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Postby AjayKK » 14 May 2008 19:55

Avinash R wrote:^ even the unarmed villagers are not afraid of these cannibalistic scums called maoists. :D even if the jerk maoist labels each indian state as an nation nothing is going to change on the ground. let them keep producing such p0rn for their dumb comrades to read and jerk on. they boast to their cadre of them ruling the Red corridor while in reality the shanti sena is kicking their as$ along this corridor. :D


Dear Avinash R...
Please begin with http://naxalwatch.blogspot.com/

Of course, the Shivraj Patil way is ...
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Patil vows to " wean " youth from Naxalism

KHAMMAM: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Sunday visited Pameedu village in Chattisgarh near the border with Andhra Pradesh and apprised locals of the steps taken up by the Central and State Governments to “check the Maoists in their tracksâ€

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Postby Avinash R » 14 May 2008 20:26

Rahul, i am stating the ground situation am not trying to ignore the problem. the newspapers may not report everything that is happening on the ground that does not mean the anti naxal operations are not going on.

the red buggers wanted to include kudremukh national park into their corridor. what happened to that? the STF sent them to their graves. The operations are continuing in that area.

the major problem state seem to be bihar and chattisgarh which lack the manpower for anti naxal ops. so the 35 additional India Reserve (IR) battalions which have already been sanctioned will do the ground work in these states and confront the maoists.

maharastra setup the Anti Naxals Operations (ANO) in march this year and already it has done a great deal on the ground. in an joint operation with ap and chattisgarh it stormed the maoist stronghold of bastar. remember bastar is in chattisgarh and yet the ground intelligence and storming operation was headed by ano. collecting actionable intelligence is not an easy task and this newly setup force has done a good job on this part.

even the tamil nadu police does not want to left out and is showing their kindness towards the red buggers.
Maoist killed in Tamil Nadu
A Maoist terrorist was killed on the spot and another injured when a Special Task Force team surrounded five maoists and fired at them at Vadakavunchi near Perumpallam on the Kodaikanal-Palani road, 80 km from here early today, police said. Police said Naveen Prasanth (30) was killed on the spot.


another development that some may have missed is that 67 Maoist terrorists have been killed and another 176 have surrender in the last 3 months. this is the due to the increased coordination and the joint operations. getting an brainwashed red bug to surrender is not an easy task. until his morale has been broken he will not give up his weapons voluntarily. so the psycological operations to break the red bugs mind are going on.

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Postby Avinash R » 14 May 2008 20:27

another joint operation was in the abujhmad forests, the maoists called this area their liberated zone. Now this area has been liberated of maoists. :D

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Postby Rahul M » 14 May 2008 20:49

My state WB, continues to be another hotspot.

http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=133921

only good thing is their ire is directed at the cpi(m).
Allah willing, they will finish off each other!

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Postby Avinash R » 14 May 2008 21:45

^wb police did a good job of catching the totla maoist ringleader even if the intelligence came from an central agency which normally does not keep tabs on maoists. the poster incident at writers building and nandigram have made communists mad and maoists better watch out. when the communists get mad they send out biman bose and even the devil himself is afraid of biman and his acid tongue.

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Postby vsudhir » 18 May 2008 17:41

Five killed in violence during panchayat poll in Bengal

In Murshidabad, district magistrate Subhir Bhadra said Bhupati Mondal, a Congress supporter, was killed after he was fired on allegedly by CPI(M) workers after altercations at a polling booth at Majherdeher village.


Firearms usage openly by CPM goons. Wheres the EC on this or are panchayat polls outside EC's purview?

Firearms usage openly by CPM goons. And the CPM untellectuals wail hoarse at sangh trishuls onlee.... I mean who would wanna bring a trishul to a gunfight now.... the cong worker am sure was carrying the charkha around onlee... :evil:

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Postby Avinash R » 18 May 2008 21:24

wtf, so much violence for just an panchayat election. in karn'taka assembly elections are being held and there is no such violence. what happened to the communist intellectuals and their concern for humanity and human rights. why are the frogs in the well (communist sympathizers) silent.

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Postby Amitayus » 19 May 2008 11:48

Avinash R wrote:wtf, so much violence for just an panchayat election. in karn'taka assembly elections are being held and there is no such violence.


At present there is a lot of funds coming to Panchayat especially due to NREGS (100 days work) and Bharat Nirman programme. The people at the grass root level (Gram Panchayat) are in charge of executing the project. So there is so much violence to have stake in the pie. Apart from that, CPM's main backbone of support are the rural poor. Unless and until they control the Panchayat and deliver some goodies to them, their firm grip in the rural areas will loosen. This is resulting in skirmishes.
BTW, there was no violence during WB assembly elections.

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Not just Singur and Nandigram, CPM gets battered across rural West Bengal

Hurrah. AoA. Hail Mary. Jai chiranjeeva! Bolo Sonehaal, Jai mata di....

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Postby Rahul M » 23 May 2008 06:07

Not just Singur and Nandigram, CPM gets battered across rural West Bengal


:roll:
right !!

LF won 13 out of 17 zilla parishads !

