Sudha Bharadwaj writes:
Despite the fascist propaganda and repression in the State of Chhattisgarh nearly a thousand workers, peasants, students and intellectuals – half of them women, marched from Raipur Railway Station to Budha Talab on 30th January Shaheed Divas to demand
RELEASE DR. BINAYAK SEN, KARTAM JOGA, KOPARAM KUNJAM AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS UNJUSTLY INCARCERATED!
REPEAL THE COLONIAL PROVISION OF 124A (SEDITION) AND THE CHHATTISGARH SPECIAL PUBLIC SECURITY ACT WHICH MAKE EVERY DISSENT A CRIME!
DEFFEND THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE TO OPPOSE THE LOOT OF “JAL, JANGAL, JAMEEN”!
in a programme jointly organised by the CPI, CPI(ML), Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, CPI(ML) Liberation, Gondwana Gantantra Party, CMM (Mazdoor Karyakarta Samiti), Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh Visthapan Virodhi Manch, Ekta Parishad, Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, Chhattisgarh PUCL and many others.
The public meeting was presided over by Shri Hira Singh Markam, the respected elder of Gondwana Gantantra Party and addressed among others by Shri Balchandra Khushwaha (Gandhian intellectual), Com Soura Yadav (CPI(ML)), Ms Bela Bhatia (Researcher), Com Manish Kunjam (Adivasi Mahasabha), Com Rajaram (CPI(ML) Liberation), Ms Sudha Bharadwaj (Chhattisgarh Visthapan Virodhi Manch), Shri Gautam Bandhopadhyay (Nadi Ghati Morcha), Dr Shaibal Jana (Shaheed Hospital), Com CR Bakshi (CPI), Shri Salimuddin (Ekta Parishad), Shri Rajendra Sail (ex President Chhattisgarh PUCL), and Com Janaklal Thakur (Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha). Smt Bhagwanti Bai Banjare, Shri Kaladas Dehariya and Smt Budhan Meshram added colour to the meeting by their singing songs of struggle.