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Condemn Indian State’s Heinous Raid on Activist and Delhi University Prof. G N Saibaba’s Residence

On September 12, in a joint operation in India, a 50 member squad of police personnel - comprising of members of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Delhi police, Special Cell of the Delhi Police and Maharashtra police - barged into the Delhi University staff quarter of Prof. G. N. Saibaba, a noted civil rights activist and professor of English at Ramlal Anand College, University of Delhi. The wheel-chair bound professor is a Joint Secretary of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) and the convener of several forums against ‘Operation Greenhunt’ and the persecution of millions of adivasis and tribal population of Central and Eastern India. He teaches English at Delhi University.

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RDF: "OBSERVE ALL INDIA WORKER’S STRIKE ON 20 AND 21 FEB. 2013!"

Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) extends its solidarity with the workers who are going on a two-day All India general strike on 20 and 21 February. While all the major trade union centres affiliated to various ruling class parties of the country have come together for giving a call for this strike due to the pressure from the working masses, the revolutionary and militant trade unions and workers’ organisations too have given a strike call for these two days. This strike is an opportunity for the workers across different sectors of the economy and regions to come together to highlight the burning problems of their common concern, which require urgent redressal. All the progressive, democratic and pro-people organisations and individuals of the country as well as the peasantry, the students, teachers, intellectuals, government and private employees, need to stand in solidarity with the striking workers in the struggle for achieving their just and genuine demands.

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Join Joint Protest Demonstration Against the Massacre of Adivasis of Bijapur

Dear friends
Recently the Indian state has intensified its eviction and extermination campaign against the adivasis of central and eastern India under the rubric of Operation Green Hunt. On the night of 28 June 2012 when the adivasi peasants of Sarkeguda, Kottaguda and Rajpenta (Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh) gathered to plan the performance of the traditional festival Beej Pandum (seed festival), they were surrounded by hundreds of Police and Para-military forces of the Indian state. The armed forces resorted to indiscriminate firing killing 17 adivasis (including 6 minors) cold-blooded.

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Petition in support of GN Saibaba

Please sign the following petition in support of GN Saibaba, which can be found by clicking the link given here:

Please sign the petition and also forward the link to your contacts who might be interested in signing the petition.

Regards
Hany Babu, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi
hanybabu@gmail.com

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The text of the petition is reproduced below:


Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju
Minister of Human Resource Development
Government of India

Dear Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju,

We the undersigned are astounded to know that the University of Delhi is withdrawing a facility provided to a severely disabled teacher of its College. Taking recourse to technicalities as the benchmark to forcefully evacuate a disabled teacher ignoring further national and international developments in law pertaining to the differently-abled is a sad state of affairs of one of the leading universities in India. Any future perusal by the university authorities of the question of special accommodation at the warden's flat, Gwyer Hall accorded to Dr. G. N. Saibaba cannot ignore the specific grounds of his 90 percent disability.

Universities should be centres of excellence, where cutting edge ideas are discussed and deliberated towards building a future which is humane and compassionate. University of Delhi is witness to a comparatively sizeable increase in the intake of differently-abled people as faculty, students and non-teaching staff. Given the fact that there are few Universities in the country with such intake it becomes imperative that Delhi University also be a model in providing a humane and dignified space for the differently-abled. And this demands urgently a disable-sensitive administration which is humanely conversant with the new developments in jurisprudence pertaining to the differently-abled.

Under the disabilities laws and United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 to which India is a signatory country since 2007, it is the primary obligation of all institutions of the Indian Government to provide all facilities including "reasonable accommodation".

Instead of extending the facilities and making them broad-based for all disabled teachers and students on the campus, the present proceedings of the University to forcefully evict Dr. G. N. Saibaba is highly deplorable. What is required today is to make the University Campuses habitable and create workable environment to the differently-abled teachers and students. It is the legal and ethical obligation of the University to provide reasonable accommodation on the campuses to the differently-abled teachers and students in order to increase their participation in the higher education.

The University of Delhi cannot take away this facility provided to Dr. G. N. Saibaba on any technical grounds which is a total misreading of the very grounds on which the whole premises was allotted to him. On the contrary such facility has to be broadened and extended to all differently-abled teachers and students of the Colleges and Departments.

Thus we would like you to:
1. Instruct the University to desist from withdrawing the residence facility to Dr. G.N. Saibaba and,
2. Constitute a high powered committee to find ways and means to provide all facilities including "reasonable accommodation" to disabled persons in the University as mandated by the disabilities laws and United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by India in 2007.

Issued for endorsement by:

Anand Teltumbde, Professor, School of Management, IIT, Kharagpur.
Contact: tanandraj@gmail.com.

Maya Pandit Narkar, Professor, Department of English Language Teaching,
English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
Contact: maya@efluniversity.ac.in.

Release Deblina Chakraborty, a committed social activist entrapped in the draconian act UAPA and her associate Abhijnan Sarkar immediately and unconditionally

Drop the forged charges against all seven activists arrested for their participation in the Nonadanga anti-eviction struggle (28 April, 2012)

To The Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission,

Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi- 110001

Respected Sir,

We want to draw your kind attention to the dreadful incidents of barbarous atrocities by the West Bengal government upon the peaceful democratic protest movements of various mass organisations, civil rights groups and individuals opposing the banishment of poor slum dwellers in the name of 'development' and 'beautification' of Kolkata and subsequent malicious arrests of the social activists.

