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All India Programme

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 25, 2007

Commemorating

1857

The First War of Indian Independence


All India Programme


31st May, 2007

Morning 9am to 11am


Saajha Roti – Saajha Sankalp


In Red Fort (Darbar-e-Aam), Delhi

Near Khooni Darwaja – Sama-e- Azaadi




Rashtriya Samvad


On the Need to Initiate Third Wave of Independence Struggle

Starts at 12 noon

Venue:

Swami Dayanand Bhawan

3/5, Asaf Ali Road, Delhi


Campaign for Initiating Third War of Independence



We cordially invite you to participate in the programme commemorating the First War of Independence.


Programme Coordinator: Dr. Rakesh Rafiq

Convenors: Gopal Roy, R.K. Pasi, Sumit Mandiwal, Rakesh Raman,

Nawab Md. Shueb Khan (Progeny of Bahadur Shah Zafar)



People’s Democratic Front of India (PDFI)
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Invitation for Kisan Panchayath

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 13, 2007

On 19- 20-21 May 2007, at Patiala, Punjab

To

… … … … … … … … … … …

…………………………………..

Dear Friends,

Hereby, we invite you to attend a Kisan Convention being held at Patiala on 19-20-21 May, 2007 by the People’s Democratic Front of India (PDFI) and its constituent organisations working in the agriculture sector. The convention is addressed to the burning issues that confront the peasants of India today. It will take up the question of indebtedness, suicides and the threat of land acquisition for various projects including SEZ. It will also arrange a session to discuss various movements going over on these issues throughout the country and ways and means to coordinate all these movements to initiate a countrywide united movement.

Probable Program: (The exact timing and details of the programme will be sent later.)

19-05-2007 (Saturday)

Cultural Evening and Night: Artists and cultural troops from various states will focus on Agrarian Crisis and struggle against it in various cultural forms.

20-05-2007 (Sunday)


(1) First Session: Inaugural Session

(2) Second Session: Indebtedness , Suicides and Unified Farmer’s Movement


21-05-2007 (Monday)

(3) Third Session: The Land Acquisition for Various Projects including SEZ , Displacement and

Coordinated Peoples Movement

(4) Fourth Session: Concluding Session:

1. Reporting and Discussion on the Ongoing Movements and Struggles on Issues and Demands of Peasants /Farmers, especially against Indebtedness, Land Acquisition and SEZ

2. Future Coordination of Various Struggles/ Movements and Organisations for Building a Unified All India Movement

3. Resolutions

In this Kisan Panchayat (Convention) most of the organizations, working in different part of the country on the issues and demands of the peasants / farmers, are being invited.

Your organisation is cordially invited to take part in the Kisan Panchayat (Convention). Please make sure your presence and contribute in deliberations. Strengthen the solidarity of peasant organisations and build a mighty movement against WTO, MNCs and Anti-peasant Policies of Indian rulers and state.

Thank you.

Dr. B.D.Sharma (011-24353997), Madhuri (94253-13918), Rakesh Rafique (94253-13918), Arjun Prasad Singh (99684-22834), Balkar singh Dakaunda (094176-24866), Harjinderjit Singh (94630-47216), Thomas Mathew, Tehal singh and Dr. Darshanpal (094172-69294)

For The Sub-committee on Agriculture Crisis, People’s Democratic Front of India (PDFI)

Participating Organisations: B.K.U. (Ekta), Punjab, Milkmen and dairy Union, Punjab, Bhoomiheen Kisan Sngharash Samiti, U.P., Kisan Sangharash Samiti, Moradabad, U.P., Mukti Vahini, Mainpuri, U.P., Jan Mukti Morcha, Ajamgarh, U.P, Jan Mukti Morcha, Basti, U.P., Bihar Kisan Samiti, Bihar, Janwadi Mazdoor Kisan Sabha, Bihar, Chhatisgarh Kisan Union, Chhatisgarh, Jagruk Adivasi Dalit Sanghatan, M.P.,Adivasi Mukti Morcha, M.P.,All India Praja Poratala Samiti, A.P.,Andhra Pradesh Rythu Coolie Sangham (APRCS),Bharat Jan Andolan

Contact: 094172-69294, 094176-24866, 94253-13918, 99684-22834, 94630-47216, 011-24353997, 94253-13918

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Peoples Democratic Front Of India (PDFI)

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 23, 2007

Peoples Democratic Front Of India (PDFI) expresses deep anguish and condolence at the departure of our respected Hari Singh Tarq, President of Association for democratic Rights, Punjab (AFDR), Convenor of Committee For the Assistance Of Tribals Affected by Salwa Judum (CATAS). He was a stalwart in defending the human rights and democratic rights of people in India and particularly in Punjab.


