(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 15, 2009
AIDWA’s Bankura Dist Conf Vows to Fight Maoist Terror
of leaflets, posters, banners, festoons, flags, heralded the 12th
Bankura district conference of AIDWA held on November 1-2, 2009 in
brave activists of AIDWA who thronged to the venue- a picturesque
surrounded by hills, with a lake as backdrop, saluted the flag hoisted
outgoing president and senior AIDWA leader Jayashree Mitra, with
and defiant slogans. They pledged before the martyr’s column to take
movement forward. Theirs was not an idle pledge. That very day, a
was killed by the Maoist terrorists in the adjoining
the condolence resolution, Sudha Sundararaman,
all India general secretary, inaugurated the conference, and underlined
growing inequality, violence and gender oppression due to the neo
growth paradigm. She said that the advancements in science and
which had the potential to eradicate poverty, hunger, ill health etc,
actually being used as weapons of control and domination by
380 delegates participated in the delegate session. District secretary Sudipa Banerjee placed the secretariat report before the delegates. The report was exhaustive, and analytical. 28 delegates took part in the discussion on the report.
Some of the salient points made in the discussion were as follows:
· Shibani Mondal from Ranibandh block said that though the production of kendu patta, sal patta and kala megh was satisfactory in her area, better marketing options are required to benefit the tribal people. She accused Maoists of creating disturbances, due to which they could not earn their livelihood or function properly.
· Anjali Datta from Banjora referred to the problems of elephants destroying their crops. She said that they had taken action against a case of child marriage, but their meeting on trafficking was not so successful.
· Renu Ghosh from Mejia described their anti liquor struggle, and their work in SHGs. She said that even mid day meal centres, and anganwadi centres were being targeted by Maoists and by TMC.
· One tribal delegate said that thirty two years back, poverty and distress were their day to day problem, but things had improved now. Boys and girls were being educated and they were seeking jobs. The problem is unemployment. Maoists are taking the advantage of this to recruit the young people to their squad. They are misleading the youths and young women, she said.
· A delegate from Simlapal said that a group of ‘Civil Society’ people went there to organise the Maoist and ‘peoples committee’ meeting, but our women resisted their move. Resistance groups are being formed by AIDWA in the terror ridden areas of the district.
· Some speakers reported that anti dowry campaign, and protests against the atrocities on women are being organised by the zonal committees
· A few delegates expressed the need to develop more programmes around cultural activities, sports etc. A good number of zonal committees organised sports competitions, and cultural competitions. They felt that the women particularly the young section who are not in touch of organisation could be involved in this way.
· From Bankura town, one delegate reported that they observe ‘Brotherhood Day’ on the day of ‘Bhai-Tigga’ every year to extend the message of harmony and amity amongst the Hindu, Muslim and Christian people of the area.
Almost all speakers were aware of the difficulties that had to be surmounted, but they were sure that, with the guidance from leaders, they would overcome the problems.
After the reply by the general secretary, the report was adopted unanimously. A new team of office bearers and a new executive committee was elected. The newly elected president, Kavitha Patro, from Taldangra, had been targeted by the Maoists for her activities. Extremists had surrounded her house, poured kerosene all around, and were just going to set fire, when she raised an alarm, and the family was saved by the intervention of neighbours. She continues to work fearlessly in the area.
Out of the 380 delegates, 80 belonged to SC, and 51 belonged to ST, bringing the total percentage of SC/ST to 31.24 per cent .
one woman was illiterate, 25 were neo literates, and 54 had studied
primary level. Two thirds of the delegates said that they were buyers
readers of Ek Sathe- the AIDWA monthly magazine. There were three MLAs,
one pradhan, two sabhapathis, two upa pradhans, and seven zilla
members amongst the delegates. The
the concluding session, the all
On November 2nd evening, a massive public meeting concluded the two day conference. Thousands of women including a large number of tribal women were present in the meeting. Newly elected president Kabita Patra presided, Sudha Sundaraman, Shyamali Gupta, Minoti Ghosh, Devlina Hembram, Sudipa Banerjee, Jayashree Mitra , Najibur Rahaman addressed the meeting. All those present applauded the conference resolutions, ranging from the anti price rise agitation calls, to defeating Maoist – TMC terror and attacks, and above all, the resolve to strengthen the movement for women’s rights to health, education, and employment. On this inspiring note, the conference came to a close.