Yesterday the comrades of confirmed the death of the six combatants of the TIKKO. Tanju Er (Samet) from Tokat; Mehmet Keleş (Mahir) from Samsun; Tarık Akın (Yetiş) from Erzincan; Zeynel Çakıl (Haydar) from Dersim; İlker Tezer (Yusuf) from Dersim; Mustafa Sarıca (Taylan) from Ankara have all fallen in the night from the 5th of August to the 6th of August during an encounter with the Turkish Army. So far, three funerals for those who have fallen took place – all with a massive military and police presence. Today, the funeral march of Samet was attacked by riot police and disguised police agents, just like the funeral march of Yetiş only a few days ago.

The old Indian state has realized that the poor Indian tribal youth is most likely to join the CPI (Maoist) to fight against their unbearable living conditions. They join the people's war to crush the old Indian state, and to fight for the new democratic revolution. Because if they don’t, they expect nothing but poverty, while they see that the ruling classes, the imperialists' lackeys, are getting richer and give no crap about the people’s needs but steal their lands and continue oppressing and exploiting the masses.

According to various Turkish-language reports six combatants of the TIKKO, the Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey under the leadership of the TKP/ML, fell in action in the early hours of the 6th of August. The reactionary press claims, that in the night from the 5th to the 6th of August, the combatants were on the move to ambush a military outpost of the Turkish army, when they were engaged by enemy troops flanked by air support. The firefight in the area of Tunceli, that lasted until the early hours of Monday, left six heroic combatants of the Turkish people dead.

The bourgeois press of India lately has missed no possibility of ridiculing itself in regard to the People's War. They claim that the "sightings" of the Maoists are diminishing and thus indicate that the “Left-Wing-Extremism”, as they call the glorious People’s War, is on its last foot. Meanwhile posters of the CPI (Maoist) appear on school walls and demand that the state persecution of the Dalits and other tribals to be stopped immediately. Meanwhile, on the 20th of July a successful Bandh (armed strike) was carried out, which was widely supported by the masses and thus paralyzed a whole district. And meanwhile, the special forces of the old state are regularly crushed by the Maoists. At the same time, they claim that they are arresting and killing Maoists in droves, even during the monsoon season, a time of the year in which Maoists would often “lie low, train new recruits and strategize”. They brag with their treacherous and coward massacres, that they disguise as "encounters" and conceal that Maoists are doing everything but rest, continuing and developing their struggles.

The Indian Government plans to introduce a health-reform, the “National Health Protection Scheme” (NHPS) that is commonly called “Modicare”, named after its Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The program was inspired by the health care program of the former US-President Obama, which also became known with regard to his inventor. And just as “Obamacare” was just a big PR coup and not a bit of serious health care for the masses, "Modicare" joins as an image booster as well.

“Modicare” promises 500 million Indians access to health insurance for the first time in their lives, making it the biggest health care project ever attempted. At the moment, 70 Million Indians go deep into debt and are facing huge poverty every year because they can’t afford the necessary doctor visits and medication and have to finance nearly all health expenditure by themselves. The few benefits paid by the old state are completely overrun, and therefore no safe way to get medical aid. And now Modi promises is to end this rotten, non-existent “health care system” by providing 100 million poor families (five persons per household) with health care insurance, including a cost protection up to half a million rupees (c.a 6.200€).

He is by far not the first one who says he is going to change the health care situation in India. Since 2008 the previous governments have announced to make steps towards this, but nothing ever changed for the people. Although India is one of the 20 biggest economies in the world it only invests one percent of its gross domestic product in health care. Because of this – and because health is a profitable business for the capitalists – millions of Indians have treatable diseases which aren’t cured yet – not only due to the individual inability to pay for treatment but also because of the illiquidity of the hospitals. The brutality of the effects of this becomes particularly obvious considering the death of 60 children during 5 days at the university hospital of Gorakhpur last year. They died because the hospital lacked oxygen that was necessary for their treatment. The supplier of oxygen stopped providing it due to an unpaid debt (what the government of course tried to deny). This led to massive protests of the masses who realized that it depends on how much money you’ve got in your pockets if you are allowed to live or not. And Modi won’t and doesn’t want to change this fact with his reform. Even if the government would really provide health care for half a billion people, many central problems of the people won’t be solved. Millions of them would still have to travel long distances (sometimes several hundred kilometers) to the next hospital, especially in the rural areas. Also there only come 0,8 hospital beds to 1000 inhabitants, which in addition leads to a shortage of medical care. Moreover, it’s certainly no coincidence that wealthier, urban areas are resisting the implementation of “Modicare”, as health insurance for the bourgeoisie is much better (and more comprehensive) already since it excludes the broad masses.

