Archive for September, 2006

Shakesphere ‘s – Julius Ceaser Quote

September 29, 2006

Quote Shakesphere

“A coward dies a thousand deaths… a soldier dies but once.” – From Shaekespeare’s Julius Ceaser

People of the Shining Path – A documentary on Peru

September 29, 2006

People of the Shining Path

This film provides a sympathetic look at the Peruvian revolution and the Peruvian Communist Party before President Gonzalo’s capture.

CRPF in Chhattisgarh launches monsoon thrust against Naxals

September 29, 2006

CRPF in Chhattisgarh launches monsoon thrust against Naxals

A brainchild of supercop K P S Gill, the operation is meant to recapture ‘liberated’ areas

PTI

New Delhi: The CRPF has launched a crackdown against Naxalites in insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh to recapture areas “liberated” by the rebels, a low-key but massive operation fine-tuned by former supercop K P S Gill.

The monsoon thrust, planned to surprise Naxalites who usually lie low during the rainy season, began towards the end of August and is progressing without much bloodshed, top officials of the force said.

The strategy is to conduct surprise raids on the basis of intelligence reports and the CRPF has so far apprehended over 100 rebels and killed two, besides seizing huge quantities of arms and ammunition.

Official figures show that there were 24 shootouts between CRPF personnel and Naxals in August and September, with the force losing only one jawan. Nine persons were injured during the operations.

The operation, planned by CRPF director general J K Sinha and Gill, was launched in the wake of a Naxal raid on a relief camp for displaced people in Dantewada district in July that left at least 29 people dead and over 80 injured.

Now, the CRPF has directed its troops to avoid schools and hospitals while moving forward, as they apprehend that such structures could be booby-trapped.

After the start of Salwa Judum on June 4 last year, over 300 villagers have been killed by insurgents and about 50,000 people from nearly 700 villages of Dantewada have taken shelter in relief camps run by the state government.

Sources said the force had opened a control room at Jagdalpur to oversee the operations and set up “repeater stations” in remote jungles to boost communications.

Women and People’s War in Nepal by Hisila Yami( Comrade Parvati )

September 29, 2006

“Dear friends,

We are happily announcing the publication of the book People’s War and
Women’s Liberation in Nepal written by Hisila Yami (Comrade Parvati).

Total number of pages – 246 plus 15 coloured photos.

The price of the book is:

a) In India: Paper pack – Rs. 125.00 and
Hard Bound – Rs. 200.00

b) In other countries: Paper pack – $ 7.00 or equivalent and
Hard Bound – $ 10.00 or equivalent.
* For individual copies, we will bear the cost of mailing.

For bulk orders (applicable for more than 25 copies):
a) 25% Discount;
b) Purchaser has to bear the mailing cost;
c) Only pre-paid orders will be accepted.

For further enquiries, please contact:
purvaiya_publication @ yahoo.co.in

With greetings,
M.Pal /26-09-06

WOMEN
AND
PEOPLE’S WAR IN NEPAL
By Hisila Yami (Comrade Parvati)

Contents

1. Ten Years Of People’s War And
The Question Of Women’s Liberation

2. Women’s Participation In People’s War In Nepal

3. The Question Of Women’s Leadership
In People’s War in Nepal

4. Women’s Participation In People’s Army

5. Women’s Position In The Party,
People’s Army And The New State

6. Ideological Synthesis And
The Question Of Women’s Liberation

7. Philosophy And
The Question Of Women’s Liberation

8. Interview To People’s March

9. Multidimensional Exploitation And
The Question Of Women’s Liberation

10. Rape: An Instrument Of
State Repression In Nepal

11. People’s War And The Question of Dalits

12. Nationality Question In Nepal

13. Experience Of People’s Power In Nepal

14. Women And The Democracy Movement

15. APPENDIX – 1

16. APPENDIX – 2

17. APPENDIX – 3″

Mao Tse-Tung quote

September 28, 2006

Mao Tse-Tung quote

Mao – Thirty years on



“The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue”
-Mao Tse-Tung quote

Mao – 30 years on

September 28, 2006
Mao – Thirty years on

Aljazeera has a special series on Chairman Mao
Click Here to read all of them

Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People’s War (2004)

September 28, 2006

Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People’s War (2004)

This movie shows the heroic and inspiring struggle of the Nepali people, against all odds, even in the face of US imperialism and Indian expansionism.

