The State Versus Naxals: Who Are Criminals?

Inaugurating a three-day long conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of police organized by the Intelligence Bureau, home minister of India P. Chidambaram described terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 as a “game changer”: “The attacks in Mumbai on November 26, last year were a game changer. We can no longer afford to business as usual.” He pointed out Left Wing Extremism (Naxalism or “Maoism”) as one of the threats to the national security, and the biggest challenge to democracy. The prime minister of India also said that the Maoist movement was India’s gravest security threat. In June 2009 the government labeled Naxal group a terrorist organization.

The Home Ministry has been planning a major offensive, due to start in November 2009, against Naxals, particularly in two Indian states – Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. A plan to deploy more than 70,000 paramilitary personnel has been chalked out. In order to combat Naxals, Chidambaram “favored the Indian Air Force firing on Naxals.” India has also “sought input from American security officials on how to best root out the leftist rebels.”1 In September 2009 Chidambaram paid a four day visit to US that focused on India-US anti-terror cooperation, assistance in technology, assessment of security situation in South Asia and studying counter-terrorism institutions and structures.

Probably, US with its experience in “war on terror” after 9/11 is considered valuable, particularly its use of corporate media to create momentum for the occupation of Iraq by programming the public mind to go along with the state agenda, and highlight of the “evil of the other” not only to justify its genocidal violence, but also to conceal “real intentions” behind the occupation of Iraq.

Taking the fight against Naxals to a new level, the Home Ministry of India has sought to actively involve the mainstream media directly by issuing advertisements depicting “cold-blooded killings” of innocent citizens by Naxals. “Naxals are nothing but coldblooded murderers” the advertisement screamed across the corporate media. The visual showed a series of men, women and children brutally killed by Naxals. Upping the ante, media has been screaming all along that Naxals have been waging “a guerrilla war on the Indian state.”

The combined voice of the government and corporate media has heightened the threat posed by Naxals in order to rally public support with gripping fear about their own existence. It has drowned dissenting voices, and been trying to program the public mind to go along with the state agenda against Naxals. The corporate media is playing as the chief instrument of state propaganda. It is creating the momentum for the onslaught on Naxals. Josef Goebbels had this dictum: “If you say something often enough, the people will believe it.”2) Herman Goering, a Nazi, said, “People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders…All you have to do is tell them they’re being attacked and denounce the pacifists for a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”3

Naxals’ portrayal as enemies of the state and democracy breaks social link between these enemies and the society. Their status as enemies of the society would not only unite people against them, but also legitimize the “good” violence that exterminates them.

However, the collective violence of “all against one” requires concealment of entire truth. Any act or even any thought of making a victim of another casts a veil over truth. The power of the “scapegoat mechanism” lies in its deception and concealment.

Who Are Naxals?

Naxals belong to varied milieu – disempowered Dalits, destitute Tribals, middle class intellectuals, and privileged rich. They do not believe in parliamentary democracy, as they see power being still concentrated in the hands of the rich, upper class. So the objective of their four decade old struggle is to liberate disempowered and destitute masses from the exploitative and oppressive political system through armed struggle. In their long struggle, Naxals have used brutal tactics to further their cause.4 In 2008 there were 1591 Naxal-related violent incidents in which 721 were killed. By August 2009, in 1405 incidents 580 persons have been killed. Recently, on October 8, 2009 they are alleged to have killed seventeen police men in Maharashtra.

Naxals’ struggle has, naturally, drawn mixed reactions from the government and elites, and the marginalized Indian masses. Because of their armed struggle and brutal tactics, they are considered to be security threat to the sovereignty of the state. On the other hand, Naxals enjoy wide support among the marginalized people, who have been ignored by the successive governments for the past sixty years. The October 2008 report of an expert committee, appointed by the Planning Commission, acknowledged that “the main support for the Naxalite movement comes from dalits and adivasi tribals.”5 The report identifies “structural violence implicit in our social and economic system” as the main reason for Naxalite violence. Dalits and Tribals comprise one fourth of India’s population.

