Thursday, 12 November 2009

Bauxite vs Bastar

Thursday, 12 November 2009 01:16 pm
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Arundhati Roy's The Heart of India is Under Attack on the nexus between the Indian government, the mining companies and the wealthy industrialists that is conflating protest against the violation of tribal land and human rights, with the blank absolute of 'Maoist terrorism'.
When people are being brutalised, what "better" thing is there for them to do than to fight back? It's not as though anyone's offering them a choice, unless it's to commit suicide, like some of the farmers caught in a spiral of debt have done. (Am I the only one who gets the feeling that the Indian establishment and its representatives in the media are far more comfortable with the idea of poor people killing themselves in despair than with the idea of them fighting back?)

More information about the state violence in Lalgarh, West Bengal, from Tehelka:
When you see this frenzy over the release of 14 innocent adivasi women – among them a 70-year-old widow – you know there is reason to be afraid. Operation Lalgarh has set off a horrifying blindness, symptomatic of any war zone. There are the troops, there is the enemy; there is nothing in between. Everything else is collateral damage; everyone else, a prisoner of war. When the Centre launches Operation Green Hunt this year, this is what will be replicated on a much larger scale across Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.

This intervew with Arundhati Roy talks about the relationship of the Sri Lankan conflict with the LTTE in relation to India's internal polics.

Rajesh Kasturirangan analyses the political manipulation of 'communal violence' since the 1984 massacre of Sikhs in Delhi.
India is a democratic country but one of the less attractive aspects of our democratic state is how it has managed to create an atmosphere of fear in local pockets every now and then. It happened with the naxalite movement in the seventies, it happened in post-1984 Delhi and then Punjab, it continues to happen in Kashmir, it happened in Gujarat after Godhra and it is possibly going to happen in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand when we start targeting Maoists.

India Together's article on the government's previous track record in resettling the forcibly displaced tribals while building the Narmada dam proves how devastating the effects of the Land Acquisition Act are.

Via Pass The Roti, here is a statement from Sanhati to endorse:
We fear that the government’s offensive is also an attempt to crush such popular resistances in order to facilitate the entry and operation of these corporations and to pave the way for unbridled exploitation of the natural resources and the people of these regions. It is the widening levels of disparity and the continuing problems of social deprivation and structural violence, and the state repression on the non-violent resistance of the poor and marginalized against their dispossession, which gives rise to social anger and unrest and takes the form of political violence by the poor. Instead of addressing the source of the problem, the Indian state has decided to launch a military offensive to deal with this problem: kill the poor and not the poverty, seems to be the implicit slogan of the Indian government.


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