Speech of the International Committee to Support People's War in India to
the International Conference in Hamburg
24th November 2012
The date of today, the November 24, would remain a black day in the annals
of Indian revolutionary movement history. The November 24, 2011 the fascist
Indian regime that labelled CPI (Maoist) as "the biggest internal security
threat" killed Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao, comrade Kishanji, after
capturing and torturing him alive in a well planned conspiracy.
We learned with rage and sadness the death of that leader of Indian
revolution, killed by Indian regime, supported by world imperialism.
We united our hands with CPIm in that bad hour. The struggle of Maoists in
India, comrades, is our struggle, their loss is our loss.
The ideological, theoretical and practical contribution of comrade Kishanji
to the CPI(m), to the People's War, to the proletarian and oppressed people's
struggle in India cannot be cancelled.
Instead, it is now more shining and its light reaches all corners in the
Since then up today, we redoubled our effort to transform that sorrow into
We redoubled the support to war people in India; we intensified our struggle
against imperialism in the world; we worked for proletarian
internationalism, we called all the proletarians, revolutionaries,
communists in our countries to advance in the revolution.
It was our way to honour comrade Kishenji and all martyrs of the revolution
in India and in the world
This Conference is a further step in fulfilling our commitment and, at,
first, let's renew today our salute to comrades Kishanji, Azad and all the
martyrs fallen for the revolution in India and all around the world.
Comrades, stand up and observe a minute of silence in honour of all the
Maoist Comrades in India wrote us:
We extend our revolutionary greetings to the activities of support that with
a great effort you promoted.
We read the calls, posters, slogans ... excellent!
The current stage of our struggle has not changed, despite the "Operation
Green Hunt" and the murderers of our leading cadres, despite the efforts of
the enemy, we grow in strength in the guerrilla areas and expand in new
areas. In the course of People's War, in different places we have reached
the stage of mobile warfare.
The Operation Green Hunt unleashed by the government has not achieved its
goals. Despite the blows we have suffered, the enemy's morale is low. The
plan of the ruling classes to annihilate our party and deprive the people of
their guide and proletarian leadership is doomed to fail, because the people
and all those who love freedom in this country support and protect the
revolutionary movement and its leadership like the apple of their eyes,
because they know that this way they safeguard the future of the country and
The people and people's movements generate new revolutionary leaders and
want that the New Democratic revolution in India advance to the victory and
sweep away imperialists and their lackeys, the landlords and the comprador
and bureaucratic bourgeoisie with all their representatives.
The impact of the global crisis and imperialist policies on workers and the
people of our country is heavy. Corruption, unemployment, prices, poverty,
migration due to loss of lands, forests, water, are increasing. The living
conditions of the working class, oppressed people, peasantry, the middle
class itself, has become unbearable and they are turning more and more to
the revolution. Workers' strikes and people's struggles have expanded in
unprecedented way and they are adding to the unrests in all sectors of the
people: those of adivasi peasants, which intensify and often result in
riots; the economic struggles of the proletarians, that turn more and more
into political struggles.
The strength of our party consists in integrating this raging river of the
mass movement, with the slogans: land, people's power and democracy,
We bring the consciousness that no fundamental change can be achieved
without the complete destroying of the exploiting classes, in India and
around the world.
Your effort is a great expression of proletarian internationalism, we
support and see it as a part of the action to denounce the crimes of the
Indian regime, the barbaric and genocidal Operation Green Hunt, the effort
to gather all the friends of Indian revolution.
Let's dare to fight and the victory will be of the people!
Furthermore, on the current situation in India, they wrote in their
The Indian state is relentlessly continuing its extremely brutal attacks on
the people of the country, particularly the adivasis, in the last two and
half years in the name of Operation Green Hunt. The police and paramilitary
forces unleashed by the ruling classes are perpetrating acts of 'encounter'
killings, mass murders, sexual assault, torture, burning of villages,
destruction of crops and grains, plunder of peoples' property, wanton
arrests and forced 'disappearances etc. The objective of this war on people
is to uproot the ongoing Maoist movement in the country, particularly in its
central and eastern regions.
