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National Alliance of People’s Movements and Action 2007

 

Jattha Update: Day 5,6
January 30th, 31st

 

• Nandigram-Narmada-Gorai Jattha 2008 Reached Rewa In Madhya Pradesh,
After Visiting Jharkhand And Chhattisgarh

• Overwhelming Response From People In Raigarh And Rewa, In Solidarity
With People From Other Movements

• People’s Movements Show Collective Strength To Fight Against
Anti-People Policies And State Repression

 

On the 31st morning, the 6th day of the Jattha, more than 35 activists from Nandigram, Singur, Bokaro, Ranchi, Delhi, U.P., A.P., Orissa, Raipur and other parts of India reached Satna, Madhya Pradesh after covering some areas of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Sunilbhai of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Madhuribahen of Jagrut Dalit Adivasi Sangathan  and many other senior activists joined the Jattha  and proceeded to Rewa near JP cement factory, where not so long ago (Sep 2007), one youth named Rajendra Singh Patel, was killed and 30 others were injured including women, due to police firing.  Their only ‘sin’ was to demand jobs since their land had been acquired for setting up the factory. Till today the marks of the injuries are there in these people’s bodies.  The Kol adivasis were also injured in this firing.  The Jattha met the activists of NFFPW there.

The Jattha joined the meeting in the Jirah Village where people shared the realities of their life and livelihood and their agitations, and heard the powerful struggle of Nandigram.

The Jattha came back to Rewa where a JP cement company affected people and senior activists from Vindhyachal Jan Andolan Samiti and many other organizations including React, organized a meeting of hundreds of people.  The gathering was addressed by Sunilbhai, Madhuribahen, Sandhya Devi, Nandlalbhai and Medha Patkar, on behalf of the Jattha.

The people emphasized on strengthening the non-party politics of people’s movements and alternative to mainstream politics. They also promised to take this process forward with NAPM.

In the night there was meeting with about 25-30 representatives from various organizations, senior activists, veteran writers and intellectuals from the area who said that it was imperative to build a strong collective movement in the Vindhyachal area where large number of MOUs of National and Global industries and  investments have been declared, and been signed.

In the night, the Jattha boarded the train to reach Khandwa to proceed towards Badwani and Narmada Valley. From here the Jattha will move to Pune and the concluding programme is at Gorai on 4th February, where a huge SEZ project in planned.

DAY 5

Earlier, on 30th January, the Jattha was meeting people in Raigarh, where a large group welcomed the Jattha. After having a meeting at Agarwal Bhawan the Jattha reached the Samadhi of Satyabhama to salute this adivasi women activist, who died in Raigarh, during the indefinite hunger strike against Jindal – notorious for polluting rivers, indiscriminate mining of iron at the cost of life and livelihood of adivasis and other people. The members of Jattha also met her family members. The Jattha members were informed that the corporate state was conspiring to remove the Samadhi of Satyabhama but the people were ready to fight and protect her Samadhi, which is a symbol of struggle where she gave her life to protect natural resources against the mining giants.

This being the 30th of January, the punyatithi of Gandhi,  people visited the statue of Mahatma Gandhi to pay tribute  to him and took  resolution to challenge violence and to protest against any kind of violence.

Jattha then reached Gade Gaon in Kamnaar Tehsil of Raigarh where people are protesting against the mining by Jindal Company.

Ironically, a public hearing organized on Jan 4th 2008 for the mine-displaced people in the area was systematically sabotaged by the people hired by Jindal group, aided by the State government machinery.   As soon as people started public hearing, the corporate aided goons who came in trucks attacked the people. On the contrary, the innocent people were implicated for this and not the ones who attacked. No FIR was filed by authorities against those who injured the people.

The collector cancelled the public hearing by giving the justification that situation was tense and not appropriate for the Public Hearing.

However, as soon as people went back to their respective villages, the Public Hearing started with wrong people who were brought by the company in trucks. As suspected, they obviously cleared the mining project of Jindal. People were cheated not only by the company but also by the authorities that are supposed to protect their rights. Indeed, the people are angry and determined to get this fake public hearing cancelled.

