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Varavara Rao slams move to ban Revolutionary Democratic Front

VISAKHAPATNAM, August 12, 2012: The Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) president condemned the proposed ban on his organization under the AP Public Security Act. The Director General of Police has already recommended that the ban on CPI Maoists and other mass organizations including RDF be extended for one more year, the organization claimed.

The RDF central committee's newly elected president Varavara Rao and secretary Raj Kishore alleged that the state wing of RDF has not physically taken its shape except only two members as its president and secretary. Varavara Rao said the state wing was formed three months ago and that it has organised only two press conferences and one round table meeting on the Basaguda encounter in Chattisgarh, in which 20 innocent tribals were killed by the CRPF, and released two booklets so far.


Ban on State committee of RDF flayed

Special Correspondent, The Hindu

vv_rao_and_raj_kishore[Agitated:RDF president Varavara Rao and general secretary Raj Kishore addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.— Photo:
K.R. Deepak]

The government, without application of its mind, has notified the yet-to-be-formed State unit of Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) as a banned organisation, president of the front Varavara Rao said and demanded immediate withdrawal of the notification.

Letter from DGP

The seven-year-old RDF is a democratic organisation and has been active across India. In fact, it was allowed to stage a protest on the Parliament Street in New Delhi on July 31 and even submit a memorandum to the President, he told media here on Saturday.


Police Brutality in Latehar (Jharkhand)

On 2nd May, 2012, it was 5 O’clock in the evening. We entered into the general ward of Orthopedics Department of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi. After a long search, we found 40 year-old Sylvester Minj, lying on the bed. His son Roshan was sitting on the other side of the bed and eying on his father with hopeless sight. Another care taker, Sylvester’s cousin brother M. Minj was sleeping on the ground near his bed.


Cops own up to child deaths in raid

SHEENA K | telegraphindia.com
Raipur, June 30: Chhattisgarh police today admitted that the 18 victims of yesterday’s anti-Maoist operation included children and women but sparked fresh controversy by claiming they were all rebel cadres.
The admission came after the bodies were laid out in front of a police station to facilitate identification — a routine procedure — and journalists took photographs. It was clear that several of the victims were children and at least one seemed a girl.


Orissa - Police file false cases against Dandapani Mohanty, Nachika Linga and three other CMAS activists

February 21, 2012

Chasi Mulia Sangha (CMAS) is going to hold a meting at Narayanpatna. All the tribal communities will be attending the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to save the tribal language, culture and territory. Also, the objective is to provide education up to the 8th class in tribal language. In this context, two tribal students Landa Tadingi and Chakra Tadingi along with Suka linga, the younger brother of Nachika Linga, came to Berhampur to contact guests and for preparing the leaflets for the meeting. While they were returning, they were arrested by Berhampur Police at the Berhampur railway station on 17th February 2012.


Day after encounter, villagers say no Maoist among those killed

On Saturday, over 40 hours after the “biggest encounter” involving security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh, bodies of 19 alleged “hardcore Maoists and Jan Militia members” lay outside their huts in the three villages of Sarkeguda, Kottaguda and Rajpenta in Bijapur.

Villagers alleged no government official had spoken to them or visited their homes, and no autopsies had been carried out on the bodies.


Scripting the Change: Selected Writings of Anuradha Ghandy

978-93-81144-10-7 (Hb)
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Anand Teltumbde and Shoma Sen (eds.)
Daanish Books

About the Book

In this great democracy of ours, Anuradha Gandhy was what is known as a ‘Maoist terrorist,’ liable to be arrested, or, more likely, shot in a fake ‘encounter’ like hundreds of her colleagues have been … Reading through [her writings]… you catch glimpses of a mind of someone who could have been a serious scholar or academic who was overtaken by her conscience and found it impossible to sit back and merely theorize about the terrible injustice she saw around her. These writings reveal a person who is doing all she can to link theory and practice, action and thought.
Arundhati Roy, New Delhi

Anuradha Ghandy’s life and work stands as an example for a generation of Indian revolutionaries. But more than that she has directly contributed to the development of the Indian revolutionary movement in significant ways. Take the caste issue. Anuradha was one of the new generations of revolutionaries that in practical political activity gained and formulated an insight that helped the movement to move forward from the former narrow economism in the perception of caste of the old CPI to a new and broader understanding of the class role of the superstructure. ...her writing contains much more. It is necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand the present situation in India.
Jan Myrdal, Sweden


Foreword: “….But Anuradha was different” Arundhati Roy (Download PDF)
Remembering Anuradha Ghandy: Friend, Comrade, Moving Spirit

Section 1: Caste

Caste Question in India
The Caste Question Returns
Movements against Caste in Maharashtra
When Maharashtra Burned for Four Days
Dalit Fury Scorches Maharashtra: Gruesome Massacre of Dalits
Mahars as Landholders

Section 2: Women

Philosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement
The Revolutionary Women’s Movement in India
8 March and the Women’s Movement in India
International Women’s Day: Past and Present
Fascism, Fundamentalism and Patriarchy
Changes in Rape Law: How far will they Help?
Cultural Expression of the Adivasi Women in the Revolutionary Movement
In Conversation with Comrade Janaki
Working Class Women: Making the Invisible Visible
Women Bidi Workers and the Co-operative Movement: A Study of the Struggle in the Bhandara District Bidi Workers’ Co-operative

Section 3: Miscellaneous

A Pyrrhic Victory: Government Take-Over of Empress Mills
Empress Mills: What Misstatements?
Inchampalli-Bhopalapatnam Revisited
Season: Tendupatta; Pimp: The State
Can Revolution be prevented by Blocking the Roads to Kamalapur?
Gagging People’s Culture
People’s Struggles in Bastar
The Bitter Lessons of Khaparkheda
Working Class Anger Erupts
Workers’ Upsurge against Changes in Labour Laws
Prices Make the Poor Poorer
Rape and Murder — ‘Law And Order’ of the Day
A Time to Remember
Brahmin Sub-Inspector Tramples Dalit Flag
Small Magazines: A Significant Expression of the People’s Culture
Deaths in Police Custody in Nagpur
Cotton Flower … the Best Flower! … ?
Practical Socialism: Not Socialism but Pure Fascism


India's record on custodial torture dismal

NEW DELHI: The Torture Convention was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1984 (resolution 39/46) and it came into force on 26 June 1987 after being ratified by 20 nations. The Torture Convention completed 25 years of its presence earlier this week and it's an opportune moment for India to introspect on its dismal track record of custodial torture.

According to a recent report on human rights in India, a study of 47 districts over a period of more than two years shows that on an average 1.8 million people are victims of police torture and violence in India every year. The release of the report, prepared by the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR), a coalition of human rights bodies, coincided with India's Universal Periodic Review on human rights at the United Nations.


Lecture on "Imperialist War on Indian Masses, Challenges before Revolutionary Movement"


    When                 :        01-02-2012 AT 05:30 PM

    Venue                :        Press Club, Basheerbagh, Hyderabad

    Chief Guest       :        Jan Myrdal, Swedish Journalist & Author

    Speakers            :

    Chukka Ramaiah, Educationalist

    Varavara Rao, Virasam

    B. Pradeep, IFTU

    Prof. S. Seshaiah, APCLC

    Duddu Prabhakar, KNPS

    Presided            :        B. Radha, CMS

    Release of Jan Myrdal's Book Red Star Over India

    Cultural Performance by "Praja Kala Mandali" & "Arunodaya"


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