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RDF Statement on Operation Green Hunt


RESIST THE WAR WAGED ON THE
PEOPLE BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT!
STAND BY THE STRUGGLING MASSES FIGHTING FOR THEIR LAND, LIFE AND LIVELIHOOD!

The former US president George W. Bush declared a ‘War on Terror’ in
the pretext of 9/11, and attacked Iraq and then Afghanistan so that US
imperialism could capture oil, gas and other natural resources in
these foreign countries. The prime minister of India too made an open
declaration of war against ‘terrorism’ after 26/11. P Chidambaram too
recently announced the government’s decision to go on a military
offensive adhering to the dictates of the US. This time the offensive
was aimed at the people of this country, those who are among the most
deprived and exploited. This is just to facilitate the handing over of
the country’s natural resources to the plunder and loot of foreign
corporations, even though purported aim is to ‘re-establish the
sovereign rule of the Indian state in Maoist influenced regions’. One
of the main proponents of this war on people is Manmohan Singh, who
was an economist with the World Bank controlled by US imperialism
before he joined active politics. Till the day of becoming the finance
minister of the UPA government, P Chidambaram was a member of the
Board of Directors in Vedanta, the British mining multinational. He
was also the lawyer of the notorious US electricity corporation,
Enron. Both Singh and Chidambaram have been die-hard advocates of
foreign investment to the country, the two foremost agents of US
imperialism in the country. On 18th of June 2006, the prime minister
made a statement in the parliament, pronouncing that ‘the environment
for foreign investment is going to be severely affected if left-wing
extremism continues to grow and expand in the mineral-rich regions of
the country’. The booty of this war declared by Manmohan Singh’s
government on the people is going to be handed over to the imperialist
countries, particularly to US imperialism.

Borders within the country: Much like the US government which sent 1.5
lakh soldiers to occupy Iraq and 1 lakh to Afghanistan, the Indian
government too is sending its 1 lakh troops to wage a war against in
central and eastern parts of the country, with similar purposes in
mind. Only that the target this time is our own people, in our own
territory. It is as if the government has declared a part of this
country to be a foreign land, and is now sending its armed forces to
occupy it. In addition to the Indian army and the air-force, tens of
thousands of armed personnel from the police, CRPF, ITBP, IRB, Special
Task Force, Rashtriya Rifles, etc. are mobilized to take part in this
full-scale war. The home ministry and the defense ministry are jointly
overseeing this war under the command of high-ranked army officers.
Army colonels and brigadiers are running Jungle Warfare Schools in
Chhattisgarh, and are imparting training to the troops to confront the
people. The notorious Rashtriya Rifles under the direct command of the
Indian army, as well as the ITBP and BSF, raised for defending the
borders of the country, are being redeployed by the central government
for this military offensive. Air force helicopters are being
requisitioned, including the ‘Garud’ armoured helicopters. The
government is outlaying more than 7,300 crores of hard-earned money of
the working people for this war.
The government is preparing to take the help of intelligence input
from US defense satellites as well. In Lalgarh too, which the home
secretary has termed as the ‘laboratory of joint army operations’, US
spy-satellites were used to scan Borpelia, Kantapahadi, Ramgarh and
adjoining areas. In September 2009, the home minister Chidambaram went
on a four-day state visit to the US. Just after his return from this
trip, ‘Operation Green Hunt’ was launched in the northern, southern
and eastern parts of Bastar. At least 19 adivasi villagers were
brutally murdered during this operation. It is worth noting that many
teams of US security establishment secretly visited Chhattisgarh in
order to assess the war preparations. The Indian government is also in
constant consultation with the US army officers who are commanding the
imperialist war against Afghanistan and North-West Pakistan.

