What was widely suspected in the murder of a Swami Lakshmananda in Kandhamal is turning out to be an established template borrowed from the Phillippines.
It is a bizarre convergence of interests between supposed men of faith and atheist Terrorists.
CathNewsIndia a Evangelical news network carried this story on a Gujarat based Jesuit Organization complaining about illegal detenion of Tribals in Gujarat.
“It appears that to demand one’s legal rights and to be a terrorist is the same thing in Gujarat,” Father Xavier Manjooran, a member of the Adivasi Mahasabha (federation of tribal organizations) of Gujarat, told UCA News April 5.
The so called Adivasi Mahasabha referenced here is no innocent organization.
The Maoist Information Bulletin, of the CPI-Maoist, in its December 2009 edition (accessible via bannedthought.net, access to this maybe restricted in India) carried a letter against the planned offensive by the Government of India.
The letter dated October 2009 appears on Page 30 and it lists Organizations from 10 states, Gujarat Adivasi Mahasabha being one of them.
Following this letter on the same page is also an undated letter of support for the Maoist Terrorists from an organization in the Phillipines called the Cordillera People’s Alliance.
The evangelical nexus becomes even more clearer when one digs further.
The trail on Cordillera People’s Alliance leads us to this story from the Episcopal Life on the Episcopal Church in Phillippines demanding the release of certain “health” workers most of who are associated with the Episcopal Church.
Of them is one founding member of the Cordillera People’s Alliance.
In September 2008, Episcopalian James Balao was abducted at gunpoint months after he complained to family and friends that he was under constant surveillance. Balao is a founding member of the Cordillera People’s Alliance, a federation of grassroots organizations dedicated to the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights. Balao remains missing.
Further digging on Cordillera Alliance reveals an active role played by the Cordillera Alliance in Maoist Terrorism affected areas going as far back as 2004 (more details can be found on bannedthought.net on Mumbai Resistance 2004 or MR-2004).
More on active collaboration between CPI-Maoist and Phillippines based groups can be found in other Maoist literature on bannedthought.net.
Amongst these is a document titled “CPI-Maoist – The Urban Perspective” authored by a Govindan Kutty.
The document is 53 pages long and describes the Urban Strategy and Focus of the Maoist Terrorists. The document is not dated but it references POTA and the 2001 census which gives us an idea of when it was authored.
the legal democratic organizations serve as important means to the Party’s attempts at the political mobilization of the urban masses. This is because repression normally prevents the open revolutionary mass organizations from functioning. The legal democratic movement is thus the arena where the masses can participate in thousands and lakhs and gain political experience.
It thus has a very important role in the revolution, complementary to the armed struggle in the countryside.
Revolutionaries in other countries, particularly the Philippines, have participated within and utilized the legal democratic movement very effectively.
In India too there is excellent scope to participate within, build, promote and develop legal democratic organizations and movement to advance the interests of revolution.
The collaboration between Maoists and Evangelical Christian outfits must be understood within this broad goal of engaging above the ground outfits that pursue advocacy on behalf of below the ground terrorists.
It is also interesting to note that the Evangelicals who bat for Maoist Terrorists do so under inoccuous secular sounding banners like the “Adivasi Mahasabha” or the “Cordillera Peoples Alliance”.
A brilliant exposition of how the Radical Communist outfits have infiltrated Church based groups in the Phillippines can be found here.
The radicalization of elements in the Catholic Church beginning in the late 1960s provided another avenue for the expansion of CPP front operations. Recognizing how the church’s unparalleled credibility and extensive infrastructure could benefit the revolution, the communists made the Catholic Church a primary target.
The party established a front, Christians for National Liberation, in 1972 with the express purpose of penetrating the church. In 1986 an activist claimed that Christians for National Liberation had a clandestine membership of over 3,000 clergy and layworkers.
Radical clergy and church activists, many adopting liberation theology (see Glossary), supported the insurgency in a variety of ways. Some church activities even provided facilities and financial and logistical support to the guerrillas.
Other church activists joined the NPA, and several well-known priests led guerrilla bands. As a result, the armed forces became deeply distrustful of the church’s role, especially in remote rural areas where the NPA was most active.
There, some of the Church’s Basic Christian Communities–support groups for poor peasants–fell under communist control
This same story also brings to light the so called nexus with “civil society” groups in Phillippines.
Another prominent target of CPP front operations was the workers’ movement (see Employment and Labor Relations , ch. 3). The communists’ flagship labor front was the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement–KMU). An umbrella organization formed in 1980, the KMU claimed 19 affiliated labor federations, hundreds of unions, and 650,000 workers in 1989. Although it denied its ties to the CPP, the movement had an openly political and revolutionary agenda
Norma Binas who is a leader of the Kilusang Mayo Uno incidentally was the main Keynote speaker at Mumbai Resistance- MR-2004 that saw above ground Maoist sympathisers including the Filipino Cordillera Alliance collaborate in India.
The CPP is of particular importance to us due to this report that members of CPP who escape from Phillippines are in India training Maoists.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is not only thriving, it is exporting its cadres to train Maoist insurgents in India, according to reports reaching the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
A DFA senior official, who asked not to be named saying he did not want to preempt an official reaction from the agency, said the Philippine government was expecting an official request from New Delhi for help in tracking down the CPP members in India.
Indian media reports over the weekend said two suspected Naxalites recently arrested in the western Indian state of Gujarat had confessed to their police interrogators that CPP members had been training them in guerrilla warfare.
This is the first time that the CPP—Southeast Asia’s longest-lived communist insurgent group—has been reported to have engaged in such training activities overseas.
The CPP was founded in 1968 by English teacher Jose Maria Sison, who is now 71 and lives in exile in the Netherlands.
Military officials say that the CPP has become irrelevant since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The officials say that the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), is nothing more than a bandit group engaged in blackmail and extortion.
The daily Indian Express described as “startling” the revelation that international Maoist groups were involved in arms training.
One such training took place in the forests of the southwestern state of Kerala, according to the suspects.
Police based in Gujarat’s Surat district who conducted the arrests said that the Naxalites were operating among landless tribal farmers in the neighboring Dang district.
The DFA official said it was possible that the CPP members who went to India came from Europe, saying most Filipinos who go to India are businessmen.
It is clear from connecting the dots above that there is a deliberate modus operandi at work in Maoist affected Tribal areas to replicate the Filipino model of targeting Church organisations for their credibility and the cover they provide.
All Evangelical activity in Tribal areas must be immediately put under the scanner to determine what kind of overt and covert support is being provided by them to Maoist Terrorists including alleged Military Training by filipino groups.