In 2010, Kalpana Sharma the Deputy Editor of “The Hindu” and ex-editorial consultant for Economic & Political Weekly and a journalist who had held senior positions in The Indian Express and The Times of India, wrote in the English daily The Guardian about the arrest of one man – Dr. Binayak Sen. He was a Vice-President of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He was later inducted into the Aam Aadmi Party as a member of the policy group for Police Reforms.
This is what she wrote.
The man convicted under this section in 2010 is, like Gandhi, a man of peace. DrBinayak Sen, celebrated human rights activist and medical doctor, has worked for more than three decades as a doctor in the tribal-dominated areas of the state of Chhattisgarh in central India, working for people denied many of the basic services that the state should provide, such as health and education.
As a civil rights activist, Sen has been an outspoken critic of the state government and its repressive actions against the armed rebellion launched by the banned Communist party of India (Maoist). The state has introduced special laws to suppress support for the Maoists, raising a militia to fight them. Independent observers concur with Sen on the extent of human rights violations, but in May 2007 he was arrested on charges of working with a banned organisation, based on visiting a well-known Maoist ideologue, Narayan Sanyal, in jail.
The Indian Penal code section she refers to above is the Section 124A pertaining to Sedition.
A man of peace. A person fighting for the rights of the Maoists.
There were several protests around the world. The British House of Commons (June 7, 2007) brought out an “Early Day Motion” talking about the arrest of Binayak Sen. The British Medical Journal (June 9, 2007) talked against the arrest and quotes one of the protestors outside the Indian consulate saying – “Dr Sen is a champion of peace and fair play and an internationally respected medical doctor who has devoted his whole life to peaceful service of the poorest people. He should be released immediately.”
Man of peace – again.
Even Noam Chomsky issues a press statement on June 16, 2007 – condemning the arrest. People who co-signed the press statement included (for easy recognition of some names, they are in bold).
Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata; Professor Romila Thapar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Professor Jasodhara Bagchi, Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Professor Utsa Patnaik, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Professor C. P. Chandrasekhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Professor Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Dr Mushirul Hasan, Director, National Archives of India; Professor Mohan Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Dr. Praveen Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Professor Kamal Chenoy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Professor Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Professor Vijay Prashad, University of Connecticut, USA; Seema Mustafa, Journalist, New Delhi; Ms Teesta Setalvad, Mumbai; Dr Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and others.
Then on 29 April 2008, Human Rights Watch in New York issued a statement about how the trial was being conducted by the Indian courts. This was followed by statements of support issued by Global Health Council, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and several other prominent global health organizations.
Man of peace indeed. Right? What were the charges against him? Of Sedition. Treason. Why? Because he was collaborating with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoists), a organization for which Kalpana Sharma – a senior journalist having held positions of importance in top Indian newspapers – said was fighting for poor.
To understand the work of the CPI (Maoists), let us look at the look at the a chart which shows the number of terror attacks in the world between 2000 and 2014. Interestingly these are the figures from US State Department’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
Every year – 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Communist Party of India (Maoists) have figured in the top 5 terror groups globally (Country Report on Terrorism 2012, Country Reports on Terrorism 2013, Country Report on Terrorism 2014)! This is what the State Department’s statement says about the Indian Maoists:
Compared to the other countries that experienced the most terrorist attacks and fatalities in 2014, the diversity of perpetrator groups was much greater in India, with 45 groups active in 2014. However, nearly 60% of the terrorist attacks carried out in India in 2014 were attributed to the Communist Party of India-Maoist or Maoist perpetrators not specifically identified as belonging to a particular organization. (Source)
Essentially, we are looking at a Terror Group which is more lethal than Al-Shabaab and Tehrik-e-Taliban and about as lethal as the Al-Qaeda! Now, when you look at the statements by British House of Commons, the Harvard Medical School, the Human Rights Watch, Noam Chomsky and a host of JNU professors and leftist historians from India and the US, one wonders – would they have issued such a statement in support of Osama Bin Laden? Or Mohammad Atta? And if they did support say, Mohammad Atta – or any of the collaborators of Atta, how would the US Law enforcement agencies and the British law enforcement agencies have responded?
Did Harvard Medical School or Harvard School of Public Health and the British House of Commons care to check with the record of Indian Maoists with the US State Departments annual Country Reports of Terrorism globally?
What about the JNU Professors? Journalists?
So let us go back to the statement by Kalpana Sharma – the Deputy Editor of The Hindu.
The state has introduced special laws to suppress support for the Maoists, raising a militia to fight them. Independent observers concur with Sen on the extent of human rights violations, but in May 2007 he was arrested on charges of working with a banned organisation, based on visiting a well-known Maoist ideologue, Narayan Sanyal, in jail.
Sharma is sharing her love and concern and empathy for the Maoists – one of the Top 4 Global Terror Groups – because action against them is an act of “Human Rights Violation”. In a world of terror, here we are caught in a rather bizarre situation – where the terrorists’ human rights are to be preserved and not of their innocent victims. Oh wait, their victims, by virtue of acting on behalf of the state or being anti-Maoists – are deemed villains prima facie! To properly put the terror of the CPI-Maoists in India, let us look at one attack which was done in sheer vengeance against a man who slipped from their grip. This will help us understand that the group of Maoists we are facing are no different from the utterly barbaric Islamic State (IS).
In a barbaric incident, Communist Party of India (Maoist) beat a four-month-old boy to death and then buried the body infront of the baby’s mother in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.
“The Maoists have killed a four-month-old child by brutally beating it with sticks. The child’s father has lodged a complaint with the Gangaloor police. The incident has exposed the brutal and real face of Maoists,” Bastar Inspector-General of Police SRP Kalluri was quoted by ‘The Hindu’.