The comprador bureaucratic bourgeoisie and the imperialists are in
desperation to loot and plunder our beloved country which is richly endowed
with vast mineral, forest and water resources. From 2008 in particular, in
the context of the deepening world economic crisis, they are scheming many a
conspiracies to cheaply exploit the natural resources and labour power
available in underdeveloped countries like India. After concluding MoUs
involving investments worth lakhs of crores with the comprador governments
and by undertaking the large-scale destruction of jal-jangal-zameen, these
forces are displacing a large number of people from their homes and hearths.
The people too have risen up against this aggression.
CPI (Maoist) is leading the people in this struggle and is standing with
them. This is the reason why the Maoist movement has become the biggest
hurdle before the exploitative ruling classes and their government. However,
the threat felt by the ruling classes from the Maoist movement is being
propagated by them as 'the biggest threat to the internal security of the
country' with an aim to deceive the masses.
The ruling classes are portraying their imperialist-dictated neo-liberal
policies of destitution, destruction and death as 'development', and are
branding anyone as 'anti-development' who is opposed to such anti-people
policies. They have singled out the Maoists in particular as the target of
such misinformation campaign carried out through the pliant corporate media
which is conducting a widespread propaganda-war against the Maoist movement
by terming it as 'anti-development', violent and terrorist. The ruling
classes are extremely terrified by the alternative model of development
presented by the masses in the Maoist struggle areas, particularly in the
Dandakaranya region where the people have destroyed the political power of
the local feudal and reactionary forces through class struggle and have
established organs of people's power in their embryonic forms. It is under
the leadership of this peoples' government and through its initiative that
this alternative model of development based on self-reliance and cooperation
is taking shape. The ruling classes have undertaken its brutal offensive in
order to wipe out this nascent revolutionary society and its path of
people-oriented development. The imperialists, particularly US imperialism,
are not only guiding this offensive but are also directly or indirectly
participating in it. The proposed NCTC (National Counter-Terrorism Centre)
too is being set up as per the diktats of US imperialism which is not only a
threat to the basic rights of the citizens of the country but also is a
severe blow to its so-called federal structure.
As a part of this military aggression, Indian Army was deployed in Bastar a
year ago. This is not an issue merely confined to Bastar or Dandakaranya
alone. The purpose of this army deployment is to crush the countrywide
revolutionary movement. However, this deployment is being done under the
garb of 'training' in order to mitigate the protests and opposition to the
use of Indian Army against the people of the country - an army meant for
confronting enemy forces of foreign countries. The Chhattisgarh government
has decided to hand over 750 square kilometres of forest land in the Maad
region to the army for 'training' purposes. This is a glaring proof of the
manner in which the government itself is the biggest violator of the
statutory prohibitions on the transfer of adivasi land to non-adivasi
owners - be it the Fifth Schedule, PESA and other laws. The intention of the
army, which is presently 'training' at a point between Narayanpur and
Kondagaon, is to gradually cross the Narayanpur town and to occupy the
interior villages of Maad. The top brass of the army are personally
overseeing this 'training' programme.
Raids and attacks under Operation Green Hunt are being conducted for the
last one year under the command of the Indian Army in which armed forces are
being deployed in brigade-level formations. From 3 to 5 thousands of
government armed forces and commandos are being utilised for each such
massive attack. In this massive military operation, 19 villages were
attacked and 12 villagers were arrested. The government forces beat up many
other villagers. They entered many houses and looted them.
Maad region was encircled and simultaneously attacked from three sides -
from Bijapur and Narayanpur districts of Chhattisgarh and from Garhchiroli
district in Maharashtra - as per a massive military offensive by three
thousand armed forces. This operation was named 'Operation Vijay' and
Nearly three thousand adivasis of Dandakaranya are presently confined in the
prisons of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. They have been
framed in many false cases as a result of which they are languishing in the
dark cellars of prisons without any access to judicial redress or bailout.
