Wave of red as West Bengal farmers march for rights


Organised under the banners of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and All India Agricultural Workers’ Union (AIAWU) of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), thousands of farmers began marching from Singur towards Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, on November 27.

The march culminated in front of Governor Raj Bhavan’s house the next day to demand cultivable lands be returned to the farmers.

In 2006, the creation of a car plant in Singur made the lands uncultivable. The plant was later displaced to another state after a huge protest by farmers and civil society.

In this context, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from the Trinamool Congress party promised the return of cultivable land to the farmers. So far, this has not happened.

Indian farmers and workers from the formal and informal sectors are organising regular rallies in different parts of the country, demanding the right to a dignified life.

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]