Central Executive Committee of Students’ Federation of India extends it's revolutionary greetings to the farmers’ strike led by the peasantry in Rajasthan under the leadership of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), for their significant victory after their valiant struggle lasting 13 days. The determined and protracted struggle led by the farmers of Rajasthan is an inspiring saga of resistance, leaving a ray of hope in this age of neoliberal onslaught.Since 1st September 2017 thousands of farmers gheraoed the different District Headquarters on the call of Rajasthan Kisan Sabha for a Mahapadav, followed by the Rasta Roko which brought about 20 Districts to a standstill. Only ambulances and essential services functioned. The Corporate National Media, as usual, has ignored the struggle, reiterating their allegiance to the Neoliberal state.
The strength of the farmer's movement has forced the BJP Government led by Vasundhara Raje Scindia to bow down before the demands of agitating farmers. Now the government has accepted Rs 20,000 crore farm-loan waiver after a marathon meeting lasting 11 hours with AIKS leadership. The loan waiver of up to RS.50,000/- is expected to benefit 8 lakh farmers. The State government has also assured they will write to the Centre seeking implementation of Swaminathan Commission Recommendations on MSP in a time-bound manner by working out modalities, purchase of groundnut, green gram (moong) and urad at MSP at all District Headquarters within seven days. State Government of Rajasthan neatly accepted several other demands of agitating farmers including an increase in farmers’ pension from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000, removing the ban on the sale of cattle imposed by the state government, withdrawing the hike in electricity rates for drip irrigation, payment of SC/ST/OBC fellowship with arrears immediately.
SFI welcomes ‘the politics of hope’, rather than ‘the politics of despair’, carried by the Kisan leadership, reflected in the statement of AIKS National President that “We believe committing suicide is cowardice, but we will give our lives to seek our demands’’. People belonging to different sections and areas of work came together recognizing the importance of marching this movement to a logical end. SFI salutes the peasantry in Rajasthan, and All India Kisan Sabha for waging this uncompromised and heroic struggle against the neo liberal policies of BJP government, and for withstanding the brutal state repression over the last 13 days. Let this battle be an inspiration for similar struggles waged by the peasants, working class and the marginalised sections all across the country.
VP Sanu, President
Vikram Singh, General Secretary