Santhal rebellion in India: Recalling Santhal Hul

Harsh Vardhan & Shivam Mogha

Frontier | Vol 55, No. 3, Jul 17 – 23, 2022

[The Santhal rebellion actually began as a mass movement against exploitation by ‘upper’ caste zamindars, moneylenders, merchants and police officials who had come to dominate the economic sphere of Santhal life. June 30, is considered the anniversary of the beginning six-month santhal rebellion.]

Every year the Santhal rebellion and its leaders Sidhu and Kanhu are remembered in ritualistic way by different political parties and communities, all from different perspectives. But beneath all these different ways of remembering there lies a unitary theme; that the Santhal rebellion was one of the first expressions of revolt against the British colonial regime.

This framework, though true but limited, has become so dominant that the Santhal rebellion is now merely seen as a part in a series of similar such events that took place in colonial India.=

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World Leaders Pay Tribute to Comandante Hugo Chavez

teleSUR | March 07, 2022

The example and ideology of Hugo Chávez is always present, the Venezuelan patriot “in whose mind the ideas of Bolívar naturally germinated”. | Photo: Twitter @AsambleaCuba

The world remembers the anti-imperialist legacy of Comandante Chavez and his struggle for Latin American integration.

Heads of State, foreign ministers and popular leaders from all over the world remember this Saturday the historical legacy of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela, Commander Hugo Chávez, in commemoration of the ninth anniversary of his physical disappearance.

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Capitalist globalization, Eurocentrism and immigration, proletarianization of the world and pseudo “postmodernism” – Part I

Said Bouamama

Translated by K. Philippe Gendrault

The murder of George Floyd by US police detonated worldwide protests against racism and other accumulated grievances. In the capitalist metropolis, however, especially the US, the movement continues to lack a coherent programmatic vision and leadership. The BLM protests show, once again, that spontaneism, besides opening the door to co-optation by cynical players like the Democrat party,  can never defeat an entrenched global system, like US imperialism. 

First iteration  3 January 2020  

The year 2019 was marked by popular movements unprecedented for decades in many countries around the world. From Algeria to Sudan via Lebanon, France or Haiti, these movements brought millions of demonstrators into action. This same year, coups d’état and reactionary offensives multiplied, as well as the attempts at instrumentalizing and diverting these great popular movements. The chronological perception of these struggles disseminated by the media prevents us from taking stock of the common issues represented by these mobilizations. Likewise, the pervasiveness of a Euro-centric reading framework masks the beginning of a new historical period of the world imperialist system and the resumption of popular initiatives that accompany it. How can we understand this new cycle of struggle? Can we link these movements to a common material foundation? Are these disconnected from the dominant ideological discourses? Etc.

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84-year-old Indian political prisoner Father Stan Swamy dies

Peoples Dispatch | July 05, 2021

Father Stan Swamy

84-year-old Indian activist, priest and political prisoner Fr. Stan Swamy died at a hospital on Monday, July 5. He died shortly before his plea for medical bail was heard by the Bombay High Court. Swamy, who was arrested on October 8, 2020 in the controversial Elgar Parishad case, had been admitted to the Holy Family Hospital in the city of Mumbai on May 28 after his health deteriorated. Swamy had spent decades working for the welfare of tribal communities in India.

A special court had denied him bail in March 2021. Incidentally, last month, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case,  had filed an affidavit before the High Court opposing Swamy’s bail plea. It had said that there did not exist “conclusive proof” of his medical ailments.

Swamy was arrested under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which renders chances for bail very difficult. During his time in jail, his health deteriorated drastically, a fact which was repeatedly stressed by his lawyers and well-wishers. In November, Swamy, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, had to approach the courts to even access a straw and a sipper. Shortly after being admitted to Holy Family Hospital at the end of May, Swamy reportedly contracted COVID1-19.

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DEFIANT VENEZUELA 

Network in Defense of Humanity Letter to President Nicolás Maduro, Honoring your Dignity and the Heroism of all the Venezuelan People

RESUMEN | February 27, 2021

“In Europe everything is done for tyranny, here it is for liberty; which certainly makes us enormously superior; they support thrones, kings; we support peoples, republics; they want dependence, we want independence”.