On 8th April 2012, a huge contingent of police arrested 69 demonstrators from the Ruby Hospital crossing of EM Bypass of East Kolkata when they had been protesting against the violent demolition of the Nonadanga slums on March 30th and forcible eviction of hundreds of populace of that colony, many of whom were compelled to migrate and set up their abodes in that locality after the cyclone 'Aila' disaster in Sundarban. Among the protesters were those who fell victims to this aggressive eviction drive without any rehabilitation measures instigated by the Mamata Banerjee-led government, as well as some civil society activists belonging to different democratic organizations, who thought it just to stand by the side of the victims and join their anti-eviction struggle seeking apposite rehabilitation and adequate compensation.

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Revoke ban on RDF: Arundhati Roy

Hyderabad, Indian Express News Service, Sept 24, 2012

Writer and social activist Arundhati Roy on Sunday demanded an immediate revoke of the ban imposed on Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) in the state.

Addressing the gathering at a meeting organised by the Viplava Rachaitala Sangham (Revolutionary Writers' Association) against the ban, Roy termed the ban unconstitutional and urged the members to keep on with their struggle against state-sponsored violence. "RDF is not a armed organisation. It's activities are in consonance with the Indian constitution. Then why is it banned?," she questioned.

However, she said that the ban had indirectly helped the RDF in growing strong. "The ban has indirectly benefited the RDF. It has allowed it to grow stronger and the bond among it's members and with the people grow deeper," she said. She lauded RDF's members for fighting for the human rights of the dalits and the adivasis in rural India.

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Public Protest Meeting Against Fake Encounter Killing of Maoist Leader Kishenji

Gandhi Peace Foundation

13 December 2011 from 2 PM to 8 PM

Speakers include:

  • Justice Rajender Sachar, Retired Chief Justice, Delhi High Court
  • Dr B D Sharma, Former National Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Tribes
  • Dhiraj Sengupta, APDR
  • Debaprasad Roychoudhury, General Secretary, APDR
  • Puskar Raj, PUCL
  • Varavara Rao, Revolutionary Poet
  • Apart from above speakers, some among the organizers will also speak.

Demands of the meeting:

  • The Central and State governments should immediately stop ‘Operation Green Hunt’ and physical elimination of Naxal /Maoist leaders and cadres.
  • The Central government should set up a high level Judicial Enquiry Committee on the killing of Kishanji.
  • The government should register a case of culpable homicide under section 302 of IPC, so that the killers of Kishanji are forced to face the court trial, as directed by Supreme Court and National Human Rights Commission.

The Fact-finding team of various civil and democratic rights organizations established beyond doubt that the Maoist leader Kishanji was first captured and severely tortured by security forces and then killed on 24 November 2011 in a planned fake encounter under the connivance of both West Bengal and Central governments.

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A Statement of Protest of the RDF ban in AP

We the undersigned strongly and univocally condemn the ban imposed on Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) by the Andhra Pradesh government on 9 August 2012 under Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act 1992. We stand opposed to this arbitrary and authoritarian action by the government on a peoples' organization which goes against the principles of justice, freedom of expression, freedom of association and of democratic dissent. Further the persistent use of ban as an instrument of policy is politically motivated as is proven in history. It has been proved time and again that whatever might be the purpose of evoking the policy of ban by the respective governments at various junctures it has hardly resulted in the achieving the same. On the contrary it has only resulted in more and more atrocities on the vast sections of the people with the policy of ban giving blanket powers to the police and paramilitary thus resulting in increasing acts of impunity. We are therefore forced to believe that the imposition of a ban on RDF on a series of unsubstantiated charges is not only devoid of any ground, but a direct assault by the government on our democratic rights. Under the convenient plea of countering Maoism, the state government has falsely implicated RDF as a frontal organization of CPI (Maoist) - another banned political entity - and has thereby continued with its policy of criminalizing and persecuting political dissent. This is in spite of the fact that upholding of and adhering to any ideology is not a crime but is a constitutionally guaranteed right of the citizens, which has been time and again pointed out by the Supreme Court.

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statement by Communist Party of Greece (Marxist-Leninist)

Dear comrades

On behalf of the cadres as well as the rank and file members of the Communist Party of Greece (Marxist-Leninist), we express our condolences for the cold-blooded murder and planned assassination of c. Kishanji alias Mallojula Koteswara Rao, Politburo Member of CPI (Maoist) on 24 November 2011. We strongly condemn the murderous Indian state which, once more, manifested its barbarous character against any revolutionary fighting to defend people’s rights and social liberation. This murder comes a few months after the torture and killing of c. Azad, another high cadre of PCI (Maoist) and exposes the hate but also the fear of the Indian reactionary establishment for the development of people’s struggle all over India.

Greek communists will by all means express their solidarity through their own struggle against imperialism and reactionary forces, promoting our common tasks for a revolutionary change and a socialist future.

Political Bureau of
Communist Party of Greece (Marxist-Leninist)

Athens - 28 November 2011