Jharkhand MLA killed in Naxal attack

9 07 2008

Jharkhand MLA killed in Naxal attack

7/9/2008 6:41:16 PM

Ramesh Singh Munda

Ramesh Singh Munda (Photo by Mahadeo Sen)

Ramesh Singh Munda who was shot dead by suspected naxalites

Former Jharkhand minister and sitting JDU MLA, Ramesh Singh Munda and three others were today (July 9) shot dead by suspected naxalites at Baruhatu village near Bundu in Ranchi district, about 60 km from Ranchi.

According to district Deputy Commissioner Avinash Kumar, the JDU leader, two of his guards and another person were declared brought dead by the doctors at the Rajendra Institute Of Medical Sciences. Munda, who was a cabinet minister during the previous BJP-led government, was at a prize distribution function of H S High School when the gunmen started firing indiscriminately.

The 53-year old JDU legislature party leader represented Tamar assembly constituency in the state assembly from 2000.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Jharkhand MLA killed in Naxal attack

9 07 2008

Jharkhand MLA killed in Naxal attack

7/9/2008 6:41:16 PM

Ramesh Singh Munda

Ramesh Singh Munda (Photo by Mahadeo Sen)

Ramesh Singh Munda who was shot dead by suspected naxalites

Former Jharkhand minister and sitting JDU MLA, Ramesh Singh Munda and three others were today (July 9) shot dead by suspected naxalites at Baruhatu village near Bundu in Ranchi district, about 60 km from Ranchi.

According to district Deputy Commissioner Avinash Kumar, the JDU leader, two of his guards and another person were declared brought dead by the doctors at the Rajendra Institute Of Medical Sciences. Munda, who was a cabinet minister during the previous BJP-led government, was at a prize distribution function of H S High School when the gunmen started firing indiscriminately.

The 53-year old JDU legislature party leader represented Tamar assembly constituency in the state assembly from 2000.

(With inputs from PTI)

Patil assures Centre’s help to fight Naxalism
Press Trust of India, India – 11 Jun 2008
Chatra (Jharkhand), June 11 (PTI) Asking the Jharkhand government to take up more developmental projects in the Naxal-hit Chatra and Palamu districts,
India will effectively control terrorism: Patil Hindu
all 23 news articles »


NDTV.com
Naxalism turns Bihar villages in ghost hamlets
NDTV.com, India – 22 Jun 2008
A local villager, Vinay Singh lost his entire family in a Naxal attack 21 years ago. The fear of that attack has kept him away from his village since then.
Anti-mining drive refutes Naxalism in Goa
NDTV.com, India – 20 Jun 2008
PTI As Goa state police confirmed keeping a close watch on possibility of Naxal-like activities in the tourist hotspot state’s mining belt, anti-mining
Development activities in Sonbhadra to curb Naxalism
DailyIndia.com, FL – 20 Jun 2008
By Girish Kumar Dubey Sonbhadra (UP)June 20: Development activities in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh hope to contain the spread of naxalism in the
Debt waiver scheme faces flak from panel on naxalism
Financial Express, India – 24 Jun 2008
New Delhi, Jun 24 A high-level panel set up by the Planning Commission on naxalite issues has slammed the government over the introduction of the debt
Growing Naxal threat: Cabinet nod for special force awaited
Central Chronicle, India – 3 Jul 2008
Naxalism is presenting new challenges to the keepers of law and the people. In the latest incident in Malkangiri in Orissa, the anti-naxal force of Andhra

NDTV.com
Divers scour Indian reservoir for 36 police missing after attack
CNN International – 30 Jun 2008
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called Naxalism India’s biggest security threat. Last year, more than 800 people were killed in Naxal-related
Maoist attack: CM orders high-level probe Newindpress
Orissa Government steps up search operation in Malkangiri district Thaindian.com
all 286 news articles »

Calcutta Telegraph
Welfare schemes can curb Naxalism
Calcutta Telegraph, India – 11 Jun 2008
Shivraj Patil today said the state governments should frame a surrender policy for Maoists to bring about an early end to Naxalism through mutual talks.
BJP criticises Centre Howrah News Service
all 2 news articles »
Indian State of Jharkhand, Naxal and Development
American Chronicle, CA – 15 hours ago
So, Maoist and other terror outfits came in state with their naxal movement to check gap between rich and poor. They promised and won the confidence

IBNLive.com
New Karnataka police chief takes over – Promises professional
IT Examiner, India – 1 Jul 2008
He will take a straight-forward stand on Naxalism as he believes in voicing opinion through democracy, but won’t tolerate anything in the form of violence.
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Red banner of terrorism

9 07 2008

From Daily pioneer

Francois Gautier

Mao Tse-Tung and his Little Red Book may have been all but forgotten in China where the revolution has been overtaken by free market economics. But here in India, Maoists continue to spread their deadly tentacles through terror and intimidation

It is not often nowadays that one can praise the Government. But in the case of Maoism, one has to, for not only everything has been tried, from negotiation to coercion, but the Government is facing a deadly and ruthless enemy which does not hesitate to kill and maim, so sure that it is in the sincerity of its purpose.

