Sunday, 24 January 2021

Com Kanshiram was born on 16th September 1947, in a small village Lakhanwas, Bhadra Tehsil, Hanumangarh district Rajasthan. His father Herdevaram Meghwal and mother Saraswati Meghwal were poor peasants. Com Kanshiram was the first generation leaders of the SFI in Rajasthan. He was an active student leader and was also sensitive to the problems of the poor peasants and the agricultural labourers. There was a big land struggle in that area against the decision of the Congress government to allot prime land under the Indira Gandhi Canal Project to big landlords and moneylenders. The Congress government tried to suppress this struggle through adopting highhanded tactics and resorted to police firing in many places. More than twenty people died in the police firing in various places. Com Kanshiram led the students movement in support of the agitation of the peasants in Churu, where he was studying 1st year BSc. Under his leadership the students organised a massive march against the police brutalities and in support of the land struggle. The government fearing the spread of the movement to the adjoining areas tried to curb the movement using the brute force of the police. On the 13th January 1970, police entered in the Lohia College Hostel and fired upon the students. Com Kanshiram was killed in this police firing.