The birth centenary of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia is beginning on March 23, 2009. So far socialists across the country have prepared a program by constituting committees for Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia's birth centenary in 15 states of the country. It is likely that the most of the discussion will be focused on the theory of Saptkranti
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Comrade Ravela Somayya informed me on phone today that the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Sapta Kranti Vichar Yatra left Andhra Pradesh today morning to proceed to Maharashtra. In Andhra Pradesh, the yatris visited Nellore, Guntur, Vijaywada, Khammam, Warangal, Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Adilabad. They addressed two meetings a day, thus covering ten meetings. A large number of old socialists, some of them above 70 years of age who had seen J.P. and Lohia, gathered in these meetings.
In Nellore, the students of the local college received the yatris, heard their songs, witnessed the nukkar natak and held discussions. In Khammam, a meeting was held in the local post graduate Centre. The local M.P., Shri Nageshwar Rao who is the TDP parliamentary party leader in Lok Sabha, was with the yatris and made all arrangements for their stay. In Adilabad, there was a well attended meeting of the lawyers.
While in Hyderabad, Sharad Pittie, son of the famous socialist leader and publisher of Dr. Lohia’s writings Badri Vishal Pittie, donated fifty thousand rupees for the yatra expenses. Comrade Ravela Somayya gave Dr. Lohia’s books in Hindi worth ten thousand rupees.
Com. Somayya has brought out a book on Dr. Lohia in Telugu and plans to publish another book next month.
After the conclusion of the yatris’ visit to the southern states, Dr. Sunilam, overwhelmed by the response, suggested that a South India conference of all socialist comrades should be held in Hyderabad or Bangalore. Comrade Somayya feels that Bangalore will be better as it is situated in the centre.
The former MLA from Madhya Pradesh Sunilam, writer U.R. Ananthamurthy (centre) and the former Speaker Krishna paying tributes to Ram Manohar Lohia in Bangalore on Saturday.
BANGALORE: The Ram Manohar Lohia Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee has made out a case for using Kannada as the administrative language in all courts, including the High Court, in the State.
Speaking after inaugurating a convention organised as part of Ram Manohar Lohia’s Saptakranti Yatra here on Saturday, socialist movement leader from Madhya Pradesh and former MLA Sunilam regretted the domination of English in the proceedings of various courts in the country. The regional language should necessarily become the administrative language in courts. “We can’t have an imperialistic language in courts,” he said. Dr. Sunilam, who is a member of the Ram Manohar Lohia Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee, regretted the Law Commission’s decision of dismissing a proposal to make Hindi the administrative language in the Supreme Court.
He appealed to the people to launch a struggle against increasing “fees” and “donation” burden imposed by educational institutions. “A seat in a medical college in Karnataka costs Rs. 50 lakh. This is nothing but commercialisation of education, which the Government should stop by coming out with regulations,” he said.
Jnanpith Award winner U.R. Ananthamurthy said Lohia’s concept of socialism was still relevant.
The former Speaker Krishna presided over the convention.
Yatra to create awareness of social disparities comes to Tiruchi
talk: Sunilam, former MLA, who is leading a yatra in connection with the Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia birth anniversary celebrations, speaking at a seminar in Tiruchi on Friday.
TIRUCHI: Farmers should unite to fight against World Trade Agreement regime which would have an adverse impact on the agriculture sector, observed Sunilam, former MLA, who arrived here as part of the Saptkranti Vichar Yatra from Mumbai to New Delhi to commemorate the birth centenary of Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia.
Speaking at seminar on Protection of Right to Livelihood, organised by the Federation of Unorganised Sector Workers and other partner organisations here on Saturday, Mr.Sunilam, who heads the Farmers Struggle Committee, also opposed the Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Council Act and demanded a halt to acquisition of farm lands for establishing special economic zones.
The government should fix the minimum support price for paddy at Rs.1,500 a quintal.
The yatra, intended to spread the message of Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia, covering various States began at the August Kranti Maidan at Mumbai on August 9 and would culminate at New Delhi on October 12.
The yatra was meant to create awareness of the social disparities highlighted by Dr.Lohia and his message of reform.
The yatris, including youths, travel by vehicles to promote the ideals of Gandhiji and Lohia.
The major demands put forward by them included scrapping of SEZ policy, recognition of farmers as skilled labourers and ensuring a monthly income of Rs.10,000 a month to them, use of regional language as working language in all courts and free compulsory and uniform education till higher secondary level.
