Peasants

AIKMS Peasants

AIKMS Team Visits Mandsaur, Supports Peasants’ Struggle

AIKMS CEC delegation consisting of President Com. V Venkatramaiah, Vice President, Com. JV Chelapathirao, Com. Dattar Singh CEC member from Punjab and Com. Dharampal Singh, CEC member from UP visited Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradhesh on June 21, 2017. The team visited 7 villages – Pipliya Chonpet, Badkerapant, Pipliya Mandi, Richa, Buda, Chilo Pipliya and Tekaravad and talked to a wide cross section of peasants.

The delegation also met the families of the martyrs Abhishek, Dinesh Patidar in Badkerapant, Kanhaiyalal Patidar in Chilo Pipliya and Poonam Chand at Tekaravad, paid homage and consoled the families. In Richa village it met Ram Singh and Joginder Singh who were seriously injured in the police firing.

The team concluded that peasants of this area are facing serious economic crises. The immediate cause of unrest was rapid and drastic fall of prices of all agricultural produce to just half or one fourth of its earlier price. With input costs increasing year after year, the peasants have become deeply indebted. For this reason suicides of farmers also are continuing.

Instead of solving these problems, the govt of Shivraj Singh Chauhan allowed a section of goons and local businessmen to attack the peacefully protesting farmers and then, when the farmers tried to intensify their agitation the police fired straight on their bodies with the intention to kill.… Read More

AIKMS Peasants

AIKMS Statement on UP Loan Waiver

UP state executive committee of AIKMS has criticized BJP giving just partial relief to debt ridden farmers in loan waiver by the BJP govt and backtracking from its promises made during the elections.

BJP had made two loud promises in its election manifesto. One was that all the cropping loans of the small and marginal peasants, i.e. those with less than 2 hectares (5 acres) shall be waived immediately on its assuming office. Second was that all small and marginal farmers shall be given “byaj mukt fasli rin”, i.e. interest free crop loans.

Total crop loan burden of small and marginal farmers was Rs. 62,000 crores. Of his the govt. has waived only Rs 30,729 crores, leaving an Rs 31 thousand odd crores outstanding. This has been done by limiting the waived amount to Rs 1 lac of the loans taken upto 31st March, 2016 and pending till 31, March 2017.

During last rabi crop, due to extreme shortage of cash due to demonetization done by banks on the one hand hardly any KCC loans were disbursed and farmers were put to great distress as their crop could not sell. Now of the total outstanding loans of Rs 62,000 crores, only half the dues have been waived.Read More

AIKMS Peasants

Gujarat Police lobs tear gas, lathichages 5000 farmers for protesting diversion of Irrigation canal water to Big Industry

CEC of AIKMS has strongly condemned lathicharge and tear gas firing on several thousand protesting peasants of Sanand, Gujarat who were marching to Gandhinagar against the govt. having diverted irrigation water for their fields for Sanand industries. Peasants have been left starved for both irrigation and drinking water and their rabi crop is facing severe drought while big corporates draw the  benefit of Sanand canal water being diverted for them by BJP govt. of Gujarat.
While Sri Modi is conspicuous by his silence on the issue his party and the govt. are not only depriving peasants of water meant for them, but also the right to peacefully represent their problems.
On Feb 14 about 5000 peasants began the march on tractors. They were from 32 villages of the area including Veeramgam, Bavla and Sanand. Led by a DSP police stopped them at Nal Sarovar and brutally lathicharged with even women and children being attacked by men in uniform. When they protested tear gas shells were lobbed to disperse them.  The injured peasants are being treated at Sola Civil Hospital. However Ansari has claimed injuries to 7 policemen and none to the civilians. He has taken 20 peasants into custody under various allegations.… Read More

CPI-ML Peasants

West Champaran (Bihar) Murder of Com. Siraj Ansari by landlord gang

Com. Siraj Ansari, aged about 40 years, was murdered on February 8, 2017 at about 11 PM by a landlord gang in Katia Matia village in West Champaran district of Bihar. In this village struggle over 40 acres of land is continuing. Out of these nearly 22 acres of land has been captured by landless poor peasants. Com. Siraj was leading this struggle and had been a target of landlord goondas. There have been several attacks on Com. Siraj and other comrades. Attempts were also made to implicate him in false cases.

