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Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 22 Jun 2013 19:38
by Pranav
Maharashtra: Local Congress leader booked for sending arms to Naxals - ... 3-237.html

Gadchiroli: Police in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra have registered a case against a local Congress leader and a medical officer of Primary Health Centre for trying to supply arms, explosives and medicines to Naxals. While four men who were taking the consignment to Naxals in a government ambulance were arrested on Friday night, police were looking for Congress leader and former Zilla Parishad president Bandopant Mallelwar and medical officer Dr Ravindra Karpe.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 22 Jun 2013 22:13
by abhishek_sharma
Posting here because we need to know how communists behave:

Satter, David It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past Yale University Press.

Moral Choice under Totalitarianism

The closest Russia came to a day of judgment for Stalin’s henchmen was in June 1957, during the Communist Party plenum, when Khrushchev denounced Molotov, Malenkov, and Kaganovich for their roles in mass crimes. This was not done for the sake of justice. If it had been, Khrushchev would have put himself in the dock. Rather it was done to destroy Khrushchev’s political rivals.

For decades, the record of the June 1957 plenum was hidden. A paragraph in the Central Committee’s public announcement mentioning “mass repressions” in the thirties later was cut. After the fall of the Soviet Union, however, the transcript of the six-day meeting became available, and it showed a remarkable transformation on the part of those who had once been the most feared men in the country. Confronted with their crimes, the leading Stalinists became inexplicably humble. They depicted themselves as cogs in a machine, helpless functionaries who were incapable of taking responsibility for their actions. The accusations, they argued, constituted a monstrous injustice — not because they were guiltless, but because others were as guilty as they were.

Khrushchev, who orchestrated the proceedings, didn’t hesitate to depict himself as an avenging angel. Referring to the crimes of the members of the antiparty group, he said that “the mothers, wives, and children who remained alive shed a sea of tears.” He was assisted by Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the hero of World War II, who presented a general indictment.

It is difficult to see how Khrushchev and Zhukov were better than the people they were accusing. Khrushchev had been mindlessly zealous in carrying out Stalin’s commands. As the head of the Moscow party organization, he raised the quota for “enemies” to be shot in Moscow from five thousand to eighty-five hundred, thus condemning to death thirty-five hundred innocent persons on his own initiative.1 He assisted in the arrest and murder of his colleagues and friends. Of thirty-eight top oicials in Moscow and the Moscow oblast when Khrushchev was in charge, only three survived. Two of Khrushchev’s personal assistants, Rabinovich and Finkel, were arrested, their arrests approved by Khrushchev. The situation did not improve in 1938, when Khrushchev became the party boss in Ukraine. According to Molotov, who was hardly objective, Khrushchev “sent 54,000 persons to the next world as a member of the Ukrainian troika.”2

Zhukov was not innocent either. While commanding the Leningrad front, he issued an order on September 28, 1941, that “any families surrendering to the enemy will be shot and upon returning from captivity, they will all be shot.”3 The order, which required the murder even of young children, was more draconian than Stalin’s order issued a month earlier, which called for the families of soldiers falling into captivity only to be deprived of state subsidies.

Zhukov was more wasteful of his soldiers’ lives than any other commander, as was demonstrated in the bloody and unsuccessful attacks on the Rzhevsko-Vyazemsky bridgehead in 1942 and during the Berlin operation. During the battle for the Seelow Heights in the last weeks of the war, Zhukov ordered a frontal attack, but one of the officers objected that German fire had not been suppressed and it was necessary to continue using artillery. The officer was threatened with execution if he did not immediately attack. After several assaults, out of eight hundred soldiers, a hundred were still alive. A second officer who resisted Zhukov’s order was executed. The first officer survived but lost his mind after seeing such a hill of corpses.4

None of this affected the intensity of Khrushchev and Zhukov’s attack on the antiparty group, who were depicted as the “main culprits” in the Stalin-era crimes. Between February 27 and November 12, 1938, Zhukov said, Molotov, Malenkov, and Kaganovich personally had authorized 38,679 executions. On one day alone, November 12, 1938, Stalin and Molotov condemned 3,167 people “like cattle to slaughter.” Malenkov, according to Zhukov, bore an even greater guilt because he was supposed to be supervising the NKVD. “If only the people had known that their leaders’ hands were dripping with blood, they would have greeted them not with applause but with stones.”5

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 22 Jun 2013 23:06
by abhishek_sharma
^^ Continuing ...

Even after the Soviet Union collapsed, many difficulties stood in the way of judging the Soviet leaders. The first was that the crimes of the Stalin era had been carried out under conditions of mass terror, and the leadership was as terrorized as anyone else. Khrushchev, for example, lived in daily fear that he would be eliminated. As he wrote in his memoirs: “All of us around Stalin were temporary people. As long as he trusted us to a certain degree, we were allowed to go on living and working. But the moment he stopped trusting you, Stalin would start to scrutinize you until the cup of his distrust overflowed. Then it would be your turn to follow those who were no longer among the living.”10 With Stalin’s death, the terror abated but fear remained, and it led a new generation of Soviet oicials to take part in Communist crimes.

In addition, Soviet leaders were committed to a totalitarian ideology. The Stalinist leaders looked to a better future to justify the hell they created in the present. Even in the Brezhnev era, when allegiance to the ideology became more ritualized, Communist dogma continued to choke of independent thought. A Communist leader who was guided by the ideology was pushed toward compliance and, inevitably, crime.

Judging the actions of a leadership that worked under the influence of ideology and terror was further complicated in the Soviet Union because ordinary citizens faced the same pressures themselves. If those who exercised power were schooled in unthinking obedience, ordinary citizens were almost always compromised by the daily need to dissimulate in a monolithic society. When the time came for the leaders to be held accountable, ordinary Russians found it hard to apply moral standards that they did not live by themselves.

The legacy of ideology and terror guided the judgments of millions of people. Mass murder was often justified in Russia as a condition of industrial progress. This argument, of course, treats the victims exclusively as means to an end. But in a country where it was taken for granted that nothing was higher than the goals of the state, such arguments made perfect sense. Having lived with these destructive assumptions for decades, Russians were loath to break with them.