Condition of the Tribals

In the huge region of mineral rich forest in eastern and central India spreading from West Bengal through the states of Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh live indigenous people. These Tribals are the poorest of the poor in India. The mainstream media and the political pundits have not acknowledged that the cause of these people is not served in the largest democracy. The Tribals have no schools, no hospitals, no water, none of the amenities the state is supposed to provide. Successive governments have failed to address the basic needs of people in the poverty-stricken, but mineral rich, region. These places are epitome of neglect, deprivation and government corruption.

The Tribals are ruthlessly exploited by local landlords, traders, officials, mafia and contractors. Local police allegedly supports local mafia, landlords and traders. On January 8, 2009 seventeen Tribals were killed by the police in a fake “encounter”, according to Ramesh Varlyani, Chhattisgarh state Congress general secretary. In its scathing 118 page report “Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police”, the Human Rights Watch pointed out “a range of human rights violations committed by police, including arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and extrajudicial killings.” It notes, “Several police officers admitted to Human Rights Watch that they routinely committed abuses. One officer said that he had been ordered to commit an “encounter killing,” as the practice of taking into custody and extra-judicially executing an individual commonly known. “I am looking for my target,” the officer said. “I will eliminate him…I fear being put in jail, but if I don’t do it, I’ll lose my position.””

The report also documents “the particular vulnerability to police abuse of traditionally marginalized groups in India. They include the poor, women, Dalits (so-called “untouchables”) and religious and sexual minorities. Police often fail to investigate crimes against them because of discrimination, the victims’ inability to pay bribes, or their lack of social status or political connections. Members of these groups are also more vulnerable to arbitrary arrest and torture, especially meted out by police as punishment for alleged crimes.”

Thus, the state has not only ignored to address basic concerns of tribal people, but also tried to destroy the voice and language of their victims by aligning with the exploiters. E.A.S. Sarma, former Commissioner of Tribal Welfare and former secretary, Expenditure and Economic Affairs, says, “Left extremism is a secondary issue. How many Tribals even know there is a government? Their only experience of the State is the police, contractors, and real estate goons. Besides, the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution grants Tribals complete rights over their traditional land and forests and prohibits private companies from mining on their land. This constitutional schedule was upheld by the Samatha judgement of the Supreme Court (1997). If successive governments lived by the spirit of the Constitution and this judgment, tribal discontent would automatically recede.”5

By violating their human dignity, value and rights, the state has committed violence against the Tribals. The tribal dissent, as Shoma Chaudhury says, “is a dissent out of desperation for human dignity, value and rights.”5 Among these poor, disempowered, and oppressed and exploited Tribals Naxals have wide support due to latter’s struggle for their cause. Prime minister Manmohan Singh acknowledged that “Left wing extremism requires a nuanced strategy, a holistic approach – it cannot be treated simply as a law and order problem. Despite its sanguinary nature, the movement manages to retain the support of a section of the tribal communities and the poorest of the poor in many affected areas. It has influence among certain sections of civil society, the intelligentsia and the youth.”

Criminalization of Politics

What has been missing in the dominant narrative of the government and corporate media is the necessity, in the light of Mumbai terrorist attacks, to have leaders with high level of personal integrity to provide effective leadership to India. It is well known that corruption and criminalization of politics in India are the two biggest hurdles for inclusive development. Shashi Tharoor in his book India: From Midnight to the Millennium sees “bureaucratic corruption and criminalization of politics as two of the most widespread problems facing India.” Bureaucratic corruption is largely a result of “the permit-license-quota Raj”. Tharoor cites as “the most dangerous phenomenon of independent India’s political life, the criminalization of politics, for many a lawbreaker has found it useful to become a lawmaker.”6

The controversy in 2004 over granting membership in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a top mafia don D.P. Yadav highlights the extent to which India’s political parties have become criminalized. According to police records D.P. Yadav is a “hardened professional criminal”. He was named in nine murder cases, three attempted murders, two dacoitees, and several cases of kidnapping for extortion. He has been charged under a number of acts, including the Excise Act, Gangsters’ Act, and Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act. His economic and muscle power has been welcomed with open arms by political parties. He entered into politics and was elected in 1989. He even held a ministerial position in the Utter Pradesh state assembly.