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Postby vsudhir » 23 May 2008 07:00

Rahul M wrote:
Not just Singur and Nandigram, CPM gets battered across rural West Bengal


:roll:
right !!

LF won 13 out of 17 zilla parishads !


Of course, there’s a long way to go. CPM retains majority control at all levels BUT they are at their lowest tally in decades and their ship is slowly sinking. Has the tide turned? Who knows, but one can hope, at least.

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Postby derkonig » 23 May 2008 11:25

^
But look who is trying to fill up the electoral space that the LF might have lost?

<Drum roll>
Its the oh-so-sekoolaar ultra-luddite Trinamul, or even worse the INC...
Sadly, for WB, its a case of Devil & the Deep sea.

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Postby sauravjha » 23 May 2008 11:57

anything is better than the CPI(M). One must understand that the opposition's base got wiped out in the 2004 elections. the ZP results show that this base is being created again. WB operates like a war zone , where you first need to create bastions and then expand into nearby areas , create new bastions, so on and so forth . what we now have is at least two places, where the Commie cadre will feel the heat soon enough.

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Postby Singha » 23 May 2008 18:35

Derkonig: Furiously malishing my mijjile @ Led Lips Mijjile Malish Palish Parloul

:rotfl:

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Postby vsudhir » 23 May 2008 19:06

Picked up from the web....

[This was] the biggest ever reverse suffered by the Left Front in the Three Tier Panchayat elections?

The Left Front lost almost 800 Panchayats (from 2303 to 1595); the Opposition (mainly driven by the Trinamool Congress) doubled its tally from 744 to 1505. Nandigram and Singur voters simply swept the Reds aside in their consituencies; and the ripple effect was felt far and wide - especially in the districts with fertile land.

For the first time rural Bengal has voted its rejection of the policies of the Left Front Government.


Like they say in Ice-Hockey country (Canuckistan)...
" You don't win by going to where the puck is. You win by going to where the puck will be"

What's interesting is not that LF retains majority in the panchayat polls (i.e. where the puck is). What is interesting is where the puck will be down the line.

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Postby ramana » 23 May 2008 23:52

From The Telegraph, 24 May 2008

ENEMIES OF THE STATE
- Women and men who choose the margins
Cutting Corners Ashok Mitra


She was born Krishna Chandavarkar. Love for music ran in the family. She had, even as a tiny tot, a deep, rich, sonorous voice. Rigorous training undergone in the early teens strengthened its texture; it also helped her to negotiate effortlessly the hills and valleys the scales encompassed. The cadence of sensitivity was, however, her very own. Demand for her renditions was intense in the neighbourhood. Another Kishori Amonkar, many thought, was about to emerge. She disappointed them. The prowess of her will nudged her away from music to pursuits of the intellect. There was, in addition, an innate concern for social issues.

Ideology is not an inherited property, it is a gift of the environment one breathes in. In Krishna’s case it was perhaps the influence of an uncle or a cousin coming home full of radical ideas after a term in prison. The stirrings were yet vague, but Krishna had already sorted out in her mind the dilemma of choices and decisions. She opted for economics; the intent was to use the knowledge acquired from this branch of study to advance the cause of the nation’s under-privileged. Krishna turned out to be a star student in the Bombay School of Economics and Sociology and began her teaching career there. She married a fellow economist, Ranganath Bharadwaj, and the two of them decided to travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for further research. The wife was indisputably more brilliant than the husband. This could have been a factor, or it could have been something else; they separated soon after their daughter, Sudha, arrived. Krishna got her PhD, returned to Bombay and kept winning laurels for her forays into hitherto unexplored frontiers of economic theory. Simultaneously she continued work on issues of income inequalities and the production function in Indian agriculture.

While all this was happening, a curious incident took place. The economist, Piero Sraffa, friend and confidant of both Antonio Gramsci and Palmiro Togliatti, was a recluse in Cambridge, England, silently toiling away on editing the works of David Ricardo. He was widely known for both the profundity of the wisdom he tucked into himself and his reluctance to transcribe this wisdom into writing. It was general knowledge though that he was trying to build a halfway house between Marx and Ricardo. His little volume, crammed with insight, Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities, got published in the early Sixties and took the world of economics by storm. Few could grasp its implications and long critiques were written here and there, with the object of interpreting Sraffa’s point of view. Sachin Chaudhuri, editor of Bombay’s Economic Weekly, had an unerring instinct for discerning who could do what most effectively. He gave the review copy of Sraffa’s book to Krishna Bharadwaj. The review article Krishna wrote created a flutter in the academic dovecots: the world now knew what Sraffa meant. Krishna’s piece became a classic, perhaps the only instance of a review article being set down as compulsory text in university curricula.

Krishna moved from Bombay to the Delhi School of Economics and, after a few years, to the Jawaharlal Nehru University. She lectured, researched, produced papers and, during sabbaticals, dug roots in Cambridge to edit the collection of Sraffa’s writings. Sraffa, who had become Krishna’s close personal friend, had meanwhile passed away, but she took upon herself the Sraffa quest of establishing a bridge between Ricardo and Marx. Her life was, however, cut short in the early Nineties, by the virulence of a malignant brain tumour.

