Women, farmers, workers are engaged in major struggles to protect their lands, livelihoods, water resources and lifestyles all over the country. The struggles sprung up all over the country to fight for sustainable development, for employment-generating village-industries , self-reliant agriculture and decentralised democratic development-planning alternatives. But the arrogant and indifferent governments are hell bent on crushing this people-centric development by approving over 600 SEZs across the country. Innumerable SEZs are devouring not only pristine agriculture, natural wealth but are also destroying people's lives and livelihoods without providing any rehabilitation.
We have been left with no choice but to challenge the whole process of globalization resulting in suicides of farmers (over one lakh now) which in no way could be called suicides-in fact they are being murdered in the name of developmental economic fundamentalism, by all those who are forgetting their socialist commitments and the sanctity of the Indian Constitution. The present mainstream political parties are not ready to admit the above, since the majority of the mainstream political party leaders have compromised with imperialism, capitalism and western consumerist ideology.
Democratic socialism, sustainable development with people's participation in decision making are our fundamental commitments, which we all want to uphold. People are questioning and seeking solutions, as they very well know that they can survive only when they are able to save human relationships, sustainable environment, democracy and socialism .
Under such circumstances, we need to relate& link not only with different struggles and organizations seeking solutions not only in India but also beyond.
We have received a fresh lease of inspiration from struggles in Nandigram, Maharashtra, Goa and Orissa etc..
Keeping this in mind, the Comrades of NAPM and Action- 2007, Nandigram, Jangal Bachao Andolan, Samajwadi Jan Parishad, are to march through various states, where they will join the local struggles.
We seek co-operation of one and all who could join in this Jattha. This is the way to take a break through from the present injustice and create the positive polity for a wider collaboration of all concerned.
Nandigram , which has now achieved the status not only of the protest against the economic domination and state repression, but a symbol of martyrdom, will be the starting point of our Jattha to start on 26th Jan 2008 and will pass through Jharkhand, Chattisgarh , Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and will conclude on 4th February 2008 in Gorai, Mumbai .
People and people's representatives who are struggling against commercilisation, globalization, fundamentalism, communalism will join this Jattha.
A detailed schedule is enclosed alongwith to give you an idea of the route.
We request many of you all to join the Jattha from Nandigram itself during the launch of the yatra. Please confirm your arrival to Nandigram soon . Please reach Kolkatta by 25th Jan 2008 late evening or 26th Morning .
Venue : will be shortly intimated
Contact: Saktiman Ghosh- 033-22196688, Sudipto 09433972662 for Logistics
Krishi Jami Raksha Committee
Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee
National Hawkers Federation
Narmada Bachao Andolan
National Alliance of People's Movements
National Fish Workers Forum
Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Madhya Pradesh
Ekvira Jamin Bachao Sangharsh Samiti , Lonavala , Maharashtra
Tata Dhran Grasth Sangharsh Samiti, Lonavala , Maharashtra
Dharavi, Peth Bachao Samiti , Gorai, Mumbai
Jharkhand Krantikari Majdoor Union, Bokaro
Jangal Bachao Andolan, Jharkhand
Nagri Haq Surasha Samiti, Pimpari Chinchawat, Maharashtra
Ulgulan Manch , Jharkhand