The condition of many of them is such that even if they were convicted of
their crimes after the completion of the judicial process, they would have
come out of jail by now after completing their jail terms. Many of them have
been able to even engage any lawyer due to poverty and backwardness. Family
members are prevented from meeting their relatives in prison, so much so
that many of the prisoners are under conditions of mental agony. This is not
just the condition of Dandakaranya, but the same situation prevails in
Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Simply put, the
prisons of the country are being filled with adivasis so that the ground
beneath the feet of the adivasis can be then handed over to the corporates.
The Central Committee of our Party has given the call for a number of
'Bharat Bandhs' to stop the fascist attacks on the people of the country by
the exploitative ruling governments, to prevent the deployment of army in
Bastar under Operation Green Hunt, to send back the armed forces camping in
the pretext of 'training', to unconditionally release the adivasis and
political prisoners confined in the jails of the country, and to demand the
scrapping of the proposed fascist NCTC. These Bandhs have been primarily
observed in Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh,
Odisha, and in Gondia, Chandrapur and Garhchiroli districts of Maharashtra.
Why have we promoted an International Committee in support of the People's
war in India, how did we reach this Conference?
In India an impetuous people's war against the Indian bourgeoisie and the
imperialism is developing and spreading more and more in nearly one third of
the districts of the country.
It is not simply a guerrilla made by few thousands of fighters coming from
the castes and tribal areas of the country. It is a real people's war, led
by the party of the proletariat of India, the Communist Party of India
(Maoist), in which are involved - or is supported by - millions of poor
peasants, women, "untouchables" fighting to free themselves.
The people's war began where the root of the riot, the poverty, the tribal
and capitalistic exploitation, the caste oppression, the plundering of the
natural resources, were deeper and, therefore, the contradictions brought by
the Indian capitalism ruled by the imperialism were sharper.
The people's war won masses of young people, students, democratic and
revolutionary intellectuals also in the cities and gained attention and
support over the world.
Against the people's war the Indian State, supported by the imperialists,
launched a giant repressive offensive called "Green Hunt", a real manhunt
that hits the poor masses in India as animals to exterminate. The Indian
State launched an internal military offensive against the people, waged by
hi-tech-armed troops, police units and paramilitary militias, in order to
spread terror and genocide in the villages, with raids, crop destroying,
massive rapes and killings, selective murders, mass detentions and
disappearing. In particular they aimed to behead the leadership of the
people, targeting the leading comrades of the CPI(Maoist).
All this with the illusion to drown in blood the struggle of the people for
With the silent/consent of the imperialist governments of US, Europe,
Russia, and their mass-media, the crimes of the Indian State found the
internal opposition of a wide front of prominent intellectuals. In all
countries of the world political activists denounced those crimes and
mobilized to stop "Green Hunt".
A world campaign of information and solidarity has been launched by ICAWPI.
But in our opinion, we need something more than the condemnation of the
crimes of the counter-revolution in India.
The masses led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) are writing a
historical chapter of the class clash in the world between, on one side,
imperialism and the reactionary bourgeoisies and, on the other side, the
proletariat and the people of the world.
The development of the people's war in India is a new proof that the
revolution is the main tendency in the world today.
It shows again that the Maoism, the Marxism-Leninism of our era, is the
command and guide of the world revolution against the imperialism in crisis.
The vanguard proletarians must understand that the advance of the people's
war in India seriously questions the strength balance, not only in the
South-Asian region but on a world scale.
That is why we launched the proposal to form an International committee and
organize world-wide campaigns of support to the People's war in India,
particularly in the belly of the imperialist beast, the countries where most
of us operate.
