The police in the Indian state of Maharashtra have abducted university professor and human rights activist Dr. G.N. Saibaba. Dr. Saibaba is a well known leader of the Revolutionary Democratic Front, and an esteemed academic.
In 2010, he was interviewed and explained the nature of his political activism:
What are the activities of the Revolutionary Democratic Front of India?
A. This front, as has been mentioned above, is a federation of revolutionary mass organizations working at grassroots level. While each of the constituent organizations works among the various sections of the people on their issues, to revolutionise them as per the understanding of New Democratic Revolution (NDR), the front focuses on larger political issues pertaining to all these sections at state and country-wide level. The RDF understands that NDR is the stage of democratizing the society by smashing the feudal and imperialist shackles. This also involves raising the consciousness of the people who are kept in backwardness by the semi-feudal, semi-colonial and reactionary social set-up that has emerged out of two hundred years of colonial rule and continuing imperialist plunder. The RDF believes that militant mobilization of basic classes of the people is the only way to democratize the South Asian Subcontinent. RDF also involves in building and participating in the larger United Fronts of different democratic and anti-imperialist forces in the country.
We join the call for his immediate and unconditional release and condemn the actions of the Indian State against the people. Some friends in India have started an online petition to this end, that reads in part:
The police action against Saibaba is a matter of great criticism from all the human having moral values. By signing this petition we declare our solidarity with the illegal and arbitrary arrests of Dr. G.N. Saibaba and to show our solidarity in support of Dr. Saibaba and make all legal efforts to ensure his safe release.
Please sign and distribute this petition widely. Actions are being organized world wide in support of Dr. Saibaba, so please be on the lookout for them.