CPI Maoist Politburo Response
Here is an example of debate amongst revolutionaries. The response of the Maoist leaders is most instructive. As usual, criticism on basic issues is the work of an enemy, and Panda is an evil & malevolent person. "This coward ran away leaving the revolutionary movement instead of sincerely realizing and rectifying his mistakes like a true proletarian revolutionary... His 16-page letter is full of rotten lies, distortions and twisting of facts and there is not an iota of truth in them whatsoever. They were hurled with the most awful intention of liquidation and destruction of revolutionary movement ..The list of Mr. Panda’s filthy and foul-smelling allegations is long ...He is displaying more faith than the master to kowtow before the ruling classes and is surpassing the enemy foul propaganda in uttering lies... Panda is resorting to the age-old cheap ‘divide and rule’ tactic of the British colonialists and the Indian ruling classes.."
For fuller extracts see Rahul Pandita's (click here) The Final Battle of Sabyasachi Panda:
(extract): It was in 2008 that Panda came into the limelight after the assassination of popular Hindu leader, Swami Laxmanand Saraswati, in Kandhamal district. Though he was made secretary of the Odisha State Organising Committee soon after, it was also around this time that serious differences cropped up between him and some of the Central Committee members [the highest decision-making body of the CPI (Maoist)]. It was believed that the Maoist leadership was not happy with the outcome of Saraswati’s assassination. Panda had hoped that the ensuing riots (against Christians) would swell the Maoist ranks. But excellent coordination between the then district collector and district police chief ensured that about 3,000 men who had signed up for recruitment ditched them at the last moment.
Rahul's observation: "Panda had hoped that the ensuing riots (against Christians) would swell the Maoist ranks" - implies the murder of VHP leader Swami Laxmanand was committed with the express intent of causing riots. It is also significant that the comrades were not there to protect the people when the RSS began its onslaught. If the statement of intention is correct, it casts 'scientific revolutionary' politics in a very grave light. They ruthlessly murdered someone in the knowledge this would have terrible repercussions, and left the people to face the consequences of their unilateral decision. This calculus of death is an indication of the nihilist content of Maoist politics
Dilip's Essay on Revolution: Closing the Circle: Article on Revolution in Frontier
And: A Hard Rain Falling: on the death of TP Chandrasekharan and related matters