1. At first sight, Mupalla Laxman Rao, who is about to turn 60, looks like a school teacher. In fact, he was one in the early 1970s in Andhra Pradesh’s Karimnagar district. In 2009, however, the bespectacled, soft-spoken figure is India’s Most Wanted Man. He runs one of the world’s largest Left insurgencies—a man known in Home Ministry dossiers as Ganapathi; a man whose writ runs large through 15 states. The supreme commander of CPI (Maoist) is a science graduate and holds a B Ed degree as well. He still conducts classes, but now they are on guerilla warfare for other senior Maoists. He replaced the founder of the People’s War Group, Kondapalli Seetharaamiah, as the party’s general-secretary in 1991. Ganapathi is known to change his location frequently, and intelligence reports say he has been spotted in cities like Hyderabad, Kolkata and Kochi. After months of attempts, Ganapathi agreed to give his first-ever interview. Somewhere in the impregnable jungles of Dandakaranya, he spoke to RAHUL PANDITA on issues ranging from the Government’s proposed anti-Naxal offensive to Islamist Jihadist movements.

     

  2. So, this happened yesterday. Very cool.

     
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  4. From NYC to Nepal: We will not be silent by NAT WINN

    On Sunday, November 17th, activists delivered letters to the United States Government, the United Nations, and the government of India denouncing international support for political repression against election boycotters in Nepal.

    Thirty-three political parties have come forward pointing out an undemocratic electoral process that suppresses oppositional political views, and that offers little potential for writing a new constitution in the post-monarchy period. Critics of the electoral process, including journalists, have faced arrest and suppression for criticizing this electoral process publicly.

    In April of 2006, Nepal’s monarchy was driven from power by an uprising of millions of people following a decade-long revolutionary civil war. The people of Nepal are demanding a constitution that fulfils the demands of that revolution: land reform, an end to caste oppression, a federal system that respects Nepal’s diversity of nationalities, equality between men and women, and democratic control of Nepal’s natural resources.

    Activists are demanding an immediate repeal of support for undemocratic and repressive regimes. The governments of India, the United States, and the United Nations have supported this undemocratic process in Nepal. We call on them to repeal their positions and support a genuinely democratic process in Nepal inclusive of all political forces.

     
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  8. "[T]he revolutionary women’s movement [of India] is growing in the midst of struggle… As women are getting mobilized and organized in larger and larger numbers, a section of them is also moving forward to join the armed struggle as fighters. They are willing to brave the hardships of guerrilla life with its constant movement and constant alertness, take on tasks and duties equal to men, with the aim of changing this exploitative society, for there is no other way to get out of the existing system, however long and arduous the path may be. The movement is creating a new woman, bold and brave, who is willing to sacrifice her life for the social cause — the names of the women who have sacrificed thus loom high in the sky. There was Rathakka (Nirmala), the housewife from Andhra Pradesh, who died at the sentry post while defending her comrades, Emeshwari (Kamala), the Oraon educated girl from Jagdalpur, who died at her post during a raid on a police station, young Raje who died of a snake bite, Swaroopa who died giving a heroic fight in an encounter. This list can go on. But they are fighting so that women can be unshackled and attain equality, so that the poor can get justice and India can become a truly independent country, free from imperialist exploitation."
    — Anuradha Ghandy, The Revolutionary Women’s Movement in India; Scripting the Change p. 226
     
  9. My six graphics in support of the revolutionaries of Nepal, in case you missed one of them. Feel free to download and repost individually, no attribution necessary but link back to kasamaproject.org, or facebook.com/kasamaproject, if you feel so inclined.

     
  10. Nepal’s People’s Volunteers are a spearhead of the revolutionary movement, and represent a concentration of the Maoists’ militant communist spirit. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1b6W06x

     
  11. Seven years after the end of the people’s war in Nepal, a new, heroic wave of revolutionary uprising is about to break out.

    It has a specific date: November 19. The world must know about this. Those of us who hear about it must not be silent. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1b6W06x

     
  12. From Comando Creativo

    "We are life and happiness in constant struggle against sadness and death." -Venezuelan revolutionary leader Argimiro Gabaldón

     

  13. In our world, it is rare that defiance overruns despair.

    The spread of revolutionary dreams among the planet’s poorest people is a precious and welcome development. And the poor of Nepal have such dreams. The large revolutionary movement in Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, is almost unknown in the U.S. It is invisible in the world’s mainstream news reporting. It is treated as unimportant, marginal and even (most unfair of all) as “terrorist.” We ask you to take a moment to learn about it. We ask you to help spread the word. Millions of people in Nepal have sacrificed for radical change – acting together in waves of uprisings across the last twenty years.

    They have faced armed suppression. They have been betrayed. They have been threatened from abroad (by both India and the U.S.). Their fighters have been murdered, imprisoned and raped. Their leaders have been targeted for neutralization – either by repression or co-optation. In 2006, after winning broad popular support during years of guerrilla warfare, Nepal’s revolutionaries agreed to enter negotiations for a radically new society. The hated and corrupt king of Nepal was overthrown. A constitutional convention was convened to decide how power would be structured. And the people waited for change to come. Now, seven years later, a new quite-heroic wave of revolutionary uprising is about to break out.

    It has a specific date: November 19. The world must know about this. Those of us who hear about it must not be silent.

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  14. "Let us not bother thinking about whether the soul can die or not, when we know that hunger kills." -Camilo Torres, Colombian communist priest

    Design by Natalio Perez (selucha.tumblr.com)

     

  15. If you are into communist art and design, you need to know about OSPAAAL, the Cuba-based Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America is best known for its propaganda posters that promoted the causes of national liberation and socialism across the third world.