R.Geetha, Coordinator, Southern Region, National Campaign Committee for Unorganised Sector Workers, V.Maheswaran, State joint secretary, Federation of Unorganised Sector Workers, spoke.
Friday, August 28, 2009
The yatra is having good response and publicity. I was told that they are collecting a thousand or two every day and in Karnataka they were given Rs. 36,000/- and in Hyderabad Rs. 50,000/-. I am sure in other states too they will get money.
Please keep in touch.
G. G. Parikh
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
There is some news from the yatris. The response is very encouraging. In Goa there was some delay at the border because the yatris felt that the entry for our vehicles should be waived, but it had to be paid. However, it became news and it is possible that the state will return the money. And the yatra got very good response in Karnataka. In addition to functions, where people gathered to remember Dr. Lohia and listen to yatris, they donated a handsome sum of Rs. 36,000/- to finance the yatra.
And Kerala, the Gods own country, had its own way of welcoming the yatra. It lined up 125 cars to lead the bus carrying the yatris.
Going by the response, the way Dr. Lohia is remembered, and the Saptakranti Vichars are arousing interest, the signs are that the pro-poor politics is possible.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The birth centenary of the eminent socialist leader Dr, Ram Manohar Lohia has inspired a large number of socialist leaders and workers to organize several events at various places. Thirty young persons have set off on the Dr. Lohia Sapta Kranti Yatra from the Agast Kranti maidan yesterday, on the Quit India day. They will be visiting 20 states all over the country and end the yatra on 12 October, the death anniversary of the legendary leader. The yatris belong to the Rashtra Sewa Dal and the Yusuf Meherally Yuva Biradari.
The yatris joined the celebrations of the Quit India day in the Agast Kranti Maidan where Justice (Retired) Chandra Shekhar Dharmadhikari, and freedom fighters Dr. Shanti Patel, ex M.P., Dr. G.G. Parikh and Captain Abbas Ali of the Indian National Army as also senior socialist leader Surendra Mohan ex M.P. greeted them, while recalling the sacrifices of the freedom fighters who had laid down their lives or had suffered imprisonment in the Quit India struggle and the Indian National Army led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Later, distinguished socialist leader and ex Defence Minister George Fernandes, M.P., Vidya Chavan, Jaya Jauitly, Abu Azmi of the Samajwadi Party, Hussain Dalwai, ex Minister, Bharat Latkar, President of the Rashtra Sewa Dal, Abbas Ali, Surendra Mohan and Dr. G.G. Parikh bade farewell to the yatris. Dr. Sunilam, ex MLA and a prominent leader of the young socialist yatris explained the inspiration of the yatra and thanked Dr. G.G. Parikh, President of the Yusuf Meherally Centre for taking pains in helping the yatris’ preparation. He expressed the hope that during the yatra, the yatris would be able to establish close interaction with several people’s struggles going on in the country. He also said that one of the yatrais’ objectives was to find five thousand new young recruits for the socialist movement.
On behalf of the yatris, Devidas Patil of the RSD and Guddi, on behalf of the Yuwa Biradari, expressed their determination to achieve the objectives of the yatra. They and some other speakers pointed out the disarray among socialists and wished that all socialists achieve unification in one political party.
The meeting was presided by Dr. Shanti Patel and conducted by Madhu Mohite
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Diamond Jubilee of the Indian Socislist Mouement
1934 - 2009
Tho Diamond Jubilee of the Indtan Socialist Movement: 1934-2009.
The Centre for Socialist Studies, Bangalore, which had organized a grand function to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Indian Socialist movement in 1985 which was attended among others by Nanasaheb Gorey, recently decided to organize another grand function to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Socialist movement in October 2009. An informal organizing committee has been constituted which has already met eight times. The prominent members who attend the meetings include the following:
Senior socialists Y.S.Subramanya, R.Venkatswami, B. Shivanna and Prof. Hanumantna, Prof. Aswathnarayanappa, Dr. Prakash T N, Dr Meera Chakravorty, Dr.H.Venkateshappa, Dr. T.V.Nagaraju, S.K.Kanta, Former minister, Dayananda Rao Biradar, Former chairman, Temperance Board D.S.Shreekanthamurthy, former chairman, Karnataka Tourism Development
Corporation. T.Prabhakar, former chairman, Karnataka Road Transport Corporation, G. V. Sunder, Chartered Accountant, Indu Rangaraju, L.Kalappa, C.G. Kulkarni, S. R. Raghuvendra, K. R. Subhash, and B. S. Umesh, B. S. Basavaraj Advocates, M. K. Bhasker, Shudra Sheenivas and B. B. Ramegowda. Journalists B.Chennareddy, B. S. Nagaraj and Rammanohar Shantaveri, enterprenuers and social activists Gulzar Begaum, Gururaj Budhya,. Rani Govindaraju etc.