With the fall of the Soviet Union, Russians found it hard to navigate in the wreckage of their past. It seemed that everyone was guilty, and where all are guilty, it is easy to assume that guilt does not exist. The fact that almost all Stalinist and post-Stalinist leaders, including many perestroika-era reformers, had routinely participated in evil was a reason not to judge. Criminality was treated as unavoidable and even a mark of government service. The totality of the complicity and the difficulty that even persons with decent instincts had in avoiding it was shown in the stories of Soviet leaders’ lives, particularly those who, as events showed, were also capable of doing good.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 07:36
by abhishek_sharma
Views from the Left

Alternative front

The Left, particularly the CPM, believed that the formation of the Third Front was not possible before the next Lok Sabha elections. The JD(U)-BJP split and talk of the Federal Front has not forced them to alter their position. Moving cautiously, the party only mentioned an alternative policy trajectory, for which it is seeking support of non-Congress, non-BJP parties. The current political churning, an editorial in the CPM's People's Democracy argues, is completely alienated from the concerns of the vast majority; any relief for the people will only be forthcoming when the current neo-liberal policy trajectory is replaced with a pro-people policy trajectory. "It is equally clear that such an alternative policy trajectory is beyond both the Congress and the BJP given the commitment of both to neo-liberal economic reforms and proximity to US imperialism. Thus, such an alternative policy trajectory will necessarily have to be evolved in political opposition to both the Congress and the BJP", it says. The editorial mentions the national political convention the Left has convened on July 1 to "discuss and adopt a declaration containing the Left Parties' approach towards an alternative policy direction".

Development disaster

The CPI(ML)'s ML Update discussed the calamity in Uttarakhand and the politicisation of the tragedy. While frantic rescue efforts are being conducted by the armed forces, an editorial in the weekly argues that "India's ruling class politics has cut a sorry figure" due to the drama of "one-upmanship". It further says that Narendra Modi's claims of rescuing 15,000 Gujaratis are not only unsubstantiated, but they also stand in contrast to the modesty of those on the ground, and are an unfortunate display of regionalism. The editorial goes on to say, "The helicopter trips by various political VIPs and photo ops by Congress and UPA leaders flagging-off relief trucks are no less unseemly". The editorial asserts that the disaster is man-made, an argument also made by the CPI's New Age. "The inescapable fact of the matter is that both the BJP and the Congress that have ruled Uttarakhand and the Centre are implicated in this disaster. To call it a natural disaster is only a half-truth. The unfolding tragedy of Himalayan proportions has been caused by decades of criminal policies of plundering hills and rivers in the name of development", the ML Update says.

Reshuffle kerfuffle

An article in New Age discusses the recent cabinet reshuffle, including the age of the new ministers. "The UPA-II in its recent cabinet reshuffle has fulfilled the aspirations of those who have lost all hope of being included in the last Dilli-Darbar with the expectation that the fading stars may garner votes in the coming assembly polls and later in the parliamentary polls of 2014," it says. The article also observes that the so-called Rahul brigade has been completely ignored or adjusted within the organisation. "The so-called cabinet reshuffle which was meant to give fresh life to the down-hill journey of the grand old party proved to be a sham and is not going to add vigour and vitality to UPA-II at a time when the government is facing an uphill task to regain the lost ground", it concludes.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 03 Jul 2013 07:58
by abhishek_sharma
Views from the Left

Pilgrimage regulation

In the wake of the calamity in Uttarakhand, the CPM has called for steps to prevent further destruction of the environment and forests, and a system of regulations for religious tourism, as the party believes such disasters are largely man-made. "Cloud bursts occur when warm and humid air is pushed up the mountains forming thunder clouds. Due to environmental depredation, upper-level winds have become rarer which, otherwise, would have dispersed these thunder clouds... Further, due to indiscriminate deforestation, the lack of vegetation cover on the ground results in these waters causing flash floods", an editorial in People's Democracy argues.

It notes that six major cloudbursts have taken place in Uttarakhand since 1998 and argues that the destruction of forests, the unscientific construction of dams on rivers and the indiscriminate mining of sand and stone have created the possibility for such disasters to recur. The editorial also points out that there has been a four-fold increase in visitors over the last decade to religious shrines located in the state, such as Kedarnath and Badrinath. "The regulation of religious tourism has been drawn to the attention of the government by the parliamentary standing committee as well as the Planning Commission. Yet, no such regulation mechanism has been drawn up, leave alone implemented in Uttarakhand... with a cohesive disaster mitigation plan. Such regulations must be drawn up and enforced in all pilgrimage centres in the country", it says.

Concessions for Kerry

The CPI's New Age focused its attention on US Secretary of State John Kerry's recent visit to India. It claims that the meetings he had with Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid and other officials resulted in large gains for the US, and a meek surrender by the hosts. "The joint press conference addressed by the two foreign ministers after prolonged discussions clearly indicated that Kerry was on a mission...for certain MNCs dealing in junk from nuclear plants," the editorial says.

"America had been complaining for long that the fruits of the notorious Indo-US nuclear deal that was imposed on the country by manipulation and even subversion of our parliamentary procedures has yet to reach the real beneficiaries. This time, Kerry brought a list of whom India has to buy nuclear equipment from, and forced the government to accept the time frame that these MNCs have drawn," it adds. The editorial claims that points conceded to the US include deferring to it on foreign policy issues.

Police brutality

The CPI(ML)'s weekly ML Update criticised the Nitish Kumar government in the context of the police firing in Naurangiya in Bagaha district, in which six tribals were killed. The editorial argues that the Bagaha incident, which came days after the Kumar government won a confidence vote in the assembly, was not an isolated incident of police brutality. "His track record of 'good governance' has been routinely punctuated by periodic instances of police brutality. Batraha, Bhajanpur (Forbesganj), Aurangabad, Madhubani and now Naurangiya — there have been several major cases of police brutality during Kumar's second term."

"In the case of the infamous Forbesganj firing, some of the guilty officials actually received a promotion. More than two years since the firing, the judicial inquiry commission is yet to submit its report and the survivors are being prevented by all means from deposing before the commission," it alleges.

Compiled by Manoj C.G.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 03 Jul 2013 07:59
by abhishek_sharma
^^ Note that pilgrimage regulation thing.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 03 Jul 2013 11:26
by suryag
One SP killed by Maopests :(

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 05 Jul 2013 08:49
by abhishek_sharma
Posting here so that people can learn what Communist rule would feel like:

Satter, David: It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past. Yale University Press.


In July the sun in Vorkuta never sets. It traces an arc over the tundra and for a few hours approaches the horizon, during which time the city is cloaked in gray. Scattered lights appear in the city’s silent apartment blocks. This eerie twilight, however, does not last. The sun is already shining brightly by 2:30 A.M.


