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On Ending the War against Our Own People

Ten years of Irom Sharmila's heroic fast and more than four decades of struggle against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 should convince us that the time has come to demand an end to war against our own people as the most principled and realistic stance.

Faking an Ecounter: Killing the Peace Process

The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) group put together a team of concerned citizens which visited Wankadi mandal, Adilabad district on 20 and 21 August 2010 where the alleged encounter of Azad, also known as Cherukuri Rajkumar, who was the spokes person of the CPI (Maoist) a

Repression and Waste

I thank Kashmir Singh “False Proposition” (EPW, 21 August 2010) for taking the trouble to respond to my short article. However, I am disappointed by its contents.

False Proposition on the Strength of the Police Force

A major drive to expand the police force is under way and the government contends that "United Nations norms" on the police-population ratio have to be met. Are its arguments justified?

Religion, Religiosity and Secular Concerns

The God Market: How Globalisation Is Making India More Hindu by Meera Nanda; Random House India.

Kashmir: Resistance or Agitational Terrorism?

The central government insists that militancy is on the wane in Jammu and Kashmir. Yet the security forces in the state have been tightening their grip on the lives of common people in recent months. So much so that they even deny them the right to carry out legitimate protests and brand such activities as non-violent terrorism.

Days and Nights in the Maoist Heartland

Who are these Maoists who, according to the government, constitute the "single biggest threat" to India's internal security? What is their politics? Why and how do they justify violence? How do they perceive their "people's war," their political goals and themselves? How did the Maoists establish themselves in the Dandakaranya region of central India? How do they now live and operate in the "base area" they have constructed? How does their "Jantanam Sarkar" function in the guerrilla zone of Bastar? First-hand reports of the functioning of the CPI (Maoist) in central India have been rare. Based on a two-week long visit to the Maoist heartland, this article attempts to answer some of these questions.

Unacceptable under the Geneva Convention

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) unequivocally denounces the 20 November incident in which eight bogies of the Tata-Bilaspur passenger train were derailed, near Manoharpur railway station in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, by the armed cadres of the Communist Party of India (

Nepal: Peace Process Heading South

With the peace process increasingly getting scuttled, what with India and the two main political parties opposing the Maoist agenda of civilian supremacy and implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2006, the chances of non-violent, progressive transformation of the Nepali state and society seem increasingly dim in the near future. The Maoists have now gone back to the people to launch a mass protest movement. As the contradictions intensify, will there be a takeover of power by the president with the backing of the army, akin to a Bangladeshi-type coup? Will there be an Indonesia-like massacre of the Maoists, as some fear? Or, will a national government led by Maoists materialise?

Gruesome Killing

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Delhi unequivocally condemns the gruesome killing of Inspector Francis Induwar by the Maoists in Jharkhand. PUDR has consistently maintained that neither civilians nor captives should ever be subjected to torture or to cause death.

The Real Divide in Bastar

The large rally-cum-publicmeeting of adivasi peasants, organised by the Bastar Sambhag Kisan Sangharsh Samiti on 1 June in Jagdalpur, opposing the construction of the Bodh Ghat dam and the privatisation of mines and river water resources was an eye-opener. In the savage war for "development" in Bastar, the wrath of the people is reserved for the state, which for decades treated them as less than human and is now busy promoting rapacious capitalism.


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