Jnana Peetha Awardee Dr. U.R.Ananthamurthy and former Deputy Chief Minister, M.P.Prakash and former Ministcrs Vaijanath Patil, P. G. R. Sindhia and former chairmen of the Karnataka Legislative Council B.R.Patil and B.L. Shanker etc,, have been encouraging the efforts.
`The committee has decided to bring out a souvenir to commemorate the event which will include three long articles covering the evolution of the ideology and the movement of democratic socialism in the world, in India and in Karnataka as also the future possibilities in the evolution of the socialist ideology in the next 75 years. It has also decided to make an audio-visual presentation on the ideology of democratic socialism and the socialist movement in India and the world. It has decided to publish and release on the occasion a book on the history of the socialist movement in Karnataka, which Dr. T. V. Nagaraju, a professor of history and Mangalur Vijaya, a senior journalist have undertaken to write. The committee intends to invite all those persons who have been at one time or the other identified themselves with the ideology and the movement of democratic socialism in India irrespective of the political party to which they belong at present. The centre is organizing an exhibition of books on Socialism and an exhibition of photographs depicting the history of the socialist movement in Karnataka.
The Cerrtre wishes to request all socialists all over thc country to send us their addresses so that we can invite them to the function as also send rare
manuscripts, photographs etc. related to the socialist movement in India to the following address: Centre for Socialist Studies, 191, 10th Cross, 10th Main, NGEF Layout, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore 560 072. Tel: 080-23213613 Mob:9481486552 E-mail: email@example.com
The Centre also requests contributions which may be sent to the above address. Cheques or drafts may be drawn in the name of Samajwadi Pratishthan.
- Prof: Hanumantha
Ram Manohar Lohia was born on March 23, 1910 in a village named Akbarpur in the District of Faizabad. Ram's father, Hira Lal, was a nationalist by spirit and a teacher by profession. His mother, Chanda, died when Ram was very young. Ram was introduced to the Indian freedom struggle at an early age by his father through the various protest assemblies Hari Lal took his son to. Ram made his first contribution to the freedom struggle by organizing a small hartal on the death of Lokmanya Tilak.
Hari Lal, an ardent follower of Gandhiji, took his son along on a meeting with the Mahatama. This meeting deeply influenced Lohia and sustained him during trying circumstances and helped seed his thoughts, actions and love for swaraj. Ram was so impressed by Gandhiji's spiritual power and radiant self-control that he pledged to follow the Mahatma's footsteps. He proved his allegiance to Gandhiji, and more importantly to the movement as a whole, by joining a satyagraha march at the age of ten!
While in school reading the prescribed history book, Lohia noted that the British author of the textbook referred to the great Maharashtrian king Chatrapati Maharaj Shivaji as a "bandit leader" (lutera sardar). Lohia researched the facts and proved that the label "bandit leader" was an unjust description of the Maharaj. Lohia launched a campaign to have the description striken from the textbook. Lohia organized a student protest in 1918 to protest the all-white Simon Commission which was to consider the possibility of granting India dominion status without requiring consultation of the Indian people.
Lohia met Jawaharlal Nehru in 1921. Over the years they developed a close friendship Lohia, however, never hesitated to censure Nehru on his political beliefs and openly expressed disagreement with Nehru on many key issues.
Lohia attended the Banaras Hindu University to complete his intermediate course work after standing first in his school's metric examinations. In 1929, Lohia completed his B.A. from Calcutta University. He decided to attend Berlin University, Germany over all prestigious educational institutes in Britain to convey his dim view of British philosophy. He soon learned German and received financial assistance based on his outstanding academic performance.
While in Europe, Lohia attended the League of Nations assembly in Geneva. India was represented by the Maharaja of Bikaner, a well known puppet of the British Raj. Lohia took exception to this and launched a protest there and there from the visitors gallery. He fired several letters to editors of newspapers and magazines to clarify the reasons for his protest. The whole incident made Lohia a recognized figure in India overnight. Lohia helped organize the Association of European Indians and became secretary of the club. The main focus of the organization was to preserve and expand Indian nationalism outside of India.
