Clarion calls for struggle for freedom from exploitation and oppression at “Anti-Imperialist Conference” on the anniversary of Bhagat Singh’s birth
“We will continue our fight until the abrogation of black laws and the liberation of the imperialists”
Barnala, September 28, 2021
On the occasion of the 114th anniversary of the birth of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, peasants, agricultural workers, youth and women came in endless waves to the Anti-Imperialist Conference organized by BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan), and a huge gathering of over two lakh (200,000) people was a demonstration of the brilliant glimpse of the growing awareness against imperialist exploitation and hegemonic oppression; a consciousness which is a direct consequence of the current peasant struggle.
Congratulating the people, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, President of BKU (EKTA-Ugrahan) pointed out that the imperialist exploitation, against which Bhagat Singh and his comrades sacrificed their lives, is also the real cause of problems such as debt, suicides, poverty, hyperinflation and unemployment. faced by peasants, workers and other strata of the population. He said that black agricultural laws are an integral part of the policies imposed on our people by the imperialist forces through the collaborating rulers of our country.
Drawing an analogy between Bhagat Singh’s struggle with the imperialist of the time and the current struggle of farmers against neoliberals, Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) thanked the people for the historic Bharat bandh the September 27, saying the British rulers had left the country but imperialism as an exploiting power remained here. That now loot and hegemonic (monopolistic) oppression by multinational corporations has multiplied. He added that our country’s rulers have placed our rich natural resources like land, water, minerals and large state-owned industrial enterprises on the knees of these imperialist corporations at throwaway prices; and now they are on their guard to pounce on our agricultural products, our marketing system and the entire food chain through these black laws.
BKU Vice President Jhanda Singh Jethuke said people can move forward on their path to liberation by following Bhagat Singh’s ideas, overcoming sectarian divisions based on religion and castes, and organizing struggles broad, determined and united.
Highlighting the unique role women play in the current struggle, Harinder Bindu, leader of the women’s wing of BKU, said that without their equal participation, neoliberals’ neoliberal anti-popular policies cannot be defeated. . She said that women have categorically proven that they are also capable of leading and organizing any struggle.
Lachhman Singh Sewewala, Secretary General, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union emphasized the importance of class struggles and peasant-worker unity in Bhagat Singh’s ideology and said that the current peasant movement has opened up the the way to a resolute defeat of the divisive policies of the Modi government. communitarianism, castes and sectarian nationalism.
Ashwani Ghuda and Hoshiar Salemgarh of Naujwan Bharat Sabha and PSU (Shaheed Randhawa) called on young people to stand guard against Bhagat Singh’s anti-imperialist legacy enshrined in his writings, especially his message to Indian youth.
Other people who addressed the conference included Digvijay Pal Sharma from DTF, Jagrup Singh from the Union of Contract Employees, Joginder Ghasi Ram Nain and Manjit Singh from Haryana.
On this occasion, Bhagat Singh’s message was communicated through a choreography written by Amolak Singh and presented by the People’s Art Theater. Artists Lok Sangeet Mandali, Masani and Dhaula sang songs illustrating the anti-imperialist legacy.
The Conference adopted various resolutions presented by Shingara Singh Mann which included the demand to restore the original form of Jalianwala Bagh, the release of all intellectuals, the withdrawal of ordinances demanding land phards, compensation in the amount of 60,000 per acre to the farmers and 30,000 per acre to working families for the ruined cotton crop and strong lawsuits against pesticide dealers who sold fake pesticides.
Among those present at this conference were Dr Surjeet Lee, Buta Singh Nawanshehar, Ram Swarm Lakhewali, Rajinder Bhadaur and Dr Harjinder Singh Sran and Ms Manjeet Aulakh.
Extract from the press release published by:
Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan
On behalf of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan)
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