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Babri Mosque destruction anniversary observed as black day

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The Communist Party of India (Maoists) joined Indian Muslims in observing the anniversary of the destruction of 500-year old Babri Mosque on Monday (Dec 6) as a black day.

The 16th century mosque, which the Hindu extremists claimed to have been built over the site of the birth place of the Hindu deity Ram, was destroyed by the activists of Sangh Parivar, under the supervision of their leaders on Dec 6, 1992.

The Maoists demanded that a mosque be constructed at the same site and the leaders of the Hindu extremist parties, who instigated the Kar Sevak mobs to bring down the historic mosque, be brought to justice.

In a signed press release issued by the central committee of CPI (Maoists), spokesperson Abhay said that the Maoists had all along maintained that the land on which the Babri Masque stood belonged to the Muslims and it should be given back to them.

The statement underscored the injustice done to the Muslims in the controversial verdict in the title case regarding possession of the Babri Mosque site.

“On 30th September, giving its verdict on the ownership rights of the controversial site, pending for 61 years, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court with its Brahmanical Hindu religious ideology, did injustice to the Muslims. Without any historical evidence and archaeological proof, it stated the controversial place to be the birth place of Lord Rama, ” it said.

The CPI (Maoist) asked all democratic and secular organizations to conduct meetings, take out processions and wear black armbands to mark the Babri destruction anniversary in order to register their protest against the rise of Hindu communalism in India.

I pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice: Arundhati Roy

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Arundhati Roy

“I write this from Srinagar, Kashmir. This morning’s papers say that I may be arrested on charges of sedition for what I have said at recent public meetings on Kashmir. I said what millions of people here say every day. I said what I, as well as other commentators have written and said for years. Anybody who cares to read the transcripts of my speeches will see that they were fundamentally a call for justice. I spoke about justice for the people of Kashmir who live under one of the most brutal military occupations in the world; for Kashmiri Pandits who live out the tragedy of having been driven out of their homeland; for Dalit soldiers killed in Kashmir whose graves I visited on garbage heaps in their villages in Cuddalore; for the Indian poor who pay the price of this occupation in material ways and who are now learning to live in the terror of what is becoming a police state.

Writer-activist Arundhati Roy at Geelani’s convention in Delhi.

Yesterday I traveled to Shopian, the apple-town in South Kashmir which had remained closed for 47 days last year in protest against the brutal rape and murder of Asiya and Nilofer, the young women whose bodies were found in a shallow stream near their homes and whose murderers have still not been brought to justice. I met Shakeel, who is Nilofer’s husband and Asiya’s brother. We sat in a circle of people crazed with grief and anger who had lost hope that they would ever get ‘insaf’-justice-from India, and now believed that Azadi-freedom- was their only hope. I met young stone pelters who had been shot through their eyes. I traveled with a young man who told me how three of his friends, teenagers in Anantnag district, had been taken into custody and had their finger-nails pulled out as punishment for throwing stones.

In the papers some have accused me of giving ‘hate-speeches’, of wanting India to break up. On the contrary, what I say comes from love and pride. It comes from not wanting people to be killed, raped, imprisoned or have their finger-nails pulled out in order to force them to say they are Indians. It comes from wanting to live in a society that is striving to be a just one. Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds. Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free.”

‘Red alert’ for India Maoists protest

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Security forces in India’s West Bengal say they are on “high alert” as Maoists began a four-day protest against a security operation in which eight of their fighters were killed.

There has been a wave of Maoist-led violence in recent months

The rebels, including three women, were killed by security forces in West Midnapore district on Wednesday.

The police say they are expecting rebels attacks over the weekend.

Authorities have been under pressure following a wave of Maoist-led violence in recent months.

In late May, more than 145 people were killed when a train crashed in West Bengal after Maoist rebels allegedly sabotaged the rails.

West Bengal police chief Bhupinder Singh told the BBC that police and paramilitary federal forces in the affected areas have been put on “red alert”.

“We anticipate retaliatory attacks and explosions by the rebels over the weekend,” he said.

Earlier Maoist leader Comrade Khokan had said that the rebels would observe a two-day protest over the weekend.

‘Police atrocities’

Later, he said the protest would continue until Monday in the Junglemahal area – a Maoist stronghold – in West Midnapore.

A local rebel militia has also called for a separate strike in the area on Friday in protest against “police atrocities on innocent villagers”.

A militia spokesman said a deaf and mute tribal boy had been arrested by the police and described as a Maoist rebel.

“A physically handicapped boy has been framed by the police,” a spokesman of the militia said.

Early on Wednesday, eight rebels were killed during a six-hour-long firefight in the Rajna forests near the troubled Lalgarh enclave.

Their bodies were recovered along with some guns and ammunition which had been earlier looted from a police armoury, police said.

Thousands have died in the rebels’ decades-long fight against the state.

Maoist rebels have in recent months stepped up attacks in response to a government push to flush them out of their jungle bases.

Indian forces launched the offensive in what is known as the “red corridor” – a broad swathe of territory in eastern and central India where the Maoist rebellion has been gathering strength.

Nearly 50,000 federal paramilitary troops and tens of thousands of policemen are taking part in the operation in several states.

In April, 76 paramilitary troops were killed in an ambush – the single deadliest attack on the Indian security forces by the rebels.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as India’s biggest internal security challenge.

CIA report: Israel will fall in 20 years

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A study conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has cast doubt over Israel’s survival beyond the next 20 years.

The CIA report predicts “an inexorable movement away from a two-state to a one-state solution, as the most viable model based on democratic principles of full equality that sheds the looming specter of colonial apartheid while allowing for the return of the 1947/1948 and 1967 refugees. The latter being the precondition for sustainable peace in the region.”

The study, which has been made available only to a certain number of individuals, further forecasts the return of all Palestinian refugees to the occupied territories, and the exodus of two million Israelis – who would move to the US in the next 15 years.

“There is over 500,000 Israelis with American passports and more than 300,000 living in the area of just California,” International lawyer Franklin Lamb said in an interview with Press TV recently, adding that those who do not have American or Western passport, have already applied for them.

“So I think the handwriting at least among the public in Israel is on the wall…[which] suggests history will reject the colonial enterprise sooner or later,” Lamb stressed.

He said CIA, in its report, alludes to the unexpectedly quick fall of the apartheid government in South Africa and recalls the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, suggesting the end to the dream of an ‘Israeli land’ would happen ‘way sooner’ than later.

The study further predicts the return of over one and a half million Israelis to Russia and other parts of Europe, and denotes a decline in Israeli births whereas a rise in the Palestinian population.

Lamb said given the Israeli conduct toward the Palestinians and the Gaza Strip in particular, the American public – which has been voicing its protest against Tel Aviv’s measures in the last 25 years – may ‘not take it anymore’. Some members of the US Senate Intelligence Committee have been informed of the report.