The International Committee was born based the call launched from the
international meeting in Paris on January 2010. Comrades from different
countries have joined.
Since the very beginning it was made clear that the Committee was not to be
built as a "cartel of groups" but as a centre of actions and propaganda of
which proletarians and masses are the main subjects and players.
In each country, the committee was built as an autonomous organization that
can collaborate with all those who bring support to the People's Wars and
the liberation struggles of the countries oppressed by imperialism, while
maintaining its autonomy in the program and actions.
We always rejected any attempt to misuse our initiatives as a place for a
general debate, forgetting that it is the support to the PW in India that
unites and mobilizes.
Having adopted this approach, on 2 to 9 April 2011 the first International
Week of mobilization in support of PW was called and took place, involving a
lot of countries in all the continents.
With that, thanks its wide extension reached by the campaign, the Committee
has shown its international dimension and the ability to play its role in
promoting information and support for the People's War in India, in the
general context of the more general situation of the class struggle, the
situation of imperialism and the struggle of the proletarians and oppressed
Drawing on the experiences of the first campaign, we stressed even more that
we aim to reach the proletariat and the masses. Where we applied this, the
campaign got a mass participation, where there was an attitude to seek the
agreement between groups first, it was not successful.
Then, in the framework of a protracted campaign we decided, handling the
contradictions in the different countries, to launch a new international
week of action from 14 to 22 January 2012 with the slogans: "the repression
by the Indian government does not stop but feeds the People's War" "may the
wind of the People's war reach the proletarian masses all-around the world".
Finally, in particular in the imperialist countries, we called to mobilize
particularly against Indian transnational companies, that expand their
assets and profits even in the imperialist countries.
About one hundred of actions took place all around world during the second
international week. New committees were formed, many other revolutionary and
anti-imperialist forces joined the campaign. The posters with Kishenji and
Azad have been on the walls in many countries and their heroic example live
in the struggle of proletarians and oppressed peoples.
Colombia, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Spanish State, France, Germany,
Turkey, Italy etc., in about 30 countries the posters of campaign, very
appreciated by Indian comrades, have marked the march of the
internationalist support !
The line and method of the International Committee, its united approach to
support won against splitting positions and also against those who wants to
shrink the support only to struggle against the Operation Green Hunt.
This second campaign opened the work that led to the international
conference of today.
The People's War in India in the international context and the world
The imperialist system is going through the most severe crisis since the
1930s. The current attempts to address and overcome the crisis only serve to
deepen and extend it.
The crisis has its origin in the laws of running of the capitalist system
itself. It is the expression of the limits of production for profit, and the
contradiction between productive forces and relations of production,
including the general and global nature of the production and private
appropriation. In the world scene this means an ever growing gap between the
wealth of a handful of imperialist countries and the poverty of three
quarters of human beings in the countries oppressed by imperialism, between
the wealth in the hands of the bourgeoisie and the relative and absolute
impoverishment of proletarians and masses in the imperialist countries ,
between the overflowing richness of a parasitic and comprador bourgeoisie
and the living conditions of misery and hunger of the proletariat and broad
masses in the countries oppressed by imperialism.
The world is still faced with two possibilities: the exit from capitalism or
a painful temporary recovery from this crisis by strengthening, enhancing
the mechanisms of capital and thus prolonging the misery of the masses.
The imperialist bourgeoisie all over the world take advantage of the crisis
to restructure imperialism on a global scale and save the interests of their
class for their profits.
This leads to unloading the vicious weight of the crisis on the workers and
masses. In both the oppressed countries and imperialist countries,
unemployment, job insecurity and the cost of living increase, exploitation
is ratcheted up to modern forms of slavery, workers' rights are reduced,
social achievements won through years of struggles are erased, factories are
closed with massive layoffs, peasants are ruined and driven to suicide, cuts
in social expenditures and privatization of education and healthcare grow,
the logic of commodification and profit is extended even to primary goods,
such as water, air, sun, etc..