It is not so much of Krishna, but of her daughter, Sudha, that one wants to talk about though. Sudha was a prodigy in every sense of the term. For instance, while still barely seven or eight, she would engage in debates on logical positivism, mercilessly laying bare the entrails of the doctrine. The only child of a busy, divorcée mother, she had to create her own world and build her own hypotheses. She sat through all her examinations with an easy nonchalance, topping in each of them. Her five years at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, were a repetition of the story. A piping first class resting in her pocket, the world was at her feet, more so since, by virtue of the place of her birth, she was the possessor of an American passport.

She could have gone away to the US, earned academic plaudits and plenty of money in a university position. She could have joined a transnational corporation as some sort of a technical apparat. She could have become a management guru in India itself, or travelled high along the totem pole of the Indian administrative service. She did none of these. Once she reached the age of 18, she walked to the US embassy in New Delhi, disowned her American nationality, and returned her passport. Sudha then slipped away into the wilderness of the Chhattisgarh forests.

She was, for a time, associated with Shankar Guha Neogi’s devoted group at Bhilai, fighting against the rampant corruption indulged in by middle- and low-level bureaucrats and local contractors. To wrest proper wages for the toiling workers in the mines and plants located in the region was a major item on her agenda. She soon branched out to the wider issues of Dalit and tribal rights. Sudha began living with the adivasis, and learnt fast to think in the manner they do. She and her husband adopted an adivasi child as their daughter. It has been a life of relentless struggle: to establish and protect the rights of the Dalit and tribal population, the right for land, the right for education, for health and for security against marauding landlords and rentiers.

Which is to say, Sudha is engaged in the same kind of activities Binayak Sen was more or less engaged in, again in Chhattisgarh. The authorities have a particular way of sizing up individuals like Binayak Sen and Sudha Bharadwaj: these people mix too much with the tribals, therefore they are dangerous. Any person or group of persons working for the cause of tribals is officially ordained enemy of the State, any agitation to establish tribal rights is reckoned as insurrectionary activity. Sen was taken in precisely on this ground. His sphere of work was providing health facilities, and the dissemination of information about such facilities, among the tribal population. He was therefore a marked man and was arrested. Conceivably, Sudha’s fate will be no different.

For every 9,999 young Indians from affluent families who either fly away to the US or join a trans-national corporation or choose to be a programming boss in an IT outfit or aspire to be top brass in the government system, there will still be a Binayak Sen or Sudha Bharadwaj. This is bound to be so since, every now and then, rationality, which is an integral element of the human mind, tends to assert itself against the rampant asymmetry of the human condition. True, not all rational minds always think rationally. One or two nonetheless do.

The 9,999 young Indians who choose the primrose path will, it goes without saying, roll in money. A Binayak Sen or a Sudha Bharadwaj will live a hard, marginal existence. A question will still keep nagging. If economists and mathematicians succeed in arriving at a common measure for accretions to national welfare on the basis of today and what would accrue in the future and are, at the same time, able to assign comparable weights to contribution by individual citizens, will not the contributions of Binayak and Sudha far outflank those by the rest of the crowd?



I have seen similar people at RECW in my days deluded to Naxalism while having a liberal mind.

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Postby Rye » 24 May 2008 00:22

Ashok Mitra's self-serving views:
For every 9,999 young Indians from affluent families who either fly away to the US or join a trans-national corporation or choose to be a programming boss in an IT outfit or aspire to be top brass in the government system, there will still be a Binayak Sen or Sudha Bharadwaj. This is bound to be so since, every now and then, rationality, which is an integral element of the human mind, tends to assert itself against the rampant asymmetry of the human condition. True, not all rational minds always think rationally. One or two nonetheless do.


Only socialists like Binayak Sen, Sudha whatnot and Ashok Mitra are "rational"...the rest of us are clearly hard-core mullahs. :roll:

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Postby Kati » 24 May 2008 09:59

Those keeping a tab on bengal politics should attest that there has been a tectonic shift in the power equation this week.

The results of three-tier panchayat, the grass-root level political power in bengal, are out. And, CPM has faced the biggest reverses in its history of ruling the state for the last three decades.

The red forts of the disctricts covering Nandigram, Singur, Dankuni, wherever the arrorant CPM grabbed fertile agricultural land for its pet industrial projects, uprooting thousands of peasants, - all have fallen.

Unlike other states, where political power flows from top to bottom, in bengal politics it is the other way around. The political power flows from the grass-root level panchayat seats to all the way to Lok Sabha seats.
The three tier system has Gram Panchayats at the bottom, then Panchayat Samiti, followed by Zilla Parishad at the top. Apparently, CPM has done relatively better at the Zilla Parishad level by winning 13 Zillas (districts) out of seventeen, but that too by the skin of its teeth in severl districts. Things are worse at Panchayat Samiti level, and the picture is worst at the Gram Panchayat level. Combined opposition (Trinamool Congress, Congress and marginal elements like BJP and SUCI) now hold more than fifty percent of the Gram Panchayat seats. If Lok Sabha election is held today, the CPM lef left front would lose about 20 seats outright, and this is giving the left front leaders a sleep-less night now. They are now desperate to prevent NDA from calling an early election.
Much of Karat - Yechury gang's arrogance flows from the 35 bengal MPs that works as the backbone of the 61-strong left block in the parliament.