The city is shadowed by things left unsaid. On Lenin Street, a tall pillar holds a medal given to the miners of Vorkuta, a star backed by two pickaxes surrounded by a wreath. The monument is dedicated to “Fifty years of exploitation of the coal basin.” There is no hint that this was done by slave labor. A parkway lined with trees was built in 1945 to mark the victory over Nazi Germany. A plaque states that it was created through the “selfless labor of the residents of Polar Vorkuta.” It doesn’t say that it was built by prisoners. There is also no sign that the city is built on bones. When the modern city of Vorkuta began to be constructed in the 1940s and 1950s, cemeteries and burial grounds were built over, eliminating any chance that most of the victims could ever be properly remembered.


In the warmth of the sun, pensioners sitting on benches feed bread to the pigeons. The birds, infrequent visitors to Vorkuta, arrive on the roofs of the trains. But even the cooing of the pigeons can lead to dark memories. The railroad from Kotlas to Vorkuta was begun in 1937 and finished in 1941. An army of slave laborers put down an average of 1.2 miles of track per day in Arctic conditions to finish the last 287 miles, an effort unprecedented in world practice. Of 20,000 prisoners who worked on the railroad in 1938, only 3,851 were still alive in 1940. Eighty percent of the 50,000 prisoners who worked on the railroad in the winter of 1940-41 died. The bodies of those who died while working were left out in the tundra or dumped into pits. To this day, the crowded trains to Vorkuta run past their bones.2


Even by the standards of the Gulag, Vorkuta was exceptional for its cold and cruelty. In the endless darkness of the Arctic winter, the temperature hovers for weeks near minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and there are frequent blizzards. The presence of coal in the region was known in the nineteenth century. But when advisers to Tsar Nicholas I suggested that the area be made into a colony for exiles, the idea was rejected because “it was too much to demand of any man that he should live there.”4 In 1930, however, after Soviet geologists identified a high-quality coal seam in the Pechora Basin, a decision was made to exploit the deposits. A year later, a group of prisoners arrived by boat along the waterways from Ukhta to the place that is today Vorkuta. The party consisted of twenty-three persons — geologists, prisoners, and a small contingent of OGPU guards. They began building Vorkutlag, the camp for those who would exploit this new source of coal. The prisoners survived the winter in tents and in the spring opened Rudnik no. 1. By 1938 Vorkutlag had grown to fifteen thousand prisoners; that year it produced 188,206 tons of coal.5

Slave labor made it possible to exploit Vorkuta coal at little cost. The coal was mined with picks and shovels, and until 1940, when horses arrived, it was brought to the surface by hand in wooden carts. Prisoners mostly slept in freezing tents or dugouts. Barracks were a rarity. The summers could be warm, but without fresh food the prisoners developed scurvy, and they were tormented by mosquitoes and gnats. Of three million prisoners who passed through Vorkuta from 1931 to 1956, between 500,000 and a million are believed to have perished, most of them in the late 1930s and 1940s.6 As the machine of repression was perfected, it assured that there were always new prisoners to replace those who died.

Among the prisoners in Vorkuta in 1936 and 1937 were thousands of persons convicted of “counterrevolutionary Trotskyite activity.” Some were barely literate peasants who had no idea what Trotskyism was.


Yefim Kashketin, an NKVD officer, was sent from Moscow to interrogate the most prominent prisoners. The interrogations took place around the clock in January and February 1938 at a prison in Vorkuta. The victims were brought from the brick factory to the prison, where, to extract confessions, they were put in the punishment cell, an empty room without plank beds or a stove, where the temperature was between zero and 60 below, the same as outdoors. To survive, a person had to run back and forth continually without sleep. If he fell down, the guards tied him up and left him on the floor until his hands and feet were frostbitten. Rations were seven ounces of bread and a mug of cold water each day.7


Consigned to a slow death, many prisoners dreamed of escape, but escape was impossible. Vorkuta was surrounded by miles of impassable tundra, and the territory was monitored by helicopter. Hunters of the local Komi people, many of whose family members worked as guards, were paid bonuses for any escaped prisoner they captured. Nonetheless, attempts did occur. In the 1940s escapees were shot and left lying at the camp gate as a warning to others. Later, according to Joseph Scholmer, a German doctor who was a prisoner in Vorkuta, they were simply brought back to the camp and beaten “within an inch of their lives.”16

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 07 Jul 2013 16:11
by abhik
Posted in BR homepage:-
Joint security forces surround 250 Maoists in Latehar during Jaal Char operation
Hope they don't escape "in the dark" or "due to adverse weather conditions".

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 07 Jul 2013 17:36
by krishnan
pound the are with artillery

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 01:45
by ramana
So did the NIA file chargesheets in the Chattisgarh attack? Or was that a desired outcome?

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 02:06
by Yayavar
abhik wrote:Posted in BR homepage:-
Joint security forces surround 250 Maoists in Latehar during Jaal Char operation
Hope they don't escape "in the dark" or "due to adverse weather conditions".

The news is datelined Jul 5. Any updates?

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 03:59
by Atri

I’ve noticed that a lot of people today who would formerly have referred to themselves as liberal or left wing, now prefer the term, “progressive”. Presumably because it sounds more, well, progressive. But there’s a difference between being liberal and being progressive. I like liberals but I don’t like progressives. Even lefties are okay if they are the right sort of leftie but progressives give me the creeps. Progressive sounds like a positive word, doesn’t it? Brimming with the promise of bright new tomorrows. In reality it means improving gradually, progressively, bit by bit, towards an ever more regulated, controlled and less free society, where group identity trumps all and every casual remark is a potential hate crime. We’ll have more and more equality and more and more fairness and when we’ve had all the equality and fairness we can stomach, and then some, we’ll have some more, whether we like it or not. It’s the same agenda as revolutionary Marxism, only they want to do it gradually, progressively. You know, like a disease.

A liberal is a person who will defend your right to free speech even when they disagree with you. A progressive is a person who will defend someone else’s right to shut you up because they find you offensive. A liberal sees the value in the free exchange of ideas and opinions. A progressive views these things as a threat to community cohesion. Liberals do what they believe is right. Progressives do what they believe is correct. Right and wrong don’t come into it. Liberals tend to live and let live. Progressives tend to regulate and censor and meddle and interfere because progressives always know best for everyone. It’s a gift they have. To a liberal, language is a tool. To a progressive, it’s a weapon. The actual meaning of words is irrelevant as long as they can be used as heavy blunt instruments to shut people up. Because progressives regard themselves as the sole arbiters of what people should and shouldn’t be allowed to think and say, and they feel perfectly entitled to shout down opinions they disapprove of so that nobody else can hear them. Progressive students are particularly keen on this. In contrast, a liberal is open to another point of view. To a progressive, there is no other point of view. If you’re not progressive, you must be far right and, if you take a dim view of Islam, you must be a racist. End of story.

