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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 New Democracy 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

AIKMS Peasants Press Release

OPPOSE commercial GM Mustard, DMH-11 is surrender before MNC Seed-Pesticide Lobby, Bayer, Monsanto

Central Executive Committee of AIKMS has filed objections on behalf of Indian farmers against the Central Govt.’s plan to release GM Mustard Seed, DMH – 11 for commercial use. It has appealed to the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, GEAC to withdraw the plan as it will be disastrous for Indian agriculture. The GEAC set up by the Supreme Court had asked for objections to be filed by October 5 and the issue is to come up before the Supreme Court later this month.

AIKMS questioned the main claim of GM that it will increase production by 20 to 25% and reduce import bill on edible oils as deceptive as the timely provision of traditional seeds, fertilizers and irrigation and profitable sale will itself drastically increase production without burdening farmers with high cost of DMH-11. While it may reduce import bill of the govt, it will increase farmers’ dependence on MNC Bayer for seeds, fertilizers and insecticides, raise input costs and indebt them. The main reason for shortfall in oilseeds and pulses in India is inadequate govt. support to farmers, reduced under WTO guidelines.

The disastrous affect of Bt Cotton promoted by Monsanto is a pointer to the failure of this technology.… 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

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

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Sangrur (Punjab) – Struggle of Dalits for Panchayat land advances facing State Repression

Recently the struggle of Dalits in Sangrur district of Punjab for their share of Panchayat land faced severe govt. repression. This struggle has been continuing for last two years under the banner of Zamin Prapti Sangharsh Committee (ZPSC). On May 24, 2016 Akali-BJP Govt. fired upon and lathi charged Dalits protesting against auction meant to defraud them of their right. In village Ballad Kalan, police action injured a large number of Dalits and police framed false cases against 170 activists, 71 named and others un-named, for having attacked police. It charged them for attempt to murder though no policeman had sustained any injury. This attack occurred on May 24th, on the eve of the anniversary of the famous Naxalbari armed peasant uprising.

Police has arrested several activists. Arrests are continuing. Cases are open-ended, allowing the police to round up whomever they consider the leaders of the movement. Police has seriously clamped down on the area. Movement of the activists is becoming difficult in these rural areas. But the people are determined not to let the Govt. rob them of their share of land and give it to the landlords. Panchayats in the area are controlled by rich landowners, panchayati administration and representatives of the ruling parties.… Read More