In the wake of Nandigram via Dhruva Narayan

A call by concerned citizens

The valiant struggle of the peasantry in Nandigram against the acquisition of their land and homesteads for the proposed chemical hub SEZ has drawn nationwide attention. Despite the massacre of March 14 and the continuing reign of terror unleashed by the police and hired killers of the ruling party in the state, Nandigram has refused to surrender. On the contrary, it has sparked unprecedented mass protests across West Bengal and elsewhere. People’s movements in various parts of the country against the forcible acquisition of farmlands, forests and other natural resource base of the poor in the name of SEZ and for the so-called industrial projects have also drawn inspiration and sustenance from Nandigram. No wonder, Nandigram has become a major focus of people’s resistance against the neo-liberal agenda that seeks to establish the hegemony of global corporate capitalism.

Time is now ripe to bring all the people’s resistance movements across the country together under one coordinating network. Towards this end, we are proposing a People’s Convention, followed by a huge rally, in Kolkata on 2-3 June 2007 (before the onset of monsoon). We call upon all our friends in the people’s movements and people’s organisations, irrespective of political or ideological moorings, to come forward and actively participate in this programme. May the convention/rally become the launching pad for a united nationwide struggle against the government’s land acquisition policy for SEZ and industrial projects.

The convention/rally, and the countrywide movement to be launched from there, will be raising the following demands:

1. Scrap the SEZ policy that aims to set up ‘extra-territorial’ authorities within the country and acquire huge tracts of farm and forest lands for the corporate capitalists while endangering the lives and livelihoods of millions.
2. Abolish or reformulate the colonial and draconian Land Acquisition Act of 1894 that served as the chief instrument of land acquisition.
3. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, who has owned up to the responsibility for the mass murders in Nandigram, must resign. Everyone who has had a hand in the Nandigram massacre, directly or indirectly, must be suitably punished.
4. People’s institutions at the grassroots must be allowed the autonomy to act so that Nandigram can return to a life of peace and human dignity.

