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Old Habits Die Very Hard: India's Ugly Underbelly - Badri Raina, 19 September 2009, "Never a day goes by when some senior member of the cabinet does not lambast "internal challenges to the state." Invariably they have left-wing extremism in mind... Matter of time, as dominance carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. Those that everyday swear by democracy while wishing to contain it cannot succeed."
India Bans  Communist Party of India -Maoist (CPI-M) , 22 June 2009
Maoist Naxalite attacks in Central India,  16 March 2007

India: an Empire in Denial

 "No word ever dies. What we are saying today may not be accepted by the people at this moment. But our propaganda is not in vain. Our words remain embedded among the people... One who doesn't dream and can't make others dream, can never become a revolutionary." Ideologue of Maoist  movement, Charu Mazumdar quoted in  Sumanta Banerjee - India's Simmering Revolution: The Naxalite Uprising, 1984

'Calling Maoists mad Islamists is not going to help'

Times of India, 3 October 2009

The people in India's mineral heartland are tribals, who are the poorest of the poor, says writer-activist Arundhati Roy . The government's war against India's indigenous people is a frightening and unjust one. Short takes from an interview to The Times of India.

The PM has said that the Maoist movement is India's gravest security threat . It suits the Maoists and the government to inflate the danger. It makes it easier to come down with all the force of your security apparatus. The inflation is mischievous . And it creates a situation in which every other kind of resistance is subsumed into this mad binary and dealt with as such. The most frightening thing is the criminalisation of the democratic space. You're either with us or against us. Bush is back, if he ever went away.

Policemen are being killed. People are also being killed and that's not being reported . If it is, they just say they are Maoists. You can't extract any easy moralities out of these killings. You have to look at the principle. The debate can't be about whether it is okay to kill policemen or whether it's okay to kill tribals. Obviously, it's not okay to do either. How do you rescue the situation? We have to look at why this is happening. If you are going to say Maoists are as mad as Islamists and should be liquidated, it's not going to help. It would mean liquidating hundreds of thousands.

These are the poorest people of the country - they have no schools, no hospitals, no water, none of the amenities the state is supposed to provide. When the state talks about their well-being and development, it means displacement and mining. Bauxite mining in Orissa is one of the most devastating kinds of mining. To get one tonne of bauxite you have a stripping ratio of 1:13 so you have to mine 13 tonnes. You create radioactive red mud. This is dumped into rivers and belches carbon dioxide into the air. From bauxite you get alumina and then aluminum. For one tonne of aluminum you need 1,300 tonnes of water. All this for the weapons industry. Bauxite mountains are porous and function as natural water tanks that hold water and irrigate the plains. Bauxite mining is devastating a whole ecosystem . This is what the mining company Vedanta is doing. The bauxite in Niyamgiri in Orissa is called Kondolite after the Kond tribals in Orissa.

There's an MoU on every mountain and river. When profits are so huge, the capacity for cruelty is also huge.



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