Some interesting things happened here this time:
(i) In South Bengal, Mamata's Trinamool has come out as the main opposition; whereas in North Bengal, it's the Congress giving left a stiff fight.

(ii) One of the main reasons why CPM did so poorly is that a large chunk of the minority voters switched sides - which was unthinkable even two years ago. When sachar Commission report showed the pathetic condition of the minorities in bengal, lagging much behind their bretheren in BJP ruled Gujarat, there was a much consternation within the left parties.

(iii) Nandigram, Singur, Dankuni played a major role in denting CPM's long held red-forts. Also, the large-scale corruption with food grains meant for below poverty line people has caused much public nger.

(iv) Having wrested nearly half of the gram panchayat seats, Congress-Trinamool will have a field day in coming Lok sabha election. The grass-root level organisation of CPM ensured large scale rigging and intimidation. Now the tables have turned. In bengal, whoever weilds the lathi (gram panchayat) gets to keep the buffalo (polling booth).

(v) Last but not least, CPM's arrogance with nandigram, Singur and dankuni has made a large chunk of left leaning bengali intellectuals turn away their face from CPM.

Already CPM leaders have gone into a huddle, and karat-Yechury combo has suddenly mellowed down. Interesting time is ahead.

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Postby paramu » 24 May 2008 12:06

Will this encourage MMS to sign the nuke deal?

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Postby Philip » 24 May 2008 12:32

Cross posted in detail in China Military Watch.Perfidous Chinamen!

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/312894.html

China emerging as main source of arms to N-E rebels: Jane’s Review

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Postby Kati » 24 May 2008 19:34

paramu wrote:Will this encourage MMS to sign the nuke deal?


Nope. There is general apprenhension in the entire country against the 123-deal. it is only the left who have been making noise. MMS or any party knows very well that whoever signs the deal without having an open discussion in the parliament will be left high and dry in the next general election. parties like BJP are just waiting quieting for MMS/NDA to make that blunder. left has been making noise just to endear themselves to minority votebank.

Now this:

People didn’t wait for politicians to get their act together

Uday Basu, The Statesman, May 24, 2008

KOLKATA, May 23: However much the CPI-M pretends and its sympathisers (with friends like these...) protest that the verdict from rural Bengal is not the end of the world, the indications certainly are that the process of dismantling the Marxist edifice ~ brick by brick ~ has begun.
Whether this process will come to fruition or whether the Marxists will pull it back is anybody's guess. But as it happened in 1977 nationally, when the Indira Gandhi regime was pulled down by people's fury, Bengal's rural poor this time around didn't wait for key political players to bury the hatchet and put their heads together to cobble up an alternative to the Left Front. The Janata Party that took over the reins from Indira Gandhi too was a shapeless entity when people voted the Congress out. The priority before the electorate was to oust an unpopular regime that had committed atrocities on the very people who had elected it. The parallel with the situation prevailing after the panchayat verdict in Bengal is eerie.
Villagers who have suffered most from the design to rob them of their land and "implement industrialisation" with help from sundry industrial houses toadying up to the CPI-M for favours in the form of land allotment clearly decided to let the Marxists know who their real masters are. Those among the party and its sympathisers who seek comfort from the fact the CPI-M and its Left Front partners have retained 13 Zilla Parishads are guilty of worse than deluding themselves; they are participants in a political culture of sycophancy that at least this state has seldom seen before. It's not that the advance of the Opposition, Trinamul and its allies in the main, is merely restricted to the eight districts of East Midnapore, South and North 24-Parganas, Nadia, Howrah, Hooghly, North Dinajpur and Malda. The drubbing for the CPI-M began in areas where the three "B"s ~ Biman, Buddha and Benoy (Konar) ~ ably supported by Karat & Co. from PHQ, went ahead with their land grab policy that passes for putative industrialisation in this state. In fact, the CPI-M managed to retain its hold only in areas where the threat of loss of farmland is not imminent and where its cadres are still all-powerful.
But why did Bengal's rural population, which has supported the CPI-M for decades and lived with its transgressions and oppression in more recent years, woken up now? Rural Bengal has for long known that half the state's Budget is spent through the panchayats, most of which were controlled by the CPI-M and its allies.
And yes, it has long been an open secret that public money has been siphoned off to line the pockets of CPI-M functionaries. But villagers seemed to have lived with this state of affairs for two reasons: The loot is invisible and it didn't directly affect their day-to-day existence and because they were no match for the cadres' muscle power. But, when the CPI-M dared to touch their land, which is not only a tangible personal and familial asset but constitutes their lifeline, they began to break free from the shackles of fear to which armed CPI-M goons and local satraps such as Mr Lakshman Seth, MP, of Haldia fame and men of his ilk had consigned them. Once they crossed the threshold of fear in Nandigram, the myth of the invincibility of the CPI-M's armed prowess exploded and the segments of rural Bengal where the threat of forcible acquisition was perceived to be real decided to vote the CPI-M out overwhelmingly. They had nothing to lose but their chains...

