expanding the industrial working class of a proletarian type, will be to create their own gravediggers ,their own success will create the conditions for its own classes inevitable destruction.
“Maoist activity in seven eastern and central states is threatening at least $78 billion in natural-resource projects, brokerage CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets estimates. Beneath this region lies the ore in the Bailadila mines; 40 billion of India’s 46 billion tons of proven coal reserves; bauxite for aluminum; tin; and even diamonds. India’s expansion -- and its attempt to catch up to China in industrial prowess -- depends on unlocking this bounty.
“The growing Maoist insurgency over large swathes of the mineral-rich countryside could stall industrial-investment plans just when India needs to ramp up its industrial machine, just when foreign companies are joining the party,”
Creating hunger and oppression for the ordinary people is a “party” and profit feast for the international bourgeoisie .
“Singh’s government has deployed about 47 CRPF battalions -- some 50,000 troops -- and 10 battalions of an elite force called Commando Battalion for Resolute Action to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and three neighboring states.”
Of course ,that is only the troops and police directly and openly engaged counted, in actual fact, these battalions and police and landlord militias , often organized along caste lines, are backed by the whole resources and military of the Indian State are involved and being stretched to their limits as the Peoples War struggle grows.
But the strength and unity of the people in armed struggle is clearly growing in the fight against the exploiters and the capitalist poverty creation system of the imperialist international bourgeois and their Comprador agents attempts at spreading Hindu National chauvinism , Ghandian “peaceful non violence” submission , anti Muslim class and religious caste divisions.