Massive escalation of state terrorism in Arunachal Pradesh

The Central government has decided to extend Army rule to almost the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. As per a new notification issued by the Home Ministry on March 27, 2015, all the 10 districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering the state of Assam have been declared as “Disturbed Area” under Section 3 of AFSPA, 1958, for the next one year. As is the usual practice of successive Central Governments, AFSPA has been extended to almost the whole of this border state on the basis of a unilateral declaration of the government that “law and order situation” in these districts justified it. There has been no discussion on the issue either in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly, or in the parliament.
The Communist Ghadar Party of India condemns the extension of AFSPA in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Prior to this latest notification, three Arunachal districts -- Tirap, Changlang and Londing -- were declared "disturbed" besides areas falling within 20 kilometer wide belt in Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam. Those areas have been under AFSPA since 1991.
The justification advanced by the Home Ministry for the imposition of AFSPA is that “the NDFB(S) group has now set up their General Headquarters and training camp in Taga, Myanmar and are reportedly contemplating to find out a new route for arms transshipment from Myanmar via Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh”. Further on, the notification declares that “the geographical terrain of Arunachal Pradesh puts the militants in advantageous position and is used by underground outfits as their safe heaven". It lists numerous alleged militant groups of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, who are supposed to be using the area for movement of men and materials. It then raises the spectre of “left wing extremism” rising in some of these districts. In sum, if the notification were to be believed, Arunachal Pradesh is teeming with forces opposed to the Indian state and the only way to defend this state is brutal Army Rule.
This kind of justification for the fascist AFSPA is nothing new. Such justifications have been advanced, ever since September 11, 1958, when AFSPA was first imposed on Assam by the Nehru government. At the present time, AFSPA is in operation in Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
Far from contributing to resolving the political and social problems of the states where it has been imposed, Army Rule has further aggravated these problems. It has led to the complete alienation of the people. The history of AFSPA has been a history of systematic violation of human rights, of extra judicial executions carried out by the armed forces, of the rape of women, and the mass humiliation and oppression of a people by a brutal occupation force. Imposition of AFSPA has been nothing less than a declaration of open war by the Indian state on people.
AFSPA permits the armed forces to shoot and kill, with complete impunity. The killers cannot be tried in court or punished. The government's decision to declare any area disturbed cannot be brought under judicial review. The state can deprive the people of all rights, including the right to life, by simply declaring an area “disturbed” under the AFSPA.  
Army Rule, once established, becomes self perpetuating. The brutal rape and murder of Manorama Devi, and the protest of naked women in front of the Headquarters of the Assam Rifles that followed this murder shook the conscience of the people of the whole of India. The entire country demanded in one voice the Repeal of AFSPA. In such a situation, the Manmohan Singh government set up the Justice Jeewan Reddy Commission to enquire into the role of AFSPA. The Commission submitted its report to the Government on June 6, 2005, ten years ago. It expressly called for the repeal of the Act and declared that the Act is "a symbol of oppression, an object of hate and instrument of discrimination and high handedness".
The UPA government sat on the report for nine years. And just before the home ministry notification of March 27, 2015 on Arunachal Pradesh, the NDA government decided to reject the recommendations of the Jeewan Reddy Commission.
It is clear that the Indian ruling class is unwilling to work out a political solution to the political and social problems of the North East and Kashmir. This is why; it has preferred to convert these problems into “law and order” problems, and imposed fascist army rule on an unwilling people. The attitude of the ruling class and its state towards our people, especially those of oppressed nationalities, is to treat such people in typical colonial imperialist style. The Communist Ghadar Party of India calls upon all those who stand for the rights of our people, to unitedly raise the voice for the Repeal of the fascist AFSPA. Simultaneously, let us unite in the struggle to reconstitute the Indian Union on a voluntary basis, with the right to self determination guaranteed to all the constituents of this Union.

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