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Urban Naxals plotting unrest, supporting elite intellectuals and unconnected emeritus experts petitioning for their release – but Hindutva experts keeping quite! [2]

August 31, 2018

Urban Naxals plotting unrest, supporting elite intellectuals and unconnected emeritus experts petitioning for their release – but Hindutva experts keeping quite! [2]

5 renowned persons filed petition to release U-naxals

The emeritus, elite and enthralling status of the petitioners: The five petitioners who moved the Supreme Court on 29-08-2018, Wednesday against the arrest of the five activists were described by the prosecution as “strangers” who could not seek bail for “someone else”. The five petitioners may be “strangers” to the BJP government but not to the nation[1]:

  1. one is among the foremost historians in India – Romila Thapar[2],
  2. another is an economist honoured with the Padma Bhushan – Devaki Jain[3],
  3. the third a professor emerita and Oxford scholar – Praphat Patnaik[4],
  4. the fourth a sociology professor – Satish Deshpande[5] and
  5. the fifth a renowned civil liberties crusader who happens to be the daughter of the late Field Marshal, Sam Manekshaw – Maja Daruwala[6].

None of them has ever been linked to the Maoist insurgency, before or during the era of “Urban Naxals” or “Half-Maoists”. Below is an introduction to those who consider Romila Thapar, Devaki Jain, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande and Maja Daruwala as “strangers”.

Dissent safety valve of democracy - SC

Dissent safety valve of democracy – Supreme Court: Earlier on 29-08-2018, Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre and the Maharashtra government and directed the Pune police to keep the five accused under “house arrest” till the next date of hearing on September 6, 2018. The directions of a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice DY Chandrachud came in a public interest litigation filed by eminent historian Romila Thapar and four others challenging the arrests before the apex court. The Court said that dissent is the safety valve of democracy[7]. Hearing over the arrests were also held in the Delhi High Court and a sessions court in Pune. The Delhi HC, which had on Tuesday stayed the transit remand of activist Gautam Navlakha, has said that it would examine the legality of the Maharashtra police action[8]. The court also slammed police for failing to produce the translated version of the FIR and said it was yet to hear the grounds of arrest. Varavara Rao, Arun Fereira and Vernon Gonsalves, on the other hand, were produced by Pune police at the sessions court there.

Councillors for Urban naxals, Prashant Bushan etc

Media picks holes in the Police proceednigs: The document – a remand report – gave 16 reasons why the rights activists should be in police custody, but had none of the dramatic claims made by the public prosecutor in court, NDTV has learnt[9]. The police document, accessed exclusively by NDTV, claimed all activists are members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and set up city units of the outlawed group. However, the petition made no reference to key charges made verbally in court and communicated to the media such as a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi or facilitating Maoist funding and weapons via Nepal[10]. When it is communicated to the media, what is the claim of “The police document, accessed exclusively by NDTV” to blame police! The document also did not mention the clashes in January between Dalits and upper caste Maratha organisations at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune, which they were linked to.  So, it is intriguing to note why NDTV wants to dictate the police to conduct their proceedings.

Comrade R letter to Com Prakash 18-04-2017

If the plot-letters Two are fake, why, how and who created?: letters recovered by the police reveal the plot to kill Modi and other details to procure arms etc.[11], and therefore, if the Maoist defenders accuse / allege that they are “fake letters”, they should explain why their comrades have been keeping such “fake letters.” Moreover, the second one has been an “e-mail letter,” and print out taken giving more details[12]. Then, why such fake data are kept in their computer – a question that has to be answered. Creating fake documents, of this nature is also a crime, particularly, of this nature, implications and the issue involved. The previous proceedings clearly prove that they have been advocating violence as a means to achieve their “revolution.” Therefore, only, courts can decide the issue and not the media, demonstration or any influential talks etc.

Letter of Rona Wilson addressed to Comrade-M

Letter recovered from Rona Wilson:The letter dated 18-04-2017 addressed to “Comrade Prakash” by R is as follows:

“Dear comrade Prakash,

Red salutes!

