INDIA – News on the People’s War

Many new stories have surfaced in August on the People’s War in India. While developing the struggle, with ongoing mass protests in the whole country, the CPI(Maoist) has dedicated one week to celebrate all the comrades that let down their lives for revolution.

Confronted with the new power, the old Indian state has started a tactical all-out offensive under the name Operation Prahar-3. Before, as the name implies, there have been Prahar 1 and 2, that started in 2020, and many other offensives, targeting the revolutionaries and the local popular masses. But the militants fought back fiercely and could overcome the last offensives in defense of the party and the masses. While in some old districts, where the counter-insurgency programs are focused, there is in fact a slight loss of influence by the party, many new districts show a high activity.

15 000 comrades were martyred in the 50 years of People’s War and gave their lives for revolution. At their forefront were the founders of the party – Comrade Charu Mazumdar and Comrade Kanhai Chatterjee. The CPI(Maoist) every year dedicates one week to the martyrs, and also this year between July 28 and August 3 the “Martyr’s week” was celebrated militantly.

Many leaflets were spread. Posters were hung, amongst other places in the southern state of Telangana State Committee that was reorganized last year, in the central state of Odisha and by the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) in the central state of Chattisgarh, like in Karipani under Borai Police Station limits in Dhamtari District. There on the 31st of Juli, comrade Madivi Ramesh (27) was arrested for dropping leaflets on the road.

The most prominent action was an attack against a railway station in the state of Bihar on the July 31st. Heavily armed, they took control of the Chaura railway station in Bihar’s high activity Jamui district. While only short in time – from 3:20 to 5:30 – the siege halted a dozen long route express trains at separate railway stations along the railway line. Reportedly the Himgiri Express remained stranded at Jamui station and Tata-Chhapra Express (both being big Indian mining companies) at Jhajha station. Officials said the militants first surrounded the station before one of them in police uniform entered station master Binay Kumar’s office and forced him to turn the track signals red to halt trains. They threatened to blow up the railway station if Kumar refused to do so. This siege was part of a week-long militant bandh – a militant strike, that is often conducted by the CPI(Maoist) – in honor of the Martyr’s Week.

There were also reports of other actions. “Naxals in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli District” a heavily fought over area “are using drones to keep an eye on the movement of Police”.

“A paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) trooper was killed, and another was injured in an exchange of fire between Security Forces (SFs) and cadres of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh on July 20”

In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, the party issued a call for a state-wide bandh, to protest Latarite and Bauxite illegal mining. Southern India is rich in natural resources and heinous crimes are committed by the mining companies of the imperialists against the people and their natural environment to plunder the resources of the country. Meanwhile, it has to be said, that the old Indian state, eager to sell out the country further, mostly paves the legal way for them to do so. To push out the imperialists, the CPI(Maoist) makes attacks on these mining and construction sites, that are cynically labeled as “development”.

Likewise, the “ Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres on July 25 set ablaze six vehicles of a private road construction company in Ghaghari village in Dhurki Block (administrative unit) in Garwah District of Jharkhand, reports India TV. Police said, 10 to 12 armed Maoists raided the company's camp office in Ghaghari village, assaulted the sleeping staff, poured diesel on vehicles involved in road construction work, and set them on fire.”

In the deepening of the general crisis of capitalism, the Indian rulers, lackeys to the imperialists are trying to destroy the People’s War with eager madness. But it becomes clear to see that the prognosticated decline of the People’s War is a counter-revolutionary illusion.