Hyderabad Police foils Telangana march, hundreds arrested

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Hyderabad: Amid resounding cries of ‘Jai Telangana’, police Friday foiled a march called by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) to seek a separate Telangana but protests across the city threw normal life out of gear.

Hundreds of people including MPs, state legislators, leaders of political parties, students, lawyers, women and others were arrested in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana.

Ttelangana-1elangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has called for a shutdown in Telangana Saturday to condemn the crackdown. TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao demanded immediate release of all those arrested.

Traffic restrictions imposed in central Hyderabad were relaxed in the evening, providing some relief to the citizens.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Congress general secretary incharge of Andhra Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad enquired with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy about the ‘chalo assembly’ march. Continue reading

Arundhati Roy: “Indian capitalism fully monopolistic”

HYDERABAD, August 13, 2012

Staff Reporter, The Hindu

Dr P.M. Bhargava, Former Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) releasing the Telugu translation of Arundhati Roy book Capitalism: A Ghost Story, also seen are are Prof. Haragopal, in Hyderabad on Sunday . Photo: M.Subhash
[The Hindu Dr P.M. Bhargava, Former Director of Centre for Cellular
and Molecular Biology (CCMB) releasing the Telugu translation
of Arundhati Roy’s book Capitalism: A Ghost Story, also
seen are are Prof. Haragopal, in Hyderabad on Sunday .
Photo: M.Subhash]

‘Nelson Mandela was not allowed to implement land reforms’

Noted writer Arundhati Roy has said capitalism in India is most unique as it tries to control the society in every possible manner by establishing monopoly on all key sectors connected to life, which is not seen even in most capitalistic western countries.

“Capitalism encourages everything that does not threaten its interests including the recent anti-corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare and his team. By encouraging social groups to take up different issues separately, capitalism will fragment social energy in a way that will deny a holistic struggle for justice”, the Booker prize winner said here on Sunday.

Speaking at a function organised to release the Telugu translation of her essay, Capitalism – A Ghost Story, the social activist said capitalism in the country would make people depend on them from commodities like salt to costly cars, communication to media and minerals to power. It would undermine everything to further its interests, she noted.

By employing perception management, capitalism would control public policy, resources and businesses as it would innovate itself continuously, Ms. Arundhati Roy stated. “It will criminalise the tribals and make them squatters on their own land. They fund human rights organisations but will never allow them to speak about pure justice,” she said.

Stating how foresighted and influential the capitalism would be, the writer explained how the capitalist forces made Nelson Mandela the President of South Africa in the name of ending apartheid and did not allow him to implement land reforms and nationalisation of natural resources. She also explained how the corporate philosophy would mould public policies to suit their interests.

Human rights activist Prof. G. Haragopal said the book was most relevant to the society at a time when the social conflict was on the rise. Former Director of CCMB P.M. Bhargava, Prof. Ghanta Chakrapani and others spoke. The original essay was translated into Telugu by one K. Suresh.

India’s Hyderabad shut down as thousands demand new state

Times Now:  Million march to Hyderabad disrupts normalcy

Mar 10, 2011–Massive traffic and security restrictions were imposed by police ahead of the ‘Million March to Hyderabad’ called by pro-Telangana groups, seeking introduction of a bill on the separate statehood issue in the ongoing Parliament session. Traffic restrictions came into force from morning hours and office-goers had to face problems reaching their destinations. The million march, aimed at sending across a message to the Centre on formation of Telangana is supposed to be held from 1 PM to 4 PM at Tankbund at the Hussainsagar lake in the heart of the city

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas Thursday at protesters demanding a separate state in southern India, a campaign that could potentially hurt the stability of the governing coalition already struggling with graft scandals.

A policeman fires a tear gas shell towards pro-Telangana supporters during a demonstration in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad March 10, 2011.

Businesses were shut in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh state and where global firms including Microsoft and Google have their main India offices, as thousands of protesters, including lawmakers, students and local government officials, took to the streets.

 

The four-decade-old demand for Telengana state to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh gathered momentum last year after the federal government, led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Congress party, accepted it in principle.

But the decision triggered a backlash from those opposed to breaking up Andhra Pradesh, a politically important state which sends the highest number of lawmakers to the federal parliament, forcing the ruling Congress-led coalition to backtrack. Continue reading

India: Two die in protest against proposed power plant

Press Trust Of India, Feb 28, 2011

Visakhapatnam: Two persons were killed and five injured when police opened fire to control villagers protesting against setting up of a thermal power plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district on Monday.