In the face of all of this oppression and imperialism, the third poorest
country in the world with extraordinarily backward fuedal relations that oppress women and indigenous peoples, is standing up from the ground and ripping all oppression from the very root of culture, economic, and social relations.

The People’s War in Nepal is a shining beacon to all oppressed peoples around the world, and this documentary vividly demonstrates that.

This documentary has two parts

Click here to watch Part 1


Part 2,
1 hr 36 min 7 sec

Click here to watch or download this video on the Google Website

Maoist leader arrested in Jharkhand

September 28, 2006

Maoist leader arrested in Jharkhand

Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) general secretary Keshwar Yadav, allegedly involved in attacks on police stations, has been arrested in Jharkhand, police officials said here Wednesday.

Yadav was arrested at Namkom, 13 km from Ranchi, Tuesday ‘after specific information on him’, said state director general of police V.D. Ram. ‘It (the arrest) is a big success for the police,’ he added.

Yadav joined the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) in 1993 and gradually rose to become one of the top leaders of the Maoist organisation. When MCC merged with the People’s War Group in September 2004, he was given charge of the group’s activities in Chhattisgarh.

Police had announced a reward of Rs.100,000 for his capture.

Yadav was arrested along with another CPI-Maoist member, and two self-loading rifles were recovered from them, police officials said.

During interrogation, Yadav admitted to his involvement in several landmine blasts and attacks on police stations, claimed police officials.

Maoist rebels are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state.

– Indo Asian News Service

Communists targeted in Iraq violence

September 28, 2006

Communists targeted in Iraq violence

A bomber attacked the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist party killing five people as violence across the country left 27 more people dead.

At least 15 people were also wounded when the bomber, riding a motorcycle, blew himself up in the capital’s central al-Andalus Square on Tuesday.

A party official said none of the dead were communists.

Nepal’s gain could be India’s pain

September 28, 2006

The issue of the transfer of weapons from the Nepali to the Indian
Maoists is rehashed in the Indian press again. From The Times of
India:

Nepal’s gain could be India’s pain
Subodh Ghildiyal

NEW DELHI: It is feared Indian Maoists may get hold of some of the
sophisticated arms from their ideological brothers from the Himalayan
nation.

Security managers are also concerned over the reported growth in
naxal bases and movement on the Indian-Nepal border.

Uttaranchal has reported to home ministry that CPN (Maoist) cadres,
who dominate Nepalese areas along the border, routinely cross into
Indian territory. The state has sought help in manning bridges and
checking-in procedures.

Naxalites have begun to spread in north Bengal, bordering Nepal, from
their strong turf in the south-west of the state adjoining Orissa and
Jharkhand.

Falling in the north is Darjeeling, a tough mountainous terrain from
a security angle. The Centre recently warned the state on the
radicalisation of these areas and asked it to initiate action to nip
the threat in the bud.

Bihar, meanwhile, has sanctioned a special package for development
along the international boundary and it plans to strengthen the
intelligence network there as well.

Fresh fears over new arms dumps have heightened the worry, as they
come in the backdrop of Centre already grappling with the improving
quality of rebel arsenal, with the interception of naxal-bound
consignments of over 800 rockets in Andhra.

Evidence points to increasing militarisation of naxalites, matching
cops in the quality of weapons. Naxals in AP have acquired
sophisticated VHF sets for communication besides pressure-activated
and wireless activated mines.

AKs and SLRs are present in all naxal states. Crude rockets seized
recently have rattled the agencies as they were found to have been
manufactured in part at industrial units of Tamil Nadu.

Source:
http://timesofindia .indiatimes. com/articleshow/ 2023367.cms

Maoist leader in freedom cry – Let India prove it is democratic: Mohan Baidya

September 28, 2006

Maoist leader in freedom cry – Let India prove it is democratic: Mohan Baidya

Siliguri, Sept. 25: The only way to prove that democracy exists in
India is to withdraw all cases against Mohan Baidya.

At least Baidya himself thinks so. The third-in-command of the
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) or CPN (Maoists), who was produced
in the court of the additional district and sessions judge in
Jalpaiguri today, said: “It is typical of India, a democratic
country, to pursue legal proceedings against me. The cases under
which I have been booked are false and baseless.