He always stood for the protection and promotion of the rights of the toiling and deprived masses. Hari Singh Tarq stood boldly in defence of the marginalised people right from Lehara Gaga to all India level. He struggled hard to build an all India movement for democratic Rights. He was always an important member of the fact finding teams to various parts of country e.g. Jharkhand POTA victims, Gujarat carnage, Chhatisgarh and Andhra Pradesh state repression etc. etc., carried out by AFDR or jointly with other civil liberties organisations.

With his initiative the first programme of the chain of aprogrammes devoted to Shaheed Bhagat Singh;s Birth Centenary year started from Lehara Gaga in 2006.

For more than a decade he continuously and regularly edited a monthly journal, previously named Jan Dastak and now Shabad Baan, highlighting the democratic values in literature, culture, society and politics and exposed the exploitative and oppressive system ruthlessly and boldly.

His death is a huge loss for the democratic movement of India and particularly of Punjab.

On the fateful day he along with his comrade Des Raj Chhajali and his young son was coming back from Barnala after attending a programme in the memory of Revolutionary writer and singer Sant Ram Udasi when he met an accident near Sunam. He was declared dead when brought to Patiala Hospital. Des Raj and his son are still crtical.

We, the organisations constituents of PDFI convey our heartfelt condolences to all family members, colleagues, friends and comrades.

From

(Dr. Darshan Pal)

On behalf of

Coordination Committee

Peoples Democratic Front Of India (PDFI)

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Demonstration at Jantar Mantar Against POSCO Displacement in Jagatsinghpur, Orissa

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 16, 2007


Vistaapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan


Demonstration at Jantar Mantar Against POSCO Displacement in Jagatsinghpur, Orissa



All are invited to participate in the protest against the cold and calculated build up of state repression on the people of Jagatsinghpur in Orissa.


· Prevent another Nandigram at Jagatsinghpur


· The paramilitary deployment in this area should be immediately removed.


· Conditions favourable for hearing the villagers’ concerns are immediately created by removing paramilitary forces and police from the vicinity of the project area.


· An immediate announcement should be made that no project will be located in those villages against the wishes of the local people.


· A democratic process is initiated for a healthy debate on the path of development to be followed in India.


Jantar Mantar

At 11 A.M.

17th April (Tuesday) 2007.


Rabi Ray, former Speaker, Lok Sabha

Kuldip Nayar, Former Rajya Sabha Member

Prafulla Samant Ray, B D Sharma, Rakesh Rafiq, G N Saibaba, and others will take part.

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First Conference of Anti-Displacement Front concluded successfully

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 24, 2007


Ranchi, March 23: A new national forum has been formed today to fight the development model that leads to large-scale displacement of workers for the benefit of the multinationals and domestic business houses.


The decision to form Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (Peoples’ Development Movement against Displacement) was taken after a two-day marathon brainstorming at Patel Bhavan, in the city today.


Nearly 500 representatives from 100-odd organisations across the country took part in the deliberations.

A rally was also organised today to highlight the need for the people to join hands to oppose displacement.


The new outfit has a nine-member steering committee headed by president of Bharat Jan Andolan B.D. Sharma. The other eight members are drawn from outfits active in Bengal, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. There is also a central council with 50 members.


Some of the immediate protest programmes include a Bharat Bandh some time in October, two-day demonstration near Parliament and three public rallies at Orissa, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.


Intellectuals, artists and writers in large numbers would take part in the demonstration programme at New Delhi.

In the four-page Ranchi declaration, the forum has resolved to oppose the present model of development.


“We demand to reject the MoUs that different governments have signed. We also demand scrapping of special economic zones as it would lead to displacement of rural population,” said the senior member of the preparatory committee that drafted Ranchi Declaration, G.N. Saibaba.


The forum suggested an alternative model for the development that would be people- oriented and for the masses. All development projects should have the consent of the local people and there should be no loot of natural wealth. Resources, they added, should be extracted to the extent that it serves the needs of the people.