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Postby Kati » 24 May 2008 19:37

Officials on land-grab job get nightmares

Pranesh Sarkar, The Statesman, may 24, 2008

KOLKATA, May 23: Though the state commerce and industries minister, Mr Nirupam Sen, has said that the state would not step back from its industrialisation policy despite the ruling party suffering a set back in the recently held rural polls, officials from the districts where majority of the industries are supposed to come up, apprehend that acquiring land for the projects would be a real problem now especially after the Opposition captured majority of the gram panchayats and panchayats samitis in these districts.
An official from North 24-Parganas, where a number of projects of the Salim group are supposed to come up, said, "The panchayat samitis and gram panchayats have nothing to do with acquisition of land. There is an ADM (LA) who looks after the entire land acquisition process with help of district land and land reforms officials including concerned block land and land reforms officers. But the gram panchayats and panchayat samitis play a major role in getting consensus from the villagers to make the process smooth."
Another official from Burdwan, where land would soon be acquired for the proposed steel plant at Salanpur, emphasised on getting the consensus of the villagers is very important before starting the acquisition process.
"If villagers don't oppose the move, it gets easier for the authorities to acquire land and gram panchayats and the panchayat samitis are the key in reaching the consensus.â€

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Postby Kati » 24 May 2008 19:40

Recall the last days of commies in Romania and Bulgaria.....

CPM man lynched in Nandigram

Statesman News Service, may 24, 2008
TAMLUK, May. 23: Fresh tension brewed up in the strife-torn Nandigram villages when a 40-year-old CPI-M worker was lynched allegedly by a group of Trinamul Congress workers at Hazrakata in Nandigram this morning.
In addition, several sporadic incidents of violence were reported from different villages where several houses of the CPI-M supporters were vandalised by the alleged Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) workers today.
Angered villagers also beat up a CPI-M local committee secretary, one Sheikh Saidulla when he had gone to see the lynching victim at Nandigram block hospital. His motor-bike was also burnt in front of the hospital.
According to the Nandigram police, the victim, identified as Mr Khalek Mallick of Kendumari was caught by the attackers at Hazrakata village when he was bicycling towards Haldia around 8 am. He was surrounded by hundreds of villagers and critically beaten up. When CRPF jawans reached there after learning of the incident, the villagers handed him over to them.
Later, the CRPF jawans brought him to the Nandigram police station and handed him over to the Nandigram police. He was then immediately admitted to the Nandigram block hospital in serious condition. As his condition was deteriorating fast, he was shifted to the Tamluk hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Mr Ashok Guria, CPI-M district secretariat member alleged that the Trinamul Congress workers were responsible for the brutal attack on Mr Mallick. There had been a delay of about two hours in bringing the victim to the Tamluk district hospital from Nandigram block hospital as the TMC workers put up resistance in front of the Nandigram hospital, he further charged.
Mr Guria also alleged that in the spate of violence soon after the resounding victory of the Trinamul Congress in the three-tire panchayat elections, several houses of the party supporters were vandalised by them.
Trinamul Congress workers have unleashed terror on the CPI-M supporters at Kanchannagar, Basantibazar, Boyal-Jalpai and Ramchawk areas today leaving at least five persons injured.
About 60 party supporters have been driven out from their houses due to intimidation and harassment. These party supporters have been forced to take shelters in the Reyapara party office, he added.
The Trinamul Congress leader Mr Sisir Adhikary however brushed off the allegation raised by the CPI-M leaders. He said, “Our workers were not involved in the attack on the CPI-M workers.
We have asked our workers not to take revenge on the CPI-M workers and we have full control over them. But, the CPI-M is continuing its terror tactics against our workers.â€

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Postby Kati » 24 May 2008 19:45