So, which are you? Liberal or progressive? You can’t be both: the 2 words are opposites in the same way that sanity and insanity are opposites.

Multiculturalism is the ultimate progressive marquee word, of course, a rainbow-colored confection that, like all progressive words – including the word, progressive – means the opposite of what it says. There’s nothing multicultural about an Islamic ghetto and here, in progressive Europe, Islamic ghettos have been the principle fruits of multiculturalism. As a result, Jews can no longer walk around several European cities without being attacked by gangs of Muslim immigrants but nobody in the media wants to talk about it. It’s not progressive enough. Besides, a progressive journalist would describe an unprovoked attack on a solitary Jew by a gang of Muslim thugs, if they reported it at all, as a conflict between communities. Because progressive journalists are not interested in the truth if the truth is incorrect.

And this, particularly, applies in Scandinavia; whose media is impeccably progressive and therefore impeccably halal and full of the same kind of cultural hypocrites who got Pim Fortyun murdered in the Netherlands and who then pretended to be shocked about it afterwards.

In Sweden, the press is directly subsidized by their progressive government to hide the truth about the effects of their suicidally progressive immigration policy. They don’t want people to know that their formerly civilized and peaceful country is now the rape capital of Europe; a situation exacerbated by the media’s refusal to ethnically identify criminals because that information is not progressive. It might be helpful to the public and ethically right and proper to give people a true picture of reality, but it’s not progressive, so it must be wrong. The truth must be wrong if the truth is incorrect. As a consequence, statistically, 1 in 4 Swedish women will now be raped during their lifetime and every one of them can thank a progressive journalist.

But if you thought Swedish journalists were the progressive scum of the Earth and the absolute moral dregs of humanity, you would of course be correct. But say hello to a couple of new contenders from across the water in Denmark. You won’t have heard about this story anywhere in the Western media because, for all their bellyaching about free speech, they’re too busy digging up celebrity gossip to do anything real to protect it, while people who are doing something, at considerable risk to their own safety, are routinely depicted in the media as extremists and hate mongers. Yet who is the extremist? A man who expresses a non-violent opinion, or the so-called journalist who chases him through the streets hoping to pinpoint his location for a future Islamic assassin?

Recently, when Danish freethinker, Lars Hedegaard, was forced to move house after an assassination attempt at his front door by an Islamic fanatic, the removal van was followed by a pair of unprincipled pieces of human vermin masquerading as a journalist and a photographer who wanted to reveal his new location and who were only prevented from doing so when they were pulled over, twice, by the police. And they were most indignant about it too. As if the police had somehow prevented justice from being done. Am I the only one who thinks that these 2 goons should be in jail for what they tried to do? At the very least their mug shots should have been on the front page of every newspaper in the free world. Instead, we got nothing. Not a whisper. Not a peep. If not for the Internet, nobody would even know that this outrage had taken place. Yet we know all there is to know about every empty-headed celebrity.

Free speech is becoming a very dangerous business in Europe and the media are on the wrong side. Ultimately, however, what is there to say about such a spiteful and irresponsible mentality? Maybe there’s a word in Danish that would do justice to 2 such ugly-minded pieces of human trash but I can’t think of one in English. “Cockroach” doesn’t do it. That’s a gross insult to cockroaches who are noble in comparison. Scumbag, scuzzbucket, slimeball: none of these words even come close.

Ah, of course. You beat me to it, didn’t you? Progressive.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 10:37
by Aditya_V
Abhishek-Sharma-> So called communists in India is just a bogey. They just want to get paid for the NGO funds they receive many times from capitalist liberal democracies, the origins of the funds many from SA to China. So called anti americaanism is kept so that they are not exposed for they are. Mercenaries.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 06:56
by abhishek_sharma

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 06:59
by abhishek_sharma
Views from the Left

The front

Having called for the formation of a political alternative based on policies, the CPM has argued that the situation is ripe for its creation because of widening inequality. "The government today admits that the recent economic slowdown has resulted in the worst slump of the Indian economy in recent years. The consequent contraction of manufacturing and industry and, hence, of employment, is mounting miseries on an already languishing majority of Indian people suffering under the dual impact of rising prices and subsidy cuts," an editorial in People's Democracy says. It further claims that rather than addressing people's problems, the UPA government is preparing for further "reforms", which will benefit corporations. "Instead of bailing out the people, the government is bailing out capital — both foreign and domestic — by giving greater concessions and, hence, greater opportunities for profit maximisation," it notes.

Pricing problems

Focusing on the recent increase in the price of natural gas, the CPI's New Age accuses the UPA government of mismanaging national assets. It alleges that the government, which outwardly defends the interests of the aam aadmi, is, in reality, a "government of, for and by corporate houses". "The latest policy move in this regard is the disastrous decision on June 27 to double the gas price... ignoring all apprehensions, reservations and opposition from both within the ruling alliance and outside," an article in the weekly says. The article emphasises that four Union cabinet ministers opposed the decision. "In the cabinet meeting, some ministers are even said to have pointed out that gas production from the KG-D6 block had been consistently falling and asked why no action was being taken to arrest that fall," the article stated. It alleges that the government neglected the negative impact of the decision on the power and fertiliser sectors. The article also criticises the government for allowing oil companies to increase the prices of petrol and diesel.

