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The hallmark of these days is the feeling of “nothing can happen now,” the dominant hallmark or syndrome of these days. With great effort, great expense and a systematic way, it has moved to a large part of society. The feeling has been created that as of now the light will remain only in memories, that there will never be a sunrise, that now there will only be wolves on the prowl: humans will remain in captivity, as this and as they are, as hahn and the I like. Tain, I like etc and etc!!
It is not that this is a matter limited only to the common people, nowadays it is talked about by almost everyone and it is not a matter of two-four-ten. Even those who were always repressed by the ruling class of society, far from voicing their disagreement, were not even allowed to raise questions. His point is understandable, but these days they also have this condition, that they themselves fought countless belligerent battles in their lives, often showed attitude and made sacrifices. It is also seen from those who themselves became Shama to break the darkness and to keep the flame burning, they also became the people who were consumed by them, who awakened the sleeping people, inspired to fight . They too, many of them, have begun to feel that the situation is now very difficult, that nothing can happen now. It is completely ahistorical. But the question is, why?
It didn’t happen suddenly: it was imagined. The rulers have prepared for themselves, their friends, their dignified people and their mentality, putting all their horses, donkeys and mules to work. This is the real art of rulership. As Karl Marx said; “Capitalism not only produces goods for people, it also produces people for their goods.” It has strengthened its ideological supremacy; It takes Tina Syndrome (no choice) to a new level of “now it’s destiny”. It is an enterprise to deprive humanity of its natural qualities: to question, to dissent, to resist, to reform and to change. Instead of making the individual an empowered conscious citizen, it attempts to make a slave and a slave.
Not that it happened by itself. Many nets were laid for this. The series of explosively interesting “Harry Potter” novels that began this century has a tremendous saga of this conflict. Before there were dementors, who as soon as they entered the scene, the atmosphere was filled with strange negativity and cynicism. They used to take the enthusiasm, the vitality out of the person, they made him despair. They used to suck the soul of whoever they hugged or kissed; The person used to be left as a senseless, senseless body. Likewise, demons are everywhere today. They come in the form of a newspaper in the morning, they sit in the bedroom as a TV all day, even at night. Sitting in their pockets full of mobiles and filling their ears day and night while doing Hindu-Muslim, the lower caste and the upper caste in the family exist in the form of difference between male and female. Together they also frighten, provoke, make you sleep, also deceive.
But man is a thinking creature, he often swears and breaks this illusion. In Madhya Pradesh, the struggle of Chambal farmers to save Chambal, its ravines, villages and agriculture is the latest example of this commitment. Forcing the central government to withdraw this disastrous project is a great achievement; At the same time it is a denial of the “nothing can happen” syndrome, a recognition of the fact that the struggle remains the most effective way to achieve results.
what was the shambal movement
The government has stopped the plan to build a 404 km long Atal Express Highway in the Chambal ravines due to strong resentment and agitation by the farmers of Ater in Sheopur, the support it received and preparations for a larger movement . Under this plan, a 404 km highway ‘Atal Progress Way’ was proposed to be constructed from Etawa, Uttar Pradesh to Kota Rajasthan near Bhind district through Chambal ravines. Recently, in the name of land acquisition, 10,000 families of farmers, who own land, were being displaced from Bhind, Morena and Sheopur Kalan districts. Who proposed to be given land or some compensation on behalf of.
Apart from these, the state government has made a plan to destroy about 30 thousand farming families who have been cultivating the rugged land for generations. No land or compensation of any kind was given to these peasant families. Generally, after displacing farmers with very little compensation and getting the highway built, the state government came up with a plan to hand over the valuable thousands of hectares of the Chambal ravines to corporates. This land was to be given to the corporations in a corridor of one kilometer on both sides of the road. In which the interest of the farmers was not seen nor was the damage to the environment and the ecosystem assessed. The land acquisition process was started by hastily approving the plan. Against this, the Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha (AIKS) launched a movement and campaign in full swing.
lessons of victory
Although this campaign launched by the Kisan Sabha MP is an example in itself, it needs to be documented by doing detailed case studies, but for now three aspects need to be highlighted. one; A good start to the fight on any subject is made by collecting all the facts related to that subject and studying its imminent and far-reaching effects. another; When intentions, intentions and apprehensions are brought to the public by taking the effort and risk to say them plainly, it breaks out of its narrow political caste consciousness and unites around this issue. Thirdly, this awakening and restlessness of his is expressed in any way; The ruling party’s defeat in the recent elections in Chambal and adjoining districts is a case in point.
This is not the first victory of Chambal farmers. Twice before this, he has reclaimed his twenty thousand hectares of land from the jaws of power-protected crocodiles, thwarted the intention to run a bulldozer on 3000 houses in Jaura Nagar. This did not happen like this, the work of the heroes and soldiers of all these battles, the awakening from village to village is behind it. Obviously, winning is not enough. It has a timeline; Motion makes mounds of dry clay friable, motion moistens them, struggle turns wet earth into bricks, victory bakes those bricks. But then the same as this is not enough. By choosing these bricks systematically, forts forts must be built forts for the future. Since wolves once raised can attack again, these fortresses are essential to defend and fight them.
We hope that the bricks made by the Chambal farmers through their campaign, agitation, struggle and victory will reach their logical conclusion; Peasants and workers will be transformed into strongholds of the organization.
The author is the editor of Lokjatan and joint secretary of All India Kisan Sabha.