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. People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army Commander Tarakka cleaning her rifle (Gadchiroli, Maharashtra). The PLGA is the 20,000-strong armed wing of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). Thanks to Lal Salam for the photo.


  3. "[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

  4. A great photo set from my comrade Pooja, check it out! Kabir Kala Manch members have frequently been a target of the Indian state for their suspected support of the Maoist-led people’s war.


  5. "The Maoist perspective on the women’s question in India also identifies patriarchy as an institution that has been the cause of women’s oppression throughout class society. But it does not identify it as a separate system with its own laws of motion. The understanding is that patriarchy takes different content and forms in different societies depending on their level of development and the specific history and condition of that particular society; that it has been and is being used by the ruling classes to serve their interests. Hence there is no separate enemy for patriarchy. The same ruling classes, whether imperialists, capitalists, feudals and the State they control, are the enemies of women because they uphold and perpetuate the patriarchal family, gender discrimination and the patriarchal ideology within that society."
    — Anuradha GhandyPhilosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement
  6. The Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist, along with 32 other political parties, is organizing a boycott of the November 19th illegitimate elections called by the ruling powers of the country. The state has responded by arresting dozens of members of the CPN-M, while receiving large shipments of military aid from the US and India in order to repress the people’s revolutionary movement.

    Stand against US imperialism and Indian expansionism. Stand with the people of Nepal.

  7. Oh. My. Fucking. God. Must. See. This. Movie.

    Basically this is a film about the internal conflict in India between the reactionary Indian state and the Naxalite rebellion, led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) which, from what I’m told, gives a positive portrayal of the insurgents. The trailer looks badass.


    There is a war raging in India. A war whose end can’t be seen. A war that isn’t being waged by outsiders. The enemy is our own! The youth of the country are rebelling. Against injustice, against tyranny, against exploitation. Inequality will not be tolerated forever. There is anger, and there is deep social unrest. Our own countrymen are locked in the bloodiest armed mutiny this country has ever seen. 

    Chakravyuh is the story of six extraordinary characters, each with an all-consuming dream.. A promise.. A promise they will uphold above everything else.

  8. bradicalmang:

    “Gandhi and the Politics of Non-Violence” presented by Professor Snehal Shingavi @ Occupy Austin.  

    This video dives into the real history of the India Liberation movement and tells the truth about the role Gandhi played in it. It’s a little long, so set some time aside to watch the full thing. We need a space in which we can honestly talk about tactics and strategies against the ruling class, instead of instantly silencing tactics deemed “violent” by those who have different interests. I strongly urge everyone to watch this! Dogmatic pacifists take note! 

    Watching this now. Please ignore the screenshot, I have reason to believe that this was chosen intentionally to get more attention, as it occupies about 2 seconds of the video. Enjoy!

    (Source: remuslumpen)

  9. Ward Churchill, Pacifism as Pathology (p. 55)


  10. La revolución vive en los puños del pueblo!

  11. tusharsonowal:

    A tableau of a young farmer and worker, India.

    “I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation.”

    Ernesto “Che” Guevara

  12. clubjacobin:


    Bombay, India. Photo: SEBASTIAN D’SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images.

    wake up in the morning feelin like karl marx

    (via socialisimo)

  13. Charu Mazumdar (alt. spelling Majumdar), the original Naxalite. Indian communist, communist revolutionary.

  14. Naxalite says knock you out!