Encountering trouble

The CPI(ML)'s weekly ML Update discusses the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. It asserts that the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the case is a belated and insufficient step. The killing, it says, was staged to fit the script of the FIR that was prepared prior to the killing. "There are also leads to suggest that Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah (today the BJP's campaign in-charge in UP) and the chief minister, Narendra Modi, gave a green signal for the killing. Testimonies of Gujarat cops to the CBI, including a sting operation by one of the cops, reveals the involvement of Gujarat's seniormost police officials, as well as senior officers of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), those known to be very close to Amit Shah and Narendra Modi", it argues. An editorial in the weekly argues that Ishrat's case is not the only one of its kind. "The fact is that a series of 'encounters' in Gujarat — of Sohrabuddin, Kauser Bi and Tulsiram Prajapati, of Sadiq Jamal, of Samir Khan — now established as fake by investigating agencies, all played out to a certain political script," it notes. "The same team of Gujarat cops led by D.G. Vanzara is implicated in all these killings, which were all aimed at promoting the myth of Modi as the target of terrorist attacks by Muslims. The question of who ordered all these killings that benefitted Modi politically, and that were carried out by Gujarat's top cops needs an answer", it further says. The article also questioned the UPA government, alleging that it also seems interested in a coverup due to the possible involvement of some IB officers.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 11 Jul 2013 14:55
by Murugan

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 21 Jul 2013 14:32
by chetak
shitaram and carrot are quiet, very quiet

Mamata drives CPM out of panchayat Bengal :rotfl:

This election is TMC’s prestige fight as the Left Front is in charge of panchayats in 13 districts out of 17. Congress and TMC hold 2 each.

SUSENJIT GUHA Kolkata | 20th Jul 2013

A house was ransacked in Friday’s political clash during third phase of Panchayat polls in Howrah district of West Bengal on Saturday. PTI

he Trinamool Congress virtually took over from the Communist Party of India-Marxist in "monitoring" polling booths during the crucial third phase of the Howrah, North and South 24 Parganas district panchayat polls. This election is TMC's prestige fight as the Left Front is in charge of panchayats in 13 districts out of 17. Congress and TMC hold 2 each.

Majid Master, a former North 24 Parganas district committee of the CPM, famous for his strong arm tactics in the money spinning fishing hub of Sashan, was holed up in a relative's house 8 km away in Barasat town with his wife and daughter.

Fearing an attack from TMC supporters, Begum, who is contesting on a CPM ticket, voted early in the morning with her daughter and went back, but Master did not venture out. A hapless Master could only instruct his cadres over mobile phone to try their best to at least ensure that CPM supporters in his constituency could come out and vote.

CPM's Rezzak Mollah, the former Minister for Land and Land Reforms, who has retained his East Canning constituency seat in South 24 Parganas since 1977, when the Left Front came to power, lamented how TMC supporters started storming the polling booth soon after he casted his vote and went away.

Mollah, admitting that his party, faced with TMC's vote garnering tactics, failed to dig into the rural electorate after being uprooted from power. "I am virtually in exile and see no chances of an immediate change in our prospects," he said. Sattar Mollah, the CPM candidate from violence prone Bhangar in South 24 Parganas, is in jail after the police arrested him following the murder of a TMC supporter.

Not a single CPM flag was visible at Barrakpore, which till a few years ago was considered an impregnable "red bastion". Faced with a replication of CPM's false voting, booth capturing and jamming tactics, the Left Front chairman Biman Bose alluded to the 1972 elections, when the Congress party in power ensured opposition candidates and supporters could not leave their houses on polling day.

"In many places, the TMC symbol on ballot papers was already stamped. It was like the 1972 elections," said Bose. The Opposition blamed the state government for not utilising the paramilitary forces and confining them only to polling stations in areas where the TMC was weak. :rotfl:

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 21 Jul 2013 14:53
by prahaar
Is this type of muscle power projection common in all states or is it a communist legacy? In my personal experience of Gujarat, such things happen in few constituencies. That too in an implicit manner.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 12:01
by Sachin
prahaar wrote:Is this type of muscle power projection common in all states or is it a communist legacy?

In Kerala, commies have pretty much followed a stance that violence, thuggery etc. are all part of the game. But it is not uniformly spread across the state. The thuggery is more visible in districts which has a strong commie presence. The worst district is Kannur (in Northern Kerala). The commies have used every trick in the books. At one point of time they used to drive out any non-commie Election booth observer. Threats, physical violence all were used. They also introduced the concept of "party villages", i.e pockets of land where you have to be a commie to survive. But thank fully the Kannur Goon culture is yet to gain popularity in any other part of the state.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 22 Jul 2013 14:15
by Supratik
It seems TMC is using left tactics to have a grip on rural Bengal.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 24 Jul 2013 04:54
by abhishek_sharma
Views from the Left


Coming out in support of its Kerala unit's demand for the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar panel scam, the latest edition of the CPM weekly People's Democracy argues that as long as Chandy continues in office, there can be no impartial inquiry into the matter. The editorial notes that after the involvement of the office of the chief minister and the links with Chandy came to light, the trail has led to the chief minister himself.

"A personal assistant of the chief minister is now in custody after his links with the scamsters were established... When evidence came to light of the chief minister having a personal involvement in the affair, he sought to deny any links. But the fact that the chief minister had a one hour discussion with Biju Radhakrishnan and the presence of Saritha Nair in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi... punctured his denials," it says.


The CPI journal New Age trains its guns at the UPA government on the economic front. It is critical of the government for easing FDI norms in several key sectors and argues that UPA 2, in the name of "economic reform", is taking steps to ruin the economy by embracing neoliberal policies. "Under pressure from the corporate sector and multinational corporations... UPA 2 has opened the floodgates for foreign capital to take over whatever is left of our key sectors like finance and defence production," the editorial says. It rejects as "bogus" claims that the move will increase inflow of foreign investment and arrest the downward slide of rupee, besides boosting growth and generating employment.

"It [FDI] will further make the country dependent on others... and in no way generate job opportunities," it states.


CPI(ML) journal ML Update focuses on the midday meal tragedy in Bihar and attacks both the Centre as well as the state government. "The Central government treats the midday meal (MDM) scheme as a great innovation that has improved enrolment and retention rate of students at the primary level in rural areas, while ensuring some basic nutrition to children. And Nitish Kumar is always busy congratulating himself for the great turnaround he claims to have brought about in Bihar. Both these claims lie shattered in the wake of the Masrakh MDM massacre of at least 25 kids," the editorial says. It argues that the Masrakh incident should not be treated as an isolated instance. "The Masrakh massacre must lead to a thorough overhauling of the MDM scheme," it says. It also claims that the MDM scheme is the victim of official negligence and corruption.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 31 Jul 2013 06:26
by abhishek_sharma
Views from the Left


The CPM argues that the Planning Commission's report on poverty, showing a decline of nearly three times under the UPA, is an election-time exercise to mislead people for electoral dividends. "The manner in which this has been done only reconfirms an age-old English adage — there are lies, damned lies and statistics," says the CPM's People's Democracy in its editorial. It also questions the Tendulkar methodology.