In solidarity

ENDORSERS’ LIST

1 A Sohaib Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
2 Abhee Datta Majumdar Scientist, TASAM, Kolkata
3 Aditi Chowdhury Concerned Citizen, Kolkata
4 Aditya Nigam CSDS, Delhi
5 Aishee Sengupta Kolkata
6 Ajaya Sahaya Sarvodaya Mandal, Delhi
7 AK Thakur Physician, Kolkata
8 Amar Kanwar Filmmaker, Delhi
9 Amarnath Freelance Journalist, Patna
10 Ambuj Sharma Punjab University, Chandigarh
11 Amit Bhaduri Economist, Delhi
12 Amit Sengupta Journalist, Delhi
13 Anand Chakrabarty Sociologist, Delhi
14 Anand Kumar JNU, Delhi
15 Anil Chaudhary Insaf, Delhi
16 Anjan Ghosh CSSSC, Kolkata
17 Anuradha Talwar PB Khet Majoor Samity, Kolkata
18 Anushree Chakraborty Folk Singer, Kolkata
19 Apoorvanand Delhi University
20 Arshad Ajmal Lok Parishad, Patna
21 Arun Kanndal Lawyer, Chandigarh
22 Arundhati Roy Writer, Delhi
23 Arunima Paul Delhi University
24 Arup Baisya PCC CPI-ML, Assam
25 Aseem Shrivastava Delhi
26 Ashima Sehajpal Journalist, Chandigarh
27 Ashok Gurgaon
28 Ashok Chaudhuri NFFPFW, Saharanpur
29 Atmaram Chandigarh
30 Atul Kumar Singh JNU, Delhi
31 Azizur Rahman Azami JNU, Delhi
32 Basant K Chowdhary Advocate, Patna
33 Bedabrata Pain Film Producer, Los Angeles, US
34 Bhaskar Gupta Jadavpur University, Kolkata
35 Bhoga Nanjunda CIEDS Collective and Karnataka Social Forum, Bangalore
36 Bhupinder Brar Punjab University, Chandigarh
37 Bilash Sarkar Chatra-Chatri Sanhati, Kolkata
38 Bipul Chakraborty Singer, Kolkata
39 Chandan Majumdar Siliguri
40 Chetan Premani Scientist, Chandigarh
41 Chitleen K Sethi Journalist, Chandigarh
42 Chitra Joshi JNU, Delhi
43 Corinne Kumar El Taller International, Tunisia
44 Daljit Ami Filmmaker, Chandigarh
45 Debabrata Bandopadhyay Kolkata
46 Debal Deb Kolkata:
47 Debarshi Das Punjab University, Chandigarh
48 Deepak Singh Punjab University, Chandigarh
49 Dhruva Narayan Daanish Books, Delhi
50 Dilip Bose
51 Dinesh Prasain JNU, Delhi
52 Dipanjan Choudhury Researcher, Kolkata
53 Dipanjan Roy Choudhury Retired Professor, Kolkata
54 Dipankar Chakraborty Editor, Aneek, Kolkata
55 Dithhi Bhattacharya NTUI, Delhi
56 Divya Godara Lawyer, Haryana
57 Gadadhora Mahapatra JNU, Delhi
58 Gautam Appa UK
59 Gautam Bandopadhyay Nadi Ghati Bachao Manch, Raipur
60 Gautam Navlakha Journalist, Delhi
61 Gautam Sen Uchched Birodhi Yukta Mancha, Kolkata
62 Giriraj Kishore Hindi writer, Kanpur
63 Gopal Rai Teesra Swadhinata Sangharsh, Delhi
64 Goutam Roy Journalist, Kolkata
65 Hari P Sharma SANSAD
66 Harsh Dobhal Human Rights Law Network, Delhi
67 Harsh Sethi Seminar, Delhi
68 Hemaa Sharma Journalist, Chandigarh
69 IK Shukla Los Angeles, US
70 Inder Singh Scientist, Chandigarh
71 Ish Mishra Delhi University
72 Iswar Chandra Naik JNU, Delhi
73 Jagdish Theatre, Chandigarh
74 Jai Sen CACIM, Delhi
75 Janaki Srinivasan Punjab University, Chandigarh
76 Jayanta Bandyopadhyay IIMC, Kolkata
77 Jishnu Dasgupta Chatra-Chatri Sanhati, Kolkata
78 JN Bhartya All-India Small & Medium Newspapers’ Federation, Kanpur
79 Joginder Singh Toor Advocate, Chandigarh
80 Kabir Suman Journalist, Kolkata
81 Kanchi Kohli Kalpavriksh, Delhi
82 Kanihar Kant JNU, Delhi
83 Karan Bhardwaj Lawyer, Chandigarh
84 Kavita Srivastav PUCL, Rajasthan
85 KC Nahata Forum of Voters, Delhi
86 Krishna Ballabh Yadav Nawada, Bihar
87 Krishna Bandyopadhyay Khoj Akhon, Kolkata
88 Kuldeep Saxena Kanpur
89 Ladly Mukherjee Filmmaker, Kolkata
90 Lallan Baghel Punjab University, Chandigarh
91 Madhu Bhaduri Parivartan, Delhi
92 Madhuresh CACIM, Delhi
93 Mahasweta Devi Writer, Kolkata
94 Maidul Islam JNU, Delhi
95 Mamata Dash Kashipur Solidarity in Delhi
96 Manisha Sethi Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
97 Manju Menon Kalpavriksh, Delhi
98 Manohar Mouli Biswas Kolkata
99 Manoj Joseph ISI, Delhi
100 Medha Patkar NBA/NAPM
101 Meher Engineer Scientist, Kolkata
102 Misha Singh Delhi
103 MJ Vijayan Delhi Forum, Delhi
104 MN Karna Ex-Vice-Chancellor, NEHU
105 Mukesh Sharma Bharati Vidya Sadan School, Gaziabad
106 Mukul Mangalik Delhi University
107 Mukul Sinha New Socialist Movement, Ahmedabad
108 Nabarun Bhattacharya Writer, Kolkata