Lohia wrote his Phd thesis paper on the topic of "Salt Satyagraha," focusing on Gandhiji's socio-economic theory.
When Lohia returned to India in 1933, a comical situation arouse. Ram had no money to reach his hometown from the airport. He quickly wrote a nationalistic article for "The Hindu," the most popular and widely read newspaper and got money to pay for the fare home.
Lohia joined the Indian National Congress as soon as he returned home. Lohia was attracted to socialism and helped lay the foundation of Congress Socialist Party, founded 1934, by writing many impressive articles on the feasibility of a socialist India. Lohia formed a new branch in the Indian National Congress--the All India Congress Committee (a foreign affairs department). Nehru appointed Lohia as the first secretary of the committee. During the two years that he served he helped define what would be India's foreign policy.
In the onset of the Second World War Lohia saw an opportunity to collapse the British Raj in India. He made a series of caustic speeches urging Indians to boycott all government institutions. He was arrested on May 24, 1939, but released by authorities the very next day in fear of a youth uprising.
Soon after his release, Lohia wrote an article called "Satyagraha Now" in Gandhiji's newspaper, Harijan on June 1, 1940. Within six days of the publication of the article, he was arrested and sentenced to two years of jail. During his sentencing the Magistrate said, "He (Lohia) is a top-class scholar, civilized gentleman, has liberal ideology and high moral character." In a meeting of Congress Committee Gandhiji said, "I cannot sit quiet as long as Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia is in prison. I do not yet know a person braver and simpler than him. He never propagated violence. Whatever he has done has increased his esteem and his honor." Lohia was mentally tortured and interrogated by his jailers. On December of 1941, all the arrested Congress leaders, including Lohia, were released in a desperate attempt by the government to stabilize India He rigorously wrote articles to spread the message of toppling the British imperialist governments from countries in Asia and Africa. He also came up with a hypothetical blueprint for new Indian cities that could self-administer themselves so well that there would not be need for the police or army.
Gandhiji and the Indian National Congress launched the Quit India movement in the 1942. Prominent leaders, including Gandhiji, Nehru, Azad and Patel, were jailed. The "secondary cadre" stepped-up to the challenge to continue the struggle and to keep the flame for swaraj burning within the people's hearts. Leaders who were still free carried out their operations from underground. Lohia printed and distributed many posters, pamphlets and bulletins on the theme of "Do or Die," on his secret printing-press. Lohia along with freedom fighter Usha Mehta, broadcast messages in Bombay for three whole months before detection from a secret radio station called "Congress Radio" as a measure to give the disarrayed Indian population a sense of hope and spirit in absence of their leaders.
Lohia went to Calcutta to revive the movement there. He changed his name to hide from the police who were closing in on him. Lohia fled to Nepal's dense jungles to evade the British. There he met he Nepalese people and Koirala brothers (courageous freedom fighters in Nepal), who remained Lohia's allies rest of their lives
Lohia was captured in May of 1944, in Bombay. Lohia was taken to a prison in Lahore, notoriously known throughout India for its tormenting environment. In the prison he underwent extreme torture. His health was destroyed but his courage remained. Even though he was not as fit his courage and willpower strengthened through the ordeal. Under Gandhiji's pressure the Government released Lohia and his comrade Jayaprakash Narayan. A huge crowd waited to give the 2 a heroes welcome. Lohia decided to visit his friend in Goa to relax. Lohia was alarmed to learn that the Portuguese government had censured the peoples freedom of speech and assembly. He decided to deliver a speech to oppose the policy but was arrested even before he could reach the meeting location. The Portuguese government relented and allowed the people the right to assemble. The Goan people weaved Lohia's tale of unselfish work for Goa in their folk songs. As India tryst wit freedom neared Hindu-Muslim strife increased. Lohia strongly opposed partitioning India in his speeches and writings. He appealed to communities in riot torn regions to stay united, ignore the violence surrounding them and stick to Gandhiji's ideals of non-violence. Lohia comforted the Mahatama as nation that once wielded the power of non-violence took refuge in killing their own brothers and sisters. Lohia remained beside Gandhiji as son would remain beside a father.
Dr. Lohia was the first to introduce the unification of some 650 Indian princely states together to form larger states, an idea later adopted by Sardar Patel, first Home Minister of India. Lohia favored Hindi as the official language of India, arguing, "The use of English is a hindrance to original thinking, progenitor of inferiority feelings and a gap between the educated and uneducated public. Come, let us unite to restore Hindi to its original glory."