In the previous Manmohan Singh government, the Union Coal minister Sibu Soren was forced to step down when he was convicted of murder (though he was later acquitted on appeal). Surprisingly, Singh, who could identify “criminals” among common people, needed a law to define “criminal” in the case of politicians. He suggested that “the country needed a law to define the meaning of “criminal”, and who should and who should not be a minister.”7

Criminals enter into politics with their money and muscle power in order to gain influence and political power. This, in turn, ensures that the criminal cases against them may either be dropped or not proceeded with. The Times of India points out, “Indeed, today, far from shrinking at the thought of harboring criminal elements, parties seek them out, judging the muscle and money combination they represent to be emotive value. Rough estimates suggest that in any state election 20 percent of candidates are drawn from criminal backgrounds. For the parties, it means overflowing coffers and unlimited funds to fight elections and for the criminals it means protection from the law and respectability in the eyes of society.” Asia Human Rights Commission also observes that the nexus between criminals and political party benefits both: “Criminals protect the illegitimate interests of politicians and in turn obtain protection from them and their parties.” It further says that this mutually beneficial relationship works against the establishment of the rule of law.

This promising nexus between criminal-political party prompted India’s parliamentarians across party lines to join hands to refrain from passing legislation that would rid politics of criminal and corrupt elements. However, under 2003 Supreme Court ruling, the Election Commission has made it mandatory for candidates to disclose at the time of filing their nominations for election details including their criminal background (if any), and assets. However, the Court order does not disqualify criminal elements.

The disclosure law seemed to have little impact. Asia Human Rights Commission deplores, “Criminalization of politics in India is a growing problem, despite legal attempts to address it.” According to the National Election Watch, in 2004, out of 535 elected members of parliament (MPs), 128 MPs were with criminal records and 55 with serious criminal records. Most experts’ opinion is that the situation is deteriorating. As Himanshu Jha of the National Social Watch Coalition says, “The general opinion is that the influence of criminals in politics is steadily increasing.” This is confirmed by 2009 elections: out of 535 elected MPs 153 MPs were with criminal records and 74 with serious criminal records. That means, there is an increase of 19.5% in MPs with criminal records, and 34.5% in MPs with serious criminal records.

The National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution pointed out that criminalization has become a worrying characteristic of India’s politics and electoral system. This tears into the moral fabric of the country and has an impact on governance.

Politicians are aware of “the impunity that is built into the very edifice of Indian politics and law.” The 1984 anti-Sikh riots confirm the impunity enjoyed by law-makers-cum-law-breakers. On April 7, 2009 a Sikh reporter Jarnail Singh hurled a shoe at the home minister Chidambaram in protest against the clean chit given by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the two Congress leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, prime accused of the riots. Even before they received clean chit, the Congress party gave them tickets to contest in 2009 elections. The gesture of the reporter was sparked by the deep, traumatic pain caused not only by the three day massacre of more than 3000 Sikhs (some were burned alive) during the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, but also the impunity enjoyed by the politicians.

The massacre of Sikhs took place in the full public view. But there has been absolutely no accountability for those heinous crimes, because the system has collaborated with politicians to protect the guilty. Commenting on the involvement of the then Congress government in the riots, eminent journalist and writer Khushwant Singh said that probably the government of the day had a hand in it as it was organized violence.8 The violent mobs were provided with voters’ lists to identify the homes and business establishments of Sikhs.9

“The ’84 killings… were mercilessly planned and executed by the state, with a breathtaking disregard for governance and constitutional rights. After this bloodbath, the state and its partners-in-crime preferred to forget the bloody drama they had enacted.” Patwant Singh wonders, “Are the lives of innocent men, women and children of so little consequence to politicians and men in public office that they can be brutally murdered en masse in the country’s capital for over four days before an effort is made to stop the killings? Does it then have to take over 22 years and 10 inquiry commissions to book the guilty for the chilling inhumanity against the Sikhs.”