However, some media reports said that the Maoists hit the infant with a rod and buried the body near their camp.
It was a revenge killing as the infant’s father, Tati Aayatu, his wife, daughter and kid were kidnapped by the Maoists. When Aayatu managed to give the Maoists a slip, it enraged them greatly and they took brutal revenge by killing the baby, that too in front of his mother.
This is the level of barbarism that India is facing with respect to the Maoists. And Kalpana Sharma’s heart beats for their “human rights”. And, pray – what about the human rights of a four month old baby?
Maoists have used – quite like the ISIS – beheading as a way to spread terror amongst its victims.
On March 15, 2009, for instance, a Maoist Jan Adalat beheaded one person at Bokaro. On June 15, 2008, the Maoists beheaded one of their surrendered cadres at Murgaon in Gadchiroli. On August 7, 2007, a Jan Adalat beheaded two persons at Arki near Ranchi. On April 25, 2007, the Maoists beheaded two brothers, accusing them of being police informers, at Tamba, near Ranchi.
In 2011, they had beheaded a stone quarry owner as well.
Dr. Binayak Sen, the JNU Professor and a collaborator with the Maoists was found guilty of helping the terror group establish itself.
Binayak Sen was present in the court along with Sanyal and Guha as the judge delivered the verdict.
58-year-old Sen, a paediatrician by training, had been accused by the prosecution of carrying messages and letters from Sanyal to the underground Maoists. Guha was also found involved in helping the Maoists establish a network.
The Chhattisgarh police had claimed that Sen was helping Naxals establish a network in urban areas.
Kanhaiya and the CPI-Maoists
Now let us come to the latest issue of JNU where Kanhaiya, the JNU Student Union President had been arrested for sedition because of the anti-national sloganeering and work that he and others were doing on the campus. In a press release by Shrinivas, believed to be the PRO of CPI-Maoists, West Sub Zonal Bureau, North – South Gadhchiroli talked about why Kanhaiya should be released immediately and called his arrest a conspiracy by “Hindu fascists”.
Meanwhile, in its press release the CPI-Maoists has claimed that RSS and ABVP is unable to digest that their popularity is reducing and hence have conspired to get Kanhaiya falsely implicated.
CPI-Maoists have stated, “Afzalguru ka naam lena deshdroh hai toh desh ki abadi ke 124 karod ki dhadkane deshdrohi hongi (If uttering the name of Afzal Guru is anti national, then the heart beats of 124 crore citizens of the court would be anti national)”. (Source)
Here is the CPI-Maoist press release.
Interestingly, the Maoists have riled against the Hindus and the present government in utterly bigoted rants. A narrative and line very similar to the one that Kanhaiya has taken in all his speeches.
Sympathy for Terror and Double Speak for Obfuscation?
Kanhaiya and even Binayak Sen have been known to indulge in double-speak. On the one hand, Kanhaiya says that he has no political agenda and is Secular, and on the other is known to have said that his movement will continue until the BJP government is in power. He rants against the Brahmans and against the Hindus.
Asked what was the goal of the students’ campaign and if it would end with the release of fellow students, Kumar said, “This movement is for rights and justice. You must see it as a part of a larger struggle — in FTII, the tolerance-intolerance debate, the Occupy UGC movement, what happened in Dadri, the Hyderabad episode and then JNU… the movement will continue till the end of this government. People will keep coming together.”
In a network of the leftists – those who pose as intellectuals and spread falsehoods, and incorrect history of this nation work alongside terror groups like Maoists and cross-overs between them are carefully planned and executed. Binayak Sen was one such cross-over which came out. Many more are there. Both groups – the so-called Activists and the barbaric Terror Groups – work in tandem. As is obvious from the cases of Binayak Sen and Kanhaiya.
Interestingly, their support networks extend to global organizations in the US, UK and even Europe. These organizations and people – specially in the Universities – are willing to work against the reports and pronouncement of even the US State Department!
All the while the sympathies – as evident in Kalpana Sharma’s attempt to build a case for the 4th most potent terror group in her Guardian article – remain potent and cloaked in narratives that seem populist. Only they are rhetoric sans any fact or substance. Just like Sharma completely ignored the damning statistics of the US State Department going well beyond a decade and half while writing her piece. Surely for a senior journalist this can’t be an over-sight. And if it is, what is her reporting and journalistic credentials really worth?
As Professor Makarand Paranjape of JNU says openly – the Islamists and the Communists / Maoists have come together in an alliance. A fact that was not refuted by those present. In fact, it seems like they attested to it.
And, that is the nexus of “Breaking India” forces that Rajiv Malhotra has talked about in his path-breaking book of the same name. It is time now to create an group of citizens of India who are willing to work for the Idea of India and find a way to stop the forces that have found both leverage and potency via spreading of falsehoods and repeating of a common narrative from multiple platforms in an attempt to further it as truth. These forces are working along with a large global nexus which has come together many times. And continues to do so. In these days of legitimizing of terror, it is important for the citizens of India to save their own future.
When Benjamin Franklin was walking out of the hall after the second draft of the American Constitution, a woman asked him “Mr Frankling, what manner of government have you bequeathed us?”. He replied prophetically – “A Republic madam. If you can keep it!”
Democracy is NOT a spectator game. It is the duty of every citizen to make sure that his future is safe and secure. And for that, one has to arm him/herself with clear information sans any rhetoric and free of the propaganda that is furthered by these sympathizers of terror – who have been busy legitimizing war against our only state.
The question to each of us is – Can we keep it? This Republic of India!