He was one of the greatest thinkers the Indian Parliament would ever see. He realized that the prevailing poverty would create an India with a weak foundation. As an economically crippled India tried to find ways to get rid herself of its abject poverty, Lohia decided to make the mass public realize the importance of economic robustness for the nation's future.
He encouraged public involvement in post-freedom reconstruction. He pressed people to construct canals, wells and roads voluntarily in their neighborhood. He volunteered himself to build a dam on river Paniyari which is standing till this day and is called "Lohia Sagar Dam." Lohia said, "satyagraha without constructive work is like a sentence without a verb." He felt that public work would bring unity and a sense of awareness in the community. He also was instrumental in having 60 percent of the seats in the legislature reserved for minorities, lower classes, and women.
As a democracy, the Indian Parliament was obliged to listen to citizens' complaints. Lohia helped create a day called "Janavani Day" on which people from around the nation would come and present their grievances to Members of Parliament. The tradition continues even today.
Lohia wanted to abolish private schools and establish upgraded municipal (government) schools which would give equal academic opportunity to students of all casts. This he hoped would help eradicate the divisions created by the caste system.
At the Socialist Party's Annual Convention, Lohia set up a plan to decentralize the government's power so that the general public would have more power in Indian politics. He also formed Hind Kisan Panchayat to resolve farmers' everyday problems.
Lohia was a socialist and wanted to unite all the socialists in the world to form a potent platform. He was the General Secretary of Praja Socialist Party. He established the World Development Council and eventually the World Government to maintain peace in the world.
During his last few years, besides politics, he spent hours talking to thousands of young-adults on topics ranging from Indian literature, politics and art.
Lohia died on October 12, 1967 in New Delhi. He left behind no property or bank balance but prudent contemplations.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
9th August, (Mumbai to 12th October Delhi)
Date From To Distance Programme State
9-Aug Mumbai Thane 34 Maharashtra
9-Aug Thane Pune 90 Stay Maharashtra
10-Aug Pune Satara 103 Maharashtra
10-Aug Satara Sangli 121 Maharashtra
10-Aug Sangli Kolhapur 44 Stay Maharashtra
11-Aug Kolhapur Belgaum 108 Stay Maharashtra
12-Aug Belgaum Panjim 108 Stay Goa
13-Aug Panjim Hubali 157 Stay Karnataka
14-Aug Hubali Davangiri 142 Karnataka
14-Aug Davangiri Banglore 135 Stay Karnataka
15-Aug Banglore Mandya 115 Karnataka
15-Aug Mandya Mysore 0 Stay Karnataka
16-Aug Mysore Wynade 65 Keral
16-Aug Wynade Kalikat 51 Keral
17-Aug Kalikat Mallapuram 123 Keral
17-Aug Mallapuram Trissoure 95 Keral
17-Aug Trissoure Cochin 33 Stay Keral
18-Aug Cochin Trivendrum 211 Keral
18-Aug Trivendrum Kanyakumari 156 Stay Keral
19-Aug Kanyakumari Nanguneri 50 Keral
19-Aug Nanguneri Thirumangalam 198 stay Tamilnadu
20-Aug Thirumangalam Madurai 108 Tamilnadu
20-Aug Madurai Trichi 95 Stay Tamilnadu
21-Aug Trichi Chitambaram 103 Tamilnadu
21-Aug Chitambaram Puducherry 61 Stay Tamilnadu
22-Aug Puducherry chengalpet 104 Tamilnadu
22-Aug chengalpet Chennai 70 Stay Tamilnadu
23-Aug Chennai Nelluor 180 Tamilnadu
23-Aug Nelluor Ongole 118 Stay A.P.
24-Aug Ongole Vijaywada 117 Stay A.P.
25-Aug Vijaywada Hyderabad 131 A.P.
26-Aug Hyderabad Nizamabad 158 Stay A.P.
27-Aug Nizamabad Adilabad 153 Stay A-.P.
