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. 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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  5. by SHIELA SINGH, Regional Bureau Member of the Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist

    The ballot box have never led and will never lead you to the direction which concerns the real issues of the majority.

    The most exploited class among the oppressed, who are doubly exploited, are women in class society. If we spin around the world we find different types of exploitation, degradation, oppression, and severe violence against women. Whether it be the most powerful imperialist country like the U.S or be it poor developing semi-feudal countries like Nepal, women are objectified and used as a commodity for the sole interest of profit. The forms of exploitation may differ and vary according to the consciousness of the society which depends on the relations of production in each given society; but all forms of exploitation are well organized and based on profit and male supremacy.

    The fundamental base of exploitation, which has divided societies into classes, is the patriarchal system. The emergence of private property was impossible without the oppression of women turning the early matriarchal systems into patriarchal ones. Patriarchy has been an important and integral part of all exploitative systems which enhanced and reinforced the rotten profit based system in a very organized way. Women have to grasp this important fact; our full emancipation is only possible by abolishing all sorts of distinctions, which rest on the production relations of class society which corresponds to our social discrimination and prevents us from revolutionizing old ideas and customs.

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  7. 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.

     

  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. 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

     
  10. A march by Nepalese revolutionaries meets enthusiastic supporters as they organize a boycott of the upcoming staged elections. Photo by Bikkil Sthapit.

     
  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. "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
     

  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. 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.

     
  15. My latest design, inspired by 1970s-era OSPAAAL posters.

    On November 19th, the ruling powers of Nepal will attempt to consolidate their control through an opportunistic, illegitimate election, one rejected by millions of people across the country. The Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist, along with 32 other political parties, has been organizing a boycott of the upcoming electoral charade, an action which has been met with violence and intimidation by domestic reactionaries and foreign imperialists alike. The stakes are high; there is both opportunity and danger on the horizon for the Maobadi. We ask you all to remain alert, and also to educate your friends and comrades about the revolutionary process in Nepal; the more people know about it, the bigger the political cost our reactionary governments will pay by intervening.