30 years of Naxalbari

— An Epic of Heroic Struggle and Sacrifice



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 PART — 12


Today, besides building a number of guerilla zones in other parts of the country, an important task put forward has been to raise the guerilla zone, that are at present, at a primary level, to a higher level,

where the Gram Rajya Committees and local peoples’ militia become a common form of organisation in the villages,

where guerilla squads assume more and more the form of a Platoon throughout the zones,

where guerilla warfare advances from the present stage of actions by smaller units, to a new stage, where bigger units conduct operations by concentrating forces,

and where a centralised military command from bottom to top, emerges.

Such a guerilla zone will be more stable and yet another step forward in the long march to final victory.

Already today, the party wields considerable influence over a population of six crores spread out over an area of about three lakh square kilometers covering the two primary level guerilla zones and the three guerilla zones that are at a preparatory stage. The Dandakaranya guerilla zone, with a population of eight million, comprise portions of two districts from Maharashtra and three from Madhya Pradesh; while the North Telangana Guerilla Zone, with a population of 12 million, comprise five districts of the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. The three areas that are at a preparatory stage of guerilla zone are :

(i) Eastern Zone, with a population of 18 million covering four districts of North Andhra and two districts of Orissa.

(ii) South Telangana Region, with a population of 11 million, embracing four districts of the Telangana region.

and (iii) Nallamala forest region, comprising portions of some five districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Yet this is only a small beginning, as India is a vast country with a population of over 90 crores. Besides Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Dandakaranya region and pockets of influence elsewhere the rest of the country is yet to be drawn towards revolutionary politics. But, the revolutionaries are not alone; strong democratic movements, particularly the armed struggles of the nationalities are gnawing into the foundations of the Indian ruling classes.

Besides, the Indian ruling classes are themselves in a deep crisis and not even able to form a stable government at the Centre. In just one year, since the last general elections, the government has changed three times. The imperialists are tightening their grip over the Indian economy, dashing like mad elephants to every corner of the country trampling under foot the national aspirations and patriotic sentiments of the Indian people. The Indian collaborators, the traitors, who today run the country, are slowly getting exposed for what they really are - quislings of foreign capital, agents of big business and the multinationals and enemies of the people and country. They owe their survival to the extensive semi-feudal base on which they depend....but this is getting eroded with the growing armed agrarian movements. All the parliamentary parties, no matter what their shade or colour, have come to be seen as direct brokers of these business and feudal interests, making crores through ‘scams’, deals, kickbacks, links with the mafia and by defrauding the treasury. The stench from the parliamentary pig-sty is getting unbearable and each call to clean it, results in added filth accumulating.

Charu Mazumdar and the leaders of Naxalbari had predicted this thirty years back. What they said then has become a reality today. The reactionaries tried to muffle the voice of the revolutionaries so that the truth would not come out. In the first phase of Naxalbari, in just the five years upto 1972, they butchered over ten thousand revolutionaries. But, the voice of truth and justice could not be muffled. They tried again in the Emergency, killing, maiming, arresting thousands of revolutionaries, democrats and even many of their own class. But the more they tried to muffle it, the more intense it got. In 1977 the voice of justice burst forth with even greater fury than ever before. Then came the new revolutionary upsurge of the 80s and 90s. Yet again they sought to smother the voice of the revolutionaries. In these sixteen years since the formation of the CPI (ML) (People’s war) about one thousand revolutionaries and their supporters have laid down their lives for the liberation of the oppressed masses of our country. Many have also been martyred in Bihar.

But the voice of revolution, the voice of freedom, justice and equality is getting ever more intense. The lives of the heroic martyrs did not go in vain, their voices echo again and again in the hills and valleys of the countryside, reaching a crescendo .....causing terror in the hearts of the reactionaries. Like the proverbial phoenix, Naxalbari has no death; it rises again and again from the ashes, shattering the long, dark night of gloom and despair, becoming the siren song, awakening the people of our country.



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