28-Aug Adilabad Wardha 162 Stay Maharashtra
29-Aug Wardha Nagpur 40 Maharashtra
29-Aug Nagpur Raipur 200 Stay Chattisgarh
30-Aug Raipur Pithora 112 Stay Chattisgarh
31-Aug Pithora Sohela 135 Stay Orissa
1-Sep Sohela Redakhol 45 Orissa
1-Sep Redakhol Angul 88 Orissa
1-Sep Angul Bhubneshwar 132 Stay Orissa
2-Sep Bhubneshwar Chandikhola 90 Orissa
2-Sep Chandikhola Bhadrak 100 Orissa
2-Sep Bhadrak Baleshwar 100 Stay Orissa
3-Sep Baleshwar Baripada 135 Stay Orissa
4-Sep Baripada Jamshedpur 129 Stay Jharkhand
5-Sep Jamshedpur Ranchi 87 Jharkhand
6-Sep Ranchi Bokaro 106 Stay Jharkhand
7-Sep Bokaro Dhanbad 97 Stay Jharkhand
8-Sep Dhanbad Asansol 70 Stay W.B.
9-Sep Asansol Bardhaman 92 W.B.
9-Sep Bardhaman Calcutta 119 Stay W.B.
10-Sep Calcutta Krishnanagar 106 W.B.
10-Sep Krishnanagar Baharampur 89 W.B.
10-Sep Baharampur Farkka 90 Stay W.B.
11-Sep Farkka Katihar 130 Bihar
11-Sep Katihar Purniya 37 Bihar
11-Sep Purniya Bhagalpur 114 Stay Bihar
12-Sep Bhagalpur Patna 177 Stay Bihar
13-Sep Patna Chapra 100 Bihar
13-Sep Chapra Jai Prakash nagar Uttar Pradesh
13-Sep Jai Prakash Nagar Ballia
Stay Uttar Pradesh
14-Sep Varansi Akbarpur Uttar Pradesh
14-Sep Akbarpur Allahabad Stay Uttar Pradesh
14-Sep Allahabad Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
15-Sep Kanpur Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
15-Sep Jhansi Prithvipur
(Chhatarpur) Sagar Stay M.P.
17-Sep Sagar Begum Ganj
Bhopal 180 Stay M.P.
18-Sep Bhopal Dewas 37 M.P.
18-Sep Dewas Indore 35 Stay M.P.
19-Sep Indore Pithampur 75 M.P.
19-Sep Pithampur Jhabua
19-Sep Jhabua Dahod 50 Gujarat
20-Sep Dahod Godhara 100 Gujarat
20-Sep Godhara Ahemadabad 100 Stay Gujarat
21-Sep Ahemadabad Bhuj 350 Stay Gujarat
Bhuj Jhajri Border Gujarat
22-Sep Jhajri Border Udaypur Stay Rajastan
23-Sep Udaypur Jaipur Stay Rajastan
24-Sep Jaipur Bharatpur Rajastan
25-Sep Bharatpur Alwar Stay Hariyana
25-Sep Alwar-Hissar Sirasa 90 Hariyana
25-Sep Sirasa Bhatinda 95 Stay Punjab
26-Sep Bhatinda Faridkot 72 Punjab
26-Sep Faridkot Amritsar 150 Stay Punjab
27-Sep Amritsar Amritsar 0 Stay Punjab
28-Sep Amritsar Kathua 112 Punjab
28-Sep Kathua Jammu 37 Stay J & K
29-Sep Jammu Jammu 0 Stay J & K
30-Sep Jammu Kazigund 170 Stay J & K
1-Oct Kazigund Srinagar 84 J & K
2-Oct Srinagar Srinagar 0 Stay J & K
3-Oct Srinagar Jammu 254 Stay J & K
4-Oct Jammu Hoshiarpur 150 Stay Punjab
5-Oct Hoshiarpur Una 70 Himachal Pradesh
5-Oct Una Mandi 125 Stay Himachal Pradesh
6-Oct Mandi Bilaspur 75 Himachal Pradesh
6-Oct Bilaspur Shimla 81 Stay Himachal Pradesh
7-Jan Shimla Solan 50 Himachal Pradesh
7-Oct Solan Vikasnagar 120 Uttranchal
7-Oct Vikasnagar Nainbaug 130 Stay Uttranchal
8-Oct Nainbaug Mussoorie 30 Stay Uttranchal
9-Oct Mussoorie Deharadun 35 Uttranchal
9-Oct Deharadun Haridwar 60 Uttranchal
9-Oct Haridwar Muzaffarnagar 110 Stay U.P.
10-Oct Muzaffarnagar Meerut 85 U.P.
10-Oct Meerut Delhi 60 Stay U.P.
11-Oct Delhi Delhi 0 stay Delhi
12-Oct Delhi Delhi 0 Rally Delhi
Contact : Guddi : 09321567085, 9869059860 Dr. Sunilam 09425109770,Madan Marathe 09422691505 if any information & suggestion related Route.
