Krishak Committee pamphlet against Operation Green Hunt

March 31, 2010

Stand beside the Adivasis under attack!
Oppose Operation Green Hunt!

Click here the original version of the leaflet in Bengali

The state finally decides to shed off all its vanity for neutrality and openly sides with the national and multi-national capitalists by declaring war against the poor, deprived adivasis who also form a part of this country’s populace. Already, a draconian law, the UAPA is enacted which means that either you accept all the wrong-doings of the government and eulogize her action or you are somewhere is the unholy axis of terrorists, Maoists and can be incarcerated for months without a chance of fair trial. The process of victimization was already on. Now, the different state and the central forces will launch a coordinated attack. The highly trained and heavily armed Indian Police and paramilitary forces will carry out this operation, where they would have the necessary cover of the helicopters of the Indian Air Force, and is what has come to be so gruesomely named “Operation Green Hunt”.

Is this Operation Green Hunt only against the Maoists?

They are fooling the people by declaring that operation Green hunt is to tame the Maoists. It is hard to believe that to counter a force of a few thousands the government needs all the latest weapons and gadgets, Helicopters or 80 thousand to 1 lakh strong forces. Not all the concerned states have Maoist activities. Even those where Maoists are present, they do not command uniform strength. For example, if we talk about Orissa, one gets reminded of the heroic resistance of the adivasi people of Kalinganagar, Jagatsinghpur against the Tatas or Posco. But all these were organized without the intervention of the Maoist Party, and even now they are continuing their struggle. Jharkhand also has a similar story to tell. But all the opposition parties from BJP to CPI(M), as well as all the regional parties have voiced the same lies as the ruling Congress party. They have forgotten all their political differences in this regard. It is interesting to note that in this process they have sided with the capitalists against the people of this country.

What is Green Hunt set to achieve?

Whatever the ruling establishment might claim, the main aim of Green Hunt is to ensure that plunder of the country’s natural resources and land by the capitalists can take place in peace. In the process of economic liberation India has been served in a platter to the foreign capital. Farmers along with Adivasis have been evicted from their land in large numbers and they have tried to resist this land grab. It is precisely to crush this resistance that Green Hunt has been invoked. National-Multinational Capitalist vultures have set their greedy eyes on the extensive stretch of forest land from Chhattisgarh to Bihar-Jharkhand and the large mineral deposits underneath. Chhattisgarh alone has huge deposits of 28 precious minerals including iron ore, coal, diamond, gold, bauxite and uranium. Orissa has almost the entire of India’s chromium deposits. But the people living above this huge amount of mineral deposit have a pitiable standard of living. There is no irrigation, or employment or drinking water; they hardly have a square meal a day. They live under continuous exploitation of the land lords, contractors, party honchos and the local police. They have been taking all these lying down for ages. But now, they are facing a grave threat, that of losing their forefathers’ homes. It is only now they have decided to fight back. They have thundered in unison a resounding NO to any attempt to take away their land. Green Hunt is thus a scheme to crush this challenge.

Already, large foreign firms have been awarded mining leases of around 100 mines. Gold and diamond mines spanning 7650 square Km in Madhya Pradesh, 6000 sq Km in Chhattisgarh, 8500 square Km in Orissa. About 1.04 lakh Hectare land has been usurped by foreign multinationals for developing SEZs. This is the biggest land grab and eviction drive in Indian history. Is it a crime to stand up against this injustice?

Iron Ore is India’s important mineral resource. Government is ensuring its plunder by the capitalists. Tatas, Jindals or Mittals would be paying the government only 500 rupees for each ton of best quality iron ore which they sell in our country only for 5800 rupees a ton. It would have been better if the government had announced that it is providing for a daylight robbery of iron ore. And, not only iron ore, the government has sold lands which hold large reserves of bauxite, diamonds, uranium to national and multinational capital. This process of forcible taking away of peasant’s land is now meeting with unprecedented resistance.

Adivasi’s call to fight

We all know of the heroic struggles of the peasants of Singur, Nandigram. In Kalinganagar, Orissa in 2006 Adivasis have laid down their lives under police bullets to protect their land from the Tatas. Tatas haven’t yet gotten hold of that land. In Jaspur, Chhattisgarh 105 sq km area (30 villages) was given away to the Jindals for prospecting precious minerals and gem stones. In September 2008 they stopped this acquisition of this land by agitating under the aegis of “Zamin Bnachao Sangharsh Samiti”. Also in Chhattisgarh, IFCO had to stall its project of 1000 MW thermal power plant in the face of popular protest. In Dumka, Jharkhand, 10000 adivasis of Shikaripara are continuing their struggle against land grab. On 5th November, 2008, 2 lakh adivasis assembled in Jagdalpur stadium at the behest of Adivasi Mahasabha. There was no transportation arranged for them. They had all come by foot. People had travelled long distances for 3-4 days, carrying rice and firewood along with. Their demand was to stop selling adivasi resources to the companies.

Whose fight? Adisvasis’ or Maoist’s?

Adivasi resistance struggles are continuing all over India, albeit scattered. It is to crush these struggles that Green Hunt is conceived. Hundreds of Adivasis are getting killed, their houses are burnt down, women raped. Lakhs are driven out of their villages and ghettoed in government administered camps. Adivasi leaders are brutally murdered under the guise of false encounters. Such questions are raised in the case of Lalmohan Tudu of Laalgarh. And all these the government is justifying in the name of confronting Maoists. Our adivasi brothers are made to endure unconceivable pain and suffering. Even the workers and peasants of the country have not been able to stand in solidarity of their adivasi brothers. In a complete state of disarray, they are hounded from all sides by the armed forces of the state. They are alone in this struggle to defend their existence. This lack of security has pushed some of them to embrace Maoists as the only resort. Even before Green hunt, the participation of Maoists in popular struggles of the adivasis against the moneylenders, contractors, forest officers had won the trust of some sections of adivasis in certain belts. However, it is wrong to conflate the adivasi struggle with the Maoist struggle. As is their wont, the Maoists are carrying on actions according to their own agenda, often quite different from the mass resistance of the adivasi people.

Is the strength of adivasis sufficient enough to fight this battle?

No. Only the crores of working people of this country have the might to take on the ferocious state oppression. The abstinence of this potent force from the scene of struggle has pitted the adivasis in this uneven battle. The attack declared by the state can hardly be repelled by ‘action squads’. Only a bigger peoples’ struggle can counter it. Our foremost duty today is to stand in solidarity with our adivasi brothers, and help them in every possible way. If the state can crush their heroic resistance, it will surely turn the heat on all other popular struggles all over the country. So it is time to raise our voices and ask for immediate halt of Operation Green Hunt. We would not let their profits soar over the dead bodies of the poor.

Krishak Committee.
03 March 2010

(Translated by Suvarup Saha, Sanhati)