ICAWPI

International Campaign Against War on the People in India

 

Stop all attacks against the people!

 

Fri12132019

Last updateWed, 25 Sep 2013 1pm

BackYou are here: Int'l CampaignThe campaign Delhi Protestors March against Operation Green Hunt

The Campaign

Delhi Protestors March against Operation Green Hunt

More than a thousand tribals from across the country today staged a protest rally to save forests, tribals and minerals from the government's anti-Naxalite operations. Under the banner of 'Forum Against War on People', 22 organisations took out the rally from Ramlila grounds to Parliament Street in Central Delhi and demanded that the 'Operation Green Hunt,' started by the Centre against Naxals and Maoists in Naxal-affected areas, be stopped forthwith. "The Government must stop paramilitary forces' action in tribal regions and treat tribal peoples' movements as political movements rather than Naxal movements," demanded G N Saibaba, a senior leader of the forum.

Former Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Tribals Dr B D Sharma stressed that water, forests and land in tribal regions are natural property of tribals and government should not deprive them of their rights. He said the government's apathy will lead to frustration among them.

Protesters from Orissa demanded immediate release of Tapan Mishra, a civil rights activist, who was arrested in November last allegedly for his Naxal activities. They also wanted to check alleged atrocities on the tribals in Narayan Patna area in Koraput district. The Revolutionary Cultural Front of Jawaharlal Nehru university presented songs demanding restoration of traditional rights of tribals and the down-trodden. Members of the Anti-Imperial-movement of Tamil Nadu demanded that the government put the tribal areas out of the ambit of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation.

CPI(ML) New Democracy leader Ms Aparna and journalist-cum-social activist Gautam Navlakha also demanded immediate cancellation of Operation Green Hunt and all MoUs signed by the government with multi-national companies for the tribal areas' natural resources.

---------------------------------------------------------------

The Forum Against War on People organised the "Rally Against War on People" to protest against the brutal military offensive of the Indian state on the tribal people of central and eastern India through Operation Green Hunt, wherein lakhs of the paramilitary-military as well as various vigilante gangs such as the Salwa Judum, Nagrik Suraksha Samiti, Sendra, Tritiya Prastuti Samiti, Harmad Vahini etc. has let loose on the people.

The rally commenced from ram Lila Maidan at 11 am and reached Parliament Street where in various social activists, intellectuals, representatives of people's organisations and civil rights activists addressed the gathering. People from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu and Kerala attended the rally.

Later a delegation comprising of BD Sharma (Former Commissioner SC/ST), GN Saibaba (Assistant Professor, DU), Prashant Bhushan (Advocate, Supreme Court), Karen Gabriel (Associate Professor, DU), Gautam Navalakha (Consultant Editor, EPW), Mrigank (Navjawan Bharat Sabha) gave a memorandum to the Prime Minister. In the absence of the Prime Minister, Mr. Prithviraj Chauhan, MoS, PMO accepted the memorandum.

In Solidarity,

Campaign Against War on People, Committee Against Violence On Women (CAVOW), Naga Students Union Delhi (NSUD), Navjawan Bharat Sabha (NBS), Correspondence, KRALOS, KLAS, Krantikari Yuva Sanghathan (KYS), PFD, People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), MKP, Campaign for Peace & Democracy Manipur (CPDM), Democratic Students Union (DSU), Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), DGMF, People's Front (PF), Mazdoor Ekta Manch (MEM), Left Democratic Teacher's Front (LDTF), Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), People's Democratic Front of India (PDFI), CPI (ML) (New Democracy), CPI (ML) (Liberation), CPI (ML) (New Proletarian), JNU Forum Against War on People, BD Sharma, Arundhati Roy, Tripta Wahi, Vijay Singh, Neshat Quaiser, and others.