“Two persons were killed and five sustained injuries in the incident at Vadditandra village,” said Srikakulam SP KVV Gopal Rao, adding some several policemen were also hurt.

The situation at the project site where East Coast Energy Pvt Ltd is developing a 2,640 MW Super Critical Coal fired power project in Santhabommali Mandal continues to be tense for the past two days after the policemen disrupted the fast undertook by some fishermen and villagers on Saturday. Continue reading

India: Widow and Delhi rights group condemn police efforts to justify murder of journalist Hem Pandey

Hem Pandey after his execution at point blank range by Andhra Pradesh police

Press Statement, 14 Nov 20109

The Andhra Police is doing all sorts of malicious propaganda to desperately hide the fact that they had killed my husband Hem Chandra Pandey in a fake encounter.  Instead of doing a judicial probe in the matter they are regularly trying to harass me in various ways.  The police without taking my permission raided our house in Shatri Nagar and now they are showing ‘the seizure of objectionable things’ from the house. The claim by Andhra Police that I had not disclosed the address of my house is completely bogus. Both my address as well as my phone number was with the police, yet they did not consider it necessary to inform me before barging into my house.

I used to stay in A-96 Shastri Nagar with my husband Hem Chandra Pandey.  He was a progressive journalist. He was deeply interested in literature and politics. He had in his collections many books ranging from that by Maxim Gorky to the progressive poet of Uttarakhand, Girda.

I want to categorically ask, is studying Marxism any kind of crime?  I have no knowledge of the so-called objectionable documents that the police are claiming to have seized from my house.  My husband owned a desktop computer but never had a laptop.  He did not own any thing like a fax machine as well. The claim that there were ‘secret documents’ in my house is completely baseless. I strongly feel the police are making these stories up in order to divert the demand for a judicial probe in Hem’s killing. I would like to ask why the government is constantly avoiding the judicial enquiry. Continue reading

India: In Andhra Pradesh, polls indicate support for Maoists

TNN, Sep 28, 2010

India’s biggest internal security threat, as the Prime Minister famously described it, may be worse than you thought. That’s because even in Andhra Pradesh, where the battle against the Maoists has apparently been won, it turns out that the government is losing the battle for the minds and hearts of the people.

It’s a debate that’s been raging within the Congress, and outside it. Should the government adopt a largely law-and-order attitude towards the Maoists and deal with them like criminals or should the focus be more on cutting the ground from under their feet through a development agenda that wins over the population of the affected areas?

An exclusive survey of the once Maoist-dominated districts of the Telengana region by IMRB, well-known market research organisation, for The Times of India has found that while attitudes towards the rebels are ambivalent, the condemnation of the government and its means of tackling the problem is quite clear.

The findings raise disturbing questions about whether focusing largely on the policing aspects of the problem may be a flawed strategy in the long run. They also throw up another poser: Has the battle in AP truly been won or can the Maoists stage a comeback in a few years? Continue reading

Support for Maoists in Andhra Pradesh still strong

58% in AP say Naxalism is good, finds TOI poll

The Times of India, Sept 28, 2010

Naxal land

India’s biggest internal security threat, as the Prime Minister famously described it, may be worse than you thought. That’s because even in Andhra Pradesh, where the battle against the Maoists has apparently been won, it turns out that the government is losing the battle for the minds and hearts of the people.

It’s a debate that’s been raging within the Congress, and outside it. Should the government adopt a largely law-and-order attitude towards the Maoists and deal with them like criminals or should the focus be more on cutting the ground from under their feet through a development agenda that wins over the population of the affected areas?

An exclusive survey of the once Maoist-dominated districts of the Telengana region by IMRB, well-known market research organisation, for The Times of  India has found that while attitudes towards the rebels are ambivalent, the condemnation of the government and its means of tackling the problem is quite clear.

The findings raise disturbing questions about whether focusing largely on the policing aspects of the problem may be a flawed strategy in the long run. They also throw up another poser: Has the battle in AP truly been won or can the Maoists stage a comeback in a few years? Continue reading

Maoists making comeback in Andhra Pradesh

Maoists have made inroads into northeast Andhra Pradesh bordering Orissa

Times of India, October 24, 2010

HYDERABAD: More than four years after they were thought to have been driven out of Andhra Pradesh, the Maoists have begun to rear their heads once again in the state. Sources say that Maoists are now active in six of the 11 mandals of Visakhapatnam district in northeast corner of Andhra. They are also flexing muscle and mulling over the prospects of activating themselves in the north Telangana districts. Intelligence reports suggest that balladeer Gaddar entered the Telengana movement recently only after being cajoled and coaxed to do so by the Maoists.

