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Arundhati Roy on attacks on GN Saibaba

Listen to Arundhati Roy - "GN Saibaba is being targeted for voicing against govt's anti-naxal operations"

Arundhati Roy criticises the police raid at the residence of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, a vociferous opponent of Operation Greenhunt — the Indian government's counter-insurgency operations against the Maoists.

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Interviewed by Ushinor Majumdar
Produced by Saad Ahmed

 

‘Only fringe elements wanted him hanged’

Interview with S.A.R. Geelani.

In the Parliament House attack case, the trial court sentenced Professor S.A.R. Geelani to death, but the Supreme Court acquitted him. Geelani, who teaches Arabic at Delhi University, was the only person outside the jail whom Afzal Guru trusted and could meet frequently. Excerpts from the interview he gave Frontline.

To begin with, what is your reaction to the secret hanging of Afzal?

The secret hanging of Afzal was atrocious. It is a sad day for the people of Kashmir. It is inhuman that a person is being sent to the gallows without even giving him a chance to meet his family. His little son was not allowed to meet his father for one last time before his death.

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Operation Green Hunt Enters New Phase

March 29, 2012

by Sudha Bharadwaj, General Secretary, Chhattisgarh PUCL

It is quite evident that after the phase of "Salwa Judum" and the phase of "Operation Green Hunt", anti-Naxal operations have entered a new phase variously called "Operation Haka" and "Operation Vijay".

While certain media reports present very different pictures of this Operation [see appendixes], both the spokespersons of the Security Forces and Maoists claim that this Operation took place in the Abujhmaad/Maad area fairly deep in the forests; a large number of joint paramilitary forces about 3000 in number participated.

While the police reports speak of Naxalite camps destroyed, Maoists encountered and arrested, the Maoist spokesperson claims that houses were burnt down, adivaasi villagers were beaten, including beaten to death, and those arrested have not been produced before courts.

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'Caste and Culture in India'

A talk by  G. Kalyan Rao  (author of Untouchable Spring)

The Department of English. University of Delhi, invites you to a talk by G. Kalyan Rao (chaired by Prof. Gopal Guru) on Thursday, February 21 at 3 p m in room number 61, Arts Faculty, North Campus, DU

What is history? It is nothing but a human story told by a grandmother to her children. The valuable work, the magnificent contribution and experience of the first and foremost inhabitants of this land, the Dalits and Adivasis are neglected, unseen and brutally suppressed. This is the first and foremost unrecorded 'missing case' in the history of human civilization. Why this organized crime? Who are the perpetrators? And why did they do so? The answers to these questions are not that simple because the study on caste and culture in India is not simple. This lecture will be a small step to understand the missing link between caste and culture in India.

G Kalyan Rao is a senior member of the Revolutionary Writers Association (AP), Active Writers Organisation in Andhra Pradesh.

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Some Notes On The Working Class And The Imperialist Wars

by Jan Myrdal

The First Comrade Naveen Babu Memorial Lecture, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi

10 February 2012.

First it is necessary to make a statement on whom I speak for. I am a communist but since close on sixty years a non-party communist. The reasons for that I have written about in several books. Thus I am not the spokesperson for any specific organization that can be made responsible for what I say.

I have just published a book mainly based on my visit to the guerrilla zone in Dandakaranya on the invitation of the CPI (Maoist): Red Star Over India: As the Wretched of the Earth are Rising. There I describe how, when we after a long march through the jungle came to the camp in Dandakaranya at night and had got our cup of tea, a group came walking out of the jungle. After some time I understood that it was the general secretary of the CPI (Maoist), Ganapathy and his comrades.

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Hard News: "Ground Zero and Troublesome Tribals"

As long as we act, either as legally appointed dacoits or as patrons bearing a new ‘white man’s burden’ in all the racist senses, we will remain complicit in genocide

Karen Gabriel and PK Vijayan Delhi

‘We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on. He leaves his father’s graves behind, and he does not care. He kidnaps the earth from his children, and he does not care.’

– Letter of Chief Seathl, of the Suquamish tribe, to US President Franklin Pierce in response to the demand that they surrender or sell native land to the white settlers.

 

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Let's Stand Against the Indian State's War on People

Forum Against War on People--Public Meeting, Rajendra Bhawan, DD Upadhya Marg, New Delhi, 6 February 2012

(The text of the speech of Jan Myrdal, internationally well-known writer for his support for the people's movements world-wide)

Dear friends,

I want to say something on the international solidarity movement with the peoples of India.

We are here because there is an ongoing war against the peoples of India by the Indian state itself or - to put it more charitably - by dominant sections of the Indian state machinery. You as Indian citizens want to stop this war. I and other friends of India abroad are trying to organise an international solidarity movement with the people of India against the horrors of this war.

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'The State has to own up to the killings in Green Hunt'

Interview with GN Saibaba,Vice-President, Revolutionary Democratic Front Of India

Civil activists like Prashant Bhushan and Binayak Sen have put out an appeal for the release of Sukma Collector Alex Menon. Do you agree?
The collector of a district represents the government in a district. The government has to take responsibility for whatever atrocities and killings are happening in the name of Operation Green Hunt. It does not matter whether the collector is a good individual or not. Hundreds of people are being arrested and tortured. When there is no mechanism in place to look after their relief, the people are forced to this situation. This is the government's creation. There is no point in saying that these things will not happen as if everything else is all right. This is a kind of war-situation where both the government and the CPI(Maoist) are locked in a battle of tactics and counter-tactics.

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Where Ants Drove Out Elephants

The Story of People's Resistance to Displacement in Jharkhand

January 6, 2012

By Stan Swamy, Sanhati

This article is an introduction to the trajectory of peoples' movements against displacement in Jharkhand in the last few years. As the author writes, the resistance in Jharkhand has resulted in the fact that "[o]ut of the about one hundred MOUs signed by Jharkhand government with industrialists, hardly three or four companies have succeeded in acquiring some land, set up their industries and start partial production." - Ed.

Displacement is painful for anybody - to leave the place where one was born and brought up, the house that one built with one's own labour. It is most painful when no alternate resettlement has been worked out and one has nowhere to go. And when it comes to the indigenous Adivasi People for whom their land is not just an economic commodity but a source of spiritual sustenance, it can be heart-rending.

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