If you’re not with us, you are with them!

“About Naxals and Maoists — well… India is about to become a police state in which everybody who disagrees with what’s going on risks being called a terrorist. Islamic terrorists have to be Islamic — so that’s not good enough to cover most of us. They need a bigger catchment area. So leaving the definition loose, undefined, is effective strategy, because the time is not far off when we’ll all be called Maoists or Naxalites, terrorists or terrorist sympathisers, and shut down by people who don’t really know or care who Maoists or Naxalites are. ”

– Arundhati Roy in her recent interview to TEHELKA

Noted rights activist Dr.Binayak Sen got detained on May 14 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2004, and the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005. Sen, general secretary of the Chhattisgarh People’s Union for Civil Liberties, and PUCL’s national vice-president, was arrested for his alleged links with Maoist groups.

Dr. Binayak Sen is a very well known person and highly respected both in Chhattisgarh and elsewhere. As a medical doctor, Dr Sen has been actively involved in reaching health care to the poorest people as well as monitoring the health and nutrition status of the people of Chhattisgarh.

As General Secreatary of the Chhattisgarh PUCL, he has helped to organize numerous fact finding campaigns into human rights violations in the state including custody deaths, fake encounters, hunger deaths, dysentery epidemics, malnutrition, and other similar violations. In recent times has worked intensively to bring large scale oppression and malgovernance within the so called Salwa Judum in Dantewara to national and international attention. Dr. Sen has regularly spoken to the local and national media on these issues.

After arresting Sen, Police searched the his house and found some pamphlets related to resistance against US imperialism and a letter written by a CPI (Maoist) leader named Madan in which he described the worst condition of prisoners in raipur central jail and has requested to take some action against this by PUCL Chhatishgarh. In this particular letter the maoist leader addresed Dr. binayak as ” priya comrade binayak”(Dear Comrade Binayak). the police is acclaiming that this addressing show the connection of Dr. sen with maoist. Morever the critical charge is that Sen met Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal more than 30 times in recent months in the Raipur jail.

As praful bidwai puts it, ” The charge is preposterous. Sen met Sanyal with the authorities’ knowledge and consent and always in a jailer’s presence. It’s his legitimate function to meet detainees and defend their fundamental rights. Whether he met Sanyal 35 times or 100 times is irrelevant. “

As the noted human rights activists say, “Arresting of civil and democratic rights activists is neither new nor original. The experience of various Civil Rights organizations including the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee over the last two decades is enough proof of how the state has attacked those who have questioned the state and exposed the truth behind fake encounters, disappearances and rapes that form an integral part of the operations of state forces. In the present context, it is well known that the Chhattisgarh Government has been indulging in the most brazen brutality in the adivasi areas of the State to suppress the Maoist movement. Dr. Sen’s untiring work in documenting the atrocities and violations committed by the state forces in the guise of the Salwa Judum has earned him the ire of the police. PUCL, Chhattisgarh and other democratic activists have been raising their voice and campaigning against these illegal and inhuman practices, and for this service to democracy, the familiar allegation of being a ‘Maoist’ is made against them.”

This brutal onslaught by the state on the Chattisgarh people by creating the mercenary force Salwa judum in the pretext of anti-naxal operations has a bigger agenda than combating Naxals. In the words of Roy,” There is a civil war in Chhattisgarh sponsored, created by the Chhattisgarh government, which is publicly pursing the Bush doctrine: if you’re not with us, you are with the terrorists. The lynchpin of this war, apart from the formal security forces, is the Salva Judum — a government-backed militia of ordinary people forced to take up arms, forced to become spos (special police officers). The Indian State has tried this in Kashmir, in Manipur, in Nagaland. Tens of thousands have been killed, hundreds of thousands tortured, thousands have disappeared. Any banana republic would be proud of this record. Now the government wants to import these failed strategies into the heartland. Thousands of adivasis have been forcibly moved off their mineral-rich lands into police camps. Hundreds of villages have been forcibly evacuated. Those lands, rich in iron-ore, are being eyed by corporations like the Tatas and Essar. mous have been signed, but no one knows what they say. Land acquisition has begun. This kind of thing happened in countries like Colombia — one of the most devastated countries in the world. While everybody’s eyes are fixed on the spiralling violence between government-backed militias and guerrilla squads, multinational corporations quietly make off with the mineral wealth. That’s the little piece of theatre being scripted for us in Chhattisgarh.”

Hence now the brutal state of Chattisgarh wants to say that even human rights activists have got nothing to do and there can be no voices expressing even a slight bit of dissent. it fears if the Government is exposed by the sincere human-rights activists like Sen, then its bigger agenda will be at stake. So now you need to be like Gandhi’s monkeys to safe-guard this super-power. if you are with ‘us’, you need to speak only what the state speaks. you need to hear only what the state wants us to hear. you need to see only what the state wants us to see. if not then you are with ‘them’.

So, my dear readers or the terrorists who read a terrorist’s blog as per the current definition, i request you to forward this news to all you know. This is the present and future of this country. There is no place to hide and no shortcuts and no way left to call yourself neutral. If the state wants us to rest with this kind of repression to build its colony for its imperial masters, it’s mistaken. by arresting Binayak Sen, State cannot terrorise the people and the ravage by Globalisation will never allow people to rest. Revolutionary movements spearhead this struggle all over the country and the recent developments in Singur, Nandigram, Ranchi and Chattisgarh show that people are not going to wait for any assured elixir to trickle down. let’s see what they can do when instead of one Binayak Sen, crores of Binayak Sens rise up.


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