Stop Operation Green Hunt

India wages war on its people
In Hindi Adivasi means first people and is used also as a self-description. Since the Indo-european settlement the mostly Dravidic Adivasis have been oppressed. They either remain below the Hindu caste system or got integrated at its lowest rank – like untouchables or Dalits. The Indian constitution deliberately avoided the notion Adivasi to ward off possible political claims emanating from the meaning.

Neo-liberal globalisation of the last decades rendered the situation of the indigenous people untenable. The government sells out their habitat to large co-operation who are keen to exploit the mineral riches. Dam projects, savage plunder and destruction of nature, special economic zones (SEZ) – the Adivasis are being driven from their land and livelihood by millions and forced into starvation.

But resistance is rising mainly led by Maoists (in India called Naxals). The rebellion of the autochthon people is being confronted with brute force: by big landowners, Hindu chauvinist forces, government sponsored tribal militias (called Salva Judum) and all kind of governmental armed services. Unison New Delhi and Washington are trumpeting about the war on terror. In the “largest democracy of the world” laws are being instituted which bring you for years behind bars should you dare to politically support the uprising. The corporate media remains silent. They care about democracy only in enemy states.

In some regions of extreme poverty there are pockets of liberated zones which are being administered by self-organisation thanks to Maoist leadership. Based on collectivist traditions self-sustained development is undertaken: common work for irrigation, ecologically adapted agrarian techniques, small craft, education, health care, people’s judiciary. We are in front of a non-capitalist path of development.

The Adivasi struggle as well for the preservation of their culture, the recognition of their languages and the creation of new states within the Indian union.

Despite the very fact that the conflict is secular it assumed the form of an open full-fletched war only recently claiming up to a 1.000 victims per year. And the Indian government is only starting its campaign called “Green hunt”. The outcome of the struggle is unclear. It can only be won if other oppressed sections of society can be drawn inside the struggle.


India: resistance against savage industrialisation

Women gathering in a makeshift Adivasi village
Kolkata police and Tata steel
Dr. G.N. Saibaba
Communicating with Sumud activists
Without infrastructure in the jungle
Hand water pump built by the solidarity movement
Andra Pradesh Civil Liberity Committee (APCLC) gather witness reports.
An Italian member of Sumud participating in the enquiry's evaluation.
Tribal demonstration in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
Tribal leader participating in the demonstration
Dr. B.D. Sharma
Heavy industry commercials
Abhay Sash
Posco transit camp
Anti-Posco picket
Women picket against Posco
Water whole in paddy cultivation near Paradeep, Orissa
Village in the zone protected by the picket
Cut off from electricity.
Betel leave cultivation
Betel leaves being washed and packed
Prasanta Paikray
The red corridor
Pictures shot during a mission by the Anti-imperialist Camp to India in February 2010. The purpose of the trip was to evaluate the situation created by the "Green hunt" launched by the Indian government. The operation itends to smash the popular resistance of the Adivasi people to corporate land grab. The delegation was holding talks with local movements in order to conceive international solidarity action.

Gravest displacement, Bravest resistance

The struggle of adivasis of Bastar, Chhattisgarh against imperialist corporate landgrab
By Sudha Bharadwaj
Mon, 03/01/2010
The rule of law does not do away with the unequal distribution of wealth and power but reinforces that inequality with the authority of law. It allocates wealth and poverty in such complicated and indirect ways as to leave the victim bewildered. - Howard Zinn

Dedicated to the memory of Tapasi Malik,, Dula Mandal, Lakhiram Tuddu, Satyabhama
Whose names we know,
And the hundreds of adivasis of Bastar
Whose names will remain unknown till we claim them.

Why this essay?

I don’t live in Bastar, and I am not an adivasi.

International Campaign Against War on the People of India launched

Request for solidarity
Wed, 02/03/2010
The International Campaign Against War on the People of India (ICAWPI) is being launched to work as a coordinating centre seeking international support for the resistance of the people of India against the all out military offensive of the Indian state against its own citizens. ICAWPI is an international extension of widespread opposition and initiatives against this genocidal war to forcefully crush the heroic resistance of the tribal peoples in the heartlands of India and to hand over these lands rich in minerals and raw materials to international corporations such as Vedanta, Rio Tinto, Posco and others.

This overt war serving to facilitate the looting of the land and resources by Indian and international corporations for fabulous profits and the destruction of the livelihood of the countless numbers of the poorest of the poor in India is named as "Operation Green Hunt".

Indian govt should respond to Maoist offer

Press statement by Concerned Citizens
Tue, 02/23/2010
We welcome the announcement by the CPI (Maoist) to observe a ceasefire and enter into talks with the Government of India. Given the government’s expressed willingness to engage in talks, we hope that this offer will be reciprocated. This necessarily requires a halt to all paramilitary armed offensive operations (commonly known as Operation Green Hunt) immediately. It is also imperative that there should be complete cessation of all hostilities by both sides during the currency of the talks.

We are of the view that the Central Government, and not the State Governments, should be the authority to conduct talks as the problem covers various states.

The revolutionary movement stands in their way

India: growing popular resistance against displacement
By G.N.Saibaba
Sat, 12/15/2007
Speech by G.N. Saibaba on the issue of displacement in India and the growing resistance movement of the people with alternative politics to the world capitalist system. The People's War in India has intensified in recent years as the forced displacement and outright attacks on tribal (adivasi) people have become a priority of the state. The successful alliance between the Communist Party of India (Maoist), adivasis and others has led to the CPI (Maoist) being classified by the Indian ruling class as 'India's greatest internal security threat'. Now in a desparate attempt to reverse the situation the authorities are launching Operation Green Hunt - in effect a military invasion and occupation of those areas under the sway of Maoist influence; the forested, eastern and central states now known as the Red Belt. The aim is not only to destroy the Maoists but also to provide an excuse for further displacement of the adivasi peoples, seizing the land and the valuable raw materials which lie under it.

Although just over two years old now, this speech by GN Saibaba of the Revolutionary Democratic Front in Birmingham, England on 15th December, 2007 is a rich source of material on the issue of displacement in India and the growing resistance movement of the people. Land is in many ways the heart of the struggle in large parts of India, and a vast movement of resistance in India and internationally against this displacement and the neoliberal onslaught is an important component of any work on solidarity with India. This speech has been slightly edited.

War Against the People and the Historic Lalgarh Movement

Thu, 12/31/2009
By Amit Bhattacharyya, professor of history at Jadavpur University in Kolkata

The Indian ruling classes and the central government they have set up to serve them have very recently declared one of the most unjust and brutal wars against the people which is quite unprecedented in the history of our country. Such a massive mobilization of armed forces, paramilitary forces, police forces and air forces totalling around 1 lakh personnel, along with US-Israel military assistance of various types only highlights the magnitude of the war.

Music video on the Adivasi struggle in India

Mon, 11/30/2009
Gaon Chodab Nahi – We Will Not Leave Our Village

Adivasi Struggle

A short music video on the Adivasi (indigenous people) struggle in India.
The short and entertaining video focuses on land, resources and importantly adivasi way of life which is being undermined by the Indian government .
It’s inspired by Bhaghwan Maaji, leader of the adivasi struggle against bauxite mining in Kashipur (India).