We received your last letter (20/3). Regarding the current situation here Arun, Vernon and others are equally concerned about the two line struggle that is slowly taking shape on the urban front. Followed by the very unfortunate demise of Bijoy da. He was a strong leader with great vision and selfless devotion to the party and the Red Revolution! His leadership was greatly needed in today’s critical times. Things were far better before Prashant’s egoist agenda took over the larger interest of the party and the political prisoners. Com. Saibaba had raised this issue with you back in 2013 when Prashant revolted against Saibaba. We think that in one way the Gadchiroli court’s judgment has helped by restraining Prashant in doing further harm to the Party. With that said, we are working tirelessly to put up a strong defense for Saibaba. Every possible legal help in favour of the jailed comrades is being sought. HB has been given all the responsibility to coordinate programmes and protests to raise public opinion in our favour. On 20th April we will organise another program under the banner – Committee for the Defense and Release of GN Saibaba. We will leave no stones unturned in providing relief to all pol. prisoners. Com. Ashok B., Amit B., Seema and Sudhir have strongly pitched for more regular meetings of CRPP EC. It will facilitate smoother coordination of numerous pending cases in Delhi, MH, JH, Odisha, CHH. On the other side Com. Siraj has shown willingness to contribute for the party in all possible ways. He has been studying the party literature, resolutions and the party constitution for the past several years. Despite challenging situations he is ready for second APT cross-over. This time I would like to send another comrade with Siraj. His CV is in the memory chip with this letter. Sometime in last year Vishnu had met Com. Basanta to facilitate the deal. At the time Com. Kishan was unable to meet directly. I hope by now you have received details of the meeting and requirement of 8cr for annual supply of M4’s with 400000 rounds. Please convey your decision. Defeating Hindu fascism has been our core agenda and a major concern for the party.

Several leaders from the secret cells as well as open organisations have raised this issue very strongly. We are working to consolidate ties with like-minded organsiations, pol. Parties, representatives of minorities across the country. Modi led Hindu fascist regime is bulldozing it’s way into the lives of indigenous adivasis. In spite of big defeats like Bihar and West Bengal, Modi has successfully established BJP govt in more than 15 states. If this phase continues then it would mean immense trouble for the party on all fronts. Greater suppression of dissent and more brutal form of Mission 2016 (OGH). Com. Kisanand few other senior comrades have proposed concrete steps to end Modi-raj. We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident. It sounds suicidal and there is a good chance that we might fail but we feel that the party PB/CC must deliberate over our proposal. Targeting his road shows could be one effective strategy. We collectively believe that survival of the party is supreme to all sacrifices. Rest in the next letter.

With warm greetings

R

18/04/17

Dubious History of Urban naxals

Why Hindutwa professors, right wing experts lack in matching Romila Thapar and other comrades?: Romila Thapar and company have come out openly and filed petition in the Supreme Court. However, no Hindutva historian, emeritus expert,  professor or anybody come forward to file a petition to support their ideology or implead then to be a party, as their counterparts have filed petition. In fact, there have been many such beneficiaries under ND regime who have been enjoying or enjoyed awards, rewards, foreign travels, postings as member of ICHR, ICCSR etc. But, none of them responded, but, keeping quite. Why cannot they match Romil Thapar or other emeritus experts? In what way, are they lacking and lagging behind their ideology or expertise? Some have gleefully have written books, “Why I support Modi?,” whereas, there, they have been plotting to kill Modi, as the media reports point out. So why this indifference, callousness or cowardice? When the ideological war has been declared and going on openly, what is the use of hiding behind and keeping silence.

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31-08-2018

Urban naxals 5-detained on 28-08-2018

[1]  The Telegraph, The five renowned ‘strangers’ Meet the petitioners who moved top court, Pheroze L. Vincent Aug 30, 2018 00:00 IST.

[1] https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/the-five-renowned-strangers-255678

[2] Romila Thapar: A professor emerita of history at JNU, the 86-year-old Thapar helped found the varsity’s Centre for Historical Studies. A scholar of ancient history, her most famous works are Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas (1961) and Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300, for which she won the US Library of Congress’s Kluge Prize in 2008. Thapar is a pioneer in ancient historical research, who gave new insights into ancient India by studying primary sources like archaeology and who revealed that Aryans were a linguistic group, not a race. She studied in Panjab University and London’s School of Oriental and Asian Studies. After the demolition of the Babri Masjid, she went beyond the confines of academic writing to speak out against the communal interpretation of history. Thapar opposed changes to school history textbooks – one of which she had authored -when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in power. She then faced several threats and harassment. A petition against her was filed with the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress in 2003, alleging that she was “Marxist and anti-Hindu”. She declined the Padma Bhushan twice, on principle that she only accepted honours from academic bodies for her work.