Struggles for land and against landlord oppression have sharpened in this area over last two years and landless poor peasants are resisting in landlord goonda violence. Many land struggles are continuing in Sikta and Majholia blocks of West Champaran district.

Com. Siraj was a member of Sikta Majholia Area Committee of CPI(ML)-New Democracy and has been working as a full time activist of the Party.

Over four hundred people participated in the funeral procession of Com. Siraj held today i.e. 9th February evening.

CPI(ML)-New Democracy pays its homage to the martyr comrade and vows to intensify peasant struggles against landlords and their goondas, to resist their attacks and to mobilize the peasants in large number in their struggles.… Read More

Caste Oppression Peasants

Bihar: Landlords Torture Dalit and MBC Youth

Rohtas district in Bihar has witnessed a heinous torture of one MBC and a Dalit youth by landlords. In the village Nauvan under Dinara police station dominated by Kurmi landlords and JD(U) MLAs are elected from this area i.e. Dinara and Kargahar in which landlords of this community dominate. The area has also been notorious for atrocities on landless poor peasants and massacres e.g. Vishrampur and Akodi Gola have taken place in this area in which landlords of this community and their political mentors had been the perpetrators.

The two rural labourers, namely Suresh Chauhan belonging to Nonia caste, a most backward caste, and Vijay Sharma belonging to Lauhar caste, a caste included among SCs by the State Govt. worked as mason and labourer with a landlord, Patali Chaudhary. When on January 29 these two asked for the money for their labour, Patali Chaudhary and his goondas accused them of stealing battery of his tractor. They were and confined and undressed made completely naked and badly beaten with rods. Hot iron rods were thrust into their private parts causing serious injuries. Their ordeal continued for 6-7 hours in Kurmi Tola. When some persons belonging to Nonia community informed Incharge of Dinara police station of this heinous crime, he did not even bother to go to the spot, enquired from village Mukhia, Ramakant Sah.… Read More

Peasants Ruling Class

Demonetization and Peasantry : Agriculture, Rural Trade Demonetized by Pro-Corporate, Tax Hungry Govt.

Ashish Mital
A story is popular in the villages. Some thieves entered a village in the dead of night. When the villagers raised an alarm of “chor”, “chor”, to escape identification the thieves joined the ruckus and themselves started shouting “chor, chor”. They ran around with the villagers in the darkness, looted what they could and by morning bolted with the booty. Modi is doing just that.
Demonetization of high currency notes by the Modi govt. has in one shot ruined vast sections of agricultural economy and rural markets because it has been accompanied with deliberate creation of a huge shortage of small currency, continuing and increasing restrictions on withdrawals, replacement with only difficult to exchange Rs 2000 notes- those too in short supply.
It is noteworthy that the govt. consciously barred rural banks from exchanging old notes from day one. Though after peasants’ protests the govt. permitted them to withdraw up to Rs 25,000 per week, the rural banks never had that kind of cash to give. Thirdly, though the govt. announced after about two weeks that fertilizers and seeds would be available in old notes, the currency had already lost a lot of credibility and Govt. outlets are known to have poor and restricted quality of both.… 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

CPI-ML Peasants Protests

UNDER THE BANNER OF OF ‘MARATHA KRANTI’

Pravin Nadkar
The politics in Maharashtra has sprung up an unexpected surprise before the ruling BJP led government in the state. The importance of the caste factor in the state politics has once again come to the fore. The recent initiative of political assertion of the Maratha identity is under the banner of ‘Maratha Kranti’. Considering that kranti i.e. revolution is a term used to describe the struggle of the downtrodden against the establishment, it can not be denied that this movement too enfolds trends against exploitative policies of the establishment. In fact a frustration arising out of inability to improve the living conditions of their own lot, is at the centre of the social turmoil in the offing.
The irony of the situation is that, traditionally, the ruling elite in the state also comes from their own community. This section of Marathas has been enjoying power in each and every field of state governance and rural economy. They are being, somewhat, side lined by the present ruling BJP led government . BJP is making alliance with the new elite players from the OBC sections and trying to woo the dalits in the state. In such a situation, the elite Maratha is trying to find its way back into the corridors of power.
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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