One may recall the speech of Rajiv Gandhi, who was immediately sworn in as the prime minister after his mother’s death, justifying the pogrom: “Some riots took place in the country following the murder of Indiraji. We know the people were very angry and for a few days it seemed that India had been shaken. But, when a mighty tree falls, it is only natural that the earth around it does shake a little.”10 A Sikh wondered, “That’s okay. But were there only Sikhs sitting under that big tree?”

“Development” in Tribal Region

There has been a proposal for “development” in the tribal areas. Recently Chidambaram talked about “development” in this region. But he wanted Maoist-controlled areas to be liberated before any development programs could be launched there. Critics argue that it is the lack of development in the tribal inhabited region for the past sixty years that is the cause for their dissent and wide support to Naxals. So there is growing concern about the intentions of the government in taking security-centric strategy without disclosing the development plan for the mineral rich, but poverty stricken region.

In an interview, Chidambaram said that minerals were not meant to be kept buried under Mother Earth, and they have to be put to use. The land inhabited by the Tribals is the mineral heart land. There are huge deposits of iron ore, tin, bauxite, corundum and limestone, which multinational companies want to get their hands on. Government officials and private companies want the Union government to acquire the tribal lands for private investors in order to expedite the development of the states. So, development means displacement of the owners of the land, and mining. “Industrialization is a must for the state’s development since agriculture alone cannot support Jharkhand’s economy. If we stop acquiring land for private investors in Naxal-hit areas, the state will head for a major disaster,” said a state official.

Therefore, security-centric strategy serves the above purpose where major offensive against Naxals not only decimates Naxal control in the tribal region, but also displaces the Tribals from their lands. If Tribals no longer live on that land, the inconvenient Fifth Schedule of the Constitution will not apply.

Conclusion

Weapons and violence will lead us nowhere. Violence begets violence. Therefore, all the forces concerned should give peace a chance and begin dialogue to sort out genuine problems prevailing in Tribal areas. Instead of running democracy only on the strength of weapons and violence against its own citizens, government should aim at inclusive democracy and development.

  1. Siddharth Srivastava, “India Plans All-Out Attack on Maoists,” in Asia Times (September 29, 2009). []
  2. John Pilger, “Lies and More Lies,” ZNet Commentary (September 23, 2003 []
  3. Arundhati Roy, “Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy: Buy One, Get One Free,” www.countercurrents.org (May 18, 2003). []
  4. Shoma Chaudhury, “Weapons of Mass Desperation,” in Tehelka Magazine 6:39, 3 October 2009. []
  5. Chaudhury, “Weapons of Mass Desperation,” Tehelka. [] [] []
  6. Shashi Tharoor, India: From Midnight to the Millennium (New York: Arcade Publishing, 1997), reviewed by C.J.S. Wallia, IndiaStar Review of Books. []
  7. Seema Chishti, “India’s Love Affair with ‘Tainted’ Politicians,” in BBC News (August 2, 2004). []
  8. Basharat Peer, “Anti-Sikh Riots a Pogrom: Khushwant.” []
  9. 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots” in Wikipedia. []
  10. In 1998 Sonia Gandhi, wife of Rajiv Gandhi, officially apologized for the insensitive remarks. []

Kamalakar Duvvuru teaches the New Testament in India with an objective of promoting peace, justice, unity and love. He can be reached at: kamalakar.duvvur@gmail.com. Read other articles by Kamalakar, or visit Kamalakar's website.

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  1. Shabnam said on October 19th, 2009 at 10:36am #

    At least 49 people were killed yesterday in Iran, including six high ranking members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, and dozens of others were wounded in a suicide attack in Sistan-Balochistan.

