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Manik Mandal in Press Conference

Following is a note circulated in a Press Conference held in Delhi on 31 August 2010 by Manik Mandal, a Bengal Writer arrested and incarcerated in a prison along with two other intellectuals by the West Bengal government for visiting Jangalmahal region under the brutal deployment of joint security forces of the Union and West Bengal government.

There are a few other letters attached here which were circulated by Manik Mandal in the same Press Conference. These letters from the political prisoners speak volumes of facts about the most brutal war atrocities of the Indian government on the poorest of the poor. They were received by Manik Mandal from his fellow prisoners. The original Bengali versions are scanned and attached along with their English translations.

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ICAWPI Primer: Operation Green Hunt, the People's Struggle in India, and the International Campaign

by the International Campaign against War on the People of India

All over the world, people are beginning to ask questions about the nature of India's society and government, and about the war on the adivasis--the tribal peoples--that has been launched by that government, with strategic assistance from the US and Israel.

Most commentators admit that the Indian people suffered greatly under British rule. But today, it is claimed, India is on a path of rapid technical progress and development; India has its own Silicon Valley, complete with high-tech R&D and hundreds of call centers for everything from Amazon to Victoria's Secret.  New wealth is being created at a rapid rate, a large middle class is developing that is enjoying shopping malls, multiplex cinemas and imported cars, and much of this wealth is allegedly working its way down to the villages and urban slums seen in Slumdog Millionaire.

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Status of Operation Green Hunt (late 2009)

Prepared by Campaign Against War on People
  1. The offensive will be spread over the next five years.
  2. A special forces school, a special forces unit and an army brigade HQ will be set up near Bilaspur. The Bde HQ will participate in anti-Maoist ops in the future. The army is looking for 1,800 acres of land to set up the infrastructure.
  3. The IAF is looking for 300 acres for its base

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Fact Finding Report on the Anti-Displacement Movement in Central and Eastern India

David Pugh

In July and August 2008, I spent three weeks gathering information about the anti-displacement movement in India. As a guest of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (People's Movement against Displacement and for Development), I traveled across five states in central and eastern India visiting the sites of proposed industrial and mining projects, Special Economic Zones and real estate developments. I spoke with hundreds of villagers who are threatened with displacement and with many dedicated activists who are helping to organize the people's resistance.

The villagers I spoke to, tribals, dalits (untouchables) and members of "other backward castes," told me that the lives of their families are at stake. Rapacious industrial and mining enterprises, supported by the state and central governments, are trying to grab fertile agricultural land. When bribery doesn't work, the industrialists and government officials send in the police and hired goons to terrorize the villagers into submission.

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Arundhati Roy on attacks on GN Saibaba

Listen to Arundhati Roy - "GN Saibaba is being targeted for voicing against govt's anti-naxal operations"

Arundhati Roy criticises the police raid at the residence of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, a vociferous opponent of Operation Greenhunt — the Indian government's counter-insurgency operations against the Maoists.

https://soundcloud.com/tehelkaradio/saibaba-was-targeted-because

Interviewed by Ushinor Majumdar
Produced by Saad Ahmed

 

Background Information on Repressive Laws in India

“Background Information on Repressive Laws in India”, compiled by Aagney Sail, Law Graduate, Delhi University, Indian Action Forum (INSAF), September 2007.

Note that this was written before the new draconian UAPA law was enacted in 2008. This is an 18-page PDF file (199 KB) at: http://www.binayaksen.net/wp-content/uploads/indian_repressive_laws.pdf

‘Only fringe elements wanted him hanged’

Interview with S.A.R. Geelani.

In the Parliament House attack case, the trial court sentenced Professor S.A.R. Geelani to death, but the Supreme Court acquitted him. Geelani, who teaches Arabic at Delhi University, was the only person outside the jail whom Afzal Guru trusted and could meet frequently. Excerpts from the interview he gave Frontline.

To begin with, what is your reaction to the secret hanging of Afzal?

The secret hanging of Afzal was atrocious. It is a sad day for the people of Kashmir. It is inhuman that a person is being sent to the gallows without even giving him a chance to meet his family. His little son was not allowed to meet his father for one last time before his death.

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Fact Finding Report on Operation Green Hunt in Dantewada

October 21, 2009.  A report from PUCL (Chhattisgarh) , PUDR (Delhi), Vanvasi Chetna Ashram (Dantewada), Human Rights Law Network (Chhattisgarh) , ActionAid (Orissa), Manna Adhikar (Malkangiri) and Zilla Adivasi Ekta Sangh (Malkangiri).

Till now, no substantive information has been given in the media regarding the Gachanpalli killings of 17th September 2009 (during Operation Green Hunt) and 1st October killings at Gompad and Chintagufa villages by security forces. Nor have any reports appeared regarding detentions and arrests of several young men on 1st October.

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'Caste and Culture in India'

A talk by  G. Kalyan Rao  (author of Untouchable Spring)

The Department of English. University of Delhi, invites you to a talk by G. Kalyan Rao (chaired by Prof. Gopal Guru) on Thursday, February 21 at 3 p m in room number 61, Arts Faculty, North Campus, DU

What is history? It is nothing but a human story told by a grandmother to her children. The valuable work, the magnificent contribution and experience of the first and foremost inhabitants of this land, the Dalits and Adivasis are neglected, unseen and brutally suppressed. This is the first and foremost unrecorded 'missing case' in the history of human civilization. Why this organized crime? Who are the perpetrators? And why did they do so? The answers to these questions are not that simple because the study on caste and culture in India is not simple. This lecture will be a small step to understand the missing link between caste and culture in India.

G Kalyan Rao is a senior member of the Revolutionary Writers Association (AP), Active Writers Organisation in Andhra Pradesh.

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