The Jattha met many people here and heard their stories of despair, destruction and the spirit to struggle against injustice.  Many people offered to join the struggle for solidarity whenever there is a critical need.

Activists participating in the Jattha such as  Sandhya Devi  from Orissa, Radharani and Shaikh Sultan from Nandigram, Gautam Bandhopadhyay from Chhattishgarh, Romabahen from U.P., Medha Patkar from NBA, NAPM, Sri Janak Lal Thakur of CMM, representative of Chhattisgarh Mahila Jagruti Sangathan  and the representative of people struggling against Chauranga Factory, addressed the gathering.

 

 

Mukta Srivastava
National Alliance of People’s Movements

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Jattha Update-29th January-4th day

Jattha Reaches Ranchi after Visiting Bokaro

Nandigram or Singur, Narmada or Damodar, The Reality Is Same:BrokenPromises, Violated Rights And Private Profits At Public Costs.

Reaching Bokaro on the third day of the tour, Jattha members visited the villages, including Mathuri and Kanari affected by the Bokaro Steel Plant.While in total 33,000 acres of land was acquired by SAIL, much of it without even following the process laid out under the British Day old Land Acquisition Act. During the acquisition process, more than 7000 acres of land was forcibly acquired by the authorities as the land acquisition process was left midway, but the acquisition done. In another instance of violating the rules, survey has been initiated for over 4600 acres of land but then the acquisition has
already been accomplished.

One could understand why people from the affected areas have been opposing the steel plant. The villagers shared many such instances where their lands and livelihoods are being snatched away under the pretext of setting of the plant. One was to witness for one more time, the sham of rehabilitation. The beautifully drafted policies and entitlements that remain only on paper and are not implemented anywhere. The displaced in this case were entitled for land worth one-tenth of acre and house plots. While the titles of the plots have not been transferred to their name, they are being asked to deposit money in order to receive house plots. One was to witness another instance of corruption, when the locals shared in details the modus operandi of how bogus names were included in the list of affected families, in this case 13,000, and now they have been given sundry jobs at the plant site, while the real affected families are to still await the fulfillment of the promises of providing jobs. Jattha members expressed their solidarity with the affected populations in the form of speeches and a song was sung by Sandhaya Devi.

Similar was the plight of the affected people of Tenu Ghat dam, a part of the Damodar Valley project, implemented long back but rehabilitation of the affected, still an unaccomplished task. At the periphery of the Plant are residences of those who work at the site. Employed as contract labourers, they are exploited and not given their due. Krantikari Mazdoor union is working with them on the issues of implementation of the labour welfare legislations such as Contract labour act, Minimum Wages Act etc.

A delegation, consisting of local activists accompanied by Jattha members Sandeep Pandey. Romabahen, Nand Lal, residents of Nandigram, met District Collector and confronted him on the above mentioned issues. It was decided to have a meeting again in the last week of February and if no decisions taken, an indefinite action programme will be initiated, in which affected people from other areas will also join.

On 29th, the jattha reached Ranchi where Jangal Bachao Andolan, Ulgulan Manch, Jharkhand Mine Areas Co-ordination Committee had organized a public meeting. It was addressed by veteran leader Ram Dayal Munda, Radha Rani of Nandigram, Sultan Meenal Panda from Singur, Romabahen and others. Speaker after speaker lamented the fact how Corporations and companies are in connivance with the governments, were encroaching upon people’s rights and resources. Social Activist, Medha Patkar gave a call of working towards the implementation of Article 243 of the Constitution, which would be a step towards Gram Swaraj.

The issues related to the mining undertaken by Uranium Corporation of India Ltd
were also raised by the local people. Sandeep Pandey shared how the Indo-US nuclear deal was to exaggerate these problems and convert the country into a military zone. The Jattha marched from Ranchi to Jamshedpur, where they joined the in-definite dharna of the local people. A mass meeting was held later on.

The Jattha will be moving on to Raigad on 30th, Chhattisgarh and to Reva by 31st.