    Who are Criminals?

    Stop hiding your cooperation with the mass murderers in the state or the media. You have committed CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. The population of the United States and European countries is deeply involved in the war economy of their countries because THEY BENEFIT from massacre of children in the targeted countries for their resources and market. You are accomplice in the crimes of Zionists against humanity. STOP FOOLING YOURSELVES AND START ACTING AGAINST US GOVERNMENT, THE ZIONIST CRIMINALS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS IN THE WH, SENATE, CONGRESS, AND THE PENTAGON. BRING THEM ALL DOWN.
    Lift your big behind off the chair AND STOP YOUR COOPERATION WITH THE CRIMINALS. BREAK THE HABITS OF BEING COMFORTABLE. As long as you have not done that to bring the mass murderers, the soldiers, home, you will be held responsible for crimes against humanity. SHAME ON AMERICA AND AMERICANS

  2. Shabnam said on October 19th, 2009 at 2:38pm #

    Why has the second post been removed? I remembered the post
    read:

    Shabnam said it all.

    Do you feel responsible? You should.

  3. Shabnam said on October 19th, 2009 at 3:18pm #

    Herold Scotland writes on October 20, 2009

    The corrosive mistrust that festers between Iran and the West stretches from the British and US-backed coup of 1953 to the present day, with continuing covert foreign programmes aimed at regime change. British intelligence sources strongly deny Iranian assertions that Britain is backing the Sunni rebel group behind the weekend’s suicide attack on the Revolutionary Guards in Sistan-Baluchistan. Washington also denies involvement.
    In 2005, the year that the opposition Jundallah turned to violence, Washington began the latest covert programme of lending assistance to Iranian militant opposition groups, hoping to effect regime change from within.
    In 2007 President Bush requested, and received, a budget of $400 million from Congress to back such groups violently opposing the Islamic regime — among them Jundallah and the Mujahidin e-Khalq. The latter, although proscribed by the State Department as a terror organisation, has proved valuable in passing intelligence on Iran’s nuclear programme, including the 2002 reports of a secret nuclear plant at Natanz that blew the lid on Iran’s current nuclear programme. The group, also known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has an office in London.
    The Bush Administration’s backing for internal regime change sprang from a realisation of the risks of military action against Iran to halt its nuclear programme. The question is whether such programmes have continued under President Obama and whether they may now threaten to derail the diplomatic track that he espouses.
    The war criminals, British, deny that they are invoved in killing Muslims in the region including Iranians. They said the following rubbish:
    {British officials said it would make no sense for the West to be involved with a violent terrorist organisation such as Jundallah, given its informal links to groups like the Taleban and al-Qaeda.}
    These fools are telling us “ it makes no sense for the west to be involved with organization such as Jundallah” whereas Western News media, ABC, has already announced about the support Jundallah receives from CIA and other criminals in the west intelligence services. You have established TERRORISM as your IDENTITY. Everyone in the region identify you as TERRORISTS AND WAR CRIMIANLS. Stop lying because no one buys your lies.
    The Baluchis of Iran are shiites NOT SUNNIS.
    THIS CRIME WAS CARRIED OUT by proxy for THE UNITED STATES, BEGGEST TERRORIST STATE IN THE HISTROY OF THE PLANET, BRITAIN , WITH COOPERATION OF PAKISTAN AND FINANICAL SUPPORT from a BACKWARD ‘KINGDOM’ OF SAUDI ARABIA, A ………..LICKER OF ZIONISTS.

