Aimed at discrediting and crushing opposition to the state
In a recent interview to Hindustan Times, the former R&AW chief A.S. Dulat spoke of how the intelligence agencies have, among other things, regularly paid money to all kinds of "militant", "terrorist" and "separatist" organizations, both in India as well as in Pakistan. Referring to Jammu and Kashmir, where he had served as an intelligence officer from 1988, until he was appointed adviser to the PM in the Vajpayee government, Dulat affirmed that the payments to such organizations in Kashmir escalated in step with the escalation of violence in the state. He also added that this was standard practice for the intelligence agencies of the state. The former Army Chief VK Singh who is a minister in the present government, had declared some time back that the army routinely financed various political parties and politicians in Jammu & Kashmir.
It has now become public knowledge that various groups of “surrendered militants” have been organized by the Indian state in Kashmir, to spread anarchy and violence, and target the people fighting for justice. A similar thing has been done in Assam and other North Eastern States.
While the Indian state and its propagandists justify these activities in terms like “counter terrorism” and “counter insurgency”, what does this actually mean for the people and society? It means that anarchy and violence is deliberately spread and the people fighting for their rights are discredited, divided and crushed brutally. In this activity, the Indian state follows the example of the US, Britain and other imperialist states.
This was the standard operating procedure of the state and its agencies in the Punjab in the 1980s. This has been and remains their standard operating procedure in Kashmir and the northeast, where the dreaded AFSPA gives the security forces of the state complete immunity, to carry out every kind of persecution and killing of the people on the basis of mere suspicion. The AFSPA has been in force in Jammu and Kashmir for the last 25 years (since 1990) and in the northeast for more than 56 years (since 1958).
In Punjab, subsequent revelations have confirmed the hand of the Indian state and its intelligence agencies behind the terrorist killings of ordinary people of the Hindu faith, as well as various political activists. These heinous killings were then blamed on the people of the Sikh faith, and used to communalise the atmosphere. They were used to attack the struggle of the people of Punjab for their rights, justify the barbaric Army assault on the Golden Temple, and the subsequent large scale state terror unleashed against the people of the Sikh faith in Punjab and all over the country in which tens of thousands of innocent people were murdered.
The same thing has been repeated in Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Assam and other states.
In the wake of the recent attacks on the Indian Army in Manipur, it is now being revealed that the perpetrators were “insurgent groups” who had been sponsored, financed, and maintained by the Indian intelligence agencies in order to divide and weaken the opposition to the Indian state. It is known that intelligence agencies have set up a large number of “underground” groups in the North East. These groups spread anarchy and violence, discredit the genuine struggle of the people for their rights, and provide justification for army rule and state terrorism.
People fighting for their rights are routinely branded as "terrorists" and persecuted or killed. Youth and people in Kashmir, Assam and Manipur and other northeastern states, as well as youth of definite religious communities all over the country are regularly rounded up, shot dead in fake encounters and labeled as "terrorists" by the police, the army and paramilitary forces. Their bodies are dumped into canals or quickly buried in unidentified graves, so that the reality can be covered up. Subsequent investigations demanded by their families and human rights activists have often revealed that the so-called terrorists were in fact ordinary, innocent people, who were framed as part of the policy of state terrorism.
A similar policy of “counter insurgency” is being implemented by the Indian state in Jharkhand, Chhattishgarh and other states.
Entire sections of people in various parts of India, who have been fighting against the forcible acquisition of their lands by the state, who have been fighting for their rights over their rivers, forests and mineral resources are routinely branded as "maoists", arrested, tortured and killed. The Indian state has drummed up propaganda to make out that there is grave threat to the state from maoist insurgency to justify state terrorism. The draconian UAPA has replaced earlier draconian laws such as TADA and POTA.
Alongside of this, the state has set up its own armed terrorist groups, the notorious Salva Judum of Chhatisgarh being just one example. A recent report shows that hundreds of unemployed adivasi youth in Jharkhand are being lured by the promise of jobs in the police and paramilitary forces, made to pay thousands of rupees, then supplied weapons and asked to declare themselves as Maoists and surrender before the authorities.
One such tribal youth, is reported by the media to have said that he and many others like him were taken to a CRPF camp in a jail complex, where they were told that they would be given training. Each of them had to pay up Rs. 50,000 or more for the promised job. After several days, they were taken in a government vehicle up to a point, where they were given weapons - guns and ammunition – and told that they would have to declare themselves as Maoists going to surrender before the authorities. They were told that as part of the surrender policy, they would be given jobs in the paramilitary forces.
What does this reveal? It reveals that the state is organising to spread anarchy and violence and then blame it on Maoists. It is widely suspected that a number of groups operating in Jharkhand which are spreading terror are actually financed and armed by the intelligence agencies.
The spreading of anarchy and violence to discredit and crush the just opposition of people to its rule is a preferred policy of the Indian state.
It is in the interests of the working class and people; all those fighting for their rights and for a new society, to expose and oppose the spread of anarchy and violence by the state. State terrorism, as well as acts of terrorism by so-called “non-state actors” -- individuals or organizations – both serves the ruling class to keep the working people enslaved to their existing conditions, confused and divided.
To put an end to state terrorism, it is necessary to fight for an end to the present rule of the big monopoly capitalists and their state and all its instruments of terror.