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Maoist violence ‘social terrorism’

Posted by :) on April 15, 2010

Kolkata, April 7
Ashim Chatterjee, one of the leading figures of the bloody Naxalite revolt of the late 1960s, says the mass massacre Tuesday of security personnel in Chhattisgarh is “social terrorism” and blamed Maoists for causing “meaningless” bloodshed.
Chatterjee, who was one of the confidants of Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) founder Charu Majumdar, said revolutions never succeeded in countries that had a parliamentary system.
“In China, the case was different. There, the armed struggle succeeded in the face of a counter armed struggle. But in India, we have a parliamentary system. History tells us that no revolutionary movement has succeeded in places where the parliamentary system prevails,” Chatterjee, now 66, told IANS in an interview.
Criticising the present lot of Maoists, he said they were only relying on arms and operating from the jungles by ignoring people and the doctrine of class struggle.
“Firstly, the conditions which set the stage for a revolutionary movement are absent in India. Secondly, these Maoists have not cared to build up class struggle. And when you fight against the state without caring to build up class struggle, that amounts to social terrorism. The blood that is being shed is meaningless,” he said.
In 1970, Chatterjee was the youngest member of the CPI-ML Central Committee that was intent on unleashing an armed revolution to seize power in India. The CPI-ML enjoyed the backing of China.
He was secretary of the party’s Bengal-Bihar-Orissa border region committee and tried to lead an armed struggle in the Debra and Gopiballabhpur areas of West Bengal in March 1971 — when the Naxalite movement was at its peak, leaving thousands dead.
The movement failed, and Chatterjee was arrested in November 1971. Within a year, the CPI-ML was crushed and its founder leader Majumdar died in the Presidency Jail of Kolkata.
Asked whether he felt that the path adopted by the Maoists then was also wrong, Chatterjee said: “Naxalbari was a struggle for land. That was the right path. That is relevant even now. This battle for land can one day give birth to a revolutionary movement.
“But our policy of individual killings was wrong. When I started a movement at Gopiballabhpur in Midnapore district, there were 2,000 people with us. Had our path been right, I would have got 20,000 people with me. But when I was arrested, I did not even find 200 people with me.
“When our Gopiballabhpur movement fizzled out, I realised that Charu Majumdar’s path was wrong.”
(Sirshendu Panth can be contacted at s.panth@ians.in)

Kolkata, April 7
Ashim Chatterjee, one of the leading figures of the bloody Naxalite revolt of the late 1960s, says the mass massacre Tuesday of security personnel in Chhattisgarh is “social terrorism” and blamed Maoists for causing “meaningless” bloodshed.Chatterjee, who was one of the confidants of Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) founder Charu Majumdar, said revolutions never succeeded in countries that had a parliamentary system.”In China, the case was different. There, the armed struggle succeeded in the face of a counter armed struggle. But in India, we have a parliamentary system. History tells us that no revolutionary movement has succeeded in places where the parliamentary system prevails,” Chatterjee, now 66, told IANS in an interview.Criticising the present lot of Maoists, he said they were only relying on arms and operating from the jungles by ignoring people and the doctrine of class struggle.”Firstly, the conditions which set the stage for a revolutionary movement are absent in India. Secondly, these Maoists have not cared to build up class struggle. And when you fight against the state without caring to build up class struggle, that amounts to social terrorism. The blood that is being shed is meaningless,” he said.In 1970, Chatterjee was the youngest member of the CPI-ML Central Committee that was intent on unleashing an armed revolution to seize power in India. The CPI-ML enjoyed the backing of China.He was secretary of the party’s Bengal-Bihar-Orissa border region committee and tried to lead an armed struggle in the Debra and Gopiballabhpur areas of West Bengal in March 1971 — when the Naxalite movement was at its peak, leaving thousands dead.The movement failed, and Chatterjee was arrested in November 1971. Within a year, the CPI-ML was crushed and its founder leader Majumdar died in the Presidency Jail of Kolkata.Asked whether he felt that the path adopted by the Maoists then was also wrong, Chatterjee said: “Naxalbari was a struggle for land. That was the right path. That is relevant even now. This battle for land can one day give birth to a revolutionary movement.”But our policy of individual killings was wrong. When I started a movement at Gopiballabhpur in Midnapore district, there were 2,000 people with us. Had our path been right, I would have got 20,000 people with me. But when I was arrested, I did not even find 200 people with me.”When our Gopiballabhpur movement fizzled out, I realised that Charu Majumdar’s path was wrong.

Source : “(Sirshendu Panth can be contacted at s.panth@ians.in)

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Tackling Naxalite terror – Must eliminate them now

Posted by :) on April 15, 2010

The lives of Indian security personnel are not less valuable than the lives of the Naxalites. Indian Government can’t make our brave Soldiers scrap goats by developing soft corners for someone else.
The problem with the Naxals is that they are against the democratic system of our country. And India in no way can end its democratic system. If the Naxalites demand some changes within our democratic system for improvement of the conditions of the socially backward people living in the remotest part of our country, it can be welcomed. But abolishing democracy for the betterment of the lives of a section of society can never be supported. It can never be the solution. Government must have to bring them to the negotiation table by a distinctive policy.
We also want that the conditions of the people who are living in the remotest should be improved. But killing the security personnel to achieve this can never be supported. At the same time the foreign powers that are trying to take advantage from such situations should be checked. Our government needs a different policy to tackle the Naxal terror.
The Soldiers are carrying out their duties for the nation, where as the naxalites are most probably following orders of foreign power who want to destabilize the country. It’s the time for our political parties to decide, which side are they on?
We need to learn from what happened in Nepal. We should not prepare ourselves for a Nepal like situation by simply observing whatever is happening in our country. Indian Government must have to take action against the Naxalites.India should Declare war on Naxals. At the same time adequate measures for the improvement of the conditions of the socially backward people who are living in the remotest pat of our country should be taken.
Jai Hind !

The lives of Indian security personnel are not less valuable than the lives of the Naxalites. Indian Government can’t make our brave Soldiers scrap goats by developing soft corners for someone else.
The problem with the Naxals is that they are against the democratic system of our country. And India in no way can end its democratic system. If the Naxalites demand some changes within our democratic system for improvement of the conditions of the socially backward people living in the remotest part of our country, it can be welcomed. But abolishing democracy for the betterment of the lives of a section of society can never be supported. It can never be the solution. Government must have to bring them to the negotiation table by a distinctive policy.
We also want that the conditions of the people who are living in the remotest should be improved. But killing the security personnel to achieve this can never be supported. At the same time the foreign powers that are trying to take advantage from such situations should be checked. Our government needs a different policy to tackle the Naxal terror.
The Soldiers are carrying out their duties for the nation, where as the naxalites are most probably following orders of foreign power who want to destabilize the country. It’s the time for our political parties to decide, which side are they on?
We need to learn from what happened in Nepal. We should not prepare ourselves for a Nepal like situation by simply observing whatever is happening in our country. Indian Government must have to take action against the Naxalites.India should Declare war on Naxals. At the same time adequate measures for the improvement of the conditions of the socially backward people who are living in the remotest pat of our country should be taken.
Jai Hind !

Source : India newsonline

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