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/world-news/iran-vows-to-crush-sunnis-behind-terror-attack-1.927259

    Pakistani military officials have themselves complained about the US backing Jundallah on its soil. Yet Pakistan itself is believed to train and assist Jundallah as a tool of influence in Iran, just as it created the Taliban to give it leverage in Afghanistan.
    Operation Ajax, the CIA/MI6-backed coup which overthrew the democratically elected Iranian Government in 1953, serves as a reminder that Western intelligence services historically have been prepared to intervene in Iran.
    THIS TERRORIST ACTION WHERE KILLED MORE THAN 50 IRANIANS IN THE PROVINCE OF BALUCHISTAN NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. DOWN WITH ENEMY OF HUMANITY. WE NEVER BE DEFEATED. WE WILL BE UNITED AGAINST YOUR TERROR UNTIL YOUR COMPLETE DEMISE. THE PEOPLE UNITY WILL NEVER BE BROKEN. SHAME ON AMERICAS AND SHAME ON AMERICANS, A DARK SPOT ON THE PLANET. BABY KILLERS NEVER BE ACCEPTED AS HUMAN, AND THEIR CULTURE OF ‘CLEAVAGE’ WILL NOT BE FOLLOWED BY ANY ONE EXCEPT THE FOOLS.

  4. Aamer Trambu said on October 20th, 2009 at 2:33am #

    The Naxal movement when it begun was a peasant movement. A movement against oppression, a movement of the people. It was the same as the movement by the Tamil Eelam and that by Kashmiri’s who cried independence, All 3 were popular movements involving the masses, all of them.

    Now they arent, they are all run by terrorist outfits in the guise of freedom movements. They are only here to:-
    1) Kill
    2) Create Unrest
    3) Terrorise

  5. Rajesh said on October 20th, 2009 at 7:44am #

    This type of article is exactly what WE DO NOT NEED IN INDIA. Till there is basic rule of law in these areas, no development can happen.

    Please Mr Kamalakar Duvvuru, I urge you to lead a convey of 10 trucks full of medicines, free aid to these areas – and then try and make this a continous and extended stay i.e. set up centers for tribal welfare. I can bet your body will be found dismembered on some godorsaken road in middle of nowhere.
    Bunch of thugs and terrorists masquararing behind a dead philosophy backed by threat of blood, drug trafficking desrver to be treated like enery of state and wiped out.
    They do not believe in any type of policical system but their own muddled crap.
    How do you sleep in the night supporting these murderers – do you not smell the blood of innocents.

    btw, you make a mockery of chidambaram’s visit to usa by painting it in light of he went there to listen to them on how to tackle maoists. All crap – he went there to understand how state/federal intelligence and specifially counter-terrorism is set up – you can see the implementation of MAC, NATGRID, CCTNS, centralized AFIS is following up on some of those ideas in Indian context.

    For once we get a home minister who wants to tackle criminals as criominals and we get cry-babies wanting Shivraj Patil back (“naxals are my bed mates and I am perfect example of soft Indian state”).
    Let him to do his job.

    weeping hearts have enough weapons in our system to tackle the system – look at how RTI has been used. Why not form a Tribal centric party and get the job done if you feel so much about it. BUT YOU CANNOT SUPPORT MAOISTS.

  6. hindblogger said on October 20th, 2009 at 10:48am #

    I do not understand why so mch heat for Naxals ? I mean if you see LALGARH images being shown on TV- they have bows and arrows [ Ofcourse they are well armed but I am quoting what camera is showing ] and they are up against paramilitary of India- for what ?

    Are they terrorist ? I mean, killing innocent people ? Like we see in Khalistan movement ?
    If not then they have a cause, a reason to stand against the system. System which creates democracy as luxury for them ? System where state sponsored terrorism deprives their faith in system itself.
    System which is in hands of powerful and rich and they expploit them with full content.

    I do not see any reason why NAXALS should be hated – rather I think that today they are only light to handle pseudo democracy we have in India- we are living in Imperialistic India not a democractic republic.

  7. Shabnam said on October 20th, 2009 at 1:56pm #

    Thank you Eileen:

    I agree with you hundred percent. I brought the issue of spying and theft of US scientific knowledge up for the same reason that you are reporting about assassination of a 10 year old child to inform American people of a crime committed by an apartheid state where is supported by their tax money and their government. We want Americans to wake up and stop the crimes committed against Palestinian people and end the occupation. According to Goldstone report genocide has been committed in Gaza where international community has a responsibility to hold Israel accountable.