Corporate plunder for super-profits is the real motive behind this
war: From the year 2001 onwards, there was a scramble among various
state governments to outsmart one another in inviting foreign
investors and comprador big business houses of the country to their
respective states, and to conclude hundreds of agreements and
Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs). In Jharkhand itself, more than 100
MoUs were signed by the state government with Mittal, Jindal, Tata,
RioTinto and other foreign and Indian big corporations in the last
nine years involving mining projects, steel and aluminum plants,
electricity plants, dams, and so on. In Orissa too, companies like
Vedanta, POSCO, Tata, Hindalco, Jindal and Mittal are eyeing for the
unexplored natural resources. The BJP government in Chhattisgarh has
already concluded agreements with Essar, Tata, RioTinto and other such
big corporations to set up Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the mining
sector. In these three states alone, agreements worth Rs.873,896
crores of investment in various projects have been concluded till
September 2009. The peasants who are largely dependent on land,
forests and rivers for their livelihood, particularly the adivasis,
have refused to give up their resources for corporate plunder. They
have organized themselves against forcible land-acquisition for these
big projects. The Maoists too, who have been fighting against the
ruling classes to carry out a revolutionary transformation of the
present exploitative system and for the liberation of the oppressed
masses, have built up a strong resistance against these anti-people
projects. The Maoist movement has successfully organized the masses to
fight for the scrapping of these agreements and MoUs, to resist the
incursion of the corporates, and to establish people’s revolutionary
power that guarantees the rights of the masses over land and natural
resources in many of these regions.
The government intensified its onslaught on the people soon after the
agreements and MoUs were concluded, and the adivasis in particular
subsequently became the targets of state terror. The unleashing of
Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh left hundreds of adivasis dead, raped and
maimed, thousands of houses burnt, and more than seven hundred
villages displaced. Children were decapitated, dead bodies of adivasi
villagers were mutilated and hung from trees, rape was used as a means
of state repression. Around three lakh adivasis were forced to leave
their villages, of which more than fifty thousand were forcibly kept
in Salwa Judum camps. The first of these police camps were financed by
Essar. In the Singhbhum region of Jharkhand which attracted the
largest amount of agreements for corporate investment, a reign of
state terror was established through ‘Nagarik Suraksha Samiti’.
‘Tritiya Prastuti Committee’ was used in Balumath in order to crush
the resistance against the setting up of a power plant by the Abhijit
Group of Companies. In Orissa too, the so-called ‘Shanti-Sena’ which
complimented the mercenary goons of the corporations, was created to
attack the people’s resistance. The resistance of the people and the
revolutionary movement has resiliently withstood the combined attacks
of the police, para-military and the vigilante gangs, and defended the
people’s rights over land and natural resources. Imperialist forces,
particularly US imperialism and its ‘strategic partner’ the Indian
government, have therefore launched this fresh military offensive on
the people in these regions, similar motives with which US
imperialists went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan to subjugate and
plunder the mineral and natural resources of these countries.

The only way forward is to Establish People’s Power: The people’s
struggle for rights over their land, forests and natural resources has
been continuing ever since the feudal and colonial forces have tried
to dispossess them through the use of force or the ‘rule of law’. Ever
since the imposition of the Forest Act by British colonialism, whereby
the rights of the adivasis on their forests and land was taken away,
many glorious rebellions challenged the might of British India. The
adivasi Ulugulan under the leadership of Birsa Munda in Jharkhand,
Bhumkal Vidroh in Bastar led by Gundadhar, the Ghumeswar rebellion in
Orissa, etc., all were aimed at defending the rights of the people
over land and forests. During Naxalbari movement too, the oppressed
masses fought for their rights over land, and to establish people’s
revolutionary power by overthrowing the feudal social order. The
masses of this country in general and the adivasis in particular have
a history of waging persistent and uncompromising struggles against
the exploitation and oppression of the ruling classes. Even today the
masses of the entire country, led by the people’s movements in
Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal etc. is
marching forward, holding high the banner of revolutionary class
struggle and defeating the fascist attacks of the reactionary rulers
one after another. Be it Operation Green Hunt or Operation Siddharth,
Salwa Judum or Harmad Vahini, Ranveer Sena, Sunlight Sena, C-60, Black
Hundreds, Sendra, Grey Hounds, CRPF or CoBRA, the fighting masses of
the country have time and again stood up to ensure befitting response
to the combined repression of the feudal, comprador big bourgeois and
imperialist forces.
The Indian government must stop this war waged against the people of
central and eastern India, and must immediately and unconditionally
withdraw its armed forces from these regions. All the MoUs and
agreements with foreign multinationals and Indian corporations for the
plunder of natural resources of the people must be scrapped, and the
land forcibly acquired for such projects must be restored to their
rightful owners. In addition, the rights of the people over land and
forests must be acknowledged. Otherwise, the people of this country
will rise up against this war waged on them by the central and state
governments, and fight a resolute struggle for establishing people’s
sovereign power over their resources, their sources of life and
livelihood. This struggle will not cease until the dream of a truly
People’s Democratic India, visualized by Bhagat Singh and thousands of
martyred revolutionaries, is turned into a reality.

REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRATIC FRONT (RDF)
Contact: Rajkishore, Secretary, RDF,
rdfindia@gmail.com

November 7, 2009 - Posted by | articles, marxism-leninism-maoism, movements, statements

10 Comments »

  1. CARRY ON BRAVE COMRADES

    Comment by vinu | November 16, 2009

  2. On 17.11.09, Sh. Surjit Singh Phul, State President of Bharti Kissan Union (Krantikari) was abducted by a contingent of Punjab Police, when he came to attend hearing in a court case in the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate Phul, District Bathinda Punjab. The intention of the police was to keep him in illegal custody & torture for some days and then produce before the court. But the leaders of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) who were present on the spot, along with a large number of democratic minded advocates, drew the attention of the court towards this illegal act of the police. Consequently the SDJM summoned the SHO Police Station Phul, who admitted arresting Sh. Surjit Singh in case FIR No. 94 dated 17.11.09 under Section 10 & 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967. As per FIR, Sh. Surjit Singh is alleged to be closely linked with CPI Maoist and is supporting its activities of armed struggle against the Indian State in various States such as West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Andhra, Orissa etc. He is further alleged to have mobilised youth for the Maoist activities and was trying to establish Maoist Party in Punjab, by arranging meetings of leaders from other states etc. After arresting him the police has taken him to Interrogation Center at Amritsar for “intensive interrogation”. Various peasant organisations of Punjab have held protest demonstrations demanding the release of Sh. Surjit Singh Phul. This step is viewed as an attempt to crush the peasant movement in Punjab, which has been fighting resolutely against new economic policies of the Govt.

