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More than Just Maoists Caught in India's Military Offensive

The Indian government has vowed to unleash a massive offensive on Maoist rebels in five central and eastern Indian states, worst-hit by the insurgency. But there are voices of caution from civil society that an armed confrontation could further hurt the marginalised and largely indigenous populations in the worst affected states.

Presenter: Murali Krishnan, New Delhi. Speakers: Linga, Chhattisgarh resident accused of Maoist links Himanshu Kumar, social activist, Bastar district in Chhattisgarh Ajay Sahni, Indian strategic expert.

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An Excellent Short Film on the Lalgarh Movement

This 39 minute documentary, made in Bengali, shows the people of Lalgarh in action--cutting down trees to block the police and paramilitaries from using the roads, and confronting the security forces at every turn.  It also has interviews with members of the People's Committee against Police Atrocities.

Copy and paste this url to watch the video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2338671304380482228&hl=en#

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Al Jazeera Interviews Arundhati Roy on Green Hunt and Kashmir

Al Jazeera Interview with Arundhati Roy", Nov. 2, 2009. Available on YouTube in two parts, the first focusing on Operation Green Hunt, the second part on Kashmir and other issues.

Part 1 (12:07 minutes) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmIaX7W-BFU&NR=1

Part 2 (10:39 minutes) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KyKMsj0RT0&NR=1

CNN-IBN Video: Inside Maoist Land, Lalgarh

Inside Maoist Land, Lalgarh: CNN IBN Special Report is a very interesting set of four short videos from June 2009.  While putting forward the usual media hostility toward the Maoists, the reporter can’t help but recognize the deep popular support for them in the Lalgarh area.  Note: You have to cut and paste these links in order to watch the videos.

Video 1 [3:35 minutes] on Vodpod at: http://vodpod.com/watch/2533797-untitled?pod=indianvanguard

Video 2 [4:47 minutes] on Vodpod at: http://vodpod.com/watch/2533775-untitled?pod=indianvanguard

Video 3 [3:50 minutes] on Vodpod at: http://vodpod.com/watch/2533731-untitled?pod=indianvanguard

Video 4 [5:56 minutes] on Vodpod at: http://vodpod.com/watch/2533712-inside-maoist-land-lalgarh-cnn-ibn-special-report-4?

 

Al Jazeera Video on the Indian Counter-Insurgency Campaign

India's Government Battles Maoist Fighters, April 4, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKnRjV7boK0&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Times of India Claims that Maoists Threaten to Kill Politicians' Kin

In the following article there is nothing to support the title or the first sentence claiming that the Maoists have threatened to kill the kin of officers, ministers and politicians. The article quotes what it considers to be the most alarming sections of the statement by Gopal, but it says nothing whatsoever about attacking anyone’s families. This is the sort of outrageous disinformation that is becoming more and more commonplace in the Indian media as part of  Operation Green Hunt. This sort of material is obviously designed to whip up hysteria against the Maoists.

Maoists threaten to kill politicians' kin

JEHANABAD: Stung by hauls of arms and explosives in Patna, Gaya, Munger and Bokaro (Jharkhand) by the Bihar police in recent weeks, the CPI (Maoist) has threatened to carry out bloody reprisals against the kin of officers, ministers and politicians.

A two-page statement issued on Wednesday in the name of Gopal, spokesperson of the Bihar-Jharkhand-Orissa and Chhatisgarh Special Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist), said the arms and explosives seized by the police were all basically meant to protect the defenceless people against the fresh wave of state repression. "Putting national sovereignty to ransom, the UPA government at the Centre was playing second fiddle to imperialist masters led by the USA and the Indian masses are groaning under the yoke of a thoroughly degenerated politician-police-bureaucrat nexus", it said.

Charging the state police machinery with letting loose a reign of repression against the kin of a top Maoist leader, Arvind Kumar, and his aide Subodh Kumar at Shukulchak village in Jehanabad, it said if the repressive action against them is not stopped forthwith, its PLGA guerrillas are ready to give a befitting reply.

Regarding the recovery from the houses of Prabhat and Prince located in Patna, it stated it is a "white lie" as both of them are earning their livelihood on their own and have absolutely nothing to do with the CPI (Maoist).

