03 April 2018
THE long march organized from Nasik to Mumbai announcing gherao of the Maharashtra state secretariat under the leadership of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) raising the demands of the peasantry including remunerative prices for agricultural products, waiving of all agricultural loans urgently, implementation of Forest Rights Act etc was a significant move which has once again brought the burning demands of the peasantry to the foreground. This long march is a revolutionary form of struggle developed during the 1960s or even earlier putting forward peasant and workers’ demands, which can be emulated in other places also to defeat the intensifying corporatization of the agrarian sector too under neo-liberal policies, leading the peasantry and agricultural workers to impoverishment forcing many among them to commit suicide. It is in this context, all peasant movements and the revolutionary forces as a whole extended support to it.

At the same time, the AIKS leadership as well as the political leadership of CPI(M) behind them have to address two central questions: Firstly, are they going to be satisfied by the assurances given by the state government or will they join with like-minded forces and launch struggles to realize these demands? Secondly, are they ready to make an introspection on the failure of the state governments of Bengal, Tripura in the past and Kerala today to fulfill these demands?

In this context, we should see the significance of the Second All India Conference of AIKKS which took place at the same time demanding, besides writing off of loans and better prices of agricultural products, rejection of corporatization of agriculture, protection of land-livelihood-environment, land to the tiller like basic demands of the down trodden sections of the peasantry including dalits, adivasis, agricultural workers etc. More long marches and Bhangar like movements are required to achieve these demands
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