109 Nabarun Roy Kolkata
110 Nabinananda Sen Calcutta University
111 Nadim Nikhat Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad
112 Nandini Oza Massthan Adyayan Kendra, MP
113 Nasiruddin Haider Khan Lucknow
114 Neetu Yuva Bharat, Delhi
115 Nirmalanshu Mukherjee Delhi University
116 Nivedita Menon Delhi University
117 Pampa Mukherjee Punjab University, Chandigarh
118 Paresh Chattopadhyay Montreal, Canada
119 Parmod Kumari Journalist, Chandigarh
120 Parveen Lawyer, Punjab
121 Pavan Srivastava Ara, Bihar
122 PK Yadav JNU, Delhi
123 Pradeep Malhotra Dharini
124 Praful Bidwai. Columnist, Delhi
125 Prafulla K Mishra Jan Sangharsha Morcha, Orissa
126 Prafulla Samantara Lokshakti Abhiyan, Orissa
127 Prakash Bikhoi Teesra Swadhinata Sangharsh, Delhi
128 Pramod Gupta Filmmaker, Kolkata
129 Pranab Kanti Basu Viswa Bharati University
130 Pranati Bhattacharya Calcutta University
131 Prashant Bhusan Advocate, Delhi
132 Premangsu Dasgupta Little Magazine Forum, Kolkata
133 Probal Dasgupta ISI, Kolkata
134 Rabi Shankar Prakrukrit Sampada Surakshya Parshad, Kashipur
135 Raimondo Bultain La Republica, Italy
136 Rajeev Dhanda Punjab University, Chandigarh
137 Rajeev Godara Sampuran Kranti Manch, Haryana
138 Rajeev Mohan Saxena JNU, Delhi
139 Rakesh Rafiq Yuva Bharat, Delhi
140 Rakesh Raman Journalist, Delhi
141 Ramashray Prasad Singh PUCL President & Editor Manavadhikar Patrika, Begusarai
142 Ramesh K Pani Delhi
143 Rana Bose Writer-Engineer, Montreal, Canada
144 Ranjana Padhi Kashipur Solidarity, Delhi
145 Rohan D’Souza JNU, Delhi
146 RP Rai Delhi
147 Rukmini Sen NUJS, Kolkata
148 Rupesh Lok Parishad, Patna
149 Sachin Gautam Shakarpur, Delhi
150 Sahana Basavapatna The Other Media, Delhi
151 Sahayaraj ISI, Delhi
152 Sailen Bhattacharya PCC, CPI–ML, Kolkata
153 Salman Dube Noida
154 Samar Bagchi NAPM, Kolkata
155 Samir Amin Third World Forum, Dakar, Senegal
156 Samuel John People’s Theatre, Sanrur
157 Sandeep Pandey Asha, Lucknow
158 Sanjay Kak Filmmaker, Delhi
159 Santanu Basu Punjab University, Chandigarh
160 Santosh Kumar Singh Punjab University, Chandigarh
161 Santosh Rana PCC, CPI–ML, Kolkata
162 Satabdi Das AID–Awareness, Delhi
163 Satya Sivaraman Delhi
164 Shalina Mehta University Teacher, Chandigarh
165 Shalini Bhutani GRAIN, Delhi
166 Shankhayan Chowdhury SRFTI, Kolkata
167 Shobha Madan IIT, Kanpur
168 Shukla Sen Ekta (Committee for Communal Amity), Mumbai
169 Simon Uchai Tripura Tribal Land Rights Restoration Campaign Committee, Agartala
170 SK Khosla Retd Govt Service, Chandigarh
171 Sourabh Gupta Journalist, Chandigarh
172 SS Cheema Engineer, Chandigarh
173 Subhasis Mukherjee Calcutta University
174 Subrat Kumar Sahu TERI, Delhi
175 Suddhabrata Sengupta Sarai, Delhi
176 Sudeshna Bannerji Jadavpur University, Kolkata
177 Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalam BKU, Punjab
178 Sumanta Banerjee Journalist, Dehradun
179 Sumit Chakravartty Editor, Mainstream, Delhi
180 Sumit Chowdhury Filmmaker, Kolkata
181 Sumit Sarkar Historian, Delhi
182 Sumit Sinha Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee, Nandigram
183 Sunil K Singh Lawyer, Chandigarh
184 Sunil Sorabh Yuva Bharat, Delhi
185 Sunita Das Aneek, Kolkata
186 Sunita Narayan Daanish Books, Delhi
187 Surendra Babu CACIM, Delhi
188 Surendra Mohan Socialist Front, Delhi
189 Swami Prakash Pandey JNU, Delhi
190 Swapan Ganguly PB Khet Majoor Samity, Kolkata
191 Tanika Sarkar JNU, Delhi
192 Tanweer Fazal Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
193 Tanya Chakravartty NFIW, Delhi
194 Tapan Bose Nepal
195 Tila Kumar Sociologist, Delhi School of Economics
196 Tripta Wahi Delhi University
197 Uma Chakravarty Historian, Delhi
198 Urmila Bahai NCDHR, Delhi
199 Utkarsh Kumar Sinha Insaf
200 V Ramaswamy HPP, Kolkata
201 Vaskar Nandy PCC, CPI–ML, Kolkata
202 Vijay Singh Editor, Revolutionary Democracy, Delhi
203 Vinay K Singh Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan (Alakh Yatra), Patna
204 Vrajaindra Upadhyay IIT, Delhi
205 Vrinda Grover Advocate, Delhi
206 Xavier Jeyaraj Udayani, Kolkata

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