20th Anniversary of Multai firing: Program by Akhil Bhartiya Kishan Sangharsh Samanway Samiti

February 3, 2018

This report appeared on Sangharsh Samvad and has been translated by Samik. A previous report on the Multai firing was carried by Sanhati.


The Multai Manifesto was passed with full consent in 20th Shaheed Kishan Smriti Sammelan. Akhil Bhartiya Kishan Sangharsh Samanway Samiti generated fresh hope and power among the farmers of this country.

Import-Export rules of the Central Government are responsible for falling of Agricultural Products price. The BJP Government has turned the farmers into beggars.

In 12th January 1998, a massive firing on the farmers in Multai, Madhya Pradesh, claimed 24 lives. 12 January 2018 observed the 20th Anniversary of that incident.

The protest in 1998 had been about the earnings of farmers and the administration responded to it heavily killing 24 farmers. The protest is still on, the farmers and labours across the country are still fighting for their earnings and the neo-capitalist forces have also intensified their attack on the farmers under the neo-liberal environment. Below are the excerpts of the latest release from Kishan Sangharsh Samiti.

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Today the 20th Kishan Smriti Sammelan and 241st Kishan Mahapanchayat was held, presided by Shri Tanti Choudhary. At 10:00 am the martyrs were remembered by offering wreaths at the Shaheed Kishan Stambh in Parmandal village, and at 11:00 am those 24 martyrs were honored by installing an inscription at the Shaheed Kishan Stambh at Multai Bus Stand. the 20th Kishan Smriti Sammelan was started from 12:00 noon at Tapti Mangal Bhawan, Paregaon Road, Multapi.

The Multai Manifesto with 28 points was released in the Kishan Mahapanchayat. The Manifesto covered demands for construction of Kishan Stambh (farmers’ memorial), registering murder cases against the accused police officials on Multai and Mandsaur firing incident, waiving off all loans of the farmers, 1.5 times of current price on crops, Rs 2000 per Quintal selling price for maize, Rs 5000 per Quintal for Soyabeans, Insurance benefit to all farmers and passing direct benefit to them due to price change, making selling price of milk fat to Rs 7, abolish the proposed model contract act, rehabitating the 10 crore farmers evicted so far, ensuring minimum wage of Rs 25000 per month for farmers, state withdrawal of increased price of petrol and diesel, stopping acquisition of agricultural land, stopping the Adani Pech Power Project and SEZ at Satnur village, arranging treatment camp for alcoholics, and providing free electricity to all farmers of MP, as it is provided to those of Punjab and Telengana.

Shri B M Singh addressed the conference and said the following: the farmers of Multai are fighting for their cause since past 20 years. In view of formation of the Akhil Bhartiya Kishan Sangharsh Samanway Samiti that encouraged at least 190 farmers’ associations across the country, we all have now reached out to the farmers of Multai to provide them strong support. For 20 years the farmers have not been given justice, not been given fair price for maize and soybeans.

Whatever movement or protest happens related to the issues of Multai farmers, the Samanway Samiti will support it wholeheartedly. Farmers are not alone anymore; the entire country is with them. He also said that farmers of MP are not getting benefit of Crop Insurance and Price Change Scheme. The price of milk is decreasing day by day. The Chief Minister is only providing oral assurances to the farmers. The economic condition of the country can improve only when the villages can work towards self-dependence. He also said that there should be minimum control of market in local produces, and local import-export and local distribution system.

Shri Raju Shetty, while addressing the conference, said the following: farmers of MP are being forced to sell maize and soybean at throwaway prices. The import-export policy of the Central Government is directly responsible for this. The BJP Government has reduced the farmers to beggars. Price Change Scheme has been proven of no use. Farmers of the whole country will provide justice to these farmers. That’s why we have come to Madhya Pradesh.

The Martyrdom of the farmers 20 years ago will not be wasted. The farmers will take its revenge through proper justice. Government has made agriculture a loss-making profession completely, due to which the new generation is losing interest in it. The central Government schemes like Start-Up India, Make in India, Digital India, Cashless India and New India has no place for farmers. We need to strengthen our fight to change these anti-farmer policies of the Government.

Shri Heera Singh Markamji said the following: most Adivasis are born rich but the Government is looting them, exploiting them, destroying them. We have formed a party to resist these exploitation and loot on the Adivasis in Independent India. He also mentioned that Save food, save girls, save villages, save country, establish Gondwana state – these will be our slogans.