    Comment by N.K.Jeet | November 20, 2009

  3. FARMERS’ ORGANISATIONS UNDER ATTACK IN PUNJAB
    The peasants’ organizations in Punjab have been in the forefront in the struggle against the anti-people new economic policies of globalization, liberalization & privatization. They have fought not only for remunerative prices for agricultural produce, its procurement by state agencies, writing off farm loans, and against arrests of farmers due to non-payment of farm loans advanced by Cooperative Societies, attachments & sales of their lands at the instances of Commission Agents & money lenders etc, but have also led glorious struggles against setting up of SEZs in the state, forcible acquisition of agricultural land for setting up giant industrial complexes, power projects, multi-lane roads etc. and against unbundling and ultimate privatization of the PSEB. Faced with stiff resistance from the farmers’ organization, Punjab Govt was forced to abandon or curtail many projects. Irritated at this, the Akali-BJP Govt in Punjab launched a massive offensive against the organizations of the farmers. A large number of leaders and activists of these organizations were implicated in false criminal cases. On 8.9.09, when Bharti Kissan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) held a massive demonstration at Chandigarh to oppose unbundling of the State Electricity Board, 4 FIRs were registered against all of its State Office-bearers. The leaders of Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union & Lok Morcha Punjab were also implicated in these cases. Hundreds of farmers were injured in the brutal lathi-charge by the police. Their vehicles were badly damaged. As a result of the police brutalities, four persons lost their lives. The sacrifices of these farmers did not go in vain. Akali-BJP Govt was forced to postpone the unbundling/ corporatisation of the PSEB, till mid-December.
    Now as the day of reckoning is reaching near, and the farmers’ organizations have started mobilizing the people against the privatization of the PSEB, the Akali-BJP Govt has launched another attack. On 17.11.09, President of BKU (Krantikari), Sh Surjit Singh Phul was arrested from the court premises when he had gone there to attend a hearing. The police would have kept him in illegal confinement & subjected to torture, but the democratic-minded advocates and farmer activists approached the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate and apprised him of the illegal act of the police. The SDJM Phul, immediately called the SHO of the concerned police station. Fearing exposure, the police registered a case under Section 10, 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against Mr. Surjit Singh branding him as a member of CPI Maoist, planning to illegally overthrow the Govt through armed struggle, and shown arrested him in this case. Next day the police obtained his custody for 8 days by producing him before the Magistrate at his residence after court hours, and he was immediately sent to the infamous Joint Investigation Center, Amritsar, which is Punjab’s Guantonamo.
    On 26.11.09, Mr. Surjit Singh was to be produced before the SDJM Phul for further remand. The police with a view to hoodwink his lawyers, made elaborate security arrangements at Phul Courts. Riot-police commandoes, in full battle gear were deployed not only in and around the court-premises, but also on all entrances of the town, and at important road-junctions leading to this town throughout the district. But it was merely a drama. In fact the police filed an application before the District & Sessions Judge Bathinda, expressing false and baseless apprehensions that people at Phul might take away Mr. Surjit Singh forcibly from the police, and obtained permission to produce him before the CJM at Bathinda. The real intention was to deprive Mr. Surjit Singh of any legal aid and exposure of the third degree methods adopted by the police. The police succeeded in obtaining his remand in its custody for another 8 days till 3.12.09.
    As soon as this information reached his lawyers, who were camping at Phul Town, they immediately moved the court to obtain permission to meet Surjit Singh in police custody and for his interrogation only in the presence of his lawyers. The court allowed the lawyers to meet him on 26.11.09 & 27.11.09, and informed the police about this order. But the police did not care about the Court’s order and sent him to Joint Interrogation Center, Amritsar again without informing the Court. When the lawyers tried to contact the Investigating Officer to fix the venue of the meeting, he switched off his mobile phone.
    On 27.11.09, the lawyers filed another application before the CJM Bathinda, seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the police officials, and fixing new time & date for meeting with Surjit Singh. Acting on this application, the court granted permission to the lawyers, to meet Mr Surjit Singh during his detention at Joint Interrogation Center Amritsar, everyday from 5 to 6 PM from 30.11.09 onwards.
    Although the game-plan of the police has been foiled for the present, but its attack can be repulsed only by mobilizing masses against these anti-people, undemocratic, & repressive measures.

    Comment by N.K.Jeet | November 29, 2009

  4. A very good work you are all doing. Giving valuable inforations about ongoing people’s movements and state repression on people is not a lighter work.
    operation greenhunt is nothing but operation people’s hunt. it has all india progrmme. just not limited to few states. intention is curbing people’s democratic voices and just struggles.
    every democrats and concern on people should oppose these evil designs state in all possible way.

    Comment by prakash | December 1, 2009

  5. A very good work you are all doing. Giving valuable informations about ongoing people’s movements and state repression on people is not a lighter work.
    Operation greenhunt is nothing but operation people’s hunt. it has all india programme. just not limited to few states. intention is curbing people’s democratic voices and just struggles by all means.
    every democrats and persons having concern on people should oppose these evil designs of state in all possible way.

