People’s March — The Voice of the Indian Revolution
All the Issues of This Revolutionary Publication Banned in India
People’s March, has been an interesting and informative publication about the Maoist revolutionary movement in India since it first began publication in 1999. It was edited and published by the journalist P. Govindan Kutty from its beginning until 2012, when a combination of continuing government harrassment and ill health forced him to stop. However, a new series, in the form of a new Internet version put out by unidentified editors, began appearing in June 2014.
We have no knowledge about the relationship, or lack of relationship, between People’s March and the Communist Party of India (Maoist) or any other organization. We post these materials as useful sources on the revolutionary struggle in India, but not as representing the views of the CPI(Maoist) except in the signed and CPI(Maoist)-attributed statements which appear therein.
Govindan Kutty’s original People’s March appeared first in just printed form and then in both printed and online digital form. It had web sites at http://peoplesmarch.googlepages.com and http://peoples-march.blogspot.com.
During 2007 the Indian government banned the online version of the magazine and tried to close down or sabotage these and other web sites associated with People’s March as well as other web sites reporting on Maoist ideas or activities in India. Then, on December 19, 2007, this suppression campaign was carried a step further with the arrest of P. Govindan Kutty. See the statement demanding the release of Govindan Kutty by the Revolutionary Democratic Front in India for further information. Finally, after much outrage about this arrest both in India and internationally, Govindan Kutty was released on Feb. 24, 2008, and made a statement at that time. Unfortunately the charges were still pending against him and he was not able to resume publication of People’s March for over a year and a half.
We at BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET are completely opposed to such blatantly fascist measures which attempt to forcibly suppress progressive ideas and which are in gross violation of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Consequently we began to make copies of People’s March available here and urged others who value freedom of thought to do the same.
In mid 2008 P. Govindan Kutty began issuing a bulletin with the name People’s Truth, to be circulated privately. However, this bulletin had a lot of good information in it, including further information about the suppression of People’s March and about the continuing government harrassment of Govindan Kutty. For this reason we took it on ourselves to make this bulletin available to a wider audience at http://www.bannedthought.net/India/PeoplesTruth/
In August 2009 we heard from Govindan Kutty that after a long appeal process the order suppressing People’s March had been lifted. This was great news! Here, in MS Word format, is Kutty’s letter with this announcement. There was, however, still a long period where Kutty was unable to find a printer willing to take a chance on printing the magazine. We believe the first issue of the resumed publication, dated October 2009, was only able to be distributed via the Internet. Finally, a printer was found starting with the November 2009 issue. See the news report from the Hindustan Times, Nov. 16, 2009.
The issues of the post-suppression magazine are also available below. There were still threats from the government to ban the magazine again and in fact Swapan Dasgupta, who published the Bengali version of the magazine in Kolkata, was arrested in early October 2009, a couple months after the ban on the magazine was lifted! Through the end of 2009 Dasgupta and two others still remained in jail. (See: PDF version or MS Word version.) Worse yet, Swapan Dasgupta was mistreated and refused adequate treatment for his medical conditions. This led to his death while still in police custody on Feb. 2, 2010. (For more information, see his 3-page obituary: PDF format [409 KB], or MS Word format [41 KB]).
There have also been press reports of people being arrested and charged with just possessing copies of People’s March, even in their own homes! It is still obviously risky for people to possess or distribute People’s March in India, even if it is officially a legal publication again. For all these reasons the magazine will continue to be made available here on this web site.
We have been able to post all the earlier issues of People’s March in this Complete Archive, which also contains much other information from the suppressed People’s March web site. (Some of this information is still being organized for systematic presentation on BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET.)
We also have a Subject Index available for the issues through 2005.
The recent issues are in PDF format unless otherwise stated, and the most recently published issue is at the top of the list.
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New Series (Online Digital Format Only)Volume 13, #2, October-December 2014, 32 pages. [PDF: 718 KB]
Volume 13, Supplement on the 10th Anniversary of the CPI(Maoist), September 2014, 96 pages. [PDF: 2,386 KB]
Volume 13, #1, June 2014 (Labelled: “Volume 13, June 2014”) [PDF: 931 KB]
Original Printed Series (1999-2012)Vol. 13, #1 (January-March, 2012) [PDF: 576 KB]
Vol. 12, #4 (October-December, 2011) [PDF: 1,398 KB]
Vol. 12, #3 (July-September, 2011) [PDF: 905 KB]
Vol. 12, #2 (April-June, 2011) [PDF: 947 KB]
Vol. 12, #1 (January-March, 2011) [PDF: 1,108 KB]
Vol. 11, #5 (October-December, 2010) [PDF: 1,265 KB]
Vol. 11, #4 (July-September, 2010) [PDF: 854 KB]
Vol. 11, #3 (May-June, 2010) [PDF: 3,590 KB]
Vol. 11, #2 (March-April, 2010) [PDF: 944 KB]
Vol. 11, #1 (January-February, 2010) [PDF: 1,417 KB]
Vol. 10, #11 (November, 2009) [PDF: 1,465 KB]
Vol. 10, #10 (October, 2009) [PDF: 1,425 KB]
[This is the first issue of the resumed publication. It seems to have identical content to People’s Truth #8, (Oct. 2009).]
Vol. 8, #12 (December, 2007) [PDF: 2,555 KB]
Vol. 8, #11 (November, 2007) [PDF: 3,356 KB]
Vol. 8, #10 (October, 2007) [PDF: 1,640 KB]
Vol. 8, #9 (September, 2007) [PDF: 3,759 KB]
Vol. 8, #8 (August, 2007) [PDF: 2,924 KB]
Vol. 8, #7 (July, 2007) [PDF: 377 KB]
Vol. 8, #7 (July, 2007): Special Supplement on Dandakaranya [PDF: 577 KB]
Vol. 8, #4 (May-June, 2007) [PDF: 682 KB]
Vol. 8, #3 (April, 2007) [Labeled on cover as Vol. 8, #4; PDF: 1,582 KB]
[There was no March 2007 issue.]
Vol. 8, #2 (February, 2007) [PDF: 277 KB]
Vol. 8, #1 (January, 2007) [PDF: 552 KB]
Vol. 7, #12 (December, 2006) [PDF: 307 KB]
Vol. 7, #8-9 (August/September, 2006) [PDF: 1,007 KB]
Vol. 7, #6-7 (June/July, 2006) [PDF: 356 KB]
Vol. 7, #5 (May, 2006) (Cover page partly missing.) [PDF: 430 KB]
Vol. 7, #4 (April, 2006) [PDF: 309 KB]
Vol. 7, #3 (March, 2006) [PDF: 355 KB]
Vol. 7, #2 (February, 2006) [PDF: 992 KB]
Vol. 7, #1 (January, 2006) [PDF: 681 KB]
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