“The new organisation will give more teeth to the various ongoing movements against displacements. We don’t want capitalists to decide the manner of development in the country. It would increase the disparities between haves and have-nots,” Sharma added The Telegraph

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The Orissa Government disrupted PDFI Preparatory Conference

Posted by Indian Vanguard on March 6, 2007

REPORT
The State level PDFI preparatory conference which was scheduled to be held on 8 th and 9th July at Aditya Hall, Sambalpur, could not be held due to prohibition order of Police and local administration. Hundreds of delegates who were assembled near the proposed conference hall were not allowed by the police and district civil administration officials to enter into the hall. Virtually the CRPF and Armed Police Forces forcibly occupied the proposed conference hall. The delegates including women and small Children were in open air when there was also rain. A huge contingent of CRPF, OSAP were deployed around the proposed conference hall and near the Khetarajpur Rail way station to terrorise the delegates.
Although an application was submitted before sub-divisional magistrate, Sambalpur on 19.6.2006 and the recommendation was obtained from Dhanupalli Police Station, the final permission for the proposed open public meeting schedule for date 9.7.06 was not provided. It is an well known fact that there is no necessity of permission from police or civil administration for holding any meeting in an auditorium. But the police and district administration showed their highhandedness with the support of brutal armed forces and prevented the hall meeting, intimidated and threatened to implicate in criminal case. Video shooting of all delegates including lady delegates was unauthorized done by the order of S.P. and the protest of lady delegates was not needed to. Due to the high handedness of authority, hundreds of delegate were deprived up exercising their democratic as well as fundamental right to from any association, assemble in a meeting, freedom at speech, expression etc.
However the delegates ventured to hold an outdoor open session at the platform of Khetarajpur Railway station Sambalpur. Guest delegate from Jharkhand and some other leading delegates who attended from different parts of the state discussed the draft constitution of PDFI. The movements of life and livelihood and against deprivation from land, forest, water, environment etc., which are continuing in different part of the state, were deliberated. All expressed their concern for the imperialistic exploitations in the name of new economic reforms. The issue of Kalinga Nagar resistance struggle and the movement of Sambalpur Pleasants for water to their land were deliberated in a special context. The undemocratic act of the Govt. was also unequivocally condemned by all the delegate speakers.
It is pertinent to mention that the present PDFI process in this state is being labeled as a new brand frontal organisation of Maoist Party. The Govt. machineries and a section of the press initially created this rumour to give a repressive hand to the authority on this plea for encroaching into this democratic attempt to form a broad united struggle forum, like PDFI. In the meanwhile one of the local organisers of PDFI named Amaresh Nayak was illegally detained in the police custody for more than 48 hours and produced in the court in serious false criminal charges like of sedition etc. It is reported in the section of the press that an innocent person was picked up from the bus by the police at Jujumara and has been illegally confined in Jujumara P.S. for more than four days. The convenor of Orissa PDFI process, Debendra is also wanted by the police & who may be arrested at any point of time. Invoking ban order against Maoist Party & seven other mass organisations & subsequent high handedness to prohibit the broad united struggle forum like PDFI process, clearly proves the attitude of the state, how it takes view on any dissent opinion, ideology and any democratic movement.

Action Suggested

1) A Dharana may be staged at New Delhi to record protest.
2) An appeal be made to all the countrymen to condemn the undemocratic act of the Govt. for its attitude towards any democratic struggle.
3) A delegation from the PDFI center may meet the Governor of Orissa & to press demand to refrain from any such undemocratic act of intervening into any public meeting.
From Debendra

Orissa PDFI


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An Invitation to Swim Against the Tide Together

Posted by Indian Vanguard on February 23, 2007

We could give you lifetimes of empty:

The unmarked graves

The lost languages

The uprooted trees and histories

The dead stares on the faces of nameless children

Before I start this poem we could be silent forever

On just long enough to hunger,

For the dust to bury us

And you would still ask us

For more of our silence.

–Emmanuel Ortiz


This letter reaches you amidst tall claims… about a strong and secure India riding the high tide of prosperity in South Asia in the 21st century. Growth, Security and Development are the buzzwords on the lips of anyone and everyone who matters in the sub-continent. A kaleidoscope of the emerging big picture—surfeit of images of super highways, malls, flyovers, golf courses, tourist resorts, mega-dams as hydel power projects, corporate farming, Special Economic Zones, urban beautification and finally a boomimg sensex—in the sub-continent as signs of growth, security and development is also being flaunted in the sensation driven media.

