INDIA: Growing Solidarity with All-India General Strike, February 20-21


Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) extends its solidarity with the workers who are going on a two-day All India general strike on 20 and 21 February. While all the major trade union centres affiliated to various ruling class parties of the country have come together for giving a call for this strike due to the pressure from the working masses, the revolutionary and militant trade unions and workers’ organisations too have given a strike call for these two days. This strike is an opportunity for the workers across different sectors of the economy and regions to come together to highlight the burning problems of their common concern, which require urgent redressal. All the progressive, democratic and pro-people organisations and individuals of the country as well as the peasantry, the students, teachers, intellectuals, government and private employees, need to stand in solidarity with the striking workers in the struggle for achieving their just and genuine demands.

The strike call comes at a time when the imperialist world economy is going through its worst crisis after the Great Depression of the 1930s. The inherent contradiction of the capitalist economy between socialised production and privatised profit came into full force, leading to large-scale overproduction, unprecedented destruction of productive forces, high levels of unemployment, runaway inflation and mass impoverishment. The collapse of the imperialist economy was averted when monopoly finance capital resorted to Fascism in Europe and through massive militarisation and spending in the World War II, which was the direct result of the crisis in capitalism. During this period, achievements which the international working-class movement had won in the form of labour rights through decades of life and death struggles were virtually wiped out. In the post-war period, a resurgence of struggles by the working masses and the spectre of communism and national liberation movements forced the governments in imperialist, bourgeois and semi-colonial countries to recognise the rights of the workers under the garb of ‘welfare economics’. Continue reading

CPI(Maoist) asks Swami Agnivesh to organize a fact-finding team to Lalgarh area


Office of the reactionary CPM up in flames in Lalgarh area.

[For background, the Communist Party of India(Marxist) or CPM is a bourgeois party that leads the reactionary government in West Bengal.  Their armed gangs are the harmads, who with the protection of the central government’s paramilitary forces, are trying to take back the Lalgarh area from the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the oppressed adivasis (tribal peoples), Over the past decade, the Maoists have developed a strong base of support among the adivasis in this area-ed.]

Kishenji lists demands for Agnivesh


Sept. 12–Over 100 camps housing armed vigilante gangs of the Communist Part of India (Marxist) exist across the districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia–the Jungle Mahal area–who provide active, illegal support to central paramilitary forces’ and police’s operations against the Maoists…The Maoists have only five per cent of the sophisticated arms possessed by the CPI (M) vigilante gangs (Harmad vahini).

These are excerpts from a letter sent by CPI (Maoist)’s top leader Mallojula Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji to activist Swami Agnivesh, who is mediating for proposed peace talks with the Centre. The letter was signed Kishenji, spokesperson of the CPI(Maoist)’s Central Committee (Eastern Bureau).

In the letter, Kishenji asked Agnivesh to “organise a fact-finding team for Bengal to investigate the extent of atrocities of joint forces and harmads (vigilante gangs) in Jungle Mahal”.  “The West Bengal government must be compelled to allow the team to move freely in Jungle Mahal to see the massive presence of the harmad camps.”

Kishenji asked Agnivesh to push for an independent probe by “human rights and democratic activists into the killing of comrades Azad, Sudhakar Reddy and Appa Rao”.  “I thank Kishenji for his sincerity and commitment towards the peace process, his letter means the Maoists have resumed talks to prepare for a mutually acceptable peace settlement,” Agnivesh told HT.

West Bengal: CPM sets up military camps to suppress adivasis

(The CPM–Communist Party of India (Marxist)–is a bourgeois party that is the leading force in the so-called Left Front which rules West Bengal. It has been the target of determined and sustained resistance by the adivasis (tribal peoples) in the Lalgarh region of the state.-ed.]

Party offices, schools and panchayats are stacked with arms.  The CPM is gearing up for a bloody election in 2011.

CPM harmads (goons) in West Bengal

West Bengal:  DRIVING INTO Delgunda village in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, you could almost be fooled into thinking that this is a CPM [Communist Party of India(Marxist)] bastion. Dug into the thatched roofs of teashops, the gates of a primary school and barks of trees, red flags are everywhere. Everyone you meet on the frontlines of Delgunda will tell you that they fled in fear after the Maoists captured this village,that they have returned only with help from the CPM, which now protects them from the rebels.

It is only when you walk to the end of the village to find the poorest family and the shabbiest hut, that some semblance of reality emerges. It is only when you meet a frail tribal lady called Shanti Bai that you realise this is a captured village, but one where everyone is being held hostage by their own state government, where everyone has surrendered to the CPM.

It is not easy for Shanti Bai to speak up. Everytime she tries, her husband, a rice farmer, shushes her up, begging you to go away. “Why can’t we tell them the truth? Why should we be afraid? Even if we are killed, it is better than living with this fear,” Shanti cries. She wants to tell her story, and if you stay long enough, the tiny wooden doors firmly closed, the horror emerges in hushed whispers. Continue reading