[3] Devaki Jain: A Padma Bhushan awardee, Jain led in the field of feminist economics.The daughter of the diwan of the erstwhile Mysore princely state M. A. Sreenivasan, Jain read in Oxford. She founded the Indian Social Studies Trust in Delhi and was the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Gender for the United Nations Centre in Asia-Pacific and a member of the advisory panel of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the 1997 Human Development Report on Poverty and for the 2002 Report on Governance.She was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group of the Graça Machel Study Group appointed by the UN to assess the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children.She was married to the late Gandhian, freedom fighter, planner and former high commissioner to South Africa, L.C. Jain. Television journalist Sreenivasan Jain and Supreme Court advocate Gopal Jain are their sons.

[4] Prabhat Patnaik: A professor emeritus of JNU who helped set up its Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Patnaik studied at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and went to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship in 1966. He taught at Cambridge. He was the chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board from 2006 to 2011 and was part of a four-member task force of the UN to recommend reform measures for the global financial system in 2008. He specialises in macroeconomics and political economy and had published seminal works such as Time, Inflation and Growth (1988), Economics and Egalitarianism (1990), Whatever Happened to Imperialism and Other Essays (1995) and Re-envisioning Socialism (2011). Patnaik is also a columnist for The Telegraph. He has worked on the dynamics of a mixed economy, theory of imperialism, and Marxist theory. Patnaik has been one of the main voices among the retired faculty against the current administration of JNU and the vilification of its students and teachers under the BJP regime.

[5] Satish Deshpande: The youngest petitioner, 60-year-old Deshpande is a sociology professor in Delhi University known for his work on caste. His empirical research on Dalits have highlighted their absence in academia and the socially inferior position of Dalit converts among Christians and Muslims. He studied in JNU and later in the University of California. He has been on committees for publishing school textbooks.

[6] Maja Daruwala: The daughter of the late Field Marshal, Sam Maneckshaw, she headed the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative for 20 years, where she focused on prison and police reforms.A lawyer by training, Maja has worked in India, England, Singapore and Sri Lanka. She sits on several charitable boards, including the International Women’s Health Coalition, NAMATI, International Record Management Trust and Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore. She is a recipient of the Nani Palkiwala Award for protection and preservation of civil liberties in India.

[7] TimesNow, Bhima Koregaon Probe LIVE: No Jail for 5 Activists as Top Court Orders House Arrest Till September 6, News18.com | August 29, 2018, 6:54 PM IST

[8] https://www.news18.com/news/india/bhima-koregaon-probe-live-sc-gives-interim-relief-to-activists-will-be-kept-under-house-arrest-for-now-1860229.html

[9] NDTV, Police Document In Activists’ Arrest Skips Key Charges Made In Court, All India | Edited by Divyanshu Dutta Roy | Updated: August 30, 2018 17:25 IST

[10] https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/police-document-in-activists-arrest-skips-key-charges-made-in-court-1908725

[11] India TV, Bhima Koregaon raids: Letter which revealed plot to kill PM Modi and led to arrest of Maoists, Updated: August 29, 2018. 12:01 IST.

[12] https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india-bhima-koregaon-raids-letter-which-revealed-plot-to-kill-pm-modi-and-led-to-arrests-of-urban-naxals-460318

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Congress playing divisive and dangerous politics by exploiting anti-national forces including Maoists! (1)

June 7, 2018

Congress playing divisive and dangerous politics by exploiting anti-national forces including Maoists! (1)