“To prove that there is democracy here, the state and the Centre
should take steps and withdraw the charges that they have levelled
against me, especially when I am fighting for democracy in Nepal,
which the CPM here supports,” the politburo member of the CPN
(Maoists) said. After spending two years in jail, Baidya’s trial
started today. He had been arrested from a private nursing home here.

Baidya said it was ironic that the dialogues ensued by top CPM
leaders, like Sitaram Yechuri, with the Maoists, including general
secretary Prachanda, in Nepal is not in sync with the action of the
CPM-led Bengal government, which is keeping leaders like him behind
bars. “I don’t understand this riddle. We appreciate the initiative
taken by the CPM leaders in India and their support to establish
democracy in the Himalayan kingdom, but simultaneously they should
withdraw the charges that have been levelled against us,” he added.

About the Maoist movement in India, the leader admitted that they
have “political relations” with his outfit but said he was unaware of
the current state of affairs. He, however, appeared to be at a loss
when asked to comment on the present status of Nepal.

“We had dreamt of the end of monarchy and the rise of democracy but
the current situation has left me in despair. There are several
issues which need to be addressed to bring about the long-cherished
change in the life of the citizens,” Baidya said as he headed for the
prison van.

Clad in a sleeveless sweater and a formal shirt and trousers, Baidya
said: “When the relationship is so cordial among the two nations, why
doesn’t the Indian government release me? I am helpless here and
can’t do much except for some verbal opposition.”

His trial ensued at the court of Subhankar Bhattacharya, the
additional district and sessions judge, Jalpaiguri first court. L.B.
Kumai, the deputy superintendent of police, Darjeeling, and the
police officer who had lodged the FIR at Bhaktinagar police station
on April 4, 2004, appeared as the first witnesses, court sources said.

Anmole Prasad, Baidya’s lawyer, said: “He has been booked under
charges like waging war against the state, conspiracy against the
state and some other sections of the IPC. We have requested the court
to expedite the trial process.” The next hearing is slated on
November 13-17, Prasad said.

World People’s Resistance Movement Meeting Sunday 1st October 2006

September 28, 2006

Invitation: Open Meeting of the World People’s Resistance Movement (Britain)

Sunday 1st October 2006 2pm

Discuss the progress of the Nepalese revolution.

Discussion about the heroic resistance struggles in Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan and the global situation in general.

Come and talk about the the future with us.

Venue: 100 Flowers Cultural Centre, above 24 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 (side entry)
Close to Dalston/Kingsland Station. Buses 67, 76, 149, 243
We will not be sending a reminder email. Please put this date in your diary today.

Human Rights Watch on Pakistan Occupied Karshmir : ‘Azad Kashmir’ Far From Free

September 28, 2006

Pakistan: ‘Free Kashmir’ Far From Free
Government Opponents Face Torture, Censorship and Political Repression

(Islamabad, September 21, 2006) – In Azad Kashmir, a region largely
closed to international scrutiny until a devastating earthquake hit
last year, the Pakistani government represses democratic freedoms, muzzles the
press and practices routine torture, Human Rights Watch said in a
report released today.

Based on research in Azad Kashmir (which means “free Kashmir”) and
Pakistan, the 71-page report, “‘With Friends Like These …’: Human
Rights Violations in Azad Kashmir,” uncovers abuses by the Pakistani
military, intelligence services and militant organizations.

“Although ‘azad’ means ‘free,’ the residents of Azad Kashmir are
anything but,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
“The Pakistani authorities govern Azad Kashmir with strict controls on
basic freedoms.”

Before a massive earthquake struck in October, Azad Kashmir was one of
the most closed territories in the world. Tight controls on freedom of
__expression have been a hallmark of government policy in Azad Kashmir.
Pakistan has prevented the creation of independent media in the
territory through bureaucratic restrictions and coercion. Publications and
literature favoring independence is banned. While militant organizations promoting
the incorporation of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir state into
Pakistan have had free rein to propagate their views, groups promoting
an independent Kashmir find their speech sharply, sometimes violently
curtailed.

Under Azad Kashmir’s constitution, which Pakistan imposed in 1974,
election candidates are prescreened to ensure that only those who
support Kashmir’s union with Pakistan can contest elections. Anyone who wants
to take part in public life in Azad Kashmir has to sign a pledge of
loyalty to Pakistan, while anyone who publicly supports or peacefully works for
an independent Kashmir faces persecution.

