[The Indian state’s war on tribal people (adivasis) and their Maoist champions is guided by the historic colonizer’s strategy book. When they order troops from colonized nations within India to fight people rising against Indian State terror, it is useful to remember …. this has been done, many times, before.
When hostages identify with their captors, it is called the “Stockholm Syndrome.” As Malcolm X pointed out, when “House Negroes” see the Master’s house is on fire, they run for water to extinguish the flames, while “Field Negroes” get gasoline so the fire will burn more intense. In this sense, as Steve Biko said, “The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” These “mental” weapons for the oppressors become material, when the oppressed take up arms for the oppressor. The rejection of such colonized deployments is a critical part of every liberation and revolution.
When the French colonizers fought the British colonizers in North America, they manipulated indigenous people (“Indians”) to do their fighting for them. When, after the US Civil War, the Northern victors set out to conquer the native “Indians” in lands to the West, they deployed Black soldiers (“Buffalo Soldiers”) to carry through the colonization fight. When Europeans were facing uprisings across colonized Africa, they most commonly sent their native colonial troops to suppress the anti-colonial challengers.
Hundreds of such examples dot the pages of colonial history – and in some cases, like the San Patricio Battalion (Irish migrants who were deployed by the US in the “Mexican War” of the 1840’s), or Black troops deployed against the Filipino independence fighters in early 1900s, or US soldiers in Vietnam who became resisters and fraggers, the deployment of oppressed soldiers against other oppressed peoples was rejected and many refused to fight, and some joined the resistance of the colonized. This struggle to exorcise the influence of the oppressor, to de-colonize the minds of the oppressed, continues today in Nagaland, in Chhattisgargh, and everywhere oppression and resistance is found. — Frontlines ed.]
MCPM urges Nagas to resist deployment in Maoist areas
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nagaland Post, October 23, 2014
The Manipur based underground group Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) has asked Naga Regiments not to allow themselves to be deployed in the Maoist stronghold areas of India, especially in Dandakaranya Revolutionary zone.
Publicity and propaganda secretary Comrade Nonglen Meitei of the outfit, in a statement dispatched to the local media, appealed to the Naga Regiment to oppose the implementation of this decision regarding their deployment.
It further appealed the regiment not to go to Chhattisgarh as “slaves” while urging to raise their voices against the forceful deployment and showed solidarity towards the revolutionary people of that region who are fighting for their very existence. The same appeal was already made by the Maoist fraternity, Communist Party of India (Maoist) earlier saying it was the rightful proletarian responsibility to relay the message of Indian Maoist to the Naga people in general and in particular to Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Naga Hoho, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) and leaders of Naga revolutionary groups.
The MCPM further asked the Naga Regiment to perform duties passively if deployed forcibly and not to commit atrocities to the people besides appealing them to lay down arms in solidarity with the “Revolutionary Internationalism.”
The statement said that Indian Maoist has already welcomed the statements given by officers of Naga forces in opposition to sending Naga forces to Chhattisgarh. It was well known that during the notorious militarized, well-organized, repressive fascist operation Salwa Judum too, Naga forces were sent to Chattisgarh, it said.
Due to strong mass resistance by the struggling people of Dandakaranya and the heroic resistance by PLGA under the leadership of Indian Maoist as well as due to the opposition by Naga people, families of Naga Regiments, Naga students and intellectuals, Naga agitators, civil rights organizations and activists, the Central and Naga State governments were forced to call back Naga forces from Chhattisgarh, it said.
It added that during that time, many Naga personnel lost their lives in people’s war and also many of them got injured. The statement further added that people of Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya are the most vulnerable victims of Indian counter insurgency operation.
Thousands of peoples from the region have been killed by the heartless Indian armed forces, it said adding in Manipur alone 8983 people were killed by the Indian armed forces under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958.
“The death toll is very uncertain that it’s a biggest threat to the indigenous population of Manipur. Manipur has only 1.6 million indigenous population and is controlled by the 100,000 of “Indian democratic killers” equipped with sophisticated weapons like AK 47 Riffles, Insas Riffles, 80 mm Motors, MP 5 Rifles and so on,” the Maoist claimed