A foundational shock

Verdict with profound implications, The Statesman Editorial, May 24, 2008

The verdict is irrevocable, the shock numbing, and the jolt decidedly more severe than what it was after the assembly election of 2001. Very uniquely the outcome has been a double whammy; the Zilla Parishad result is a statement against the land acquisition for industry and murderous state-sponsored violence. In the panchayat samities and gram panchayats, the voter has raised his voice against the decrepit panchayati raj and such specifics as the collapse of the rationing system, the mishandling of the avian flu and the failure of the NREGA. Aside from bread and butter issues, it is the widening rift between the CPI-M and its partners that has done the party in, notably in the second and third tiers. The verdict is a testament to the measure of opposition unity at the grassroots level. In the net, the leadership’s reluctance to comment is indication enough that the party and the government have been shaken to the foundations.
Decidedly more shocking for the Left has been the loss of the panchayat samities in as many as seven districts of South Bengal. This functionally critical tier goes out of Left control in close to half of the 17 districts. A vast swathe of South Bengal had borne the brunt of the rationing collapse and food riots last September. More recently these districts were afflicted by the avian flu that has ruined the poultries, a thriving segment of the rural economy.
Nandigram has rejected the Left exactly six months after its recapture. The outcome has had its impact on the industrial nerve-centre of Haldia as well and the likes of Lakshman Seth ought now to be headed for the political dump. Interlinked with land has been the communal factor with Muslims constituting an estimated 60 per cent of Nandigram’s peasantry. The warning of a vote-bank erosion was sufficiently glaring as early as January 2007, yet a bullheaded party responded with counter-mobilisation of its cadres and with devastating effect.
As in East Midnapore, the standoffish arrogance that marked the acquisition of land in Singur is in shreds with the CPI-M losing all three Zilla Parishads to the Trinamul. The vote against the CPI-M in South 24-Parganas is the villagers’ response to the invitation to the Salim Group of Indonesia to invest without bothering to examine the repercussion of land acquisition despite the alert sounded by the party’s minister, Abdur Rezaak Mollah. Indeed, the Salim projects in the road sector and the increasing opposition to the acquisition notices have had an impact on North 24-Parganas as well where the CPI-M has won by a margin of three seats. Significantly, the proposed industrialisation of West Midnapore, Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia has had no impact on the fortunes of the party primarily owing to the arid nature of the soil.
No election since 1977 has yielded a verdict with such profound implications for the structure of rural Bengal ~ political, social and economic. Yet it would be premature to conclude in the manner of Mamata Banerjee that this is the “beginning of the end of the CPI-Mâ€

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Postby vsudhir » 24 May 2008 20:52

Kati,

Thx for the info. very enthusing.

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Postby Rahul M » 05 Jun 2008 10:22

the communist scums have called a 12 hr bangla bandh today to oppose the oil price hike by their friends at the center.

and the idiotic opposition i.e the TMC has followed suit by calling another one tomorrow.

now, do you guys understand why cpm wins election after election in WB ??

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Postby SaiK » 06 Jun 2008 20:22

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/arti ... 106813.cms
Another reason for us to expand our military bases along the himalayan ranges.

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Postby sanjaychoudhry » 08 Jun 2008 03:04

Red flag over Nepal boosts Naxals' morale
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Maoists cut off power supply to Chhattisgarh districts

Nearly 1,500 villages in four Chhattisgarh districts of the restive Bastar region were plunged into darkness Thursday after Maoists blasted power supply towers, officials said.

Power was cut off in entire Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar and Narayanpur districts when leftist insurgents brought down high tension electricity supply towers somewhere in an interior forested location in Dantewada district.

Officials say it may take a week or more to resume normal power supply.

Chief Minister Raman Singh described the blackout situation in Bastar as "extremely grim".

http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=80179

Three Maoist guerrillas killed in Chhattisgarh
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Postby Prasad » 09 Jun 2008 12:06

Apologies if posted previously. This was in the Magazine of the Hindu this weekend.

Extremism then and now

RAMACHANDRA GUHA

http://www.hindu.com/mag/2008/06/08/sto ... 080300.htm

[quote]On the other hand, the Ranadive line mandated an armed struggle led and organised by the CPI, whereby [b]“the present State will be replaced by a People’s Democratic Republic—a republic of workers, peasants and oppressed middle classes.â€

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Postby sanjaychoudhry » 10 Jun 2008 15:29

Chhattisgarh reeling under Red terror

Chhattisgarh is struggling to recover from the damage inflicted by Maoist strikes in Bastar and Durg.

While the entire Bastar region plunged into darkness after Maoists damaged towers on Thursday and has to wait three more days to get power supply, people in Durg have been left terrified by the landmine blast that killed three CISF personnel on Sunday. This is the first time Durg has come under Naxal attack.

Work on restoration of power in Bastar is on on a war-footing, by nearly 250 employees of the state power board in the presence of over 500 security personnel. The maoists had blasted two 220 kv towers and damaged over 30 poles of transmission lines.

Power board officials told HT that if weather permitted, Bastar would get power in the next 3-4 days. Owing to security reason, however, no work would be carried out after sunset.

To provide relief to the nearly 20 lakh people suffering from the blackout, and to ensure power to hospitals, offices, water and other essential services, large numbers of high capacity generators have been rushed to Bastar.

Chief Minister Raman Singh visited Bodali village, where the towers were damaged, on Monday, and directed Bastar division officials to work round the clock to restore power. The state government is contemplating installing solar energy plants in affected districts as alternative arrangement for the future, he said.

In Durg, people expressed alarm at the ultras’ move towards urban areas and senior state intelligence officials told HT that such landmine blasts had so far been reported only from Bastar. But Home Minister Ramvichar Netam begged to differ, saying: "I don't agree Maoists have begun their foray into urban areas." IG YKS Thakur said: "We appeal to the people not to get scared as every precautionary measure will be taken to ensure such incident are not repeated."

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Things are turning serious. I hope the "I can't sleep at night" Manmohan Singh and the "I have no idea what is going on" home minister get their act together and do something before this gets out of hand.

