Stop Operation Green Hunt

India wages war on its people
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In Hindi Adivasi means first people and is used also as a self-description. Since the Indo-european settlement the mostly Dravidic Adivasis have been oppressed. They either remain below the Hindu caste system or got integrated at its lowest rank – like untouchables or Dalits. The Indian constitution deliberately avoided the notion Adivasi to ward off possible political claims emanating from the meaning.

Neo-liberal globalisation of the last decades rendered the situation of the indigenous people untenable. The government sells out their habitat to large co-operation who are keen to exploit the mineral riches. Dam projects, savage plunder and destruction of nature, special economic zones (SEZ) – the Adivasis are being driven from their land and livelihood by millions and forced into starvation.

But resistance is rising mainly led by Maoists (in India called Naxals). The rebellion of the autochthon people is being confronted with brute force: by big landowners, Hindu chauvinist forces, government sponsored tribal militias (called Salva Judum) and all kind of governmental armed services. Unison New Delhi and Washington are trumpeting about the war on terror. In the “largest democracy of the world” laws are being instituted which bring you for years behind bars should you dare to politically support the uprising. The corporate media remains silent. They care about democracy only in enemy states.

In some regions of extreme poverty there are pockets of liberated zones which are being administered by self-organisation thanks to Maoist leadership. Based on collectivist traditions self-sustained development is undertaken: common work for irrigation, ecologically adapted agrarian techniques, small craft, education, health care, people’s judiciary. We are in front of a non-capitalist path of development.

The Adivasi struggle as well for the preservation of their culture, the recognition of their languages and the creation of new states within the Indian union.

Despite the very fact that the conflict is secular it assumed the form of an open full-fletched war only recently claiming up to a 1.000 victims per year. And the Indian government is only starting its campaign called “Green hunt”. The outcome of the struggle is unclear. It can only be won if other oppressed sections of society can be drawn inside the struggle.

Saibaba held in costudy

by Tapan Kumar Bose
Logo Free Saibaba
G.N. Saibaba is in judicial custody in a remote place called Gadchiroli in Maharashtra state in western India.

His remand has been extended by the magistrate for another 14 days. Initially he was not allowed to meet people and was not given any assistance which for a person with nearly 90 percent disability was worse than physical torture. He suffers from hypertension and other ailments. His medicines were not given to him.

Now he is in better situation. According to his lawyer, the jail authorities have assigned two persons to assist him. His medicines are being regularly administered to him and his lawyer has access to him in the jail.

Activist-scholars tour in Adivasi hotspot, India

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Indigenous People's Vision Document on Ethos, Education & Livelihood
Calling All Activists-Scholars with interest in Tribal Rights, Ecology, Conflict Resolution-Peace, Development Studies or Anthropology to join in the unique Bastar Study Tour.

Tour will start in Pakhanjur (Kanker) and move downwards along the south-western border of Chhattisgarh, to Konta (Sukma). Jagargunda onwards the troupe will travel off-roads.

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Oppose Ban on RDF in Andhra Pradesh

Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) has been banned by the Andhra Pradesh government on 9 August 2012 through Government Order No.430 under Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act 1992. This comes as the latest of the anti-people repressive measures that the Andhra Pradesh government have persistently adopted to over the last few decades to crush democratic voices and peoples’ movements under the garb of fighting Maoism. This comes as another glaring example of the hollowness of Indian government’s claim as ‘largest democracy of the world’.

We strongly condemn this act of banning and criminalisation of our organisation and demand the immediate withdrawal of this authoritarian ban.

The Government Order brands RDF as “unlawful” and bans it “with immediate effect”. The GO links RDF with the banned CPI(Maoist) by calling it a “frontal organisation” of the Maoist party. Falsely implicating RDF as “part of Tactical United Front”, it dubiously enlists the following as “unlawful activities” of the organisation:

Another massacre against dalits

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Lakshimpeta, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)
Punish the Culprit Upper Caste Brahmanical Forces Including their Abettors, the Ruling Party Leaders.

