India: Maoists Oppose New Counter-Revolutionary Operation ‘Prahaar’

By Nélida Tello

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI (Maoist)] released a statement on October 2 to denounce the new counter-revolutionary military operation against the Party and the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), known as ‘Prahaar.’ Since its founding in 2004, the CPI (Maoist) has been waging a revolutionary armed struggle against the reactionary Indian State, mainly basing its operations in the poor, semi-feudal Indian countryside.

On September 26, the Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah, held a meeting in New Delhi with the chief ministers from ten states where the CPI (Maoist) is present. The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai; Home Secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla; Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Arvind Kumar; and several other key ministers were also present at the meeting. During the meeting, Shah proposed a concentrated one-year plan to eliminate the presence of the CPI (Maoist) from the affected states.

The CPI (Maoist) statement reads:

The home minister in the name of development apparently directed to concentrate one year on [the] Maoist issue to eliminate it completely. He prepared a detailed new and higher [more intense] military plan to eliminate the Maoists in the stipulated time.”

Between November 2020 and June 2021, the old Indian State launched military operation ‘Prague’ against the CPI (Maoist) and the PLGA. The People’s War, waged by the PLGA under the leadership of the CPI (Maoist), defeated the military operation however.

The statement continues:

The state and central armed forces [suffered] heavy losses in that campaign [Prague military operation]. According to the latest DKSMC (Dandakaranya Special Military Commission) report under the PLGA leadership, the revolutionary masses and the people’s militia eliminated at least 90 police [officers] and injured 269.

Shah’s proposal is a new and more intense military operation with the intent to eliminate the Party, promising the affected states extensive resources and additional State forces to fulfill the operation. The old Indian State categorizes the Party as the greatest threat to internal security and resorts to uninterrupted military operations against the People’s War. Despite these attacks, the heroic people, especially poor peasants, resist and retaliate under the leadership of the Maoist insurgents.

The CPI (Maoist) explains:

The toiling masses are fighting against the anti-people policies of the center. The ruling classes know very well about that they did not have any chance to implement their anti-people policies without [the] elimination of Maoists. That’s why they recognized them long back as the single largest threat for internal security. Since a long back, they are continuously conducting military operations against the Maoists but the heroic people retaliated all under the brave leadership of PLGA.”

The Party’s regional offices in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Chattisgarh, and Maharashtra call for all supporters of the People’s War in India to oppose the new counter-revolutionary campaign. The Party is calling on all supporters and revolutionaries to build a strong solidarity movement in support of the Indian people and the People’s War.

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