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West Bengal : Paramilitary assault journalists

Kolkata, May 20 (PTI) The West Bengal government today said it has received a preliminary report on the alleged assault by CRPF personnel of journalists at the landmine blast site at Ramgarh in which five CRPF personnel were killed.

"A preliminary report was submitted, but I have not gone through it and cannot say what happened," Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters when asked about the incident.

The Press Club Kolkata condemned the assault on the journalists that allegedly took place yesterday.

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Karnataka : Operation Media Gagging

Gauri Lankesh

THE Central home minister P Chidambaram has often issued veiled threats to intellectuals who offer covert or overt support to the Maoists, whom the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has identified as the ‘biggest internal security threat to the country’ today. While Singh and Chidambaram have limited themselves to issuing threats, the top brass in the Karnataka Government has opted for direct action. The police of Shimoga district has issued a ‘threatening’ notice to a young Kannada journalist.

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An Excellent Short Film on the Lalgarh Movement

This 39 minute documentary, made in Bengali, shows the people of Lalgarh in action--cutting down trees to block the police and paramilitaries from using the roads, and confronting the security forces at every turn.  It also has interviews with members of the People's Committee against Police Atrocities.

Copy and paste this url to watch the video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2338671304380482228&hl=en#

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‘You only serve the party here, not the people

Kabir Suman, the maverick musical genius and activist, who resigned as an MP, tells PARTHA DASGUPTA he rues the state of politics in India

Wasn't your resignation inevitable?

You could say so. I am a product of the peoples' movement. I am a self-proclaimed anarchist. I am a political man by all means but not a man of politics. The Singur-Nandigram uprising brought me to the centrestage of West Bengal's anti-government politics and I was persuaded to contest an election by some well-meaning friends and a large section of the civil society as well as Mamata Banerjee. Everyone thought I was just the right man to function as the 'people's voice' in Parliament. Little did I know then that for a first time MP, to be able to raise a point in Parliament is almost impossible. Add to it the fact that I was continually harassed, humiliated and slighted in public by a section of the Trinamul Congress leadership. I couldn't take it any more. I was losing my identity.

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CNN-IBN Video: Inside Maoist Land, Lalgarh

Inside Maoist Land, Lalgarh: CNN IBN Special Report is a very interesting set of four short videos from June 2009.  While putting forward the usual media hostility toward the Maoists, the reporter can’t help but recognize the deep popular support for them in the Lalgarh area.  Note: You have to cut and paste these links in order to watch the videos.

Video 1 [3:35 minutes] on Vodpod at: http://vodpod.com/watch/2533797-untitled?pod=indianvanguard

Video 2 [4:47 minutes] on Vodpod at: http://vodpod.com/watch/2533775-untitled?pod=indianvanguard

Video 3 [3:50 minutes] on Vodpod at: http://vodpod.com/watch/2533731-untitled?pod=indianvanguard

Video 4 [5:56 minutes] on Vodpod at: http://vodpod.com/watch/2533712-inside-maoist-land-lalgarh-cnn-ibn-special-report-4?

 

War of the rich vs the poor - tribal village struggle in India: Arundhati Roy

Hello and welcome to CNN-IBN special in the aftermath of killing of 76 CRPF jawans in Dantewada by Maoists, there has been a nationwide debate which has been polarized one.

One argument is to about to use maximum force to crush the Maoists and the other argument is about to initiate outreach program, democracy and rehabilitation. Joining us here is the author and the activist Arundhati Roy, who has written several writings on Maoists and her open sympathy and empathy for them, has created a great degree of debate and controversy. Thanks very much indeed for joining us.

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Times of India Claims that Maoists Threaten to Kill Politicians' Kin

In the following article there is nothing to support the title or the first sentence claiming that the Maoists have threatened to kill the kin of officers, ministers and politicians. The article quotes what it considers to be the most alarming sections of the statement by Gopal, but it says nothing whatsoever about attacking anyone’s families. This is the sort of outrageous disinformation that is becoming more and more commonplace in the Indian media as part of  Operation Green Hunt. This sort of material is obviously designed to whip up hysteria against the Maoists.

Maoists threaten to kill politicians' kin

JEHANABAD: Stung by hauls of arms and explosives in Patna, Gaya, Munger and Bokaro (Jharkhand) by the Bihar police in recent weeks, the CPI (Maoist) has threatened to carry out bloody reprisals against the kin of officers, ministers and politicians.

A two-page statement issued on Wednesday in the name of Gopal, spokesperson of the Bihar-Jharkhand-Orissa and Chhatisgarh Special Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist), said the arms and explosives seized by the police were all basically meant to protect the defenceless people against the fresh wave of state repression. "Putting national sovereignty to ransom, the UPA government at the Centre was playing second fiddle to imperialist masters led by the USA and the Indian masses are groaning under the yoke of a thoroughly degenerated politician-police-bureaucrat nexus", it said.

Charging the state police machinery with letting loose a reign of repression against the kin of a top Maoist leader, Arvind Kumar, and his aide Subodh Kumar at Shukulchak village in Jehanabad, it said if the repressive action against them is not stopped forthwith, its PLGA guerrillas are ready to give a befitting reply.

Regarding the recovery from the houses of Prabhat and Prince located in Patna, it stated it is a "white lie" as both of them are earning their livelihood on their own and have absolutely nothing to do with the CPI (Maoist).

The CPI(Maoist) warned "if police feel elated at the recent seizures, they should also prepare themselves mentally to shed tears sooner than expected".

Times of India, November 19, 2009

More than Just Maoists Caught in India's Military Offensive

The Indian government has vowed to unleash a massive offensive on Maoist rebels in five central and eastern Indian states, worst-hit by the insurgency. But there are voices of caution from civil society that an armed confrontation could further hurt the marginalised and largely indigenous populations in the worst affected states.

Presenter: Murali Krishnan, New Delhi. Speakers: Linga, Chhattisgarh resident accused of Maoist links Himanshu Kumar, social activist, Bastar district in Chhattisgarh Ajay Sahni, Indian strategic expert.

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Free Speech Radio--Maoist India: The Search for Economic Justice

“Maoist India: The Search for Economic Justice” — Free Speech Radio encore presentation on December 25, 2009, of a 29 minute radio report orginally prepared in 2006 by Vinod K. Jose who traveled to the Maoist base area in the Bastar forest region.

http://www.fsrn.org/audio/special-documentary-friday-december-25-2009/5949

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