The vast sections of the people have been subjected to the worst kind of socio-economic crisis in the name of development. Today more and more tribals, dalits, minorities and the poorest of the poor are most cruelly removed from their forests, fields, lands, homes and cultures. They are being evicted from their lives and livelihoods.

When this letter reaches you probably many more farmers might have committed suicide. In the rich belts of the so-called ‘green revolution’ in Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh… .The granaries of India have become the graveyards for the farmers. More than a lakh farmers have so far committed suicide. Due to debt peonage. For the farmers agriculture is no more a viable economic enterprise. There is no economic incentive for the farmer to continue with the same agricultural produce. There is no way the landless agricultural labourer can work in the fields as the wages have gone down.

Peasants as a community also has become economically unviable for the state. As per experts (the bane of our times) the purchasing power of an IT professional is considered equivalent to 100 peasants put together.
In the name of development the best of arable lands in Haryana, Punjab, West Bengal, the Vidharbha region of Maharashtra is being sold for a pittance to the MNCs for setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The violence of an uncertain future have abounded the lives of vast sections of the masses who stand displaced in every possible way in this ‘model of development’. Displaced from their farmland, forest land, slums, small scale industries, villages, national territories. Displaced from their productive living. It is not to say that their lives till now have been devoid of any uncertainties, any form of exploitation or oppression.

The people of South Asia are subjected to most violent accumulation of capital. The position of the vast sections of the masses should not be confused with the dreams that are being peddled by the money merchants who want to sell the land, its resources, its peoples and their memories and dreams for a pittance.

The need of the hour is to come together, join hands and raise the voice of our conviction to redefine the world. For it is only through struggle that we can stop these designs: Of not only to exploit us economically, but also to reshape our reality so that we become willing slaves and willing servants. And it is only through uncompromising struggles that we redefine our world, where the people and only the people are the masters of their destiny. It is only possible through a united struggle of all fighting people and their organisations.

We invite you to be part of this anti-imperialist resistance, a platform against all forms of displacement to stop forever all displacement in the name of ‘development’. A note in this regard is enclosed. Let us discuss and initiate a peoples’ front against all kinds of displacement. We look forward to your participation in a meeting of people’s organisations and individuals in Ranchi on 20th and 21st January, 2007. The meeting begins at 11 A.M. The venue is Patel Bhawan, Lalpur Chowk, Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Endorsed by:
1. Dr. B. D. Sharma, Bharat Jan Andolan;
2. Gursharan Singh, Eminent People’s Artist, Punjab
3. Mahasweta Devi, Writer
4. Surendra Mohan, Socialist Front
5. K G Kannabiran, Eminent Human Rights Advcocate
6. Shyam Gaekwad, Labour Front, Maharashtra
7. Arundhati Roy, Writer
8. GN Saibaba, Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)
9. Shamsher Singh Bisht, Loksangarsh Vahini, Uttarakhand
10. A.K. Roy, Marxist Co-ordination Committee, Jharkhand
11. Debranjan & Bhagwan Majhi, PSSP, Orissa
12. Bojja Tarakam, Eminent Human Rights Advcocate and Convenor, PDFI, Andhra Pradesh Committee
13. Anand Teltumbde, Writer, Human Rights Activist, Maharashtra
14. M T Khan, Prominent Civil Rights Activist
15. Vittal Raj, All India Federation of Trade Unions (AIFTU)
16. Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha
17. Professor Keshav Rao Jadav, Eminent Socialist leader and Prominent Civil Rights Activist
18. Prof. KR Chowdry, Andhra Pradesh
19. Suguna Rao, Telengana Aikya Vedika
20. BP Kesari, Jharkhand
21. Shashibhushan Pathak, PUCL, Jharkhand
22. Thomas Mathew, Samajik Nyaya Morcha, Delhi
23. Harish Chandola, Senior Journalist, Uttarakhand
24. Rakesh Rafiq, Yuva Bharat
25. Tridib Ghosh, PDFI
26. PC Tiwari, Jan Adhikar Manch, Uttarakhand
27. Madhuri, Jagruti Adivasi Dalit Sanghatan, Bardwani, Madhya Pradesh
28. Gopal Naidu, Vidrohi Sanskritik Chalwal, Maharashtra
29. Revolutionary People’s Front, Kerala
30. Sini Soy, Kaling Nagar Bisthapan Birodhi Activist, Orissa
31. Amin Mharana, Jan Jamin Jungle Khani Surakhya Samiti, Sukinda Orissa
32. Partap Chinara, Chasi Mulia Dalit Sangha, Puri, Orissa
33. DR. Bisvajit Roy, Rastriya Yuva Sangathan, Orissa
34. Nav Nirman Samiti, Orissa
35. Bhakta Batshal Mohanty, Kendujhar Bisthapan Birodhi Jan Manch, Orissa
36. Suraj Tekam, Vananchal Kamgar Sarvangin Vikas Samiti, Chattishgarh
37. Judge Tirki. Jal Jangal Jamin Surakhsa Parishad, Orissa
38. Ram Chandra Sahoo, Rourkela Local Displaced Association 32 Villages
39. Vistapan Virodhi Jan Sangharsh Manch, Jharkhand
40. Auranga Bandh Virodhi Sangarsh Samithi, Latehar, Jharkhand
41. Kutkoo Dam Visthapan Virodhi Sangharsh Samithi, Garhwa, Jharkhand
42. Hindalko Visthapan Sangharsh Samithi, Richu Gutha, Jharkhand
43. Jameen Raksha Visthapan Sangarsh Samithi, Amrapada, Jharkhand
44. Tiger Project Visthapan Samithi, Betala, Jharkhand
45. Khutkathi Sangh, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand
46. Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Mukti Vani, Chandel, Jharkhand
47. Visthapan Mukti Vahini, Chandel, Jharkhand
48. Netrahat Field Firing Range Virodhi Manch, Netrahat, Jharkhand