In the countries oppressed by imperialism, the protests, rebellions and
liberation struggles have found in the revolts in Arab countries and in the
Persian Gulf a new height and a new dawn. Young people, proletarians and the
masses and, in some cases, organized sectors of workers, attacked and
overthrew dictatorial regimes subservient to imperialism that seemed
permanent. This has paved the way for new anti-imperialist, anti-Zionist,
anti-feudal, new-democratic revolutions.
In this new wave of struggle and resistance we must support and strengthen
the struggle for the liberation of peoples and for new democracy, towards
socialism and communism.
This is the context in which a potential new wave of the world proletarian
revolution develops and emerges. It has as its reference points and
strategic anchor the people's wars led by Maoist parties.
In this context, the people's war led by the Communist Party of India
(Maoist) successfully withstands unprecedented attacks by the enemy and is
able to expand and advance.
The kind of support to the People's War in India, that we need
As we said before, on one hand, we formed the International Committee to go
over the simple struggle against the war on people waged by the Indian
regime and its crimes, and, on the other hand, in each country we built the
Committee not as a cartel of groups, but as mass organization aimed to unite
and mobilize proletarians and masses around the support to the PW, rejecting
any attempt to turn the activities of support into an occasion of
self-propaganda or to criticize and discuss other positions existing in the
revolutionary and communist movement or even the those of the CPI(Maoist).
Often, both these narrow or "leftist" tendencies, in the name of different
pretexts, had the same effect to desert the campaign and the national
chapters of the Committee. But these problems could not stop the development
of our work and the process that has lead to the Conference today, where we
all together are make clearer and stronger our internationalist solidarity.
While the criticism to the statement or international relationships held by
single forces participating the International committee is legitimate, to
break the unity of the International Committee in support of PW because of
that criticism is unacceptable. First, because this Committee has a limited
task, the support to the PW in India; secondly because the CPI (Maoist)
itself appreciates the International Committee of support; thirdly because
the International Committee includes forces from different countries and
therefore it moves in a context in which the different positions existing at
national level are not the decisive factor for the work of the Committee.
For all these reasons, those who desert the struggle of the International
Committee, no matter what they argue, support in the speeches the PW and
boycott in the facts this support. They agree with the Committee only if it
has their positions and not to develop the widest possible support.
The Committee calls workers:
We call the workers, temporary workers and unemployed people, to hail the
struggle of the masses against the reactionary regime of India and the
imperialist powers that support it.
It is important to realize that the masses in India are fighting against the
bosses, who sack and exploit them, against high prices, corruption and state
terrorism. They are waging big demonstrations and strikes, occupations of
factories and other actions against the bosses.
In India, the government has decided to sell the natural and human resources
to Western imperialist transnational companies joint with the new monopolies
that own the big steel and automobile industries like Tata, Essar, Jindal,
Mittal, etc., which extract profits from the fierce exploitation of
workers - often women and children; profits that allow them to become
purchasers and share-holders of the great international monopolies in those
sectors, in alliance with the bosses in imperialist countries.
The struggle for the rights of working people, for jobs, wages, better
living conditions; the fight for freedom, for democracy; the struggle to
topple the power of the bosses and put the power in the hands of the workers
and the broad masses: those struggles have an international character and
they unite us all over the world.
For those reasons, we call the workers to express our outmost solidarity to
the Indian masses and the party that leads them; we congratulate them for
fighting against the enemy's attacks and advancing towards victory.
We particularly call women to support the people's war in India
The international press has found that women are at the forefront, leading
the revolution in India.
Reports referred that among the Maoists operating in the areas of people's
war in Maharahstra, many are women, and women are members of the Committees
of division, Commanders. Women are even more than men are among the cadres
and added commander. Women are the first to attack repressive foundations of
The state and its repression are particularly fierce on women, using even
the rapes as weapon. At the same time, the class and sex oppression on women
is long lasting. But that is why the protracted people's war and attracts
and helps the participation of many oppressed women and this actually makes
the people's war a war of masses.
