PRABHAT (“Dawn”)

A Revolutionary Magazine which is Banned in India

      The editorial board of Prabhat has issued this introductory description of the magazine:

      ‘Prabhat’ means Dawn. This magazine is the official political organ of CPI (Maoist)’s DKSZC [Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee]. It was launched in 1988 and it’s being published in the Hindi language. Between 1995 to 2005 some of the issues of this magazine were also brought out in Telugu. It’s a regular tri-monthly magazine, but at times, it has not been that much regular due to so many constraints including enemy attacks.

      In the beginning, it used to get published from urban areas where the staff would live clandestinely with proper cover. But when the enemy intensified attacks in urban areas, it was shifted to the DK guerrilla zone along with its staff comrades. It had an old fashioned cyclostyle machine then that was the only printing mechanism of this magazine. From 1997 onwards, computer composing, screen printing and mini offset machines slowly entered into the jungles of Dandakaranya.

      No doubt, Prabhat has been playing its role as an organizer, as defined by Lenin, and thus it’s been contributing in the revolutionary movement of Dandakaranya.

      So many adivasi guerrilla comrades have worked and have been working as the staff of this magazine. As part of its multi-pronged attack, the enemy is targeting also this magazine and its staff with the aim of finishing it off. In 2010, on August 17 mercenary killer gangs of the ruling classes attacked this unit and brutally killed Comrade Chaite, a female staff member. On July 25, 1999 Comrade Somanna, one of the founder members of the printing unit of this magazine, was killed in a clash with enemy forces while fighting heroically. Recently, on February 7, 2013, an elderly women comrade named Samita, a former staff member of the Prabhat unit who had served between 2000-2003, succumbed to cancer.

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