Eleven months ultimatum to resolve the problems of the poor. Ekta Parishad announced Delhi March for land reforms
Sunday, 10th December 2017
“Central government should immediately take concrete steps to resolve the problems of the poor, and to bring land reforms. The Government needs to be ready to face the nationwide mass movement if otherwise. Under the leadership of prominent Gandhian Dr. S.N. Subbarao, mass movement on land reform will be initiated throughout the country on 2nd October 2018.” This announcement was made by Rajgopal P.V, the founder of Ekta Parishad during the National People's Parliament on land reforms at Phoolbagh Maidan, Gwalior.
In India, land reform is currently a forgotten agenda. Immediately after India’s independence, the Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru promised to eliminate the intermediaries and restore land to the tiller resulting in the passing of historic Zamindari Abolition Act in 1956. Yet unfortunately, land has never became the core agenda of the successive governments despite various revolutionary steps through social movements.
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From Forlorn Wastelands to Thriving Commons in India
Zachary Slobig- Skoll Foundation
Tuesday, 7th November 2017
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Women and youth protests revert land dispossession by the State
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