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Archive for August 9th, 2007

Invitation for Kissan Panchayat

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2007

(Farmer’s Convention)

On 24-25 th August, 2007 at Amar Ashram (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Hall),

Near Polo Ground, Patiala (Punjab)

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Dear Friends,

Hereby, we invite you to attend a Kissan Convention, being held at Patiala on 24 th and 25th, August 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 and suicides of farmers 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 thought the country, and ways and means to coordinate all these movements to initiate a countrywide united movement.

Program Sheet

24-08-07 (Friday)

First Session : Inaugural Session

Presided by Dr B.D. Sharma,
Convener of PDFI & Retd. Commissioner Govt. of India

Inaugural Speech
: Gursharan Singh, Noted Artist and Dramatist

Welcome Address : Balkar Singh Dakaunda, President, BKU (Ekta), Punjab

Introductory Speech : Dr. Darshan Pal, PDFI

Chief Guest : Prof. Jagmohan Singh , General Secretary, AFDR, Punjab.

Second Session : Indebtedness and Suicides of Farmers

Presided by Madhuri, Jagruk Adivasi Dalit Sangathan, MP

Papers to be presented by

Dr. B. D. Sharma ,. PDFI- Indebtedness of Farmers : Reasons and Solutions

Prof. Sukhpal Singh , Agriculture University, Ludhiana : Agrarian Crisis : Indebtedness and Farmer’s Suicides in Punjab

Prof. Ranjit Singh Ghumman , Punjabi University, Patiala : Peasantry, Problems of Rural Area and solution

Mr. Buta Singh Burjgill , Gen. Secretary, BKU (Ekta), Punjab: Indebtedness of Farmers and peasant’s struggle.

25-8-2007 (Saturday)

Third Session : The Land Acquisition for various projects including SEZ, Displacement and Coordination of People’s Movement

Presided by Ramachandra Singh, Bhoomiheen Kissan Sangharsh Samiti, UP

Papers to be presented by :

Prof Sucha Singh Gill
, Punjabi University, Patiala- On Special Economic Zone

Arjun Prasad Singh , PDFI – On Displacement

Representative of BKU (Ekta), Punjab : New Economic Policies Displacement and Peasant’s struggle

Fourth Session

Presided by Dr Darshan Pal, PDFI

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

2. Future Coordination of various Struggles/Movements and Organisations for Building a United All India Farmer’s Movement.

3. Resolutions

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

Your organisation is cordially invited to take part in the Kissan 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 states.

Participating Organisations:

BKU (Ekta), Punjab, Milkmen and Dairy Union, Punjab, Bhoomiheen Kissan Sangharsh Samiti, UP, Kissan Sangharsh Samiti, Moradabad, UP, Mukti Vahini , Mainpuri, UP, Jan Mukti Morcha, Azamgarh, UP, Jan Mukti Morcha, Basti-Gurakhpur, UP, Bihar Kissan Samiti, Janwadi Mazdoor Kissan Sabha, Bihar, Chhattisgarh Kissan Union, Jagruk Adivasi Dalit Sangathan, MP, Adivasi Mukti Morcha, MP, All India Praja Poratala Samiti, AP, Bharat Jan Andolan. Andhra Pradesh Rythu Coolie Samgam (APRCS),

Contacts : 094172-69294, 094176-24866, 09410477775, 099684-22834, 094630-47216, 011-24353997, 094253-13918

With thanks

On behalf the Sub Committee on Agriculture Crisis,

People’s Democratic Front of India (PDFI)

Dr. B D Sharma (011-24353997 ), Madhuri (094253-13918) , Rakesh Rafique ( 09410477775), Arjun Prasad Singh (099684-22834) , Balkar Singh Dakaunda (094176-24866) , Harjinderjit Singh (094630-47216) ,Thomas Mathew

and Dr. Darshan Pal (094172-69294)

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Schoolchildren took out a rally against police act

Posted by Admin on August 9, 2007

From correspondents in Jharkhand, India, 03:00 PM IST

Hundreds of schoolchildren in the forested areas of Jharkhand’s Palamau district took out a rally and shouted slogans demanding that police reveal the whereabouts of top Maoist leader Madanji who was arrested last month.

‘Police, bring Madanji before us. Reveal where Madanji is being kept,’ the children shouted at the rally, which was reportedly organised by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) rebels in Palamau, around 240 km from here.

Patna police arrested Madanji, a central committee member of CPI-Maoist, along with two other rebels last month when he had gone to the Bihar capital for medical treatment. Police have kept his arrest a secret and not revealed where he has been lodged.

Maoist rebels, who want police to reveal where he has been kept, are putting pressure on police to make Madanji’s arrest public.

‘Madanji has done a lot of things for the state. Police should make his arrest public and tell where he has been kept,’ said Pintu, a school student who participated in the rally.

Echoing his sentiment, Sangita, another student, said: ‘Police are deliberately not disclosing his whereabouts. They may kill him in a fake encounter.’

Police officials say the protest by schoolchildren is the handiwork of the CPI-Maoist to put pressure on the government.

‘The arrest of Madanji is a big catch for us and a setback for Maoist rebels. We hope he will reveal many things which will help us in our combing operation against Maoists,’ a police official told IANS.

Maoist rebels had called a state-wide strike last week to protest the arrest of Madanji.

Maoists are active in 16 of the 22 districts in the state. Around 830 people, including 320 security personnel, have been killed in the last six years in Maoist-related violence.

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