Maoist Nexus with Evangelical Christian Groups

source:? Offstumped blog, April 7 2010

What was widely suspected in the murder of a Swami Lakshmananda in Kandhamal
is turning out to be an established template borrowed from the

It is a bizarre convergence of interests between supposed men of
faith and atheist Terrorists.


CathNewsIndia a Evangelical news network carried this
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

The Maoist Information Bulletin, of the CPI-Maoist, in its December
2009 edition (accessible via, 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

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

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 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

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

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

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
(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

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
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
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.

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