(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 23, 2009
Kerala to Protest through Human Chain, Oct 2
THROUGH a statement issued on August 18, the
state committee of the CPI(M) has decided to organise a Human Chain
The action will take place on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The statement said the ASEAN agreement is shaped in such a way that it would completely destroy the agrarian sector of Kerala which is based mainly on cash crops. As soon as this agreement is implemented, products from the ASEAN countries will flood our internal market. Though the products from ASEAN countries are similar to those from Kerala, production and productivity in these countries are higher than in Kerala. Thus the fear is that the Kerala producers’ market will be completely captured by these countries. Not only that, even products of developed countries will enter Kerala market through the ASEAN countries.
The CPI(M) statement pointed out that if the ASEAN agreement comes into effect, the future of Kerala’s important cash crops like rubber, coconut, pepper, coffee and tea will be in a deep crisis. The same can be said about the fish production. The fishes obtained from the ASEAN countries’ coasts are similar to those obtained from the Kerala coast. As part of the agreement, therefore, the fish industry in Kerala will also be in a crisis. There is no doubt that a crisis will also engulf the traditional industries including handloom.
In the recent past, Kerala had expressed its
the probable far-reaching consequences of the ASEAN agreement for its
The prime minister’s promise that the agreement will be signed only
discussions with the Kerala government has been ignored, and the ASEAN
agreement was signed in a frightening hurry. The government has not
out the details of the agreement before signing it. This is a glaring
of the fact that the government of
The statement pointed out that the Kerala economy is alive on the strength of the funds which its people bring from the Gulf area through their hard work, and because of the export of cash crops and related sectors. But the global economic crisis has badly shattered Kerala’s exports and the expatriates’ remittances. It is in these conditions that the ASEAN agreement threatens to further worsen the situation.
It is in the view of this situation that the Kerala state committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the patriotic people of Kerala to rise in heroic protest against this policy of the government of India which will destroy three crore Kerala people. The party’s earnest hope is that the people who love Kerala will come out to participate in this human chain in large numbers and make it a grand success.