“There is a façade of an elected local government, but the federal
government in Islamabad, the army and the intelligence agencies control
all aspects of political life in Azad Kashmir,” said Adams. “The
military shows no tolerance for dissent and practically runs the region as a
fiefdom.”Torture is routinely used in Pakistan, and this practice is also
routine in

Azad Kashmir. Human Rights Watch has documented incidents of torture
by the intelligence services and others acting at the army’s behest but
knows of no cases in which members of military and paramilitary
security and intelligence agencies have been prosecuted or even disciplined for
acts of torture or mistreatment. Despite the Pakistani government’s criticism of human rights violations in neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir state in India,
refugees from Jammu and Kashmir are discriminated against and mistreated by the
authorities.

Kashmiri refugees and former militants from India, most of whom are
secular nationalists and culturally and linguistically distinct from
the peoples of Azad Kashmir, are particularly harassed through constant
surveillance, curbs on political __expression, arbitrary arrest and beatings.”The Pakistani government often pretends that the only problems faced by Kashmiris are in India,” said Adams. “It should start looking into ways of ending human rights abuses in Azad Kashmir.

“Human Rights Watch urged international donors, which have poured
billions of dollars of urgently needed relief and reconstruction aid
into Azad Kashmir since the earthquake, to insist on structural changes in
governance and the promotion of both human rights and the rule of law. Recent corruption allegations against senior government officials highlight serious weaknesses in the rule of law and governmental accountability.

“As it supports reconstruction efforts, the international community
must insist that Pakistan respect the human rights of the people of Azad
Kashmir,” said Adams. “The Pakistani government must ensure that the
people of Azad Kashmir can exercise their fundamental civil and
political rights in an environment free of coercion and fear.”

Testimonies from the report:

“About six or seven soldiers led by a major ran the proceedings, which
lasted for about five days. The soldiers kept changing and ‘worked’ us
in shifts. They started by making us do push-ups and sit-ups for hours,
then beat us with rods and belts when we collapsed in exhaustion. They kept
saying that we must admit that we had become ‘double agents,’ that we
had crossed over to the Indian side because we were ‘Hindu lovers,’
that we were ‘shameless bastards who wanted to be raped by the rapists of
our sisters and mothers.

‘ Initially, I and the others argued, told them
they were wrong and what they were doing was wrong. But when
you are beaten and bloodied, barely conscious, nothing
really matters beyond a point. They
decided to make a particular example of Sameer [name changed] who was
the most vocal of us.

In front of us, he was stripped naked and
chillies were shoved up his rectum. He screamed and screamed and the more he
screamed the more they beat him with batons and belts, kicked him,
punched him. They would beat him unconscious, bring him back and then
beat him unconscious again. He did not die in front of us. But it has
been eight years and we never saw him again after those five days together
so I think he is dead. He has to be. After what they did to him, it would be
better for him too.” Interview with “Shahid,” a former militant, Azad Kashmir

“On April 7, we went on a hunger strike …Why have we been locked up
for hailing and supporting the bus [service between Srinagar and
Muzaffarabad] ? On April 10, at about 6 a.m., we were given breakfast.
We refused.

The jail authorities started beating us with sticks and
metal rods. About 14 or 15 people were beating each person. All other
criminal prisoners and the police present were included. The jail
superintendent, Raja Aftab, was standing at the sentry post
directing the prisoners to
beat us.

We were beaten badly. (It was pre-arranged between the other
prisoners and the police.) One person had an eye torn out. One had
several head injuries. Another had his hand broken. Everyone was bruised. We
were beaten for about two-and-a-half hours. This happened in all three
cells between 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Then the jailer came and said, ‘If
you don’t eat, we will shove the food up your ass.’

We agreed to eat under duress, as those who refused to eat
were beaten very severely. Mohammad
Ayub Butt refused to eat, so they cracked his spine. Why did the Azad
Kashmir government arrest us and beat us up? We were only supporting
the stated policy of the Pakistani government. Is that not allowed? Or
does Musharraf sitting in Islamabad not know what goes on in
Muzaffarabad? “

Chairman Mao Quote

September 26, 2006

Chairman Mao Quote


“Learn from the masses, and then teach them”
— Mao Tse-Tung

Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People’s War (2004)

September 26, 2006


Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People’s War (2004)

This movie shows the heroic and inspiring struggle of the Nepali people, against all odds, even in the face of US imperialism and Indian expansionism.

