Women Martyrs of The Indian Revolution-Singaram Martyrs

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Martyrdom : 08-01-2009

Comrade Mallam Seethi

Seethi (26) was born in the village Singaram situated in Gollapalli area, Konta Tehsil, Dantewada dt under South Bastar division. As she was the eldest daughter, she felt that it is her responsibility to look after her parents and four younger brothers. She came into contact with the revolutionary politics in 1995. She joined the Adivasi Bal Sangatan and worked in it till she grew up. She joined the KAMS in 2000 and put efforts to learn and teach about patriarchal oppression and women’s problems in an adivasi society.

She showed an alternative path of women’s liberation to the women. Gradually, as her political awareness and organizational capabilities increased, she developed into the President of KAMS Panchayat level committee and later she was elected as the president of the newly formed Janathana Circar at Panchayat level. Whether it was the mass organization or the people’s government, she fulfilled all her responsibilities with full responsibility. She addressed large gatherings of masses that were mobilized during the various revolutionary occasions.

When the fascist Salwa Judum was launched, local goons of tribal chiefs like Mudraj, Karam Gangal and Poriyam Hidma stood in opposition to Seethi. During SJ attacks on Singaram village, dozens of houses were razed down and Seethi’s house was one of them. Seethi was not deterred by the white terror of SJ and she carried on her activities as before. Meanwhile Seethi became seriously ill. She could not even get up from her bed and walk. The inhuman SJ goons pulled her out of the house in this sensitive condition and one after another raped her brutally. They cut her body into pieces with axes and sliced with knives. Her whole body was bleeding.

Comrade Podiyam Dule

Com. Dule was born in a poor peasant family in Chencham village in Kistaram area of Konta Tehsil. She was just 18 years at the time of her death. She was the only child of her parents. She grew up in a revolutionary atmosphere from her childhood. Her family had migrated fifteen years back from Gorkha (Bhejji) and had settled in Chencham village. She worked in the Adivasi Bal Sangam and developed herself politically.

She joined the CNM later. She used to practice singing revolutionary songs while herding cattle. She sang songs in the public meetings and spread revolutionary enthusiasm among the youth. Dule and Podiyami Hidmal loved each other and had married. She went and stayed at her in-laws house in Etegatta (Vinjaram). But within eight days their happiness turned into tragedy. She was killed in Singaram massacre.

Comrade Veko Pojje

Com. Veko Pojje was born in a poor peasant family in Chencham village which falls under Kistaram area of South Bastar division. She was just 16 years at the time of her martyrdom. Her parents died when she was still a child. Along with her younger sister, Pojje used to do all kinds of odd jobs to fill their stomachs. They used to meet the squads from their childhood as they used to visit their village. As soon as she came to know that the squad has arrived, Pojje used to rush to them and happily shook hands with the guerillas with a ‘Lal Salaam’. She joined the village level CNM unit. She used to put lot of efforts to sing well.

She used to practice the difficult tunes while she herded cattle. During revolutionary occasions and in political gatherings she used to go for campaigns in villages and convey revolutionary messages through her songs. She tried to sow the seeds of revolutionary culture among the people. She used to mingle well with everybody well due to her friendly nature. Pojje was brutally murdered in the Singaram massacre. The SPOs raped her inhumanly and killed her.

Comrade Madkam Deve

Com. Madkam Deve was born in Pusapalli village which is five kilometres away from Dornapal. She was just 17 years old at the time of her death. She was the only daughter of their parents. But her parents died when she was still a child and so she could not get their love as a child. She grew up in Korsuguda at her grand parents’ home. She used to work as a labourer even as a child to fill her stomach. She joined the CNM in the village.

With her ready smile she mingled well with all her fellow members and people. She tried to learn revolutionary politics through these songs. She used to discuss with her comrades to solve any small or big problems which cropped up during work. She asked whatever she did not know and spoke whatever she knew. Seeing her abilities and the needs of the movement there, she was transferred to work in the women’s movement.

She kept on the agenda of her organization the women’s problems she had identified during her concrete study and discussed about them. She mobilized women in meetings and rallies and led them. On January 8, 2009 she was walking to Singaram from Gondigudem with her uncle Badse Bhimal. She had gone to Andhra to buy some daily needs in the weekly market. She stopped at her uncle’s home while coming back. On 8th, she was going back to her home. The SJ goons caught her and raped her brutally. They beat her black and blue and put her naked body near a stream. Her body was sliced with knives and her body was blood soaked. As long as she was conscious, she kept on shouting her uncle’s name. Then they killed her by firing at her. In spite of such tortures she did not bow her head before the enemy. Such are the ideals she left for all.

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