A Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Sammelan (convention) of peasants and workers was organized on 10th June 2018 in Netrana village of Bhadra block in Rajasthan’s Hanumangadh district, to demand a stop to theft of water from all 4 canals and to repair the outlet of Amar Singh Branch of the canal. This conference was held on the occasion of the 81st anniversary celebrations of former Sarpanch late Master Hanuman Prasad Varma.
Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Sammelan - convention of peasants and workers - was held on 10th June 2018
Presidium of the Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Sammelan
On this occasion, peasants and workers of the area participated in huge numbers. Peasants, workers, craftsmen, shopkeepers, traders, students, youth, doctors, advocates and pensioners from Netrana, Diplana, Mansuri, Bhadhra and the area irrigated by the canal took part in the convention.
Speakers paid tribute to the life and struggle of the late Master Hanuman Prasad Verma, his humanism, his egalitarian outlook and the leadership he provided to the struggles of the masses of people. All the speakers pledged to carry his struggle forward.
The main speaker at the Sammelam, Hanuman Prasad Sharma, vice-president of the All-India Council of Lok Raj Sangathan, pointed out that although our country is supposed to be the biggest democracy in the world, there is no democracy for workers and peasants here. It is democracy only for the business houses, Indian and foreign monopolies.
He explained that neither did Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister from the Congress Party rule the country nor is Narendra Modi today ruling the country. In reality, it is the 150 monopoly business houses that are ruling. They bring in this or that party from time to time to run the system that exploits the working class.
We are seeing that Neerav Modi, Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya have run away with the money in the banks deposited through our sweat and toil, and are enjoying a life of luxury abroad. All the business houses together have defaulted on almost Rs.8 lakh crores. These defaulters are being allowed to get away with it through some “bail-outs” worth lakhs and crores in the name of improving the health of the banks; they are being given an opportunity to default again!
Peasants are committing suicide and life is becoming increasingly difficult for the workers. Today, these 150 business houses have a stranglehold on the system. Therefore, even as we fight for our immediate demands, we must take up the struggle for taking political power in our hands. We must change this exploitative system and power should come into the hands of the working class. To this end, we must raise the class consciousness and political consciousness of people. Without this, neither will immediate demands get fulfilled nor will there be an end to exploitation.
All the speakers who addressed the Convention reiterated the demands for repair of the 30 outlets of the four canals, for full release of water in the canal, and for implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.The speakers also cited the necessity of expanding the present Sangarsh Samiti. After this, the Samiti was expanded to include all the Presidents and members and the Panch and Sarpanch of the four canal areas. All present pledged to step up the struggle.
|Hanuman Prasad Sharma, All India Vice President of Lok Raj Sangathan addressing the convention||
Former sarpanch Om Sahu addressing the convention
Several speakers addressed the Convention which included former Parliamentary Secretary Jaideep Dudi, Prem Singh Punia, former Lokpal PP Singh Dudi, former Sarpanch comrade Om Prakash Sahu, Congress Block President Satpal Nehra, Sher Singh Beniwal, Jugal Khati, Shivnath Singh Lamba, Mange Ram Berad, Sher Singh Goswamy, Vikram Singh Rathod, Rajiv Kasava, Jagdish Dhaka, Ranjit SIngh Duhariya, Ramswarup Kaswa, Jagdish Dhaka, Mangaram Swamy, Ramjilal Mann, Jhandu Ram Ghintala, Amit Chhapola, comrade Gauri Shankar Shidhmukh, Gulab Swami, Subhash, Rajendra Beniwal, advocate Begraj Bhambhu, Shailendra, Pradip Sharma, Vinot Singathia, Bhagat Singh and others.
Former Parliament Secretary Jaideep Dudhi and all the potential candidates for the Assembly agreed that the demands of the peasants of Netrana, Deeplana, Mansuri, Bhadhra are valid and promised to support the struggle to repair the 30 outlets of the Amarsingh branch of the canal. Those who support the water thieves were condemned. And on this occasion, people from 25 panchayats united to declare that they would teach these supporters of the water thieves a lesson in the next Assembly elections.