In the face of all of this oppression and imperialism, the third poorest
country in the world with extraordinarily backward fuedal relations that oppress women and indigenous peoples, is standing up from the ground and ripping all oppression from the very root of culture, economic, and social relations.

The People’s War in Nepal is a shining beacon to all oppressed peoples around the world, and this documentary vividly demonstrates that.

This documentary has two parts

Part 1,
1 hr 26 min 22 sec


Click here to watch or download this movie on Google Video

Corporate India’s land grabbing mania – SEZ

September 26, 2006

SEZs — Stop the runaway train
The concept is a dangerous force that aligns self-interest in a particularly intense manner

I wrote an article in this publication a few weeks ago that was critical of Special Ecomomic Zones (SEZs). Among the responses were a surprising number from professionals in the corporate sector — those who were involved in working on SEZs. And their sentiments were deeply disturbing: without exception, the common refrain was that the SEZ idea was a runaway train, and that it was using the singular, concentrated force of greed and self-interest to rip open the land market in the country.

An executive from one of the big four consulting firms told me:
“I advice my clients on succeeding in being a part of these SEZs, but I am selling my soul.”

Another lawyer said: “Unfortunately, it’s the biggest money-making opportunity we have ever seen.”

A senior IT industry executive said: “I agree that it’s a land scam, and it shouldn’t be happening. But we ourselves are bidding for them, because we can’t be left behind. I have my shareholders’ interests to protect — they would tell me, ‘You want to be Gandhi, don’t do it on our money’”. So much for Munnabhai.

Shenzhen, arguably among the most ‘successful’ of China’s SEZs, raises more questions than answers for us. A sampling: “The costs to the state for developing Shenzhen will not be recaptured until probably the second decade of the 21st Century. The size of the net loss was projected in 1990 to be US $131 billion by 2003.” (Wu, China’s Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, 1990).

“Early on, manufacturing took on the most important focus. The following few years saw more real estate speculation than industrial development. Speculation in the property market has been ‘little short of anarchic’” (Studwell, Unlocking China: A Key to Investment Regions). I looked up the list of countries that have SEZs: Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Kazhakstan, Leichtenstein, Monaco, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka. I thought of India’s buzzword in Davos 2006, when we made the big splash — “The world’s fastest growing democracy”.

Examine our august SEZ company when it comes to this qualifier: there is not one mature, functioning democracy in that list—with Kazhakstan, we are really scraping the bottom of the barrel. So have we reduced democracy to a tagline now? There is an old proverb— “cross the river by feeling the stones”, meaning, do it carefully. As we gingerly tread the path to economic prosperity, our democracy is what is holding us together. We do have a system of checks and balances—however inefficient it may seem to an outsider or a layman.

Clearly, there is an urgent national economic imperative, especially given our demographics, and what seems like an opportunity to capitalise on the current momentum. But we are also beginning to slowly rip apart into two countries, with the naxalite movement spreading across more than 30% of the districts.

There is an 85-km barrier fence with check-points that separates Shenzhen SEZ from the rest of Shenzhen municipality. Is this what we want our cities to look like, walled-off economic fortresses? These boundaries will become the contested terrain of conflict between the two Indias, one globalised and competitive, the other left behind, with no tools to participate and only the rage of disaffection. This is besides other distortions, like the the use of fertile agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes, or skewed spatial planning outcomes.

Link

Seven arrested for being ‘sympathetic’ to Naxalites

September 26, 2006

Seven arrested for being ‘sympathetic’ to Naxalites

Statesman News Service
PARALAKHEMUNDI, Sept. 24: The Gajapati police today arrested seven suspected Naxalite sympathisers, including two women, after conducting raids at several places. Those arrested have been charged with supporting, cooperating, sympathising, liaisoning and propagating for the Naxalites and distributing anti-government propaganda materials at the Gilakatu village in Mohona block .

According to the Gajapati SP, Mr AN Sinha, the seven have been forwarded to court and one of them has been charged under the Arms Act.