The CPI(Maoist) warned "if police feel elated at the recent seizures, they should also prepare themselves mentally to shed tears sooner than expected".

Times of India, November 19, 2009

New Bollywood Film: "Red Alert-the War Within"

Judging from two articles posted below, “Red Alert” is part of the Indian media offensive laying the groundwork for Operation Green Hunt. The movie premiered in July 2009 at the Stuttgart Film Festival. See the two minute trailer atRed Alert the Movie

Bollywood Movie Shows the Solution to Naxal Problem

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There are many problems that government faces every time like Naxal and Maoist problem. But the Govt. has not been able to find a satisfactory solution to resolve these problems. But it seems that Bollywood has an answer to these problems.

From long time Bollywood has produced movies on many serious issues like corruption, bad politics and Naxal problems. Through these movies directors have tried to bring out a solution to end the war between the government and the Naxalites. Usually in the Bollywood movies, an angry hero destroys a complete mass of terrorists.

To uplift such courage in our security forces and people against Naxal terror, Ananth Mahadevan has made a new film ‘Red Alert – The War Within’. The premier of the movie will be held at the 40th International Film Festival of India.

The movie ‘Red Alert – The War Within’ is the story of a poor cook Narsimha (Suniel Shetty) who delivers food to the Naxal people. Narsimha lives in a Naxalite territory, Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. Eventually he joins the Naxal people.  One day Narsimha saves the lives of two school kids in a Naxal attack on the school. Unhappy with Naxal philosophy, Narsimha decides to stop the bloody war once and for all. Narsimha kills the Naxal ‘dalam’ leader and captures the police mission. Mahadevan told reporters that, “The idea for the film came from a newspaper report. Its headlines said: “We both fired, he missed, I didn’t.” The report was about a poor farmer who goes on to kill a Naxal leader after being trapped in the movement.”

Suniel Shetty who played the main character of Narsimha said he did a “lot of homework” for the movie. He also said, “The Maoists are not revolting against the country. It is the system they are not happy with.”

According to the director Ananth Mahadevan, he has “made an honest film, which does not cater to the Hindi formula”. Talented actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Seema Biswas and Vinod Khanna have played major roles in the movie.  The movie will release in January 2010.

Bollywood Spotlight on India’s Maoist Insurgency

Reuters India, December 1, 2009

PANAJI – A new Bollywood film takes a hard-hitting look at the Maoist insurgency in India and its effect on the common man.

“Red Alert – The War Within”, directed by Ananth Mahadevan, is about a cook who falls into the hands of Maoist rebels in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and is forced to take up arms against the police and the government.

“It is the story of the common man who is trapped between the outlaw and the law,” Mahadevan told reporters on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India in the tourist haven of Goa. The director said he wrote the script after reading a newspaper article about a farmer who finds himself trapped amidst Maoist rebels.

The Maoists started their armed struggle in West Bengal’s Naxalbari town in 1967 and have expanded their support among villagers by tapping into resentment at the government’s recent pro-industry push.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as one of the gravest threats to the country’s security. “I am merely reporting their cause, there is no bias,” Mahadevan said.

The rebels, estimated to have 22,000 fighters, operate in large parts of the eastern, central and southern countryside, and officials say they are now spreading to cities and bigger towns. “No one paid any attention to this problem when it started 40 years ago. Now we are terming it as a big threat,” Mahadevan said.

 

 

 

Free Speech Radio--Maoist India: The Search for Economic Justice

“Maoist India: The Search for Economic Justice” — Free Speech Radio encore presentation on December 25, 2009, of a 29 minute radio report orginally prepared in 2006 by Vinod K. Jose who traveled to the Maoist base area in the Bastar forest region.

http://www.fsrn.org/audio/special-documentary-friday-december-25-2009/5949

Interview with Arundhati Roy on Democracy Now

AMY GOODMAN: We turn to a woman the New York Times calls India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence, Arundhati Roy, world-renowned Indian author and global justice activist. Her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the Booker Prize in 1997. She has a new book; it's called Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers… Arundhati Roy joins us now from New Delhi, India, on the country's biggest national holiday of the year.

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