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Postby Avinash R » 10 Jun 2008 16:35

sanjay, there are 3 problem states w.r.t maoist terrorism. chattisgarh, bihar and wb. other states have increased the strength of the local police forces and their intelligence collection abilities and are well capable of defending themselves from maoist attacks even without central help, while chattisgarh and bihar are lacking the required police force and wb has no intelligence collection ability to talk about. most of its intel comes from central agencies. these shortcomings can only be rectified if and only if the state officials show real seriousness in combating these destructive forces. the role of the above ground forces like the suspicious ngo working hand in hand with these maoists needs to be curbed first.

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Postby Anabhaya » 13 Jun 2008 19:30

Meanwhile our dear comrades are busy rooting for Prachanda in Nepal. :roll:

According to Nepalnews, the meeting also formed a pressure group including the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of Nationalist Congress DP Tripathy and Communist Party of India National Secretary D Raja

The pressure group will urge the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh not to support Koirala.


Indian Left parties to propel Maoists to power in Nepal

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Postby Nitesh » 15 Jun 2008 16:45

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.as ... +S&Topic=0

N-deal a pretext to make India an US outpost against China: CPI
Sunday June 15 2008 00:00 IST
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NEW DELHI: The civilian nuclear deal is a pretext by the United States to make India its “outpost” in the region to check the growth of China, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan said on Saturday.

At a function to commemorate the 80th birth anniversary of legendary revolutionary Che Guevara here, the CPI leader alleged the US was adopting various means to draw the country into the controversial deal.

“The US is adopting various means to draw the country into a strategic partnership. They have a purpose, an aim. It wants India to act as its outpost in the region to counter balance China,” he said.

Bardhan, the leader of one of the four left parties providing crucial outside support to the UPA, said his party did not believe in the US idea of “balancing of power”.

“We want India and China to stay together. We do not want confrontation with them as it is not best for the interest of the country and the region,” he said.

Claiming that the US was trying to impose its agenda across the world, he noted that America was interfering in every part of the world.

“The US is imposing its unilateral policies across the world. Just see, how it destroyed an old civilisation in Iraq.

It is threatening to wipe out Iran. It is not accepting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to have a land of their own,” he said.

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Postby shyamd » 16 Jun 2008 04:52

This article by the CPI(M) made it to google news.
Left Bashing At Whose Behest?

LEFT bashing, in fact CPI(M) bashing, for its opposition to the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal is, indeed, reaching a crescendo. The drumbeaters of US imperialism and the cheer leaders of India Inc. continue to mount a scurrilous attack through a web of fabrications against the CPI(M) which are far removed from both rationality and fact. The latest is a vituperative tirade against the CPI(M) for blocking the Indo-US nuclear deal by a former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, G Parthasarathy (`Red Star over South Block', The Times of India, June 9, 2008). The running theme of such slander is that the CPI(M) is “determined to make India a client state of China”.

Similar unfounded attacks were mounted earlier. Needless to add, they will continue because of very strong potential benefits for the vested interests in trying to discredit the CPI(M) and the Left, on the one hand, and curry favour with the Indian ruling classes and US imperialism, on the other. A former senior officer of India's intelligence apparatus slanderously wrote that the CPI(M) is “driven by China's concerns” (`The Manchurian candidates' by B Raman, Hindustan Times, August 21, 2007). Without an iota of substance, amongst the thrash of fabricated abuse, he hurled preposterous charges that CPI(M) leaders had forced the present UPA government to issue visas to 1000 Chinese engineers. With such disinformation guiding our intelligence apparatus, in the past, it is no wonder that India lost one prime minister and one former prime minister to assassins and continues to pay a heavy price due to intelligence lapses. Thanks to small mercies, this gentleman has now retired. Such writings, however, could well be with an eye to seek lucrative post-retirement occupations.

India & Inc. has joined the chorus with the FICCI secretary general airing similar allegations (`Sabotaging India's Rise' by Dr Amit Mitra, The Times of India, April 10, 2008). Since the tenor and content of all these and other such attacks against the CPI(M) are similar, let us take up the main argument that our opposition to the nuclear deal is at the bidding of China.

Those who know of the CPI(M)'s birth and history will know that for nearly two decades both the international communist giants - the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party of China - opposed the CPI(M)'s policies from different perspectives. The CPI(M)'s policy directions are always determined by its own perceptions of what is in the interests of India and its people. Those who are willing to eagerly surrender India's sovereignty to US imperialism will do well to refrain from offering unsolicited advise and certificates of patriotism. If our detractors are worthy of character and substance, then they ought to meet our arguments on their merits, not through perfidy.

It is aggressively argued that any attempt to cap India's nuclear strategic capabilities will immensely benefit both China and Pakistan. Who, may we ask, is vigorously pursuing this Indo-US nuclear deal which, as is well-known, will limit India's strategic capacities, thus, providing advantage to our neighbours? Could we, then allege that those promoting this deal are acting at the behest of China and Pakistan?

Such slander apart, we are charged with preventing India's energy augmentation by opposing this deal. Particularly, at a time when global oil prices are soaring. However, consider the following facts. India's current power generation is 127 gigawatts (gw). At the current rates of growth of GDP, this needs to grow to 337 gw by 2016-17. There is no doubt that if this is not achieved, India's pace of development would be severely restricted. The moot question, however, is whether nuclear energy expansion is the only, or, the best option that we have today?

