Land Struggles

AIKMS Land Struggles

Tribals’ Struggle in Chettupalli Village (Telengana) in Defence of Their Land

Exposing that its electoral promises were totally hollow, the KCR led TRS Govt of Telengana has launched an all out offensive against land being cultivated by adivasis and non tribal poor. The KCR Govt. came to power in June 2014 and 30 months have passed since then. In the election manifesto, KCR promised that the TRS would give 3 acres of land to each adivasi and dalit family by purchasing land. Not even one cent of land has been given to adivasis and distribution of land to Dalit families is farcical. On the other hand the Govt. is evicting the Adivasis and poor non tribals from land they have been cultivating for years together, some for close to four decades. This is when they are entitled to pattas for the land under the Forest rights Act 2006. They are doing this also on land for which the tribals have already been issued patta certificates earlier. This offensive was started last year itself in the name of Harithaharam (Green Belt) and crops over thousands of acres were damaged in the adivasi areas. This year, from February itself, eviction was begun well in advance of the sowing season by digging trenches in the cultivated land using JCBs.… Read More

CPI-ML Land Struggles

On Agrarian Question- Is there any place for Naxalbari ? by Amit Chakrabarti

‘There is no prospect for naxalite politics’,’Naxalbari shall never repeat’, ’Naxalites’ position on land question does not conform to reality’,’Big landholdings do not exist then where is the basis for naxalite politics’ – with all these interesting remarks we are going to face the 50th anniversary of Naxalbari peasant struggle.
I am delighted to listen to all these comments which denote Naxalbari struggle to be without any prospect or any basis and a struggle which does not conform to reality etc. etc. But I am still unable to solve a simple puzzle-Then why is there so much discussion about Naxalbari? Why does Indian state still consider different Naxalite groups as its main internal security threat? Contemporary to Naxalbari peasant struggle there was another big peasant movement in Sonarpur, West Bengal. CPM peasant leader, late Harekrishna Konar, considered it a very important struggle for land but astonishingly 50 years later, today nobody can recollect that struggle. On the other hand 50 years after Naxalbari, toiling people- peasants, adivasis and youth in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Vidarbha, Odisha, Telengana, Andhra, Punjab are still fighting in the name of Naxalbari. They are sacrificing their lives. Is it only sheer romanticism? Is there any socio economic relevance for Naxalbari?… Read More

CPI-ML Land Struggles

Amendments to CNT & SPT Acts : Assault on Land Rights of Tribals in Jharkhand

Mr. Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of the BJP led Jharkhand Govt., cannot stop patting himself on the back for a supposedly greatly successful ‘Global Investors’ Summit’ in Ranchi on 16­17th February, 2017. The Summit had 12 Union Ministers in attendance to ensure proper projection of Modi’s ‘Make in India’. It is being claimed that 210 MOUs worth Rs.310,287 crore have been signed with Indian and foreign corporates with an employment potential of over 2 lakh jobs. Obviously no statistics are being revealed as to how much land will be seized from Adivasis and how many of them will be deprived of their agricultural land, forests and livelihood.
Earlier other Chief Ministers have also made many such claims of MOUs many of which did not materialize particularly because of strong movements of Adivasis and other peasants resisting seizure of their lands and refusing to sell. The Raghubar Das Govt., in order to forestall this, has made changes in the CNT and SPT Acts to pave the way for grabbing of Adivasi lands for corporates.
The Chhota Nagpur Tenancy Act,1908 (CNT) and the Santhal Parganas Tenancy Act,1949 (SPT­ based on the Regulation III of 1872) are the basic laws governing rights, both individual and community rights, of Adivasis in Jharkhand on all land in the village ­ agricultural land, village community land, forest land.… Read More

AIKMS Land Struggles Mining Peasants

Convention against Polavaram Held Successfully

A national level convention against Polavaram was held on 24th Nov 2016 at the Conference Hall of the Tribal Museum in Odisha’s  Koraput town. Over 170 delegates from different states affected by this mega project along with leaders of different anti-displacement movements of Odisha attended the convention. The convention unanimously demanded to stop pro-corporate Polavaram project and urged the people to intensify the people’s struggle against it.

