India: Revolutionary Democratic Front concludes meeting in Hyderabad, Apr 24, 2012

Permission denied for RDF procession at Dharna Chowk

HYDERABAD: The Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) on Monday at the end of their two-day national conference decided to continue their struggle against the imperialistic and capitalistic policies and actions of the government.

The Front also decided to create a mass movement on the prevailing economic crisis into a revolutionary upsurge, demand an immediate halt to Operation Green Hunt and withdrawal of armed forces from Bastar district of Chhattisgarh state.

The RDF could not conduct a procession and a public meeting at Dharna Chowk as Hyderabad police did not give them permission.

The reported reason was there was a strong possibility that Maoists and anti-nationals would participate.

The RDF has categorically condemned the police department’s stand and terming them as “radicals” and “fundamentalists”.

Varavara Rao, revolutionary poetwriter stated that conducting a rally or procession is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Indian constitution. Continue reading

Delhi, India: Sedition case against Arundhati Roy; Will Nehru be charged also?

[See the second article, below, for Arundhati Roy’s argument that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru should be also charged (posthumously) for making the same remarks about the right of the Kashmiri people to choose whether they want to be part of the Indian state or to be independent.–Frontlines ed.]

The Hindu, 30/11/2010

Case registered against Arundhati, Geelani

Arundhati Roy

New Delhi: Following a court order, the Delhi Police on Monday registered a case of sedition against writer Arundhati Roy, hardline Hurriyat  leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao and others on charges of giving “anti-India” speeches at a convention on Kashmir, “Azadi: The Only Way”, held here on Oct. 21.

The case has been registered at Tilak Marg police station under Sections 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153 B (imputations, assertions, prejudicial to national integration), 504 (insult intended to provoke breach of peace) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the IPC and Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi Range) Dharmendra Kumar said the complaint filed by Sushil Pandit in the court under Section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code has been converted into the First Information Report FIR after taking legal opinion on the matter. With the registration of the case, the police have initiated investigations. They have already obtained footage of the speeches made at the convention. “We will closely examine the speeches and file a report in the court by January 6, 2011 (the next date of hearing),” said Mr. Kumar.

The others named in the complaint include Delhi University professor S. A. R. Geelani who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, Kashmir University law professor Sheikh Shaukat Hussain, Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Sujato Bhadra. Continue reading

Will Arundhati Roy face sedition charges?

Press Trust of India, November 27, 2010

New Delhi: A Delhi court today ordered registration of FIR against hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, writer Arundhati Roy and five others for allegedly making anti-India speeches.

“The Delhi police is hereby directed to lodge an FIR under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and file a report in this regard on January 6, 2011 the next date of hearing,” Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha said.

The court rejected the status report submitted by the Delhi Police which said no offence relating to sedition and other charges were made out against Geelani and others. It said there were prime facie cogent evidence against the accused and asked the police to further investigate the allegations and file a compliance report. The court had earlier pulled up the police for failing to submit proper status report on the complaint filed with them on October 28 by Sushil Pandit seeking registration of FIR against Roy and Geelani.

Besides Geelani and Roy, the complaint sought prosecution of five others, including Delhi University professor S A R Geelani, who was acquitted in Parliament attack case, and Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a professor of Jammu and Kashmir University.

According to the complaint, the accused made the comments at a convention here in October on ‘Azadi- The Only Way’. Hurriyat leader Geelani shared the dais with Roy and pro-Maoist leader Vara Vara Rao among others. Geelani was heckled by the audience. Continue reading

Interview with Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Frontlines has received the following comment on this interview from the MLM Revolutionary Study Group in the US,

“In contemporary times, revolutionary Marxists, Leninists and Maoists have insisted on the necessity of building revolutionary political forces among the basic masses, and uniting all who can be united in struggle against imperialism and reactionary regimes. The relationship between these two tasks has never been more complex than in recent years, with the rise of new Islamic and nationalist forces which have been playing a more prominent and contentious role among the masses, especially in the Middle East and Asia. Communists in India, the Philippines and Turkey have built united fronts with nationalist and Islamic movements while maintaining the political independence and integrity of the proletarian and peasant revolutionary forces.'”

28 October, 2010, New Age Islam Foundation

Syed Ali Shah Geelani of the Jamaat-e Islami of Jammu and Kashmir is a veteran Kashmiri politician. Presently, he heads the Tehrik-e Hurriyat-e Jammu Kashmir. He talks about the Kashmir conflict and its possible solution in this exclusive interview with Yoginder Sikand.

Q: In your writings, and in those of other similar Islamist ideologues, the Kashmir conflict is often described as a war between Islam and ‘disbelief’. Do you really think it is so? Is it not a political struggle or a nationalist struggle, actually?

A: The Kashmir dispute is a fall-out of the Partition of India. The Muslim-majority parts of British India became Pakistan, and the Hindu-majority regions became the Dominion of India. There were, at that time, some 575 princely states in India under indirect British rule. Lord Mountbatten gave them the choice of joining either India or Pakistan, and instructed that their choice must be guided by the religious composition of their populace as well as by the borders they might share with either India or Pakistan, as the case might be.

On this basis, almost all the princely states opted for either India or Pakistan. There were, however, three exceptions to this. Hyderabad, a Hindu-majority state with a Muslim ruler, opted for independence, but India argued against this on the grounds that the state had a Hindu majority, and so ordered the Police Action to incorporate the state into the Indian Dominion. Junagadh, another Hindu-majority state with a Muslim ruler, opted for Pakistan, but India over-ruled this decision, again on account of the state’s Hindu majority, and annexed it. Continue reading