Arrested Maoists - Rola Wilson, Mahesh raul

Why the five “Urban elite Maoists” have been arrested?: Government 2011 itself named Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) led by Delhi University teacher S A R Geelani, who was acquitted in the Parliament attack case, as a CPI (Maoist) front organisation[1]. Rona Wilson has been associated with CRPP[2].Cops have claimed that all five are members of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and were involved in funding the Elgaar Parishad with money from Maoist organisations[3]. Police also said that they were involved in Maoist activities for the past few years and were especially part of spreading Maoist ideology in the urban area[4]. Considering this, cops have also booked them under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Elaborating on the arrests, joint CP Ravindra Kadam said[5], “We had five teams out — three to Delhi and one each to Mumbai and Nagpur. During the raids that we conducted in April, we found substantial proof to establish Maoist links to the Elgaar Parishad. We found emails and documents through which we traced the money trail. The five people have been arrested based on this proof and will be produced in court on Thursday [07-06-2018].” Cops also claimed that forensic analysis of electronic evidence seized from Wilson in April showed an “incriminating letter”, dated January 2 this year — the day after the violence —from a member of the CPI (Maoist)’s central committee, identified only as ‘Comrade M’. The letter, addressed to ‘Comrade Rona’, lauded the success of Elgaar Parishad. “The letter also called for Dalit agitations to be organised in other BJP-ruled states to dent the party’s prospects in the 2019 general election,” said a source[6].

Arrested Maoists - Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen

The details of the five arrested are as follows: Whether these are actually Maoists, Maoist supporters, sympathizers or otherwise, their ideology, principles and expressions have been intriguing. Knowledge should be used for the welfare of the people and not for making groups to clash with each other rousing passion.

  1. Rona Wilson:A native of Kerala, Wilson is currently based in Delhi and is the public relations secretary of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP). He has been active in campaigning against laws like UAPA and Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). He is supposed to be a close aide of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, who was arrested in May 2014 and convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment by a Gadchiroli court in March last year. Police sources said after Saibaba’s conviction, Wilson allegedly took over his task of “co-ordination” between left wing extremist outfits in urban and jungle areas of country and also the international network.
  2. Sudhir Dhawale:A Dalit activist and editor of Marathi magazine ‘Vidrohi’, Dhawale founded the Republican Panthers Jatiantachi Chawal to provide a common political platform for Dalits. He also launched a movement called Radical Ambedkar. He was previously arrested in January 2011 on charges of sedition for his alleged Maoist links. However, he was acquitted of all charges by a Gondia court in May 2014. Dhawale was active in organising the Elgaar Parishad in Pune.
  3. Surendra Gadling:Based in Nagpur, Gadling, a lawyer, is general secretary of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers. Known to be a tribal and Dalit rights activist, he has been providing legal aid to those arrested for Maoist links, including Saibaba and Dhawale. He had provided legal help to Kabir Kala Manch artists who had been questioned by Nagpur police in September 2013 on allegations of carrying banned literature.
  4. Shoma Sena:Nagpur-based activist Shoma Sen is a professor for English subject at the Nagpur University. She has been under the police scanner of investigating agencies for her alleged links with the left wing extremists. She was present for the Elgaar Parishad in Pune. Her husband Tusharkanti Bhattacharya was arrested last in August year by the Gujrat police in connection with a 2010 case related to Maoist activities but was later released on bail.
  5. Mahesh Raut:Mahesh is a former Prime Minister Rural Development (PMRD) Fellow. He is alleged to be the link between jungle operatives and urban outfits of the Maoists. He has been active in the Maoist affected Gadchiroli district for last few years. In April 2013, when Raut was a PMRD fellow, he was detained by the Gadhchiroli police with his aide Harshali Potdar, after two Maoists arrested from Koinvarshi village revealed that the duo was supposed to accompany them to meet senior Maoist leaders in jungles. But Raut and Potdar were not arrested by the police and were released after questioning. Raut had recently shifted to Nagpur.

As they have been elite, sophisticated and experts in their ideology, propaganda and perverted intelligence, they have been trying to divide people under the guise of right to think, express, speak, write and so on. In the name of “human rights,” they comfortably forget  the rights of the affected.

Rona Wilson CRPP

Crackdown on the Maoists who are linked together: Police conduct a raid at the residence of Advocate Surendra Gadling in Nagpur on Tuesday, 05-06-2018. They also disclose that a letter retrieved from Rona Wilson’s computer was allegedly written to the activist by top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde. Naxalite funds were used to sponsor the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held in Pune’s Shaniwarwada Fort on December 31 last, the Pune police said on Thursday, 07-06-2018[7]. Joint Commissioner of Pune City Police Ravindra Kadam told reporters that the authorities had “concrete proof” that the five activist-intellectuals arrested in Mumbai, Delhi and Nagpur on Wednesday morning had links to the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).  Those arrested include noted Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale from Mumbai, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut and Nagpur University English professor Shoma Sen from Nagpur, and activist Rona Wilson from New Delhi. A letter retrieved from Wilson’s computer was allegedly written to the activist by top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde, police said.

