Denounce the Crimes of the Indian Authorities!
AWTW goes to press, the Indian government has just abducted two
leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN(M)) and
illegally handed them over by night to the torturers of the reactionary
monarchy running Nepal. The two are Comrade Matrika Prasad Yadav,
a member of the Political Bureau of the CPN (Maoist) Central Committee
and head of the newly organised Madhes Autonomous Government,
and Comrade Suresh Ale Magar, an alternate Central Committee
member who accompanied the former and is also a leader of the
World People's Resistance Movement-South Asia. CPN(Maoist) Chairman
Prachanda issued a statement saying: "By arresting Comrade
Yadav, a popular leader of the entire Nepalese people in general
and of the Madhesi people in particular, and Comrade Ale Magar,
a popular leader of an oppressed nationality, the Indian ruling
class has struck at the heart of the entire Nepalese people from
the Terai to the hills. This die-hard reactionary conduct of the
Indian ruling class, which proclaims itself a 'republic' and the
world's biggest democracy, has today stunned and enraged our party
and the masses of people who are fighting against the medieval
autocratic monarchy in favour of a republic."
latest outrage comes as an international battle has been heating
up to prevent the Indian authorities from committing the same
crime in relation to Chandra Prakash Gajurel, known to millions
in Nepal and South Asia as Comrade Gaurav, who has been held in
an Indian gaol since 20 August 2003 when he was arrested by the
Indian authorities at Chennai (Madras) airport as he attempted
to travel to Europe to carry out Party work. Since Comrade Gaurav
is a member of the Political Bureau of the CPN(M), which is leading
a people's war to free Nepal from feudal oppression and foreign
domination, naturally he could not travel freely.
Indian authorities have charged him only with possession of false
papers. Even if this were true, India does not usually treat
such matters as a major violation of their laws, and usually deal
with this kind of thing in a matter of hours, not months or years.
In this grossly unequal world, millions of people from oppressed
countries do whatever is necessary to pass through the iron wall
around Europe and North America. The way the Indian authorities
have treated Comrade Gaurav shows clearly that, regardless of
the formal charges, in their eyes his real crime is not "illegal
travel" but being a leader of a mass revolutionary upsurge
in a country that has long been considered India's protectorate.
India is, along with US imperialism, one of the main backers of
the reactionary and thoroughly corrupt monarchy that has been
fought into a corner by the CPN(M)-led People's War. The handover
of Comrades Yadav and Ale Magar without even the pretext of a
legal procedure shows that the danger is real indeed that the
Indian authorities may try to do the same to Comrade Gaurav.
before this latest outrage by the Indian government the CPN(M)
Information Bulletin number four warned, "There is real danger
of the Indian state handing him over to the butchers in Nepal.
Even though the prevailing extradition treaty between the two
countries does not legally bind one to hand over the political
detainees to the other side, the Indian rulers have been selectively
invoking different treaties and laws to suit their own interests.
For instance, they did not hand over the people accused of plane
hijacking and the bank robbery case belonging to the Nepali Congress
in the 1970s, but readily and stealthily handed over Comrade Bamdev
Chhetri and others [from the CPN(M)] last year." (Full text
against the detention of Comrade Gaurav have been held in many
countries around the world and have served as schools of internationalist
solidarity. Support statements were issued by a politically broad
range of forces immediately upon his arrest, including the National
Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Workers Party of Belgium,
the Communist Party of Norway, the Communist Party (ML) of Greece,
the Maoist Communist Centre of India, and the Coordination Committee
of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA),
and these were quickly followed by many others.
Istanbul, Turkey, a protest was held outside the Indian High Commission
and a delegation of well-known human rights activists and lawyers
met with a representative of the Indian government to make known
their concern. The World People's Resistance Movement (WPRM) has
organised protests around Europe, and faxes and emails demanding
Comrade Gaurav's release have poured into the Indian authorities.
WPRM Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and STOP USA
(a platform of more than 50 groups that helped organise demonstrations
against the invasion of Iraq) staged a protest rally in front
of the Indian Embassy in Brussels on 12 November at which the
protestors handed India's Ambassador a memorandum addressed to
Prime Minister Vajpayee demanding Comrade Gaurav's immediate and
unconditional release. Spokespersons for the Workers Party of
Belgium and WPRM highlighted the recent increasing brutality of
the reactionary regime of Nepal and urged the justice-loving people
of the world to fight for his immediate release. A protest letter
organised by Nepalese students in Norway was handed over to the
Indian Embassy in Oslo, Norway, on 10 November.
the time Comrade Gaurav was attempting to travel to Europe, the
ceasefire between the government and the CPN(M) was still in place.
But since then the war has resumed. The monarchy, with its arsenal
reinforced by weapons acquired from the imperialists during the
ceasefire, has stepped up the bloody intensity of its US-style
counter-insurgency war. Human rights groups like Amnesty International
have denounced a wave of disappearances carried out by government
Nepal government has sent Interpol "red corner notices"
for a number of revolutionary leaders, and the US recently listed
the CPN(M) among its second tier of "terrorist" organisations.
But the world's press, even establishment media like the BBC,
France's Le Monde, The New York Times and India Today, have had
no choice but to acknowledge that millions of Nepalese have rallied
to the side of the popular insurgency in Nepal against the decrepit
monarchy. Fighting to win the freedom of Comrade Gaurav is a crucial
battlefront in the larger fight for the liberation of the oppressed
task of defending Comrade Gaurav is particularly important for
the Indian communist movement which has a special responsibility
to oppose these reactionary moves by its own ruling class. A Committee
in Defence of C.P. Gajurel has been formed in Delhi. It includes
prominent university professors, lawyers, journalists, political
activists and well-known personalities. Some 500-600 people took
part in an 8 November meeting in Chennai (Madras) to support Comrade
Gaurav. Speakers from a broad range of forces, including a member
of India's parliament, demanded Gaurav's immediate release and
threatened a "strong storm of struggle" if India turns
him over to Nepal.