    I wish the Iranian opposition groups were fair as you are Ms. Eileen to view Israel as a racist and an apartheid state not a ‘democratic’ state. Unfortunately, many Iranian opposition groups who are close to intelligence agencies of the West view Israel as a democratic state and have no problem with Israel illegal WMD because they think it is OK for a ‘democratic’ state to hold such a weapon. These agents are blind to assassination of a 10 year old child by Israeli soldier and massacre of Palestinian toddlers by cluster and phosphorus bombs. It is for this reason that the West has given these individuals many Awards and Prizes including ‘Noble Peace Prize’ to facilitate Western influence around the world when they kill civilians in the process. One of these Noble Peace Prize winners said:

    {Ms. Ebadi suggested that the nature of Iran’s regime is more crucial to U.S. security than any specific deals on nuclear energy. Iran’s people are not as wedded to the nuclear program as the regime wants outsiders to believe. A democratic government would be unlikely to build a nuclear bomb, she said, and even if it did, the weapon would not be a threat in the hands of a government that would not view America or Israel as enemies.}
    Shirin Ebadi, received a “Noble Peace Prize” in 2003. To support Palestinian cause and demand for justices is a responsibility of all who wish to be considered HUMAN. The slogan of Iranian opposition, ‘green wave’ No to Gaza, No to Lebanon – I will devote my live to Iran – is in violation of humane society since we are all human. We support humanity; therefore, we demand a just peace for people of Palestine and the rest of human community.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/14/AR2009101403267.html

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 20th, 2009 at 9:53pm #

    India, since the market putsch, has become more and more unequal and unjust. The country contains more malnourished children, and more poor people, than any other. Talk of an economic miracle is in the usual market terms where the interests of a tiny, parasitic, elite are paramount, and those of the vast bulk of the population, inconsequential. Since the market take-over India has fallen even lower on the UN Human Development Index, from 124 to 127. One can only wish the Naxalites every success, because the current Indian regime, like all market fundamentalist states, is morally corrupt to the core.

  9. satyam said on October 21st, 2009 at 12:32am #

    Human rights has become an industry and peddlers of Human rights in India always side with terrorists (Naxal and others) never on the side of our brave soldiers of Police, Para military forces and the Armed Forces. Anything they say has to be taken with a pinch of salt. We might be poor or lack basic facilities but that doesn’t give anyone the right to pick up a gun and kill innocent women, children and men. Does it? I remember reading a report where Naxals were eating people (cannibalism) who were killed by these lowlives. I wish these idiots die a dogs death since masses are fed up of these goonda thugs disguised as revolutionaries indulging in petty crimes, rapes and murders. We will revolt against their reign of tyranny and oppression and request our government to have a ‘take no prisoners’ approach against these murdering thugs. Anybody supporting these naxal thugs is a criminal too since he is justifying cannibalism, rapes and cold blooded murder of innocent women and kids, shame on you. Dont hide behind anonymity of the internet, put your names and addresses here if you are that brave.

  10. R said on October 21st, 2009 at 8:55pm #

    http://www.thehindu.com/2008/01/15/stories/2008011559051600.htm

    A cannibal act to strike terror

    Bhubaneswar: In a bid to terrorise villagers last August, a Maoist killed a man suspecting him to be a police informer and ate his flesh in full view of the public in Malkangiri district of Orissa.

    Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar Gajbhiye said the incident, which took place at Bandiguda, on August 14, 2007, came to light only on Sunday, during a community policing programme.

    “The villagers told me that Bhagat, commander of the Paplur Dalam, killed Mukunda Madhi in public view and ate his flesh to terrorise others,” he told PTI on the phone.