Responding to the poverty line of spending more than Rs 33.33 in cities and Rs 27.20 in villages per day, not only on food but on all goods and services, so not to be poor, it says, "There cannot be a more absurd and inhuman definition of being a non-poor person..." The C. Rangarajan committee — appointed to re-visit the Tendulkar committee methodology for tabulating poverty — is expected to submit its report only in mid-2014, after the next general elections, says the editorial.

"Thereby the UPA government can continue to mislead and fool people with such absurd statistics. These definitions of poverty on the basis of per capita consumption are so abysmally low that they cannot maintain basic nutritional consumption, leave alone health, shelter, clothing and other essential requirements. Such definitions are even below what can be called destitution levels," it adds.


CPI weekly New Age questions Narendra Modi's assertion in a recent interview that he has been given a clean chit by the SIT appointed by the Supreme Court. "This was a misrepresentation of facts. The fact is that the Supreme Court did not accept the SIT's conclusion that there was no prosecutable evidence against Modi. Not satisfied by the SIT's conclusion, the Supreme Court directed Amicus Curiae Raju Ramachandran, who had already been appointed to assist the court in the case, [to] assess the evidence gathered and meet with the witnesses directly, bypassing the SIT."

"Ramachandran submitted his final report in July 2011 after which the Supreme Court asked the SIT to further investigate in the light of the amicus curiae's report," New Age says. It notes that the SIT, after further investigation and ignoring of the contents of Ramachandran's report, filed a closure report in an Ahmedabad court last year, against which the petitioners — Zakia Jafri and Citizens for Justice and Peace — are currently arguing in the Ahmedabad court.


The CPI(ML) journal ML Update accuses the UPA government of working overtime to please the US regarding the relaxation in FDI norms. "With the exchange value of the Indian rupee nose-diving to 60 per dollar, India's import bill is becoming increasingly unmanageable. Short-term compulsions of debt repayment are also exerting great pressure on India's forex reserves. It was a similar scenario in the early 1990s that led the Indian policy establishment to opt for the neoliberal package of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation."

"And after 22 years, as the Indian economy finds itself in a deeper mess, Indian policymakers can think of no other course but to extend still greater concessions to global capital," the editorial argues.

"Biden's wishlist gives us an idea of the kind of concessions the Americans are demanding. and the Congress may well end up extending. The US wants not only greater FDI concessions in every sector, but a lenient tax regime and still greater Indian reliance on American imports... In particular, the US wants India to completely open up the insurance sector, accept the intellectual property right claims of US pharmaceutical companies and weaken, if not altogether waive, the liability clause in civilian nuclear trade..." it says.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 03 Aug 2013 20:29
by RoyG

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 06 Aug 2013 23:17
by Rony
IDSA has put on some nice articles on Red Menace

Maoist Movement in India: An Overview

It is clear from the above account of the Maoist movement that the movement has been violent and comparatively strong enough to challenge, at least, the security forces and pose threats to the local government officials. The movement is primarily spearheaded by a Maoist party, i.e. the CPI (Maoist) which derives its ideological and militaristic inspirations from the China’s Mao Tse Tung’s thoughts which propagates agrarian armed revolution to capture political power. Indian Maoists/Naxalites aim at overthrowing the Indian State through the agrarian armed revolution and capturing the political power. The CPI (Maoist) has spread to one-third of the country’s geographical area (primarily in forest areas) and established an efficient networking in urban areas through its mass organizations. It has also in place a proper research and development programme which is responsible for the development of sophisticated arms and ammunitions. In addition to it, the CPI (Maoist) has set up an intelligence network to collate and analyse the information as to the planning, movement and operation of the security forces. They are challenging the Indian state on many fronts—from propaganda to military actions. Although they say that they are in a strategic defensive mode in which they, on occasions, conduct counter-offensive attacks on security forces and civilians, the data on the killings of security forces and civilians reveal enormity of the Maoists’ threat to the internal security of the country. The governments at the centre and the states, time and again, have acknowledged the threat as the biggest internal security threat/challenge ever faced by India. The Central and the State governments have made some efforts on two fronts, development as well as security, to curtail the Maoist menace. However, the governments have not been really successful in countering the Maoists’ propaganda against the Indian state, which would give them strategic leverage vis-à-vis the Indian state in psychological warfare. The governments need to instil confidence into the affected mass towards the State through providing them with development, opportunity and sense of security.

Left-Wing Extremism and Counterinsurgency in India: The ‘Andhra Model’

India has a long history of left-wing extremism. The largest and most powerful left-wing extremist group today is the Communist Party of India (CPI) (Maoist), which is active in many states across the country. Its ultimate goal is to capture power through a combination of armed insurgency and mass mobilisation. In recent times, the southern state of Andhra Pradesh has achieved notable success in counterinsurgency operations against the Maoists. This article outlines the ‘Andhra model’, which involves a mix of security, development and political approaches. It also examines whether this model can be replicated in other Indian states affected by left-wing extremism.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 07 Aug 2013 07:15
by abhishek_sharma
Views from the Left

New States

The CPI(ML) weekly ML Update welcomed the Congress's decision to carve the separate state of Telangana

The CPI(ML) weekly ML Update welcomed the Congress's decision to carve the separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh and asked the UPA to address long-pending aspirations for statehood and autonomy, including those of Gorkhaland and Vidarbha.

Noting that the Gorkhaland state demand has a strong linguistic and cultural basis, an editorial argues that the tripartite accord replacing the erstwhile Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has failed to satisfy the Gorkha people. It says the demand for a Gorkhaland state to resolve the identity crisis of the Gorkha people cannot be ignored. It also discusses the statehood agitation in Assam and demands in Vidarbha and Bundelkhand. "While rejecting the thesis of small states invoked in the name of better governance, we support the cause of federal restructuring, including the formation of new states to fulfil longstanding popular demands," it concludes.


CPM journal People's Democracy has an article explaining why the party opposed the food security ordinance. It makes the case that the government, by bringing the ordinance on the eve of the Parliament session, showed contempt for Parliament. Moreover, it suggests that the ordinance contains two new clauses concerning state governments added without any consultation, thus undermining the federal structure of the Constitution. Also, it claims that on the substantive issues regarding the provision of food security, the ordinance ignores the amendments suggested by several parties.

The article, by Brinda Karat, says the ordinance introduces a new sub-clause stating "[the] state government may, as soon as possible, but within such period not exceeding 180 days after the commencement of the ordinance, identify the eligible households in accordance with the guidelines framed under this subsection."

"State governments will be required to complete two processes. First, the ordinance has lowered the entitlement... To implement this reduced entitlement, it will be necessary for a state government to identify the number of individuals in each family."

