Over the past twenty-four hours, the armed forces of the reactionary Indian state have martyred 28 members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). The slaughter began in the Chitrakonda forest, in the Malkangiri district, where a meeting was taking place of the CPI (Maoist)’s Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee [AOB]. Among the dead are comrades Ganesh, Daya, Munna, and Rhino, with comrades as yet unconfirmed dead being Chalapathi, Arunna, and Uday. In all, the martyred include 9 women and 19 men, butchered at the hands of the Greyhound Commando units of the Narendra Modi regime. Particularly heartbreaking was the death of comrade Munna, who had only recently joined the Maoists as a full timer. Munna was the son of comrade RK, AOB Special Zone Committee Secretary.
This attack was part and parcel of the military operation popularly referred to in the Indian press as Green Hunt. From its inception in 2009, Operation Green Hunt has not limited itself to targeting the CPI (Maoist) and its military wing, the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army. This terror campaign on the part of a so-called “democratic” government has led to the arrest of intellectuals such as Dr. G N Saibaba of Delhi University on suspicion of links to the CPI (Maoist), through his association with the aboveground organization known as the Revolutionary Democratic Front of India. The wheelchair-bound Dr. Saibaba is 90 percent disabled due to polio, and was held in prison for nearly a year before being granted bail in April 2016 after a huge wave of international condemnation. Untold numbers of ordinary people have been murdered during this operation on suspicion of being Maoists, sympathizers, or just out of the cold indifference by the fascist Indian state forces.
In India, the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee calls this massacre of CPI (Maoist) cadres a crime, and they have filed petitions on behalf of the victims and their families. We think this fine and good. But there can never be justice for the victims of Operation Green Hunt until it, (and the bureaucrat-capitalist government of India), is done away with for good and the New Democratic revolution has paved the way for socialism.
We in Red Guards – Philadelphia view the Protracted People’s Wars being waged by our comrades in India and in the Philippines as the strategic anchors of the movement for the emancipation of the world proletariat. They have achieved a level of success in their struggles that we seek to attain in our own, for it is only with the liberation of the entire world’s peoples that Communism will be possible. Should these People’s Wars be successful then new base areas will be created from which the International Communist Movement will gather strength and guidance. This is what is at stake right now on a world scale.
We draw inspiration from our comrades in India, and when they mourn we mourn with them. Their heroism and sacrifice deepens our grasp of the necessary truth that wherever people seek to make revolution, we must fearlessly carry our lives on our fingertips to offer whenever the revolution demands them. We stand in solidarity with our comrades in India in denouncing the atrocity perpetrated on their cadre in Malkangiri. When the CPI (Maoist) and the people of India cry out “Stop Operation Green Hunt!” we shout in chorus with them!
Long live the Communist Party of India (Maoist)!
Victory to the People’s War in India!
Death to the Fascist Indian State!
“Thousands upon thousands of martyrs have heroically laid down their lives for the people; let us hold their banner high and march ahead along the path crimson with their blood!”
– Comrade Mao
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