In most of the world, Communism is practically dead. One cannot call China a Communist country anymore — indeed, there may not be a more ruthless capitalist nation in the world today. Even Cuba is slowly inching towards free trade.

In India though, not only is Communism alive, but it is flourishing. You will find Communist Governments in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura. The present Congress Government, till the opportunist Mulayam Singh Yadav stepped in, owed its survival to the Communists.

Communists are often not corrupt, they live a simple life and are committed to their cause, which is not always true of other politicians. Unfortunately there is also a darker side: Indian Communists have totally aligned themselves with Lenin and Mao Tse-Tung, to the point that not only are they anti-spiritual, particularly targeting the Hindus, but often anti-Indian. They will never criticise China, for instance, and even support the Chinese in case of tensions between New Delhi and Beijing.

There is an even more dangerous aspect: It is when Communists take to arms, what we know as Maoism. The far Left movement, which is basically a Maoism-inspired armed struggle, began as a violent peasant uprising against landlords at Naxalbari village in West Bengal, on May 25, 1967 (hence the name Naxalism).

It is true that Naxalism and later Maoism may have risen out of a sense of injustice, seeing how there are still unforgivable disparities in certain parts of India which have suffered for centuries from caste discrimination, exploitation by landlords and the lethargy of the local administrative and political system.

But today Maoists are largely driven by the goal of capturing political power. For, Maoists are very clear about their objectives and they freely quote from Mao Tse-Tung: “It’s (Maoism’s) purpose is to destroy an existing society and its institutions and to replace them with a completely new structure.”

Indeed, if one looks closely at Maoism today, one sees murder, rape, kidnappings, extortion, money laundering and human rights violations. As many as 16 of India’s 35 States and Union Territories are affected by Maoism. It affects 192 of India’s 604 districts. This prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to declare : “It would not be an exaggeration to say that the problem of Maoism is the single-biggest security challenge ever faced by our country.”

In the last 12 months, the Maoists have redoubled their effort to break up Indian society: On March 15, 2007, Maoists massacred 16 officers of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force, 39 Special Police Officers and injured 12 others at Rani Bodli village. On October 27, 2007, Armed Maoists massacred 17 people, including a former Jharkhand Chief Minister’s son at Chilkhari village of the State’s Giridih district. On December 16, 2007, in a daring jailbreak, 110 Maoists escaped from Dantewada Jail in Chhattisgarh. On February 8 this year in Orissa 300 rebels, including 100 women, gunned down six policemen at a police reserve which houses an armoury as well as others at a training school and two at Nayagarh police station in the heart of the district town. The Maoists also took away over 1,200 state-of-the art rifles and one lakh live bullets. It would seem that the Maoists are within striking distance of Orissa’s capital, Bhubaneswar, which is barely 100 km away.

Sometimes, the media says Maoist violence is on the wane. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Maoists have a ‘budget’ of Rs. 60 crore for carrying out its armed struggle during 2007-09. This money has been raised abroad by NGO’s abroad. Meanwhile, emboldened by the success of Nepal’s Maoists in virtually seizing power, Maoists in India have recently released a stunning declaration outlining their programme.

The Government has tried everything to contain the Maoists: Negotiation, counter-insurgency measures, and arming tribals. But with little result. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has now initiated a dialogue with Maoists to convince them that the gun is not the only solution.

His teachings and initiatives have transformed many villages in Maoist-hit areas of Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. During his visits to Bihar, more than 100,000 youth from warring factions have taken a solemn vow to spread the message of non-violence.

Recently he initiated a much-needed Peace and Reconciliation conference in Oslo, Norway, to focus on internal armed conflicts in South Asia, particularly Maoism. Norway’s Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer, Members of European Parliament Erika Mann, Nirj Deva and Aud Kvalbein, the Deputy Mayor of Oslo, were among the prominent speakers.

The Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism FACT, while aware of the terrible inequalities that still exist in India and which provide a fertile ground for Maoism to spread, is mounting an exhibition on Maoism as a threat to national unity, at Habitat Centre, Palm Court Gallery, from July 8 to 13.

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