Yet another massacre on dalit people in Andhra Pradesh shows that the landowning castes still turn violent when dalits assert themselves to take over land. Four dalit people were hacked to death, and about 30 dalit men and women were critically injured in a well-orchestrated attack by Turpu Kapu backward caste brahmanical forces in Lakshimpeta village of Vangara block in Srikakulam District on 12 June 2012.

Release Uttpal Unconditionally and Immediately

We demand punishment for the guilty police personnel who illegally Detained Uttpal
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)
Uttpal (23), an adivasi revolutionary cultural activist who was elected to the All India Executive Committee in the First Conference of Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) held on 22-23 April 2012 in Hyderabad, has been illegally detained by Jharkhand Police. He was detained in Dumuri Police station area of Giridih District on 7th May 2012 while he was travelling in a road transport bus. Till date, the Jharkhand police has not released him nor produced him in any court of law.

Uttpal has been working for Jharkhand Aben, a well-known and popular revolutionary cultural oragnisation of Jharkhandis in the state. Ever since the arrest of cultural activist Jiten Marandi, Uttpal has been actively conducting the organisation. He is a singer and a composer. He was travelling from Ranchi to a village in Dumuri to meet Aben’s local team. Before he reached the village, where other cultural activists were waiting for him, he was taken away by the police from the bus around 3pm on 7th May.

India: Stop War on People!

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Operation Green Hunt
Forum against War on People
Operation Green Hunt is a multi-pronged attack on the people and their movements - 'Forum against War on People' appeals to the progressive and democratic sections of the society to raise a strong voice of protest and opposition to this genocidal war on people

Stop War on People! Withdraw the Central Forces! Scrap the Planned Army Bases in Bastar!

Invitation to Public Meeting

STOP ARMY ENCROACHMENT IN BASTAR!
OPPOSE INDIAN STATE’S WAR ON PEOPLE!

3.00pm – 8.00pm, 21 May 2011 (Saturday), Gandhi Peace Foundation, DDU Marg, Near ITO

Swiss cement giant Holcim crushing nascent Indian workers’ movement

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Persecution of contract workers union Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh by the multinational corportation, Holcim in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh

This letter is to alert you to the developing situation in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, where the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (CMM) – a popular worker-peasant organization - and its cement industry affiliate labour union, the Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh, are coming under intense, concerted attacks from the Swiss Multinational cement manufacturer, Holcim, and the right-wing state government of Chhattisgarh.

Let us flood the Raipur Jail with greetings

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Dr Binayak Sen is a pioneer of health care to marginalized and indigenous communities in Chhattisgarh, and he has reported on unlawful killings of Adivasis. India has sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Dear colleagues and friends,

New Year’s Greetings!

Tomorrow, the 4^th of January, 2011, is the 61^st birthday of Dr. Binayak Sen. Let us flood the Raipur Jail with greetings, telegrams and cards to Dr. Sen wishing him on his birthday.

Raipur Additional District and Sessions Judge B. P. Verma sentenced
PUCL’s (People’s Union for Civil Liberties) National Vice President Dr.
Binayak Sen to life imprisonment under charges of
sedition 124 (A) of the IPC read with conspiracy (120-B IPC) along with convicting him

Delhi Convention on Kashmir

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Azadi - the only way
When people are being killed in hundreds; maimed, tortured, raped and put behind bars in thousands, it was of necessity to stand up for the fundamental right of the people of Jammu & Kashmir - their Right to Self Determination.

Delhi Convention on Kashmir

AZADI: THE ONLY WAY

21 OCTOBER 2010, NEW DELHI

ORGANISED BY
COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS (CRPP)

*A REPORT*

Adivasi Drum

New Sumud project
Medical assistance for India's resisting natives
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Globalisation has turned India into a bonanza of the trans-national corporations. The one hundred corporate families ruling a billion people have torn down all protective barriers for capital to flow in and out – ostensibly for the sake of development.

First of all in the mineral-rich belt in the south-east the Indian government awarded vast swathes of land to mining companies and heavy industries with contracts worth dozens of billions of Euros. They come to exploit the natural resources leaving little more than pollution and depleted resources. On the land they wish to appropriate, however, happen to live people mostly without property titles – the Adivasi, Hindi for native people.