People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 19, 2004
Victory To Kisan Sabha
Adivasi farmers of Antarsuba, Sabarkantha district, won the struggle for forest
land. They had been ploughing 257 acres of land for the last 45 years. However,
the forest department had forcibly evicted them from this land. Forty-two
families, having almost 200 members, were dependent on that land. As they
started to plough in the month of August, the forest officials stopped them.
officials had rushed with their horse-riding police force to take possession of
that forest land. The Adivasi farmers were organised under the banner of Kisan
Sabha to protest against such action.
farmers were detained with their ploughs and bullocks and were taken to range
office at Antarsuba ashram. The protesting farmers insisted that they have
possessed and cultivated the forest for 45 years, and they would not leave its
possession. They refused any other alternative for their livelihood. They were
prepared to face the consequences because this ancestral land has been the only
source of employment and support for their families. The Kisan Sabha leaders
Kanti Bhai Parmar and Kuber Bhai talked to the range officers and advised them
against evicting the Adivasi farmers from their land.
officials understood the situation and withdrew under such strong pressure. The
conservator of forest, who had rushed to the site, had to declare that the
forest department would not evict them at this juncture.
was an achievement of the Kisan Sabha since the tribes could save their land
under the banner of Kisan Sabha for the time being. They realised that only Red
Flag and Kisan Sabha were always ready to protect the interests of the Adivasis
and poor people. The influence of Kisan Sabha among tribal people has increased
since more than 200 villagers have taken membership of Kisan Sabha in Antarsuba