Lok Raj Sangathan Delhi Regional Council organized several competitions and discussion on August 15 on the subject of 63 years of Independence and Rising Prices in the resettlement colony of Madanpur Khader Extension. Large numbers of youth (girls and boys), men and women of the area participated in the events.
The competitions included an essay and debate on the issue. The essays were worth reading for the high level of understanding and political aspirations of the youth reflected in them. They questioned the “independence” of this biggest democracy of the world, in the context of the fundamental problems faced by the people. All the essays were interesting. The concerns of today’s youth also found reflection in the essays.
Lok Raj Sangathan’s local activists had been preparing for several weeks to make this event a success. They organized several street corner meetings. They established contacts with several local Samitis. They invited and encouraged the participation of local intellectuals and social activists in the competitions.
On this occasion, the President of the All India Council of the Lok Raj Sangathan was greeted with great enthusiasm by the activists who quickly concluded the competition to join the discussion.
The Delhi Spokesperson of the Communist Ghadar Party of India said that our country has been independent since 63 years. In 1947, the power to rule was transferred from the Crown in England to the hands of the capitalists in India. Therefore we should not have any reservation about saying that this is independence for the capitalist, not for the country's toiling workers and peasants.
He pointed out that in these 63 years, the toilers are sinking deeper into poverty while the wealth of the capitalists is growing with out any limit. The same time the capitalists of our country are among the wealthiest in the world. Our country ranks high in the world in poverty, hunger, lack of drinking water, problems of housing, lack of electric power, naked-half clothed people. On behalf of my Party, I want to congratulate you for the struggle you are waging, in not begging but demanding the most basic facilities from the government. You are building the unity of the local samitis. It is these samitis that will go forward to become the instruments of people's power. These are the samitis that will select, elect and exercise control over the representative. You will participate in every decision of the country. The workers-peasants and toilers must become the real rulers and decision makers of this country.
The Secretary of the South Delhi's Lok Raj Samiti elaborated on the weaknesses of the prevailing ration system. He applauded the militant struggles of the Lok Raj Samitis, under pressure of which the officers of Mandal no. 52 were forced to release hundreds of ration cards.
The representative of Purogami Mahila Sangathan spoke of the problem of toilets in the area, and the issues of safety, health and transport facilities for women and girls. She gave a call to the people of the area to pick up the challenge of intensifying the struggle on these issues.
The Hind Naujavan Ekta Sabha representative raised the problem of unemployment being faced by the youth and the callous response of the government to this problem.
Local social worker Jawahar explained that on the one hand the number of students in the schools were increasing but they were not able to continue their studies for lack of proper school buildings.
Hazari Pradhan illustrated with examples how the political parties keep people politically backward in their selfish narrow interests.
The discussion concluded with prize distribution to the participants of the essay and debating competitions and Lok Raj Sangathan's presentation on the demand for universal PDS.