• Use of regional language as working language in all courts including High Court. Campaign against compulsory use of English in High Courts and Supreme Court.
• Campaign against continuous hike of fees in schools, colleges, coaching institutions, hospitals, demand to put legal restrictions on institution to regulate fee. Demand for free, compulsory and uniform education till higher secondary level.
• Parity of wages between farmers and employees – Ensure Rs 10,000/- as minimum monthly income for the farmers’ families which is ensured for the employees after the 6th Pay commission recommendations. Agricultural worker should be recognized as skilled labour.
• Awareness should be created for strict implantations of anti dowry provisions of law. So that people involved in giving & taking dowry can be punished by law, such people should be socially boycotted.
• Use of caste name should be stopped.
• In case of use of violence in family, school, police station and other places cases should be registered with immediate arrest. A law should be enacted immediately to stop police firing on non-voilence struggles.
• Special courts should be formed to dispose off cases of corruption within 3 months. The properties of those found guilty should be confiscated by the government.
• Stop marketisation of drinking water, health, education, transportation, sanitation and other public utility services.
• To minimize disparity in the society. Legal limit of income and expenditure should be made.
• Indian parliament should pass all party resolution to bring back black money which is deposited in all foreign banks and to be utilized for providing drinking water.
• Scrap SEZ policy, stop acquisition of agricultural land for industrial purpose.
• Life imprisonment for those who are involved in communal, caste and gender violence.
• Allot land to the farmers who are tilling government lands and provide the Title of the housing land to those who are living in village or in cities on the government land.
• Include right to work as fundamental right in the constitution. Extend employment guarantee scheme to the poor living in the cities. Numbers of days should be increased 100 days to at least 200 days.
Central Office: D/15, Ganesh Prasad, Nausheer Bharucha Marg, Grant Road ( West ),
Mumbai 400007. Contact Person : Guddi - 09321567085
Date : 12th July 2009
Appeal to help the yatra
The Rashtra Seva Dal and the Yusuf Meherally Yuva Biradari are organizing a Sapta Kranti Vichar Yatra from August 9 to October 12 to remember Dr. Lohia and to popularize the Sapta Kranti Vichars. The yatra will be flagged off from the August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai in the morning and end in Delhi after covering 22 states. The Yatris, largely youths, will travel by vehicles, carry and sell Gandhi, Lohia and other socialist literature, make efforts to contact freedom fighters in all states and collect information on all those who were inspired by the socialist movement. And they will also collect information on the various peoples movements in the various states.
Committees have been set up in every state to celebrate Dr. Lohias Janma Shatabdi and also to take care of the yatra when in state.
It is estimated that the 63-day yatra will cost nearly 10 lakhs. This is an appeal to you to send your contribution for the yatra to Yusuf Meherally Centre (D-15, Ganesh Prasad, Naushir Bharucha Marg, Mumbai 400 007). This is also an appeal to spare some time for the success of the yatra when it is in your state. And this is an invitation to come to Mumbai on August 9 to be at the function to flag off the yatra and to Delhi on October 12 for the final function.
Rashtra Seva Dal
Yusuf Meherally Yuva Biradari
Shri. Surendra Mohan Dr. G.G.Parikh Dr. Sunilam
Ex. M.P & Socialist Leader Chairperson Ex. M.L.A.
Yusuf Meherally Centre
Thursday, August 6, 2009
On 26th June 1962, Dr. Lohia expounded the Saptkranti theory in Nainital. He said the 20th century has two characteristics: first, it is the most ruthless era of the world; and second, the extent no era has fought against injustice as this era did. This era, on the one side, has steered cruelty to a larger extent, and on the other side, it created the desire for justice also. He mentioned about the killings of 60 lakh people in Congo and massacre of 50 lakh Jews by Hitler.
This slaughtering has not stopped even today. Iraq and Afghanistan were destroyed by US bombarding, as once Japan was ruined in the Second World War. The only difference was the use of non-nuclear bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, while atom bombs were used in Japan. Even today the killing of innocent people in Gaza by Israel is going on. There are continuous deaths by ethnic violence in many African countries. This kind of violence is noticeable from Chechenya (Russia) to Lhasa (Tibet).
Lohia regarded the divide of rich and poor as the first issue of his revolution. He said that there are at least 10 lakhs hierarchies in terms of income and social respect in the Indian society. Here, the downtrodden are satisfied merely by the fact that someone exists who is more deprived than them. He had said that the common man, that is the poor of this country will not understand revolution or equity rather will regard the politics of lip and tip service. If this is the case, then this world can never be changed. But, as the time passes people are bound to see the other side of the coin. He raised the issue of global and national inequality. An average American produces 14.000 Rupees every year where as an Indian produces just 400 Rupees. He highlighted inequality in the cost, agricultural value, factory produce and rights.