Ad. Aradhana Bhargava said that Kishan Sangharsh Samiti has created a history of sacrifice in this country. For the first time in history, the farmers of India have gathered under the banner of Akhil Bhartiya Kishan Sangharsh Samiti, which was founded by Dr Suneelam – Kishan Sangharsh Samiti. She said that we will accept only full waiver of farmers’ loan and our protest will continue until we get the support price. She mentioned that the proposed Machagora dam has affected 31 villages. 8 villages have been immersed. Almost 50 thousand lives are at stake. Fishing permit at the Machagora Dam has been given to a contractor of Shivni, we demand to revoke his permit and give it to the affected farmers, rehabilitation of them and citing the compensation of Sardar Sarobar Dam affected population of Rs 60 Lakh per Hector as directed by the Supreme Court, we demand similar compensation package for the farmers affected here. She warned the Government that if these demands are not met, the protest will be fiercer, and no one will stay silent.

The Kishan Sangharsh Samiti General Secretary T R Athya said that the constitution of India does not endorse any discrimination, but this society continues discriminatory behaviour not only with Dalits, women and minorities, but farmers also face discrimination. The villagers face discrimination. He appealed everyone to fight to end this and bring equality to the society.

Dr Suneelam said that the Central and State Government are acting as agents of Adani and Ambani and looting the farmers. Their lands have been looted, they have been forced to commit suicide, and when they came forward in protest they were fired upon. But this farmers’ movement which was given its initial shape by Swamy Sahajanand Saraswati before Independence has gained its momentum today to compel the Government to listen to their demands.

He appealed to the farmers to protest the conspiracy of contract farming imposed by the Government. He demanded free electricity to all farmers of MP, like Punjab and Telengana. Central and State Governments are pampering the capitalists and exploiting the farmers. Central Government has provided discounts of Rs 14 Lakh Crore to 100 Capitalists like Ambani and Adani. Just one week back, to revive the struggling banks over NPAs, the government has given aid of Rs 80 Thousand Crores and in entire 2017 a total of Rs 2 Lakh 40 Thousand Crore has been given. Banks are not able to recover their money from these big houses. The due amount of Ambani-Adani now touches Rs 2 Lakh Crore. Still, instead of attaching and croaking their properties and other assets, the Government is providing them more and more monetary assets. We condemn this act wholeheartedly and demand an immediate end of this type of discriminations.

Susheela Tai Marade of Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti said that the PM talks about Make in India but he is virtually handing over the entire nation to foreign hands. Not everyone has got electricity, but he is talking about Digital India. Winning the election in name of caste and religion, and then talking about Clean India. The President of Gaam Raksha Ul, Maya Tai Chaire said that we remember the martyr farmers every year in this conference. She also urged everyone to feel empowered from the lives of the martyrs and leave alcohol forever.

Secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Kishan Khet Mazdoor Shri Maneesh Srivastava said that earlier farmers used to get compensation for crops being destroyed (due to some reason), but the Government has now stopped this compensation scheme in name of Fasal Beema (Crop Insurance), and farmers are not getting the insurance for their destroyed crops either.

Durgaprasad Singare, the President of Akhil Bhartiya Kishan Sabha said that Government wants to take care of farmers, but the Government is directed by the Corporates. There’s no other alternative than continuing protest this loot.
National President of Bhuiya Vichaar Manch, Rambabu Agrawal said that only the societal norms can give us justice, that’s why we have to struggle to make the Government adopt a socialist approach to solve the issues. The way of Sapt Kranti, or Seven Revolutions, declared by Dr. Lohia is the only way for us.

State President of Socialist Party India, Ramswarup Mantri said that the Price Change Scheme and Crop Insurance created some hope among the farmers but both the schemes have failed in absence of good wish and proper direction. Farmers are left with no option other than protest.

Apart from them, other attendees of the conference, like President of Arvind Deshmukh Ji Blue Diamond – Amardas, Manohar Singh, State President of Kishan Morcha – Sanjay Rai, President of Kishan Jagriti Sangathan – Irfan Zafri, Secretary Rajesh Bairagi of Jhabua, Leeladhar Choudhary of Dewas, Rajendra Purohit of Neemach, Devdas Bhai of Narmada Bachao Andolan (Barwani), Dr. Rajkumar Sanodia (Siwni), Lakhanchand Jain (Tikamgarh), Dinesh Kushwah (Mahu), President of Swaraj Abhiyan from Dhar Mr Bhagwan Singh and Vinod Singh of Kishan Sangh also presented their views.

The Martyr families were honoured. In memory of those farmers, 24 students from 5th and 8th grade of Government Schools of their villages were honoured with prizes given by Vidya Memorial Trust, founded in memory of Mrs Vidyavati Mishra, mother of Dr Suneelam. Blood Donation camps were organized like every other year in Tapti Mangal Bhawan, Paregaon Road, Multapi in memory of those farmers. 11 members of Kishan Sangharsh Samiti donated their blood. Names of some of the donors are – Dr Sunilam, Jagdish Daurke, Sadashiv Gadekar, Milind Khatarkar, Ravi (son of Martyr Mishri Lal Harode), Sanjeev Gawande, Chenvati Raghubangshi, Rajesh Sanotia, Navneet Patel, Ashok Barode, Pawan Harode.