"Secondly... there will have to be a new verification for 'eligible beneficiaries', since the targeted system remains... Thus the time framework should first have been discussed with state governments," she argues.


A front-page article in the CPI's New Age calls for a trouble-free monsoon session of Parliament, arguing that its functioning assumes paramount importance today, when its role as the sole legislator is being gradually surrendered, allowing both the executive and judiciary to act on its behalf.

"The ordinance route adopted by the executive and the ever-rising activism of the judiciary are results of the dysfunction of Parliament," it states. The article argues that the NDA, "sees merit in both the dysfunction and the continuation of neoliberal policies, [and] was hand in glove with UPA 2 in this undemocratic action... Also, the government has set its priority on passing the two ordinances , the land acquisition bill, insurance and pension fund bills... loss of time due to disruptions is simply not affordable," it argues.

Compiled by Manoj C.G.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 10 Aug 2013 10:27
by Aditya_V
First it was EU observors flying down to support Binayek Sen, now Amnesty International jumping in for Maoists. Seems these guys don't represent poor hungry Tribal Interests but rich EU-US Interests.

Free Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi, Amnesty tells Chhattisgarh

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 14 Aug 2013 10:05
by abhishek_sharma
Views from the Left

FDI is no help

With the UPA government reaching out to the BJP to seek the main opposition party's support on key economic reforms, the Left argues that a fresh round of match-fixing seems to have begun. It ckaims there is not much difference between the economic orientations of the two parties. An editorial in the CPM's People's Democracy critcises the move to increase FDI limits across the board and argues greater FDI inflow will not result in employment generation and a higher growth rate: "This is a flawed logic. Most of the FDI in sectors like insurance, banking, etc are not investments directly in production and, hence, their employment generation capacity is low. Further, investments in production can yield higher growth rates and employment only when there is sufficient domestic demand to absorb such production.
"Given the state of the Indian economy today, with the falling growth rate leading to greater unemployment, the relentless rise in the prices of all essential commodities (leaving much lower levels of purchasing power for manufactured goods amongst the people) is contracting the already existing low levels of domestic demand. Hence, a higher inflow of FDI will not automatically lead to a revival of India's manufacturing and industrial growth..." it argues.

The editorial calls for an increase in public spending and infrastructure-creation saying that would generate growth of employment and boost domestic demand. "UPA 2 government seems hellbent on vigorously pursuing the neoliberal reform agenda. In the process, they seem to have found an ally in the BJP, confirming the fact that on the score of economic reforms, there is little difference between the two," it concludes.

For all workers

An article in the CPI's New Age hits out at the UPA for what it calls anti-worker policies, focusing on the decision of Central trade unions to launch an agitation against the government. The trade unions, including the Congress's INTUC, have decided to organise street protests in September and a march on Parliament in December. The article discusses the demands, which range from fixing a minimum wage of not less than Rs 10,000 a month to universal social security for all workers and assured pension, to same-wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers.

Senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta says the government was least concerned about workers' right to lead a dignified life, farmer suicides, burgeoning unemployment and social security for women: "We are not opposed to foreign capital but it should come for building infrastructure, generating employment opportunities and boosting production. How much FDI has come to India during the last three years in the retail sector? Indeed the investments and savings have gone down. Production has come to standstill in agriculture and industry..."

Fanning Hatred

AN editorial in the CPI(ML)'s ML Update talks about the increase in incidents of communal violence, the latest being the conflagration in Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir. On the Kishtwar incident, it demands an investigation as to whether the initial clashes with an Id procession were spontaneous, or engineered by political forces. The editorial alleges that the BJP and Sangh Parivar were trying to fan the flames of communal violence. "The BJP's effort is to capitalise on the J&K clashes in order to put communal wind in the sails of its election campaign towards the next Lok Sabha polls. Every communal conflagration for the BJP, especially one in J&K, is an occasion to boost its hate campaign that paints the Muslims as 'enemies of the nation'. Anti-Pakistan jingoism therefore goes hand in hand with their attempts to foment communal hatred," it says.

The editorial also looks at the rise in communal violence in other states. Quoting media reports, it says two dozen instances of communal clashes have been reported in Bihar ever since the JD(U)-BJP split. In UP, too, it states that there has been communal violence in Meerut, and an escalation since the Samajwadi Party came to power.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 21 Aug 2013 19:47
by ramana
Hindustan Times on Mumbai Police thoughts on imposing collective punishments on viallgers in Maoist contolled areas:

Making a Wrong Move

When it comes to dealing with the country’s ‘gravest internal threat’, the Maoists, the Union government’s strategy is based on four elements: security, development, public perception management and surrender and rehabilitation. However, what often hampers the fight against the Red Army is the absence of consensus on these broad central guidelines between the Centre and the Maoist-affected states. This disconnect was evident once again last week when Satyapal Singh, the Mumbai Police commissioner, suggested that the Maoists need to be neutralised by putting collective responsibility on the villagers who help them.

In the latest issue of the Indian Police Journal, the 1980-batch Maharashtra cadre police officer suggested that the government must think of imposing curfew, slapping collective fines and punishing heads and elders in villages if they are found to be helping the Maoists. He added that it was time to admit that the locals in the Maoist-affected areas are not with the police and that despite the administration doing development work, there has not been much change in the quality of their lives. The commissioner wrote that the Maoists need to be restricted ‘both physically and psychologically from the general population’ and that every member of a village, above 12 years of age, must be registered with the district administration and be issued an identity card.

Mr Singh has spoken like a true blue security official, overlooking the real picture that villagers are often forced to help the Maoists — and even the security forces — out of fear. He also seems to have forgotten that it is this high-handed attitude of successive governments and security forces that had pushed the people towards the Maoists. At a time when the central government is pushing the development agenda to wean away the people from the Maoists — a difficult and time-consuming process — suggestions like those given Mr Singh will only complicate matters and could badly backfire in the long run.

People cringed when I said that Indian Police has not outgrown its twin true roots: Mughal Zabardasti of collective punhisment and Brutish Royal Ulster Constublary tactics of an occupying power.

What Mr Singh is suggesting is the tactics of an occupying power on the occupied peoples. His tactics smack of Gestapo tactics in Nazi Europe.

