The following analysis by David Hungerford is from Fight Back! News:
On April 6 a battle in India’s Dantewada district claimed the lives of 76 government security personnel. A patrol of 80 soldiers was attacked by a 300-person detachment of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA), military wing of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). Eight communists were also killed in the battle.
Most of the government personnel who died were members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF.) 15 were members of the Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA.) These forces are organized in battalions, that is, military formations. The distinction between police and soldiers is only technical.
The communists are following the strategy of people’s war in the countryside. The strategy is to surround and eventually capture the cities. The goal is to overthrow the existing government and oppressor classes, bring about a new democratic revolution and the revolutionary transformation of society.
Posted in India, Marxism-Leninism
Tagged Armed Struggle, Chidambaram, CoBRA, Communist Party of India (Maoist), CRPF, David Hungerford, Fight Back!, Ganapathy, guerrilla warfare, New Democracy, Operation Green Hunt, People's Liberation Guerilla Army, People's Union for Democratic Rights, Protracted People's War, Revolution
The following article by Saroj Giri is from Tehelka Magazine:
WITH MAOIST leader Kishenji’s rather bold offer for ceasefire to the Union government, a new situation seems to be unfolding in the red corridor of heartland India. Seeking to place the ball in the Centre’s court, the 72-day offer clearly seems to trump Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s 72-hour offer. Moreover, it’s the nature of the offer — unconditional, as opposed to earlier Maoist proposals stipulating the release of their key leaders, restoration of land and forests to the tribals, scrapping of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with big investors etc, all major irritants for the government — which begs a serious consideration. Practically the only condition set by the Maoists this time is that the State should reciprocate. This is at a time when reports of the CRPF in Lalgarh killing Lalmohan Tudu of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) in front of his family members on February 22 are filtering in, over and above the initial propaganda about him being killed during an attack on a CRPF camp.
Chidambaram, instead of welcoming the offer to start a process of negotiation and addressing the substantive issues at hand, responded with a presumptuous and hypocritical statement calling upon the Maoists to abjure violence first. The Planning Commission’s Expert Group on Development Challenges in Extremist Affected Areas has argued that the government is engaging in peace talks with other rebel groups like the Nagas even though they have not abjured violence and in fact ‘taken advantage of the peaceful conditions to consolidate their parallel government’. So, they ask, ‘why a different approach for the Maoists?’
Posted in India
Tagged Armed Struggle, ceasefire, Chidambaram, Communist Party of India (Maoist), CPI-Maoist, Kishenji, Lalgarh, Operation Green Hunt, peace process, Protracted People's War, Salwa Judum
This article was published in Maoist Information Bulletin 13, dated December 7, 2009, which is available on Banned Thought:
Interview with Comrade Katakam Sudarshan, Secretary, Central Regional Bureau, CPI(Maoist)
We are publishing below parts of an interview by our MIB correspondent with comrade Katakam Sudarshan aka Anand, Polit Bureau member and the secretary of Central regional Bureau, CPI(Maoist). He is incharge of one of the two major regions under the CPI(Maoist) where people’s war is raging with great intensity. For almost three decades he has been in the field leading the struggle of the oppressed in the flaming fields of North Telangana to the adivasi-inhabited regions of Dandakaranya. A few years ago, he lost his life-partner, fiery, vocal and highly talented comrade Sadhana, when she was the secretary of Adilabad district in North Telangana.
Short and soft-spoken, comrade Anand answered all the questions very patiently in his native tongue of Telugu. The questions were mainly related to the stand of the CPI(Maoist) regarding the proposal of talks by Union Home Minister Chidambaram, on the question of violence, and the other issues related to the Centre’s war against the Maoists and adivasis.
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Tagged Andhra Pradesh, Armed Struggle, Chhattisgarh, Chidambaram, Communist Party of India (Maoist), Comrade Anand, CPI (Marxist), Dandakaranya, Katakam Sudarshan, Maoist Information Bulletin, National Liberation, Naxalites, North Telangana, Operation Green Hunt, Protracted People's War, Revolution, Salwa Judum