49. Coal Visthapan Sangharsh Samithi, Peeparvar, Jharkhand
50. Bauxite Khanan Visthapan Sangharsh Samithi, Gumla- Lohardaggah, Jharkhand
51. Visthapit Sangharsh Samiti, Tetheriakhad, Jharkhand
52. Caol Visthapit Sansharsh Samiti, N K Area, Jharkhand
53. Visthapan Virodhi Samanvay Samithi, Jharkhand
54. Hul Jharkhand Kranti Dal, Jharkhand
55. Nau Janwadi Chetana Manch, Jharkhand
56. NTPC Vistthapan Sangharsh Samithi, Chandwa, Jharkhand
57. Surangi Visthapan Sangharsh Samithi, Singhbhum, Jharkhand
58. Birsa Ulugulan Manch, Namkum, Jharkhand
59. Mahila Ulugulan Manch, Namkum, Jharkhand
60. Ravi Study Circle, Ranchi, Jharkhand
61. HEC Vishapan Munch, Ranchi, Jharkhand
62. Paryavaran Bachavo Samithi, Kaandra Raghunathpur, Jharkhand
63. D C Gohai, Boakaro Visthapan Sangh, Jharkhand
64. Gautam Bose, Tatanagar, Jharkhand
65. Bapikar Samanyay Samiti, Jharkhand
66. Angami Pandey, Sajha Jan Sangharsh Abhiyan, Jharkhand
67. Sambhu Mahato, Jharkhand
68. Professor Ramsharan, Ranchi College, Jharkhand
69. Lambada Hakkula Poratha Samithi, Andhra Pradesh
70. Tudum Debba, Andhra Pradesh
71. Adivasi Vidyardhi Samskhema Parishad, Andhra Pradesh
72. Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Andhra Pradesh
73. Patriotic and Democratic Front, Andhra Pradesh
74. Adivasi Swayam Prathipathti Sadhana Samithi, Vishakha Agency, Andhra Pradesh.
75. People’s Land Commission, Andhra Pradesh

(A complete list of Signatories will be provided soon.)

20 January 2007

Venue: Patel Bhawan, Lalpur Chowk, Ranchi, Jharkhand
Date: 20, 21 January 2007
Time: 11 AM

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First Conferenceof Anti-Displacement Front

Posted by Indian Vanguard on February 14, 2007

March 22nd, 23rd 2007, Ranchi, Jharkhand

In Lieu of an Invitation

Heaven is a forest of miles and miles of Mohua trees
And hell is a forest of miles and miles of Mohua trees with a forest guard in it.