He should drop the Indian form his IPS badge for he is no longer true to the oath that he took when he joined the service.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 03 Sep 2013 23:07
by Agnimitra
X-post from Secularism thread:

A Catholic nun is raped by her relatives who accuse the nun of using Maoists to kill their father (note the connection between Maoists and missionaries in Odisha).... But at first the media had blamed "Hindu fundamentalists" for raping her.
Family feud apparently led to gang rape of Indian nun

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 08:45
by Prem Kumar
a) The Christians have their militia: Maoists (& other assorted insurgents in the North East)

b) The Muslims have their militia: Indian Mujahideen, LeT and the big daddy Pakistan

c) The Indian State provides covert & overt support to both these militias (to channel them in particular directions), in addition to state resources allocated for the minorities

And the Hindus? We are up against a hostile state. Where is our militia? Who will fight for us?

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 09:56
by krishnan
NaMO, i hope so

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 01 Oct 2013 18:10
by Atri
Maoist leader convicted for Swami Laxmanananda murder

A local court in Kandhamal district of Odisha on Tuesday convicted a Maoist leader for the murder of senior VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati and four others five years ago.

Additional Sessions Judge Rajendra Kumar Tosh held Pulari Rama Rao alias Uday, a Maoist leader from Andhra Pradesh, guilty of the murder of Saraswati and four of his disciples during Janmastami celebrations on August 23, 2008, at an ashram in Kandhamal district.

The court acquitted Somanath Dandasena for want of evidence. The verdict came a day after seven persons were convicted by the court in the sensational murder case.

The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment for all the eight convicts on October three.

The seven persons convicted on Monday were Gadanath Chalanseth, Bijaya Kumar Shyamseth, Buddha Nayak, Sanatan Badamajhi, Duryadhan Sunamajhi, Bhaskar Sunamajhi and Munda Badamajhi.

Besides murder and criminal conspiracy, they were convicted under provisions of IPC for offences including rioting with deadly weapons and unlawful assembly. They were also held guilty under several provisions of the Arms Act.

Out of the 13 accused in the case, nine were arrested while four are still at large.

(With inputs from agencies)

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 01 Oct 2013 19:24
by Prem Kumar
^^ By the way, all 7 accused are Christians with Crypto names. See this article

All of the convicts are Christians and they had committed the crime because according to them the swami was forcing Christians to convert to Hinduism, the lawyer said.

I am surprised the toilet paper had the guts to name it in black & white

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 01 Oct 2013 19:36
by vishvak
There is total selective silence of sudo-seculars against murder of swamy laxmanaanand and 4 others within girls school on sacred day of Krishn Janmaashtamee.

There is no VISA ban by any pseudo secular country for leader of the gang.

The link also states
The convicts were part of a mob of about 50 people

The mob went without any punishment for attacking girls school.

There is no information per se on supply of assault weapons.

Notice how no one points out that logic of attack on girls school and killing swamyji and 4 others under excuse of rumours of forcing conversion is not secular but anti Hindu. The riots after the murder were called anti-christian riots but the murder isn't called anti Hindu murder.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 01 Oct 2013 21:52
by Prem Kumar
Read Sandeep Balakrishna's piece on "Indiafacts", a new fact checker site:

If this is not enough grounds to ban World Vision in India, I dont know what is.

Lets remember our hero Laxmanananda Saraswati, who died fighting for Hinduism

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 05 Oct 2013 19:38
by RoyG

She is openly calling for war against the state.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 25 Oct 2013 06:51
by abhishek_sharma
From the new issue of Foreign Affairs. I don't have access to full article.

India and Ideology Premium Article
Pankaj Mishra

According to the celebrated British historian Perry Anderson’s new book, India’s democracy is actually a sham. Anderson’s harsh Marxist critique is convincing in many ways, but undercut by his indifference to the distinctive characteristics of India’s politics and economy.


Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 25 Oct 2013 06:57
by abhishek_sharma
And this looks like another Marxist rag

Citizenship and Its Discontents: An Indian History

Who is a citizen, and what rights does that status entail? These questions are especially tough for India, with its history of communal divisions, diasporas, and refugee inflows. Muslims who fled to Pakistan at the time of the partition and then came back had a harder time getting citizenship than Hindus in the same situation. Some state governments have refused to implement citizenship rights for certain tribal populations, even though their rights are recognized by the national government. Since India does not recognize citizenship based on birth on Indian soil, some refugee communities have remained stateless for several generations. At the other end of the spectrum, wealthy foreigners of Indian ethnicity can purchase the status of Overseas Citizen of India. The country’s complex system of quotas and entitlements at once privileges and stigmatizes the poor, members of lower castes, and tribal populations. Jayal argues that India’s history as a society built on the exclusionary logics of castes and tribes continues to clash with its self-image as an inclusive democracy.

Re: The Red Menace

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 23:43
by chaanakya
IB has issued advisory to Bihar Govt on Naxal influence. It talked about spreading Naxal movement in more Reas of Bihar particularly hinterland, lack of any operation by State police to contain it and growing firepower of Naxalis and increased attacks on Police Petrol Parties reflecting lack of intelligence and coordination with Central forces. ( reported in local newspaper)

Many jawans of SAP(Special Auxiliary Police) , a Unit raised to fight Naxali forces, resigned and it was a big news on the day I was in Patna with local TV featuring interview with some of the Jawans. Their main grouse wasthat state is not interested in fighting naxala and prevents us from conducting operations. Doesn't give proper fire arms or firing orders. They told that they had encircled hundreds of naxala in recent combing operations but was forced to give safe passage to about 750 naxalis by Nitish Govt. This raises serious doubt about their intention to fight naxali .

Meanwhile Naxals had issued threat to kill against DM and SP of Bhagalpur District. Earlier this area was unknown for naxal activities.

There was news item about Nitish going soft on IM Modules and weakening the case against Patna Blast accused.

Role of State police was not above suspicion. Instead of doing professional job ( for which they are not known) they were toeing lines of NiKu even in the matter of criminal investigations and controlling the crimes. Although general law and order was ok.

There was allegation on one of the NiKu minister Shyam Rajak about giving threating calls to one of the lady Doordarshan Officer. She filed FIR and Police was accused of trying to save minister. Next day another officer ( who happened to be close relative of the Minister and in Doordarshan) filed FIR in SC/ST Police station against that Lady officer. One can imagine the outcome.

Road from Zero Mile ( Bakhtiyarpur to Patna is about 50 Kms and took two and half hours to travel. That is one of the main highway feeding lots of traffic to Patna from Jharkhand and GT Road ( Kolkata) Yet Niku has done nothing to improve it to a four or six lane highway.