There are two reasons why Modi has announced this reform this year. Obviously, he and his Hindu-Nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) want to win the upcoming elections in May 2019 and aim for a second period in office. This is the principal reason. Also this is a part of the campaign against the People’s War in India. The old state is demonstrating that “they care for everyone” and want to look like they would be able to solve the problems. They know about the contradictions their system comes with and feel the need to disguise these. That’s how bourgeois elections always work. Before the election they promise everything that sounds good. After the election they do what they want and only act in their interest and in the interests of the imperialist bourgeoisie that really rules the country. The people are forgotten again.

While Modi pretends to care for the people, the ones who actually care for the needs of the people and want to solve their problems are facing brutal repression of the old state. The leaders, militants and masses of the CPI (Maoist) are fought with all cruelty. The Indian people know that the old Indian state is carrying out a war against them, branding them as “terrorists”. They are imprisoned, tortured and massacred by the old state. They know that the only way to solve their problems can’t be approached through any bourgeois health care program. They know that the only way is People’s War and the defeat of imperialism.

There is information on the press that a new ambush of the People´s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) against the repressive forces in Jharkhand was made at 5:30 am on July 12, while units of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were on patrol in the forest near the village of Dalapani, in the district of East Singhbhum. The repressive forces were on patrol allegedly because of being warned of the presence of a column of the PLGA in this borderland with the state of Bengal. The repressive forces were under fire by automatic guns and one member of the CRPF was shot in the head. There are no news of casualties in the revolutionary forces.

In view of the upcoming elections in 2019, India‘s Prime Minister Modi tries to present himself as a good representative, who cares only about the Indian people. He and his party – the “Bharatiya Janata Party” - would stand for development, in contrary the coalition of his opposition – led by “the Congress” Party – who would only want power and therefore bring nothing but chaos to the country. To emphasize how “close” to the people he is, Modi lately told that he constantly gets out of his car in the streets and talks with his subordinates, while being silent about what the “development” he stands for really means for him: making it easier for the imperialists, who chase away, exploit and oppress the same Indian masses he allegedly cares for. The typical bourgeois electoral madness begins in India. One tries to portray himself in the press as a particularly good-doer, who has nothing but the interests of the people in mind. Then one insults his opponent, in case of doubt gets a few bribes flowing and in the end can make oneself comfortable and can go back to give no shit on the people while one curries favor with the imperialists.

And, of course, Modi states that it was him who fought the "Maoist threat" as effectively as no one else, and it would only rapidly decline because of him. But that the "left-wing extremism", as the bourgeoisie calls the People's War led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in India, is always the first question and the first concern of the ruling classes speaks against a "decline" of maoist activities. That the reactionary forces buy expensive drones to spy on Maoists speaks against a "decline". The cowardly and cruel massacres as in Gadricholi speak for the desperation and incapability of the old state in the face of the glorious people's war, as well as the mass criminalization and imprisonment of Dalits, Muslims, Kashmiris and other tribals like Adivasi, who oppose the old Indian state and who are directly called "terrorists" and "Maoists" when they criticize Modis government.

We share this article from a bourgeois indian newspaper for some general information on the case of the arrested friends in India:


When the five arrested persons charged with Maoist activities in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence were brought to the Pune police commissionerate, there was an interesting spectacle. A young constable, part of the escort party of the arrested persons, fell at the feet of Shoma Sen, one of the accused, and begged forgiveness. As head of the English department at Nagpur University, Sen had taught the young man, and he holds her in high regard. He was torn with conflicting emotions, not quite understanding what she was being charged with.

The Bhima Koregaon Five were produced in court later on June 14. The sessions court was packed with 40 lawyers from Nagpur, all colleagues of another arrested person, lawyer Surendra Gadling. The party of 40 had come all the way from the Nagpur bar and the district courts of Gadchiroli and Vai, to plead that their friend was just another lawyer and not a Maoist. Yes, he did take up cases with passion for tribal people, and political prisoners – but that did not make him a Maoist.