As of now, the activities of the Left ultras in north-coastal AP is restricted to felling trees, digging up roads, blasting government property and damaging road transport corporation buses. Presently, they are operating in the interior areas that can be accessed by kutcha roads. They operate out of Orissa and come walking between one to three hours on undulating terrain, indulge in violence and go back, an informed source said. He added: ”They have local support in these basically tribal villages.”

Right now, the activities of the Maoists are manageable from the law and order point of view. But sources say that the police zeal in combing these godforsaken places for Maoists is very low. This has been so since June 2008 when in the Balimela operations, scores of policemen lost their lives at the hands of Maoists. Ever since, the police have been on the backfoot. There is combing in these areas, but it is not that serious. Exchange of fire takes place once in a blue moon. In the last year-and-a-half, only seven times has there been an exchange of fire, a source said. If Maoists get caught, it is only by accident, the sources reveal citing the example of an ultra, Nilesh alias Jaipal.  Continue reading

CPI(Maoist) calls bandh in six states to protest Indian repression in Kashmir

[Wikipedia:  “Bandh (Hindi:  बंद), originally a Hindi word meaning ‘closed’, is a form of protest used by political activists in some countries like India and Nepal. During a Bandh, a political party or a community declares a general strike.  Often Bandh means that the community or political party declaring a Bandh expect the general public to stay in their homes and strike work. The main affected are shopkeepers who are expected to keep their shops closed and the public transport operators of buses and cabs are supposed to stay off the road and not carry any passengers. There have been instances of large metro cities coming to a standstill. Bandhs are powerful means for civil disobedience. Because of the huge impact that a Bandh has on the local community, it is much feared as a tool of protest.“]

Maoists support Kashmiris, call strike

Times of India,  September 27, 2010

NEW DELHI: In an attempt to show solidarity with protesting Kashmiris who have been demanding “azadi” and attacking security forces, Maoists have called for a 24-hour bandh in six states on September 30.

In a statement dated September 23, the CPI (Maoist) said September 30 will be observed as a bandh in six states — Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa — and also in Gadchiroli, Gondia and Chandrapur districts of Maharashtra and Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh in protest “against the killing of Kashmiri youth by security forces since June 11”.

The statement was issued by Abhay, spokesperson of the central committee, and Anand, central regional bureau spokesperson. The party said there would be a “closedown of all rail and road traffic, banks, government and private offices, industries, educational institutions and business establishments”. “We are excluding essential services like hospitals and other services from this bandh call,” the statement said.

The statement justified the stone-pelting in Kashmir and called it democratic. It has been a Maoist strategy to join forces with all manner of protests, particularly if they are directed against the state.

In their attempt to gain support from Kashmiris, the party demanded “immediate end to massacres by Indian armed forces in Kashmir, withdrawal of military and paramilitary forces, repeal of AFSPA, plebiscite for Kashmiris and release of all political prisoners”. Continue reading

India: The Politics of Dams, Displacement, Bridges, and Resistance in AP and Orissa

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Red fear: Ministers to Fly to Anti-Polavaram Rally Site

Bhubaneswar | Sep 11, 2010

With some of its senior leaders in the hit-list of Maoists, Orissa’s ruling Biju Janata Dal has decided that nine ministers who would to take part in anti-Polavaram project rally scheduled to be held at Maoist-hit Malkangiri district tomorrow would fly to the venue.

The proposed Polavaram irrigation project is in adjacent Andhra Pradesh which is being opposed by Orissa which argues the project would displace 20,000 people and inundate huge tracts of land in its territory.

Though Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would skip the party meeting for unstated reasons, nine ministers, two MPs and a dozen of sitting MLAs besides senior leaders would address the rally, official sources said.

Senior BJD MLA and former minister Rabi Narayan Nanda, who is playing a major role in organising the rally, said two choppers have been requisitioned to fly the ministers and other senior leaders to tribal-dominated Malkangiri. Continue reading

India: Andhra Pradesh protest of Human Rights Violations in Kashmir

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Monday, 09 August 2010

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A protest demonstration was conducted by the rights group of Andhra Pradesh at Indira Park, Lower Tank Bund road from 11 AM to 2PM.  The demands which are made are:

1. Stop all violent actions immediately on people of Kashmir.

2. Withdraw all the Armed forces from civilian areas immediately and confine them to barracks.

3. Release all the people arrested during demonstration and agitations.

4. Handover law and order to the state government.

5. Constitute a Judicial enquiry with a sitting judge of Supreme Court on all incidents of violence by Armed Forces at least in the past two years.