-Simón Bolívar in Lima, February 23,1825

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; Nicolás Maduro Moros

Dear Mr. President:

It is possible that we have not been able to express sufficiently our solidarity and appreciation for the anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist struggle that the government that you lead is permanently promoting through your responsibility as president and legitimate depositary of the confidence of your people. It is necessary today to express our recognition of your courage in the maelstrom of adverse scenarios produced at great speed and with great diversity. Under the convictions, matured by the example of our peoples and our heroes, there is no room for flattery or for the “cult of personality”. On the contrary, our REDH was born to make criticism an emancipatory tool at the service of the people, especially fraternal criticism that perfects social struggles. Embracing this original slogan, it is appropriate today to recognize the courage and determination to take a measure that corresponds to the responsibility of your popular mandate, to defend the most cherished principles on which our struggles have developed, such as the self-determination of the peoples and the rejection of all foreign interference in internal affairs, which make for sovereignty and independence. In this sense, we applaud with standing ovation the expulsion of the Ambassador of the European Union in Venezuela, in accordance with the powers that you have as President of the Republic and provoked by the unacceptable interference of the diplomat in the internal affairs of your country.Read More »

ECUADOR 

Correa Blocked from Standing in Ecuador Election Following Court Ruling

Morning Star | September 09, 2020

FORMER Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has effectively seen his bid to run in next year’s elections annulled after an appeals court ratified his eight-year jail sentence on bribery charges in record time on Monday.

The Ecuadorian National Court of Justice rushed to reach its verdict against Mr Correa and 15 co-defendants at a hearing in Quito on Monday afternoon.Read More »

PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE IN BOLIVIA

Bolivia Headed for a Showdown as Mass Protests Erupt Against US-backed Anez Administration

 Alan Macleod

MintPress News | August 14, 2020

Bolivia Protests Feature photo

Bolivia is heading for a showdown between the government and the people after nearly two weeks of continuous, nationwide protests have paralyzed the country. Demonstrations have grown day on day after the government — who came to power in a U.S.-baked coup last November — postponed the elections for the third time. Ollie Vargas, a journalist who witnessed the events firsthand, shared his experiences with MintPress:Read More »

India: New Delhi: A Day After Farmer’s Rally Turns Violent, Cabinet Approves MSP Hike

The Wire | October 03, 2018

A Day After Farmer's Rally Turns Violent, Cabinet Approves MSP Hike

A labourer sifts wheat crop in a field. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: A day after thousands of protesting farmers clashed with the police on the borders of Delhi, the Union cabinet on Wednesday raised the minimum support prices for the upcoming rabi season 2018-19. Prices for wheat have gone up by Rs 105 per quintal, masur by Rs 225 per quintal, gram by Rs 220 per quintal, barley by Rs 30 per quintal, rapeseed and mustard by Rs 200 per quintal and safflower by Rs 845 per quintal.Read More »

PFLP: Our struggle – not Trump – will decide the fate of Jerusalem

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine | December 06, 2017

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine described the declaration of US President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the U.S. position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.Read More »

Gujarat Police Bruatality Against Narmada Bachao Andolan

National Alliance of People’s Movements | June 09, 2017

narmada-student-beaten

Badwani | June 09, 2017: The statement issued and published today by the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Nitin Patel, followed the totally undemocratic and unexpected arrest and attack on the children participating in the peaceful rally of Sardar Sarovar oustees with supporters from across the country, on the border of MP and Gujrat (on 7th June 2017). One may say, it is either to be totally ignored or blasted. However, it is an indicator of Gujarat‘s plan with the support from the centre, getting ready with its statutory force, to stop and supress people’s power. The same state, on the other hand, seems to be expressing its cowardice by raising a false alarm that NBA is out to create a stir in Gujarat since they are opposed to Sardar Sarovar and Gujarat’s development!Read More »