This makes the is people's war an international phenomenon of the struggle
for women's liberation and the revolution in the revolution, to fight on two
fronts, the class struggle and the struggle of gender, that masses of women
need to impose their path and bring a general view, transforming the
As the writer Arundhati Roy, prominent personality of the anti-globalization
and women's movements, said, these comrades come form long years of struggle
of women within the party, not only for their rights, but to convince the
party that equality between men and women is at the center of an ideal of
These women come from rebellion against feudal legacies, the traditions of
forced marriage, abduction of women, violence and the brutal mutilation.
They have not won all the battles, but - adds Arundhati Roy - "Which
feminists have won?"
that is why The struggle of the Indian comrades is an example and
inspiration for the women's movement in all corners of the world.
To the Youth we say:
In India there is an ongoing People's War waged by the heroic People's
Liberation Guerrilla Army and led by the glorious Communist Party of India
(Maoist) that is changing the face of the second most populated country in
In the "largest democracy in the world", where indeed the majority of people
live in poverty and are dispossessed of their fundamental rights to increase
the profits of Indian capitalism, servant of imperialism, in the liberated
areas the people's democracy is growing for the poor masses, peasants,
adivasi and tribal people, women, a real embryo of the state of new
Democracy prelude to socialism. The reactionary Indian state wants to nip in
the bud all this.
With genuine internationalist spirit, young revolutionaries have to support
the People's War in India as it is decisive for the advance of world
revolution, for the young revolutionaries in the imperialist citadels and
metropolises, the People's War in India is a source of inspiration and
encouragement in the revolutionary work.
Therefore it needs to inform and mobilize young people in support of
People's War in India in schools, universities and working-class
To all the communist, revolutionary, anti-imperialist, internationalist
solidarity forces, we say:
The International Committee of support to the People's war in India invited
to participate and support the International Conference in support of
People's War in India and the following decisions.
The international conference deals a hard blow to imperialism and Indian
regime in the world and to the Indian expansionism, and is a major step to
support to the people's war in India, to establish the road of People's War
and revolution, the proletarian internationalism in the world.
The International Committee calls, in order to inform and discuss as best as
possible about India and the People's War in India, the line and the action
of the CPI (Maoist), the development of the Indian revolution in the
international context, how to support it, to organize everywhere is possible
of initiatives, in most cities, towns, workplaces, neighborhoods.
These initiatives, autonomously called by each force, should be coordinated
with the International Committee, having as reference the international
The International Committee of support to People's War in India, with its
history, its trajectory, the difficulties it found, is a work in steps, of
networking, of finding the real forces that actually can be united.
It is a revolutionary mass work.
It is a work to be fused with the proletarian struggles and the
revolutionaries experiences of the class struggle.
It is the opposite of a dogmatic and sectarian approach.
It is a work that goes beyond the democratic mobilization against the State
repression in India, because if we focus only on this aspect, we will end to
make imperialism to appear strong and unbeatable, while in India the State
and imperialism defend themselves and the People's War successfully
withstands and grows.
In this work we appreciate the commitment of brave intellectuals, like
Arundhati Roy, Ian Myrdal and others, but our aim is to mobilize base
comrades, those who live in direct contact with masses, to build a real,
international and internationalist movement.
To say so, the International Committee, with its formation, its life, its
campaigns, has passed through the "strategic defensive". After the
International Conference in Hamburg, it enters a stage of "strategic
equilibrium", in which it cannot be cancelled but yet cannot win and pass to
We call all the forces that have contributed to this work to advance
together, to continue this work in every country, to use all the forms of
struggle, from the propaganda, to spread information and unite masses, to
the actions to hit the symbols of the Indian Regime and imperialism.
Let's support the People's War in India, until the victory!
International Committee of Support to People's War in India,