DEMOCRACY AND CLASS STRUGGLE SALUTES THE MOVEMENT OF DALIT AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS IN THE PUNJAB
HARSH THAKOR SAYS SALUTE THE ZAMEEN PRAPTI SANGHARSH COMMITTEE FOR STAGING 2ND MAHAPANCHYAT WHICH WAS A LANDMARK EVENT IN HISTORY OF REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT OF PUNJAB .
ONLY SUCH WORK CAN BUILD A GENUINE AGRARIAN REVOLUTION.
TRIBUTE TO PAINSTAKING WORK OF ZPSC COMRADES.
The 2nd Mahapanchayat of ZPSC was a landmark event in the building of an agrarian revolutionary movement of Dalit agricultural labour.
The venue literally looked lit with red lamps staging the torch of resistance to extinguish forces of darkness.
Around 3000 people thronged from 100 villages in Sangrur and the venue blazing the spirit of revolution.Speakers summed up the ground realities of the prevailing conditions and condemned the denying land rights to Dalits.
They also explained how the government betrayed all election promises for residential plots and reasserted the demand of Dalits for 1/3rd right of panchayat land.
They demanded 99 years lease to hand over lands that belonged to the Dalits.
Event was a tribute to painstaking work of the comrades of ZPSC.who pioneered a movement of new type to emancipate agricultural Labour President of ZPSC Mukesh Mulaudh felt that what was relevant here was the direct confrontation of the upper caste Jat peasantry at the very village level.
Without pressing for the land ownership of 1/3 of village panchyat for the dalits no agrarian movement could be launched.
The ZPSC would wait till the 22nd March for the govt.to implement its promise.Malaudh felt the direction of such re-distribution of land was lacking within the revolutionary camp and peasant organizations were only agitating against the state govt rather than organizing against landlord upper caste enemies.
I was privilaged to witness the event where I witnessed the result of the painstaking work of the ZPSC with the aid of the Punjab Students Union and Naujwan Bharat Sabha. Preparation and meticulus planning and groundwork was the key to the success of this event.
In the end the membership was re-organized and plans were chalked out for the future.
With great enthusiasm the dalit community,particularly women raised slogans supporting the resolutions.
Event was an inspiration to the dalit community of the nation as a whole.It the importance on the caste aspect with the leader of the Bhim army relating the dalit problem with that of the agrarian revolution as a whole.Very soon the land distribution campaigns will be launched.