Inaugurating the convention, eminent academician of Odisha Prof. Bijaya Bahidar said that it is a historical event which has brought all the democratic, progressive and struggling activists of different states in one platform to protest against this so called national project. He said both the AP and Central Govt. are trying to complete this project at the earliest possible time only to serve the interest of different industrial houses based on the coastal corridor by pushing lakhs of people mainly tribals into displacement. In their desperation to carry out this anti-people project at any cost they even violated the PESA Act and Forest Right Act, 2006. Though hundreds of villages of Odisha and Chhattisgarh are going to be submerged by this project but no Gramsabhas were conducted prior to its construction and in AP also Gramsabha was done only in pen and paper.… Read More

Caste Oppression Land Struggles Peasants

Struggle in Punjab : JALOOR WINS IMPORTANT VICTORY

As reported earlier after brutal repression in village Jaloor of Sangrur district a joint forum named “Jaloor Jabr Virodhi Action Committee was formed and it fought back by holding a massive rally and demonstration in Lehragaga, tehsil headquarter . Demonstration at all district headquarter of Punjab on 22nd November was announced after a fortnight of effigy burning at village level. Meantime Mata Gurdev Kaur, mother of ZPSC district committee member and area president, who was seriously injured in attack by landlords was in hospital, her condition further worsened and had to be taken to PGI Chandigarh. She breathed her last on 12th November at PGI. Family of Mata Gurdev Kaur refused to take her body till the demands put forward by action committee are met. Action Committee started day night continuous dharna in front of DC office from 13th November.

Dalits, rural workers and peasants continued to throng DC office. Several rounds of talks were held but without any conclusion. Dharna in front of DC office continued for one week. On 19th November people marched to the house of Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Finance Minister in Punjab government and started dharna in front of his house which was to continue indefinitely, day and night.… Read More

Land Struggles Peasants

ZPSC led Struggle in Punjab – Dalits of Jalhoor Fight Back

Dalits in Sangrur district of Punjab are fighting for their share of Panchayat land since 2014. They have been able to get their share of land in many villages and are cultivating in co­operative form. This year, Dalits in 44 villages started struggle on this issue. After a pitched struggle, braving police lathis and jail and all sorts of state repression, Dalits of nearly forty villages succeeded in getting land.  In three villages i.e. Jhanerhi, Kalaudi and Jalhoor, the struggle did not succeed. In Kalaudi the matter is in the Court but in Jhanerhi the landlord is a goonda and a henchman of the local MLA. In Jalhoor, the landlords mobilized along caste lines. The Dalits continued the struggle and took to symbolic harvesting in Jalhoor. The landlords attacked their houses and injured some men and women. Police, instead of arresting the landlords, filed cases against the Dalits. Zameen Prapti  Sangharsh  Committee held a Dharna on October 5th, 2016 at Lehragaga in front of the SDM office. Even during the Dharna, the landlords and their goons threatened the people and made a public announcement in the village that the Dalits would be taught a lesson when they returned from the Dharna.… Read More

Caste Oppression Land Struggles Peasants

Landlords backed by Police Attack Dalits Struggling for their share of Panchayat Land

Landless Dalits of Malwa belt of Punjab, especially Sangroor district are struggling for their rightful share in panchayat land since 2014 under the leadership of Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee and have won important victories. Ruling class parties, landlords, police and bureaucracy are very much angry at this dalit rising. This year also there have been pitched struggles since June which are continuing till date. Dalits are facing concerted attacks by landlords and the police is acting for the landlords by foisting false cases against struggling Dalits and arresting them besides using force to disperse their gatherings.

