Monday, February 15, 2010

Real Face Of Chidambaram

This heart-wrenching and conscience-shaking story by Priyanka Borpujari ( should be read on the the original website. It has a shocking photograph. I am unable to get the photograph onto this blog. I could manage to paste the text alone here but this "story" must be read along with the photo and deserves to be given widest possible circulation and discussion.

Check out the murderous rage on his face!

Check out the hand that has bludgeoned many heads!

Check out the strained forehead that explain his years committed to bloodshed!

When Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh referred to Maoists as being the “single largest threat to the nation”, did he mean this child, whose fingers were brutally chopped off while his family was massacred?

Even before this 'Maoist' could be sent in for a narco-analysis, let's understand where he comes from.

Name: Madvi Mukesh

Age: Two years old

Tribe: Muria

Residence: Gompad village, police station Konta, district Dantewada (on the Chhattisgarh-Andhra Pradesh border)

Family: Maternal grandfather Madvi Barjar (50) – dead; grandmother Madvi Subhi (45) – dead; mother Kartam Kunni (20) – dead; maternal aunt Madi Mooti (8) – dead; father (21).

Mukesh was with his family on the morning of October 1, 2009, when several men wearing military fatigues – SPOs (special police officers), police and other security forces – pointed their guns at these 'Maoists' and shot at them. Mukesh's neigbours were killed – Muchaki Handa, Markam Deva, Tomra Mutta, newly-married couple Soyma Subba and Soyam Jogi.

Mukesh's family was found to be crying near a pool of blood, oozing from the chopped body of his aunt. His wails were uncontrollable – did he understand the meaning of the loss of his family, or was it because his three fingers were chopped during the carnage that wiped out his family?

His 'Maoist' father wasn't at home at that time and so he was saved.

Houses were burnt down. Paddy, pulses, brass pots, poultry and cash were taken away. In all, the villagers found that 10 of their people were dead. Some youths were missing. Mukesh Madvi, the 'Maoist', disappeared into the jungles with his father.

About 200 kms north of Gompad, news about an encounter was being circulated in the press. Operation Green Hunt had officially begun on October 1, 2009, and it was declared that some Maoists were killed near the Andhra Pradesh border. Journalists were told that the bodies of the Maoists were disposed off by the villagers.

On January 3, 2010, when I met Amresh Mishra, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Dantewada, and had asked him about the Gompad massacre, he denied of such an incidence. “There was only a firing from both the sides. There was no casualty; only some explosives were found.”

January 7, 2010, would have been the day when, like Mukesh, many other 'Maoists' would have come to Dantewada for a Jan Sunwai (public hearing), so that they could put forth their case. Home Minister P Chidambaram had promised Himanshu Kumar of Vanvasi Chetna Ashram, who had planned the Jan Sunwai, that he would be present to hear the woes of the people. However, the Governor of Chhattisgarh ESL Narasimhan prevented the Home Minister from making that visit. The Jan Sunwai was bound to have opened a can of worms before the national media, if the Home Minister had attended the meeting.

Mukesh did arrive for the Jan Sunwai along with his father, and several other optimists, on January 5. They were about 25 of them. No sooner did they arrive at Vanvasi Chetna Ashram, they were surrounded by SPOs. About 30 minutes later, they were all packed into three Boleros which bore no number plates.

It has been 10 days since those 'Maoists' were taken to an undisclosed location and there has been no news about them.

So that is the government's definition of a 'Maoist', whom I encountered personally – the tribal carrying logs of firewood who starts walking through jungles since 3 am, and reaches the nearest town by 7 am, to sell the firewood for Rs 60 (which is a little more than US $1 - and that's his daily earning). The tribal who walks about 100 miles to reach the police station, to complain that the forces stationed in his village killed the only hen that he had, is a Maoist for the government. The two-year-old Suresh is a Maoist for the government.

Ekalavya: If you are a Muslim, you are not safe even if you are a journalist

If you are a Muslim, you are not safe even if you are a journalist

It is good to see the journalists of Mangalore- among whom the warrior-reporter Sudipto Mondal- come on to streets asking for rights and denouncing injustices.
When did you last hear journalists on street in the BJP-ruled States?
It is inspiring and hopes-sustaining to see our sisters and brothers doing it. They deserve our greatest solidarity and support. Rahim was just standing at the bus stop waiting for his bus. As soon as he said his name was Rahim the sub-inspector thought he could just arrest him without much further thinking. Had the reporter been a Hindu it would have ended in apologies, or even bonhomie, as soon as he reveals that he was reporter.
What a shame!
It is not difficult to understand why the Congress not doing anything against these Criminal Against Humanity, leaders and cadre of BJP, ShivaSena. But, why even the Left and Secular forces don't demand such things is beyond comprehension. The left is concerned only with avoiding the possibility of their State government's being dismissed by the Centre. It principally opposes imposition of the President's rule anywhere no matter what. Nor does it entertain any idea of handing over the Shiva Sena, Ram Sena and BJP and RSS criminals( Pichikukkalu, in Yogendra Kalavalapalle's unimprovable description) to International Criminal Court.
When will the Liberals( does anybody except Ramachandra Guha seriously believe that such a catagory exists?) and the Left will realise that no fascist force ever was defeated, after securing power, by forces from within?