Revolution #222, January 16, 2011

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From A World to Win News Service

Statement by the CPI(M-L) Naxalbari on the conviction of Asit Kumar Sengupta

January 3, 2011. A World to Win News Service. Following is a December 26 press statement by Krantipriya, spokesperson for the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Naxalbari.

A court in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) has convicted comrade Asit Kumar Sengupta on two charges including sedition and sentenced him to three and eight years imprisonment. This comes after the three years he has already been forced to be in jail after being arrested on trumped-up charges, denied the right of bail. He was the President of Struggle India, an all-India forum of struggling mass organizations, at the time of his arrest. Comrade Asit was active in the publishing and propagation of Maoist literature through Poorvaiya Publications. He had been legally responsible for the publication of the English-language edition of the revolutionary internationalist journal A World To Win. All of these activities were perfectly legal, registered activities. Not a single one of these publications were banned. Yet the court has declared that he was involved in illegal activities despite the flimsiness of the evidence paraded by the state prosecutor, including published books seized from his house, were cooked up.

Such brazen violation of justice is the truth of the legal system in India. Recently, some factions of the ruling classes have themselves been forced to express disagreement publicly through their media. This was done in relation to the life sentence given to the noted human rights activist Dr. Binayak Sen by another Raipur court on the same day as comrade Asit was convicted. Evidently, it is not concern for justice but fear that motivates them, the fear that their trumpeting of India as the largest democracy in the world will be severely exposed by such openly biased functioning of its judiciary.

The arrest and trumped-up charges against comrade Asit, Dr. Binayak Sen and many other public figures were opening moves, preparations, for the assault launched by the Indian state on the revolutionary masses, the so-called Operation Green Hunt. It was essential for the ruling classes that all public protest, all people who could give voice openly against this inhuman war of the Indian state against the people, are silenced. But despite the killings, rapes, arrests, torture, intimidation and detentions of many, the opposition to Operation Green Hunt has only strengthened. The polarization of pro-people forces against the reactionaries has deepened. The people's war led by the CPI (Maoist) and the preparations of other Maoist parties to open new fronts forges on. The people will triumph!

A World to Win News Service is put out by A World to Win magazine (, a political and theoretical review inspired by the formation of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement, the embryonic center of the world’s Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties and organizations.

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