The Andhra Pradesh state government has begun attempts to mine Bauxite mineral in the Vishakha Agency area. It has issued a GO (Government Order) No. 97 permitting the APMDC (Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation) to mine Bauxite in 1212 hectares in Jerrela village areas in Chintapalli Mandal. Discussions regarding this issue of bauxite mining have been going on since a decade. The tribals have been protesting against mining with intensity and ferocity. Even the people from the plains in Northern Andhra have been supporting the tribals.
Condemn State Terror
Over 50 people in Bangalore attended the protest on 12th April against the recent encounter killing in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) also participated in the protest.
The twin encounter killings that has claimed the lives of 25 last week has brought to light once again the gory face of the Indian state.
In 2004, The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which was in power for nine years was utterly routed by the people. It managed to win just 47 out of 294 seats. The rout reflected the utter disenchantment of the electorate with Naidu’s policies and his neoliberal model of development. During Naidu’s misrule, rural Andhra Pradesh sunk into deeper depths and saw some of the highest rates of farm suicides in the country. Cutbacks in the public sector triggered massive loss of jobs in the state while Naidu played fiddle with his “IT revolution” in Hyderabad. After 10 years, riding on the back of discontentment of Andhra people with the partition of the state, an utterly discredited Congress, and the promise of a massive farm loan waiver (that won’t be kept), Naidu is back as the Chief Minister in the new divided Andhra Pradesh.
Ironically, the issue of separate Telangana can be traced back to the time when the people of Andhra, part of the erstwhile Madras state were themselves agitating for the formation of a separate Andhra state, the movement reaching a peak with the death of the revolutionary Potti Sreeramulu after a 52 day fast in 1952. The First States reorganization committee that was subsequently formed in 1956 decided to redraw states on the basis of linguistic identities and formed the state of Andhra Pradesh based on a Telugu identity.
THE ASIA Social Forum (ASF), held in Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh, India, from 2-8 January 2003, attracted over 15,000 delegates from all over India and there were around 400 foreign delegates. CWI members from India and Australia present at the Forum have sent the following report. We also publish the text of a CWI leaflet distributed at the Forum.