Milind Teltumbde, maoist, Ambedkar relative
The electronic devices seized from Gadling and Wilson were being forensically examined: In it, Teltumbde is believed to have expressed satisfaction at the successful conduct of the ‘Elgaar Parishad.’ The police said the names of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) president Prakash Ambedkar and some Congress leaders too have allegedly cropped up in the letter[8]. “Our probe has disclosed that all those arrested had definite links with top Naxal leaders. Of the few documents we have scrutinised, there are indications that they had indirect linkages with Naxal incidents that took place in Gadchiroli, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. However, further investigation will reveal whether or not they had any direct connection with the Bhima-Koregaon riots, which erupted a day after the Parishad,” said Kadam. The electronic devices – Pen drives, hard disks, CDs and other allegedly ‘incriminating’ electronic evidence – seized from Gadling and Wilson were being forensically examined[9]. At the same time, Kadam emphasised that there were several outfits that took part in the Parishad, and that not all of them had Maoist linkages. Activist sent in police custody: Kadam said that of those arrested, Dhawale had been produced before a local court, which sent him in police custody for eight days. Gadling, Raut and Sen are to be produced at the Pune Sessions Court[10].

Soma Sen and her husband
Educated elites with shocking Maoits links: Raut, an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and a former Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow under the United Progressive Alliance government, has worked extensively amongst tribals in strife-torn Gadchiroli district. He was detained by the Gadchiroli police in 2013 on suspicion of being a Naxal sympathiser. Sen’s husband, Tusharkant Bhattacharya, was arrested by the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) from the Geetanjali Express in August 2017 on charges of sedition and being an alleged Naxal ideologue. The activists have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). “The sole reason behind the arrests is to crush the Ambedkarite movement and divert attention from the real culprits behind the Bhima-Koregaon riots, Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’ and Milind Ekbote. It has become the State’s modus operandi to stamp those working for the oppressed as ‘Naxalites’,” said Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) activist Harshali Potdar, reacting to the arrests. Dhawale, editor of fortnightly magazine Vidrohi, was taken into custody for his role as a prime organiser of the ‘Elgaar Parishad.’ He is also one of the founders of the Republican Panther Jaatiya Antachi Chalwal (movement for annihilation of caste). In 2011, Dhawale was booked under the UAPA and spent more than 40 months in jail in Nagpur. He was acquitted by the Gondia Sessions Court in 2014 after the police failed to produce ‘significant evidence’ against him.

© Vedaprakash

07-06-2018

Bima Goregaon -Mahar killed 28,000 Beswas

[1] The Outlook, SAR Geelani’s CRPP a Maoist Front Organisation: Govt, 07 DECEMBER 2011 Last Updated at 3:48 PM, NATIONAL

[2] https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/sar-geelanis-crpp-a-maoist-front-organisation-govt/743641

[3] Pune Mirror, 5 ARRESTED OVER USING MAOIST FUNDS FOR ELGAAR PARISHAD, By Prachee Kulkarni, Pune Mirror | Updated: Jun 7, 2018, 10.22 AM IST.

[4] https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story/5-arrested-over-using-maoist-funds-for-elgaar-parishad/articleshow/64486126.cms

[5] Mumbai Mirror, 5 HELD OVER MAOIST MONEY TRAIL TO ELGAAR PARISHAD, Mumbai Mirror | Updated: Jun 7, 2018, 08.54 AM IST.

[6] https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/crime/5-held-over-maoist-money-trail-to-elgaar-parishad/articleshow/64486720.cms

[7] The Hindu, Pune police say arrested activists were in touch with top Naxalites, Shoumojit Banerjee PUNE, JUNE 07, 2018 15:28 IST; UPDATED: JUNE 07, 2018 16:12 IST.

[8] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/pune-police-say-arrested-activists-were-in-touch-with-top-naxals/article24103052.ece

[9] The Hindu, Bhima-Koregaon clashes: Pune police arrest five activists in Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Shoumojit Banerjee, JUNE 06, 2018 13:04 IST; UPDATED: JUNE 06, 2018 19:06 IST

[10] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/bhima-koregaon-clashes-pune-police-arrest-five-activists-across-3-cities/article24094372.ece