6. Repeal the Armed Forces Special Power Act, Public Security Act and Disturbed Areas Act immediately.

7. Withdraw the Armed forces from the Kashmir Valley immediately. Continue reading

Revolutionary songs, slogans mark Maoist leader Azad’s last rites

The funeral of Maoist leader Azad in Hyderabad on Sunday

7/4/2010
Hyderabad, July 4 (IANS) The last rites of top Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad were performed here Sunday amid revolutionary songs, slogans and red salutes by sympathisers, former extremists and civil liberties activists.
Azad’s brother Anil Kumar aided by revolutionary writer Varavara Rao and others lit the funeral pyre around 2 p.m. as the slogans of ‘Lal salam, lal salam’ (red salute) and ‘Comrade Azad amar rahe’ rent the air.
For over two hours, the mourners from various groups held a meeting at Panjagutta cremation ground, paying tributes to Azad and accusing the central and state governments of killing him in a stage-managed gunfight.

Speakers, including revolutionary writers, poets, singers, intellectuals and rights activists, described Azad as a ‘hero’ and vowed to continue the fight to fulfil his dreams. Continue reading

Andhra Pradesh, India: CPI(Maoist) Spokesperson killed by government forces

(With great sadness, we report the following news. This account from The Hindu contains the government account , but indicates that some key aspects of the account are contested.  We will post further, and more complete, information as it becomes available.-ed)

The Hindu

ADILABAD/HYDERABAD, July 2, 2010

S. Harpal SIngh

K. Srinivas Reddy

The Andhra Pradesh police on Friday said it had shot dead top naxalite Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, along with an unidentified cohort, in an exchange of fire in Adilabad district, close to the State’s border with Maharashtra.

The death of Azad, a member and spokesman of the Central Committee of the CPI (Maoist) and a member of the Polit Bureau, has dealt a big blow to the Maoist movement in India. He was an ideologue who had specialised in field-craft as well.

Even as some sources questioned the encounter theory, the police said the gunfight lasted more than three hours. An AK-47 assault rifle, a pistol and two kitbags were found at the scene.

The alleged encounter took place on a 500-metre-high hillock 3 km from the nearest motorable road. With the monsoon having set in, the forest had become lush green, and the tribals had started farming operations. Some of them were tilling the land, but none would speak to The Hindu about the encounter. Continue reading

India: Financial Times (UK) Counting Heads of Maoist Supporters

Maoist rebels find support among India’s elite

By Amy Kazmin in Hyderabad

Nearly 200 activists, intellectuals and professionals met recently on a hot night in Hyderabad to celebrate a new translation of the prison writings of Varavara Rao, an unabashed ideologue for the Maoist rebels threatening the security of swaths of the interior.

The Maoists in the country’s impoverished tribal belt have stepped up their campaign, generating outrage in the political establishment.

Varavara Rao, Revolutionary Poet

Yet the Hyderabad audience was enthralled as Mr Rao, a retired college lecturer, spoke of his eight years in prison and read passages from his book. The fêting of a man cited by Maoist leaders as an inspiration for their struggle highlights the sympathy the insurgency enjoys among urban intellectuals and students.

For them the rebels articulate legitimate grievances of India’s most marginalised citizens even if they don’t support their violent tactics.

As P. Chidambaram, India’s interior minister, steps up his offensive against the guerrillas, he is waging an intensifying battle against the rebels’ urban support base.

New Delhi warned this month that intellectuals and academics disseminating “Maoist propaganda” could face up to 10 years imprisonment, a threat denounced by human rights groups as stifling debate. Continue reading

Maoists Call for Militant People’s Movement to Win Telangana State

his article was published  on BreakingNews on December 27, 2009.

Hyderabad: Breaking News! The worst fears of the Centre and Andhra Pradesh has come true, as Maoists joined the Telangana debate. The Naxalites have called in for a militant mass struggle to achieve a separate Telangana state.

Azad, the spokesperson of the Central Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), issued a statement, saying a separate state of Telangana is an “inalienable right” of the four crore people of the region.

Azad also called for a united militant mass struggle against the Congress regime and the “betrayers” in various political parties. He did not spare any party, and lashed out at the Congress, BJP, TDP, CPI and CPI (M), accusing him playing vote bank politics over Telangana issue.  The Maoist leader did not spare KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), saying it wasted over five years, begging Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Continue reading