Seven Years Gone: Remembering Anuradha Ghandy

Anuradha Ghandy: The Rebel


She was born into privilege and could easily have chosen the easy life. But Anuradha Ghandy chose guns over roses to fight for the dispossessed.

On a muggy April evening in 2008, somewhere in Mumbai, a doctor was trying desperately to get in touch with his patient. The patient happened to be a woman in her early 50s, who had come that morning with high fever. The doctor had advised a few blood tests, and, as he saw the reports, he started making frantic calls to the phone number the patient had scribbled in her nearly illegible handwriting. The number, he soon realised, did not exist. He was restless. The reports indicated the presence of two deadly strains of malaria in the woman’s bloodstream—she had to be admitted to a hospital without delay. Time was racing by and there was no trace of her.

By the time the woman contacted the doctor again, a few days had passed. The doctor wanted her placed under intensive care immediately. But it was too late.

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Nepal: Ex-revolutionaries denounce Indian Maoist’s attack on Salwa Judum (death squads) and Congress Party backers

[Prachanda, once leader of Nepalese Maoists, having disbanded the people’s war, the revolutionary PLA and peoples guerrilla zones and administrative zones, and further confused and disoriented many revolutionaries in Nepal and internationally with a revisionist “creative” line of bourgeois electoralism, has now reached a new pinnacle of craven opportunist betrayal.  In a fitting public testament to his complete renunciation of revolutionary Maoism, Prachanda has now denounced the Indian Maoist attack on the reactionary death squad Salwa Judum, in a message embracing the Indian bourgeoisie with condolences at their loss of their death squad architects.  The blood of the adivasi and Maoist victims of Salwa Judum, on the hands of Sonia Gandhi, is now on Prachanda’s hands as well.  —  Frontlines ed.]


Prachanda, Koirala express grief over Naxal attack

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Prachanda's correspondent's embrace of Sonia GandhiKathmandu: “Shocked” by the recent Naxal attack in Chattisgarh, Maoist chief Prachanda and Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala have sent condolence messages to Sonia Gandhi over the ambush in which 27 people, including senior Congress leaders, were killed.  “Our party UCPN-Maoist is deeply shocked and saddened by the demise of leaders and workers of the Indian National Congress in the recent attack in Chattisgarh of India unleashed by Indian Maoists,” UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda said in a statement. “The incident of violent attack has drawn the attention of our party”, he said, expressing “serious concern” over the incident.  “We join with you in this incident in which 27 people including leaders and workers of the Indian NationalCongress were killed,” Prachanda said in a condolence message sent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.  “I, personally, and on behalf my party, express deepest condolence to the families of those killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident,” Prachanda said. Continue reading

Pune, India: Alert news reveals the shocking, embarassing presence of Maoist posters on buses

[The orders of repressive government are designed to result in silent, fearful obedience–yet often result in defiance.  The bourgeois media in India produced this nervous report of mysterious, intrusive and illegally defiant Maoist posters in Pune. — Frontlines ed.]


“Maoist posters on city buses go unnoticed for over a month”

Chandan Haygunde, The Indian Express, May 09 2012
CPI (Maoist) poster in a PMPML bus

CPI (Maoist) poster in a PMPML bus

At least two buses belonging to Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) have been moving about flashing Maoist posters — both inside and outside — for more than a month now without coming to the notice of the authorities or being reported.

The Indian Express on Tuesday spotted the posters, issued by banned Naxal outfit CPI (Maoists), on two PMPML buses.

The posters demanded unconditional release of seven Maoist operatives — Kobad Ghandy, Vijay, Vikram, Madanlal, Mahesh, Bhanu and Anjela. Calling them “revolutionaries”, the posters also called for a bandh in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa on March 23, indicating that they were pasted on the two buses more than a month ago.

While one of the bus (MH 12 EQ 4596) plied on Swargate-Dhayari route, the other (MH 12 EQ 5241) on Swargate-DSK route.

Neither the police nor PMPML officials were aware of these posters. When contacted, PMPML Chairman R N Joshi said he would ask the transport manager to look into the matter.

Similar posters were first spotted in the city at the Patrakar Bhavan, the building of S M Joshi foundation in Navi Peth on March 23. Later, they were also seen at the district collectorate, Pune Railway Station, Central building and in the Pune Camp area. Continue reading

India: Naxal show of strength after Home Minister P Chidambaram visit

Soumittra S Bose

Jan 4, 2011

NAGPUR: Naxalites conducted rallies and openly raised slogans urging people to join the anti-government movement for securing rights of the tribals. The open rallies of armed Naxalites and their supporters, unheard of in the recent past, were taken up towards the end of December.

The rallies, intentionally conducted close to police posts, were learnt to be organised as a part of strategy to continue the pressure on security forces following visit of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in the Naxal-affected district on December 28.

The action of the rebels are being seen as their effort to assure the tribal populations that Chidambaram’s visit and pep talk to security forces had not intimidated them. During the rallies, the Naxals had also raised slogans against paramilitary forces and condemned “Operation Green Hunt’. They also raised slogans celebrating recently concluded People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) month. Continue reading