He always quoted two economists in his speeches. Adam Smith had given the theory that in a country, yield is increased by the division of wages. Just like that on a global scale, yield is increased by division of labor. Every country specializes in some sort of work but when any two start exchanging the work, both benefit from it. Dr. Lohia said that this theory had a flaw because it benefits developed countries and harms underdeveloped or undeveloped countries. He rejected this theory. Dr. Lohia commented on the theory of famous economist Keynes that international trade is profitable for this world only when there is no unemployment and complete employment in every country. Lohia said that it is not sufficient to just say that unemployment must not be there. Rather, it is imperative that employment must be such that delivers almost the same yield. He explained this as follows: to produce the commodity of value ten billion Rupees, if an average English, German or US citizen works for ten crore or ten billion hours, then an Indian works ten billion to fifteen billion hours for this. Although, the value of international trade remains same for all, but the exchange happens between one hour labour and ten hours. People who say that the Indian, Chinese, Sri Lankan or South American work less is wrong. We work more. After all which Englishman works more than an ordinary Indian rickshaw puller? The fact is that, there labor is more systematic.
He said that labor division theory of Adam Smith or global labor division on the basis of complete employment as propounded by Keynes was humanistic but it favored the British. Similarly, the theory of international trade benefiting all will only be success if the yield of labor in every country will be almost the same, calculated not in monetary terms but according to hours of work in a country.
Speaking on national inequality, he drew the contrast between 50 paisa earning of an agricultural labor and one lakh of Birla per day. Twenty five to thirty thousand Rupees is daily wasted on this country's Prime Minister. He said that nowhere has been such a strong leap forward in inequality as in India. He said that in Russia and US, inequality between the income of primary teacher and a University teacher is at most three times which means a daily difference of 70-200 Rupees. But, here a primary teacher gets two rupees daily where as a vice chancellor of a University gets around 200 rupees daily.
Today we find that the value earned by a farmer of this country by virtue of rates fixed through price commission is thirty rupees only, whereas a lowest central government employee earns daily three hundred and twenty five rupees after the sixth pay commission recommendations followed. We find a stark contrast between 70 crore people who earn 20 rupees per day on the one hand and Ambani family having assets of five lakh crore rupees which earns one lakh rupees per second. There are numerous violent and non-violent struggles against national and global inequality today and they were present in those times also. Dr. Lohia had said that in the next five years, the struggle between rich and the poor will take a critical turn. It has to be examined that this struggle has reached at which stage today? UN has prepared millennium development goals. World Bank is also running various programs in the name of poverty eradication. We are being shown that the World Trade Organization will remove poverty through free trade, but reality is that the capital accumulation is much more than ever in this world today. World's half of the resources are in the hands of Fortune 500 companies. But the fight against poverty has not reached its goal even today. Deepening inequality has become a critical question today in this world.
Lohia regarded the injustice laid down by the upper castes on the lower as an important issue. He said that the class is a compartmentalized form of caste whereas caste is the class made flexible. Speaking about the worker's increased wages in Europe, he said that despite the increased wages and better living conditions, the ratio of contribution in the national produce between workers and the executives is unchanged. Flexible caste or class is present throughout the world. Dr. Lohia aimed at eradicating the rotten caste system. Dr. Lohia had also shown his commitment in this direction which is reflected in the correspondence between him and Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar between 1955-1957. He also gave his views on the formation of Republican Party of India and policies-programs of Akhil Bhartiya Pariganit Jaati Sangh before that. On the untimely death of Dr. Ambedkar, he wrote a letter to Madhu Limaye saying that Dr. Ambedkar was a great figure for him in the Indian politics and was equal to any great upper caste Hindu after Gandhi. Dr. Ambedkar was a scholar. He was courageous, free minded and was a stable personality. He could have been shown as the icon of India's strength to outside world. He said, "I want that India's lower caste people think about the last four decades politics rationally. I would like that they regard Dr. Ambedkar as their icon of respect and learning, ignore his vices and accept his free mindedness, and regard him not only as the leaders of Harijans but as a statesman of the whole country". But this never happened. Ambedkarite organizations limited him as the leader of Dalits, not as the leader of India.
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