    Mukunda’s hapless family was among the onlookers, none of whom opened his mouth for fear of his life, Mr. Gajbhiye said.

    —-

    Look the naxals are liberating people by killing them. Hope you enjoyed the macabre deeds of naxala and would invite them to your house.

    Happy Cannibalism Day.

  11. Roshannara said on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:19pm #

    The Communist Party of India (Maoist) lives up to its title by emulating the genocidal dictator for which it is named; not only by carrying out the wholesale slaughter of defenseless villagers in the remote districts of South, Central and Eastern India, but by claiming thereafter to have perpetrated its atrocities in the interests of its victims.

    In reality the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is no more than a group of druglords, seeking to establish a reign of thuggery in the remotest areas of India so as to establish and control a system of producing and distributing heroin for profit.

    Bihar’s Naxal Afflicted Villages Grow Poppy

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_bihar-s-naxal-affected-villages-grow-poppy_1152742

    Indian Maoist Rebels Turn To Drugs Trade

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2008/04/17/India-Maoist-rebels-turn-to-drugs-trade/UPI-70631208444715/

    Naxal Activities Funded From Narcotic Trade In Orissa

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/naxal-activities-funded-from-narcotic-trade-in-orissa/81917-3.html

    Tellingly, the Communist Party of India (Maoist)’s most vengeful atrocities target those who give the lie to its claims of working for the betterment of the downtrodden… the downtrodden themselves. For example, villagers who seek to improve their own lot by taking up employment with the state, as policemen. One such villager was beheaded by the CPI (Maoist) in an attempt to terrorize others of his class who might dare to share in his ambition.

    Maoists Acknowledge Beheading Inspector Induwar

    http://www.timesnow.tv/Maoists-acknowledge-beheading-inspector-Induwar/articleshow/4329293.cms

    The Communist Party of India (Maoist) also takes it upon itself to murder any genuine social workers who might actually be contributing to the empowerment of the villagers, because such empowerment impacts the ability of the CPI (Maoist) to further its criminal agenda at their expense. A case in point is Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, whose contributions to the welfare of villagers in Orissa caused him to be murdered by cadres of the CPI (Maoist).

    Saraswati Was Messiah For Tribal Hindus In Kandhamal

    http://in.news.yahoo.com/20/20091007/1416/tnl-saraswati-was-messiah-for-tribal-hin.html

  12. RS said on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:46pm #

    state vs naxals – who is the cannibal? will at have an easy answer now!

  13. RS said on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:53pm #

    Hindblogger – “I do not understand why so mch heat for Naxals ? I mean if you see LALGARH images being shown on TV- they have bows and arrows [ Ofcourse they are well armed but I am quoting what camera is showing ] and they are up against paramilitary of India- for what ?”

    Hmm, I guess it will be pretty tough to blow railway tracks with bows and arrows. What is shown on TV, if it were true…then God help us. They have arms factories (read naxalwatch.blogspot.com), supply chain extending outside inside, routine raids on security forces armouries and what not.

    But taking your TV argument further did you watch Kishenji’s news conference last night – was he carrying bows and arrows? or pretty sophisticated automatic weapons?

    any answers HindBlogger?

  14. lichen said on October 23rd, 2009 at 6:14pm #

    The state are the criminals, yes. The government of India has been occupying villages, towns, and entire regions for decades–murdering, torturing, and oppressing millions of people in the process. It isn’t the naxals who created an AG policy that favors big agribuisness and causes substisence farmers to kill themselves en masse or wind up in the slums. I’m sure plenty of people would resist to mass opression of the poor in India.

  15. CommonMan said on October 30th, 2009 at 6:57pm #

    Death to Naxal terrorists.

    Aye vatan aye vatan, humko teri kasam, teri rahon mein jaan tak lutaa jayenge|
    Phool kya cheez hai, tere kadmon pe hum, bhent apne siron ki chada jayenge.

    Death to these naxal dogs and their anti Indian sympathizers(internal and foreigners).

    JAI HIND!