In 2006, 3.9 gw of nuclear power was generated, 3 per cent of India's total power generation. In the most optimistic scenario, after the operationalisation of this deal, this would grow, at best, to 20 gw by 2016, or just over 6 per cent of the projected generation.

Further, is nuclear power cost-effective? On the contrary, it is the most expensive option. As compared to coal, it would be one and a half times more expensive. Compared with gas, it is twice as expensive. So is the case with hydro electricity.

Given the abundance of coal reserves in India, the Planning Commission estimates that thermal energy would dominate power generation in India. As far as hydro electricity is concerned, given the potential of nearly 150 gw, only 33 gw has been installed as of 2006. In addition, over 55,000 MW could be imported from Nepal and Bhutan. The tapping of such huge hydro potential will not only augment our energy capacities at half the cost of nuclear energy, but will also tame these rivers which regularly consume the lives of thousands.

Thus, the government's argument that the Indo-US nuclear deal is to augment our energy resources sounds untenable. Huge commercial orders running into thousands of crores of rupees for the purchase of nuclear reactors would be placed on US firms. The profit bonanza to multinational corporations is there for all to see with the attendant benefits to sections of corporate India. Recollect that for more than three decades the USA has not installed new nuclear power reactors! Is India then actually going in for this deal to bolster US economic interests? If the same amount of resources were to be spent on generating power through hydro, thermal, gas, clean non-renewable and solar electricity, India's energy augmentation would be many times higher. Thus, the nuclear deal not only exposes India to greater vulnerability in areas of strategic security concerns and independent foreign policy as noted in these columns in the past, it drains a huge amount of our scarce resources.

This deal has substantive implications for India's sovereignty in the future. Instead of meeting these issues, a web of fabrications based on so-called extra territorial loyalties of the Left is woven. Similar slanderous allegations mounted by the BJP at its recent national executive meeting were dealt with in these columns last week. Particularly, how the BJP-led NDA government reiterated India's stated position that Tibet is an integral part of China.

In this current conjuncture, in the post bipolar Cold War world, the natural tendency in international relations is for the movement towards multi-polarity. US imperialism seeks to subvert this by imposing a unipolarity under its tutelage. India's role in the comity of nations will be determined by its championing of multi-polarity and its traditional leadership role of the developing countries. Any alignment with US imperialism to impose unipolarity will dissolve India's distinctiveness in world politics. This is precisely what the Left seeks to prevent in the interests of India and its people.

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Postby Sumeet » 23 Jun 2008 03:17

Left leaders get death threats for blocking N-deal


Sunday, June 22, 2008 (New Delhi)
Four top Communist leaders on Sunday received death threats by mail for blocking the India-US civil nuclear deal and for allegedly ''harassing'' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India (CPI) leaders AB Bardhan and D Raja got identical copies of the letter in flawed English, sources in both groups told IANS.

''May god bless this country to eliminate these r------ by any means. People are fed up with you. Enough is enough,'' read the letter, apparently written by Vinay Kateri from Mumbai.


Confirming that he had received the letter, Raja told IANS. ''These kind of things keep happening in politics. We do not take it seriously.''

A CPM source said Karat too had got the hand-written letter along with a computer printout.

Accusing the Left leaders of ''hijacking the national interests'', the letter asked the Communists, who are bitterly opposed to the nuclear deal, not to behave like ''terrorists''.

''Do not hold this country for ransom. Do not behave like terrorists,'' the letter said. It said the Communists were ''suffering from blood cancer, namely anti-American virus''.

''People of this country are tired with the r------- behaviour and for harassing the government for the last four-and-a-half years.'' A noting in the letter says a copy had been sent to the Congress office.

Alleging that the Left had blocked economic reforms and foreign direct investment, it warned that the Karat and his party would not get not even 15 Lok Sabha seats in any future election.

There was, however, a word of appreciation for Yechury. ''Of the four, we consider Yechury as a just and a reasonable person. Please try to convince the three remaining r------,'' it said.

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Postby Avinash R » 23 Jun 2008 10:22

Sumeet wrote:Left leaders get death threats for blocking N-deal

''May god bless this country to eliminate these r------ by any means. People are fed up with you. Enough is enough,'' read the letter, apparently written by Vinay Kateri from Mumbai.

What does r----- mean? :-?

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Postby sanjaychoudhry » 29 Jun 2008 16:51

Over 50 jawans feared drowned after Maoist attack

Over 50 personnel of the anti-naxal force of the Andhra Pradesh and Orissa police were feared drowned in Balimela reservoir in Orissa's southern district of Malkangiri on Sunday as the boat ferrying them came under gunfire by Maoists from atop a nearby hill.

Orissa director general of police Gopal Nanda told PTI that the incident took place near Alampetta village when 64 security personnel of the elite Greyhound Force were on their way to Chitrakonda in the state by a boat for a joint operation against the Maoists.

Of the 64 personnel on board, eight could manage to swim ashore with bullet injuries on them while search operation was launched to trace the missing policemen.


www.rediff.com/news/2008/jun/29jawan.htm


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