INDIA: Low Voter Turnout Amid Maoist-Led Election Boycott

By Mike Talavera As the election for India’s lower house of parliament continues over several phases this month, a militant election boycott promoted by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) was followed by large sections of the masses, with several polling stations not being visited by a single voter. Areas with a strong Maoist presence saw a significantly lower voter turnout than in 2014. In … Continue reading INDIA: Low Voter Turnout Amid Maoist-Led Election Boycott

BOMBAY: Bail Granted for Comrade Ajith, Indian State Adds Two-Week Hold

By Ed Dalton Yesterday the High Court in Bombay, India, granted bail to imprisoned Maoist theoretician Comrade Ajith, also known as Konnath Muralidharan, but placed a two-week hold on him so that the Anti-Terrorist Squad can appeal the decision. Sixty-five-year-old Comrade Ajith has been in prison for four years, based on accusations that he belongs to the illegal and clandestine Communist Party of India (Maoist), … Continue reading BOMBAY: Bail Granted for Comrade Ajith, Indian State Adds Two-Week Hold

Revolutionary Writer and Poet Arrested on False Charges

By Ed Dalton In Hydrabad, India on August 28th, revolutionary poet and writer Varavara Rao was arrested on trumped up charges for “plotting the assassination” of reactionary Indian President Modi. Along with Rao, other progressive and democratic intellectuals were arrested including Rao’s son-in-law, journalist KV Kurmanath, and photographer T. Kranth. Their apartments were raided and cell phones and electronics seized. The false charges were based … Continue reading Revolutionary Writer and Poet Arrested on False Charges