–A popular saying of the Muria Adivasi of Bastar, Chhattisgarh

Whatever contributes to assimilating people to Nature is a dangerous threat… At least that has been the lesson, of any discernible reading of the history of humankind. Here too, in the South Asian sub-continent, the experiences of the vast sections of the people have not been an exception. Specifically, after the advent of British colonialism…

Post-1947, there has hardly been any difference in the experiences of the people of the sub-continent. “If you are to suffer, you should suffer in the interest of our country”, this was what Jawaharlal Nehru asked the villagers, while laying the foundation stone of the Hirakud dam in Sambalpur, Orissa. Hirakud, or the dam at Bhakra, Nehru termed these ‘temples of modern India’. Ever since then, through the years of the so-called ‘green revolution’, canal irrigation cultivation, introduction of cash crops and hybrid variety of seeds we have daily proof that we create our world against Nature for want of profit. That people are forced to be the mute recipients of this expropriation of wealth in the name of development; of creating a new world out of Nature that is useful for a few rich and powerful. Even the most conservative estimate of the Government of India in 1994, after lot of jugglery with statistics, had to admit that more than 10 million (1 crore) people are still to be rehabilitated displaced by dams, mines, deforestation and other ‘development projects’.

Today this logic of creating a world against Nature have taken the most aggressive turn; voluminous in its scope of exploitation and destruction; murderous in its reach in that it ravages the lives and livelihoods of lakhs and lakhs of peoples. The tall claims of Special Economic Zones as havens of employment generation and productivity with legal provisions totally different from the law of the land is further evidence of recolonisation of the land and its people for brutal exploitation of imperialist and local capital. The innumerous Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) that are being signed by the GoI with various monopolies for mining in Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand are open invitations to loot and plunder the natural resources for the predatory needs of the market.

The grand design to construct mega-dams in hundreds across the sub-continent so as to generate power to sell it to the far-east market and massive super highways to access every nook and cranny of the region to the reach of big capital will without fail ravage various cultures, memories, lives and livelihoods of these peoples. Not to say, this package to loot and plunder the wealth of these regions will pit the various peoples in this region against each other.

Big labour, big industry and big capital have forced the people of the sub-continent to adjust and be assimilated in accordance to its needs. These experiences legitimized with it a history of exploitation, of domination, of considering human beings as ‘human resources’. Significantly, the use of the word ‘human resources’ confirms the dangerous threat of forcing people to comply with the needs of imperialism and its domestic lackeys. The poorest and the most vulnerable become easy targets. The tribal whether in Orissa, Jharkhand, Arunachal or Meghalaya and the worker in the small scale sector in Delhi, Mumbai or Calcutta, the landless agricultural labourer in Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh or Andhra Pradesh and even the small and middle peasant in Punjab, Haryana, Vidharbha and Andhra Pradesh all are classified, registered alongside the mineral, vegetal and animal resources. Mind you, people so designated are not the aim of production, but its raw material.

From Polavaram to Tipaimukh, from Nandigram, Singur Shalgoni, Dadri to Vidharbha, from Kalinganagar, Kashipur to Chhattisgarh and North Andhra and Telengana and Karnataka this language is not deceptive: as we all know, resources are to be exploited, and in our world they are bound to be destroyed. The struggle has increasingly become between two worlds in opposition: that of the world of the greatest number of people labeled as ‘natural resources’ and the world of those who treat them as such.

The reckoning of the hour is to forge an uncompromising resistance at the ground level while building a massive public opinion against this politics of loot and plunder in the name of development. At the South Asian and international level. It is important and inevitable that the resistance be forged at as many levels as possible. As you may know, a process towards building a mighty resistance against these displacements under the garb of ‘development’ has been initiated. The first preparatory meeting was at Ranchi, in Jharkhand on the 20, 21 st of January 2007. Over 100 organizations and individuals are part of this process to build a massive people’s resistance against all forms of displacement at the South Asian level.

The first conference of this Anti-Displacement Front will be on the 22nd, 23rd of March 2007 at Ranchi, Jharkhand. We invite you to be part of and hence strengthen this process.

No to Displacement! No to Rehabilitation!
Only Change with Equity & Justice!


On behalf of the Preparatory Committee, Against Displacement, Dr. B D Sharma & G N Saibaba
Email:notodisplace@rediffmail.com , fightdisplacement@hotmail.com
,Phones: 011-24353997, 9910455993.

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