    Comment by prakash | December 1, 2009

  6. LOK MORCHA PUNJAB & INQLABI KENDER PUNJAB TAKE UP COMPAIGN TO MOBILISE INTELLECTUALS & DEMOCRATS AGAINST OPERATION GREEN HUNT

    The national & international intellectuals write to Indian Prime Minister about ‘Operation Green Hunt’

    Appeal to raise voice in support of Democratic rights.

    • For the information of pro-people, democratic, justice-loving & revolutionary intellectual circles of Punjab, we are publishing & circulating a letter written to the Prime Minister of India by nationally & internationally renowned intellectuals & justice-loving people opposing Operation Green Hunt.

    • We call upon all of you to rise to the occasion, come forward to express your concern in a befitting manner on this serious attack on the democratic rights of the people, and play your due role in strengthening the protest movement at this critical moment.

    Kanwaljit Khanna INQLABI KENDER PUNJAB
    Amolak Singh LOK MORCHA PUNJAB

    Comment by N.K.Jeet | December 13, 2009

  7. VICTORY WILL BE OURS AT THE END. NO FORCE ON EARTH CAN DEFY PEOPLES POWER

    Comment by vinu | December 17, 2009

  8. PEASANTS & FARM LABOURERS HOLD DHARNA

    DEMAND RELEASE OF THEIR LEADER ARRESTED FOR BEING “MAOIST”

    PROTEST AGAINST OPERATION GREEN HUNT

    Bharti Kissan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) and BKU (Dakonda) today held a state level massive Dharna at Bathinda, demanding unconditional release of Sh. Surjit Singh Phul, State President BKU (Krantikari), who was arrested under the Unlawful Activities Act and charged with being a Maoist.The Dharna was supported by various organisations of agricultural labourers and BKU (Krantikari). To view some of the photographs of this Dharna, visit our blog: lokmorcha.blogspot.com

    Comment by N.K.Jeet | January 21, 2010

  9. The transition in 1947 was a mere change in heads of state.The British Indian Bureaucracy continues without any significant hindrance to their oppressive regime.The nations wealth continues to be looted.As per latest data released by Swiss banks upon forced by Obama Govt.,the largest deposits is from India,more than a Trillion US dollars.Contrast this to the fact that about 70 % of our population lives under Rs.20 a day.Although significant development has been achieved since 1947,this has had little to do with the efforts of the Indian Government Machinery.Rather due to the need of the Western Industries to obtain skilled manpower and to reduce their production costs.A microscopic minority is the real beneficiary of the developments.The elections are a drama played out.The Indian politico-Buro classes wants the majority of Indians to remain poor and uneducated so that their vote can be influenced by a packet of arrack and saree.For all practical reasons “vote” is NOT EQUAL.And hence the fundamental assumption of Indian Parliamentary democracy is faulty.
    This corrupt and feudal Indian state machinery cannot implement any people friendly decision taken by the prime minister of India.So is its character- Feudal.There cannot be a political solution to the problem as the system has crossed the threshold limit for a political solution using provisions available in the Indian constitution.The feudal bureaucracy remains invincible to the Indian middle classes.The Judiciary and militarily is as corrupted as any other institution of the state.The police forces treat the people as colonial subjects and looks down on the masses.
    Under these circumstances perhaps there is only a military solution as there exists a need to replace the entire system in its totality which did not happen in 1947.Freedom is yet to be won.

    Comment by yet_to_be_born _rebel | April 18, 2010

  10. THERE ARE DIFERENT WORLDS IN INDIA. URBAN PEOPLE WITH ALL THOSE FANCY CARS,PUBS,GAMBLING,MILLION DOLLAR IPL TREAMS ETC ON ONE SIDE & THE POOR,STARVED,HALF NAKED ,WITHOUT WATER ,SANITATIOIN,ELECTRICITY ON THE OTHER SIDE.
    MAOIST POLICIES ARE THE NEED OF THE HOUR.
    EQUALIBLE DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME & WEALTH.
    LONG LIVE THE PEOPLES MARCH

    Comment by vinu | April 19, 2010


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