In village Jaloor, block Lehragaga, panchayat land of dalit share was wrongly and forcefully taken by landlords through fake auction. Dalits are protesting against this. They have held dharnas and demonstrations a number of times, but all these protests fell on deaf ears and land was occupied by landlords. Dalits in protest did symbolic harvesting. On 5th October 2016, landlords attacked their houses, injured men and women and damaged properties. Police instead of taking any action against the landlords, foisted false cases against dalits and arrested them.

On October 4, 2016 a deputation of nearly 50 women went to meet the DC. When they were returning they were detained and threatened by police and let off in the evening.… Read More

CPI-ML Land Struggles

14th September 2016 : CPI(ML)New Democracy Protest at Telengana Bhawan against Attack on Adivasis’ Land by TRS Govt.

On 14th September, Delhi Committee of CPI(ML) New Democracy organized a protest at Telengana Bhawan against the TRS Govt. in Telengana . This Govt. is attacking the podu lands and even the patta lands in the forests which are being cultivated by the adivasis. The TRS Govt. is acting in the name of protecting forest and is uprooting those who for centuries have lived in these forests and been both its inhabitants and its protectors. The irony is even more pronounced when it is remembered that the Telengana Govt. tamely allowed 7 mandals of predominantly forest area to be axed from Telengana to be drowned for the Polavaram Project though this was opposed by the entire spectrum of the movement for Telengana State including the TRS. The forests of Telengana are anyway covered under Schedule V of the Constitution and are directly under the protection of the President of India. The TRS Govt. has no right to seize the land of the adivasis.

Protestors gathered a short distance away from Telengana Bhawan and marched towards it holding up red flags and posters and raising slogans. The posters condemned the police actions against Adivasis in Telengana, burning of their huts, destruction of standing crops, beatings and lathi charges on protesting adivasis false cases and arrests especially in Khammam and Warangal Districts.… Read More

AIKMS Land Struggles Peasants

AIKMS Statement on Supreme Court Verdict on Singur

AIKMS Central Executive Committee has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on Singur land acquisition, annulling the acquisition of 997 acres on grounds of lack of proper procedure and ordering the land be returned to the cultivators and owners. Though the judgement has not clarified how the sharecroppers and other dependents will be compensated, it has said that all 83% owners who took compensation will not have to return it and the remaining owners will be compensated for not having enjoyed possession their land for last many years.
CEC has demanded that since the entire acquisition process has been held to be illegally conducted and invalid, the state govt should immediately pay compensation to all the share croppers, landless workers and other dependents on this land for 12 years as they all depended on it for their living.
CEC, AIKMS also demanded that all financial burden of this should be recovered from Tatas.
The judgement squarely exposes the nefarious and illegal method in which farm lands are being acquired by ruling class parties to serve interests of corporate profits including of foreign exploiters, as against the interests of Indian people. It questions acquisition “of agricultural land under emergency clause for industrial projects of private companies”.… Read More

Land Struggles Protests

Organize Protests Against Telengana Govt.’s Attack on Tribals

K.C.R. led TRS Govt. has launched an all out offensive against the tribals in Telengana to dispossess them of their podu lands. Big police contingents are being sent along with forest officials to destroy crops in tribal lands, to get trenches dug to dispossess the tribals and unleash cruel repression against tribals wherever they resist the Govt. offensive. Even women and elderly are not spared by the force sent by KCR Govt.

Tribals are resisting this offensive which is depriving them their means of livelihood, their habitat and their traditional vocations. They are coming forward in struggles through demonstrations, rallies, processions and resisting the digging of trenches and destruction of crops. Tribals are being attacked by the police sent by KCR Govt. In these attacks tribals have sustained injuries, tribal women ill treated, tribal women and men framed and arrested in false cases, tribal houses burnt in several villages and tribal life disturbed in the vast areas. Forest areas of Khammam and Warangal have emerged as the centres of the resistance to this Govt. offensive though the offensive is against the tribals throughout the state.

To carry this attack through KCR Govt. is targeting CPI(ML)-New Democracy which has been organizing tribals in Telengana for several decades.… Read More