The police have recovered incriminating documents including diaries, cassettes, propaganda materials (with anti-government propaganda writings), medicines and books from the arrested persons.

All the arrested people are from the Kui community and belong to Raipanaka area of the Mohona block. It is for the second time during the course of one month that the local police have managed to nab Naxalite sympathizers and activists here.

Those arrested today have been identified as Lajar Majhi (Gillakutaa village) along with a rifle, Narendra Durga Makka (Garada), Muluku Majhi (Geranga), Prasant Kumar Dika (Chipilima) and Monoj Majhi (Chipilima) and the women are Baramani Majhi and Sunita Majhi from the Jaragidua village. While all the arrested persons are in their twenties, Lazar Majhi is 54-year-old.

One Dasuram Majhi, who is wanted by the police in many cases and was reportedly with this group, however, managed to escape.

Link

Now, Greyhounds gun for Praja Pratighatana

September 26, 2006

Now, Greyhounds gun for Praja Pratighatana
Monday September 25 2006 10:00 IST

KHAMMAM: Buoyed by their successful offensive against the Maoists, the Greyhounds now seem to be going after CPI (ML) Praja Pratighatana, in the vast forest tracts of the district.

The recent encounter in the forest near Paloncha, in which three guerrillas were killed, indicates a plan of action aimed at completely eliminating the Praja Prathighatana, which is just beginning to gain ground among the trade unions.

Among those killed were IFTU-affiliated auto workers union of Hyderabad president A Moses.

BACKGROUND: CPI ML (Praja Prathighatana) was formed in 1994 as a splinter group by those who were against the policies of CPI (ML) Prathighatana.

A second rung leader Chalamanna led the movement supported by women’s leaders like Radhakka (wife of Chandra Pulla Reddy, an active member of Prathighatana group).

Later, the group split again with Radhakka forming a separate group, ‘Godavari Loya Prathighatana’, which later split up and one group led by one Mohan emerged stronger, which commanded at least ten dalams in Khammam, Warangal and Karimnagar districts.

This group recently made attempts to float a legal organisation on the lines of CPI (ML) New Democracy and the recent meeting at Paloancha was aimed at discussing the modalities of a trade union movement by the unorganised labourers.

Greyhounds team found papers of agenda littered all over the area.

“There is no doubt that the police are targeting the Praja Prathighatana cadre and are aiming at nipping the movement in the bud. Though the extent of their operations may not match that of the Maoists, we cannot brush them aside,” said a senior police officer.

Link

KPP, kins of ultras to join fast – Ulfa and Maoist Activists on hunger-strike

September 26, 2006

KPP, kins of ultras to join fast

Statesman News Service
SILIGURI, Sept 21: Poles apart policywise, the CPI-ML (New Democracy) and the Kamtapur Peoples’ Party are but projecting a united face on the issue of the agitating prisoners at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and at the Jalpaiguri Correctional Home.

The prisoners arrested as suspected KLO, Ulfa and Maoist activists have resorted to a hunger-strike demanding trial. The CPI-ML (New Democracy) and the Kamtapur Progressive Party have taken up their cause and have decided to express solidarity by holding a parallel hunger-strike and sit-in-demonstration in Siliguri on 25 and 26 September.

“Try them or release them,” is what the two organisations are demanding. According to the leadership of the two organisations, the family members of the agitating prisoners would also join the stir as would human rights and social welfare activists.

The two organisations plan to intensify their movement jointly after the Pujas on a horde of other issues including the state government’s policy to acquire land for industrialisation, wage increase, preference for local employment and others.
To launch the immediate stir, the New Democracy and the Kamtapur Progressive Party have decided to shelve their original demands of armed struggle and Kamtapur statehood respectively, for the time being.

Admitting that their philosophies were miles apart, New Democracy leader Mr Sridhar Mukherjee said: “The issue in question transcends the party line. We are not choosy about who we join forces with on such issues.”

KPP leader Mr Atul Roy too said that his organisation was keeping the statehood demand aside for the time being. “It is a question of human rights, which cuts across the party line,” he added. The two organisations brought out a rally in support of their demand in the town today. In addition to initiation of the prisoners’ trial without delay, the two organisations have also raised the demand of compensation for the prisoners’ families.

Malcom X Quote

September 24, 2006

Malcolm X Quote

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X