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Press Release

26-27th January 2008

Nandigram-Narmada-Gorai Jattha begins amidst Heavy Rainfall

 

The First Meeting at 2.00 P.M. in Nandigram

Torch Light Rally During Late Evening


The much-awaited Jattha from Nandigram via Narmada to Gorai commences today, 26th Jan, The Jattha is expected to raise a number of issues related to violation of people’s rights, especially use of force against peaceful democratic agitations, coerced displacement, land rights, right to life and livelihood, inadequacy of the land acquisition act as also destructive
development and communal violence.

The first meeting of the Jattha will take place at 2.00 p.m. on 26th January, in Nandigram. A torch light rally, with the women of Nandigram, will take place in the evening. The team of about 30 activists is expected to reach Singur for night halt.

The participants include Amarnathbhai of Sarva Seva Sangh, Romabahen, Gautambhai of Nadi Ghati Morcha, Nandlalbhai of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), U.P., Sajeevan bhai of NCDHR, Sandhya bahen of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, Kalyanbhai Sen Gupta of Gana Mukti Parishad, Sudiptobhai andMuradbhai of Hawker Sangram Samiti, Arunbhai Bhattacharya and Debjitbhai ofNAPM West Bengal, Satyenbhai of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Mauryabahen of GharBachao Ghar Banao Abhiyan, Mumbai, Girishbhai of Delhi Support Group andSangharsh 2007 and Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan and NAPM.

Ramdayalji Munda and his cultural team also reached at Nandigram from Jharkhand and he raised the issues of people struggle through traditional adivasi Music and dance.


Rs. 50,000 will be donated to Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee for rehabilitation of severely affected people and also as a mark of commitment to raise sufficient funds towards the cause.

The torch rally in Audiogram will be led by Radar Rani Adi, who suffered violence during the CPM-led recapture of Nandigram.

 

The Jattha then reached Singur and the members of the Jattha met the Krishi Jami Raksha Samiti and discussed the present situation in Singur,

27th Jan 2008

Today morning people had discussion with the M. L. A. of the area and raised issues with him on human rights violation, displacement and devastation in Singur due to wrong development policies which is leading to usurpation of resources including fertile land at the cost of life and livelihoods of farmers and those dependent on agriculture.

Meanwhile, Bhupendra Rawat, Activist working with people struggling against demolition of so called “un authorized colonies’ in New Delhi, joined the Jattha.

The Jattha also visited Kana river, where they were informed by the local people that about 80 per cent of the total land is being irrigated under the Damodar Valley irrigation plan.

Meetings were held in 4 villages including Ghoppada, Gopal Nagar, Bazbhelia and Beraberi. In Bazbheria and Beraberi people came in large numbers to attend the meeting.

They asserted that despite the recent judgment, they are determined to fight because this is the question of availing justice and not judgment.

While sharing their experiences many local people from Singur said that they had to question the State, The corporate and the Judiciary on the anti people policies that affecting their lives and livelihood.

Representatives from various movements in the Jattha were shown the Tata shed and the rich, fertile and green fields surrounding the area. They also showed the representatives, samples of the large potatoes that are grown in those fields.

From here onwards till Gorai (concluding place of the Jattha) Radha Rani , Uma Panda, Pratap Padi, Nibha Panda, Manoj Panda, Badal Bera and Sheikh Sultan from Nandigram, and Basudev Das, Ram Das, Milan Khada, Shyam Padkole, and Amita Baag from Singur have joined the Jattha.

The Jattha will reach Bokaro, in Jharkhand tomorrow.

From here onwards till Gorai (concluding place of the Jattha) Radha Rani , Uma Panda, Pratap Padi, Nibha Panda, Manoj Panda, Badal Bera and Sheikh Sultan from Nandigram, and Basudev Das, Ram Das, Milan Khada, Shyam Padkole, and Amita Baag from Singur have joined the Jattha.

The Jattha will reach Bokaro, in Jharlkhand tomorrow.

Social activists like Sandeep Pandey and many others will join the Jattha in
the coming days. The Jattha culminates at Gorai, in Mumbai on 4th February 2008

Gautam Bandopadhyay (098261-71304), Medha Patkar (094239-65153)

 

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