National Convention Against Displacement & SEZs – Kashipur, Kalinganagar, Jagatsinghpur, Raigad, Dadri, Singur, Nandigram

National Convention Against Displacement & SEZs (A Convention Of Mass Movements Fighting Displacement, Land Grabbing And SEZs)
Lohia Academy, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, 26th and 27th June 2007

Background Note Including Organisational Aspects of the Convention (Released on 3rd June 2007 Along With The Invitation Letter)

1. People of India Reject Anti-People Industrialisation:

The anti-people and pro-imperialist industrialisation by establishment of huge mineral based industries, industrial infrastructure (roads, rail, power, water, etc) and SEZs has resulted in peasants loosing their lands and livelihoods, massive unemployment, natural resources being exhausted in a rapid rate and nature is getting devastated. The implementation of the SEZ policy is leading to creation of exclusive zones where no laws of land that protects the rights of the labour and the people at large shall be applicable. Large-scale land acquisition for mega industrial projects, infrastructure projects and SEZs is transforming the whole of the rural scenario from bad to worse. Along with continued implementation of pro-imperialist agricultural policies, contract farming and corporate control of agricultural sector it is destroying the backbone of the peasantry. All state governments are boasting of formulating the best R&R policy and the central government is talking about passing an R&R Act. The purpose of today’s industrial policy under the garb of ‘best R&R policies’ is to fool the people and protect the interest of imperialist forces, the MNCs such as Posco, Salim, etc. and their Indian agents – the TATAs, the Zindals, the Mittals, the Ambanis (Reliance), the Birlas, the Anil Agrawals (Vedanta), etc. In reality today’s governments have no intention and capacity to properly rehabilitate the displaced. Fear of displacement from their homes, from lands and livelihoods, from their community and the thought of living the rest of their lives as destitutes has suddenly become a reality for vast masses of India. People across the country are rising to oppose forcible displacement due to these anti-people and imperialist industries and projects. The very people who according to the government are supposed to be benefiting from so-called industrialisation in the form of ‘Rehabilitation & Resettlement(R&R) benefits, jobs, urban facilities, social infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, etc.’ are seen to be opposing the most.

The people of Kashipur (Rayagada District of Orissa) have been fighting the Birlas (Utkal Alumina Ltd.) for the last 13 years and have laid down the lives of three persons in the struggle. The Kalinganagar (Jajpur district of Orissa) people have decided not to henceforth part with their lands for the TATAs or any other corporates and have been struggling against displacement & anti-people industrialisation policy of the Government for the last 3 years and have sacrificed 19 lives (5 died out of police repression unleashed by the Government to acquire land for Maharastra Seamless on 9th May 2005, 12 killed on 2nd January 2006 by police firing when hundreds of people resisted acquisition of land for the TATAs and 2 people who suffered injuries on 2nd January 2006 have since then died). In order to highlight the plight of the people facing displacement the struggling people of Kalinganagar forced an economic blockade on the National Highway No.200 for over 14 months, which made anti-people industrialisation and forcible displacement a national issue. The People of Earasama (near Paradeep in Jagatsingpur district of Orissa) fighting against the South Korean MNC Posco have taken the anti-displacement struggle ahead and have been fighting the government and Posco over the last 2 years. They have been successful in preventing the entry of three Ps (police, Prashasan-administration and Posco) to the proposed project area by erecting eight gates that are guarded by both men and women on a 24-hour basis. The people of Singur and Nandigram have been successful in exposing the West Bengal Government’s move to work for the TATAs and Salim group of Indonesia. The killing of 3 protesters in Nandigram on early morning of 7th January 2007 by the CPI (M)’s cadres and the killing of 14 protesters on 14th March 2007 by the police-CPI (M) cadre combine have exposed the government of West Bengal. The struggling people of Nandigram have forced all sections of the population to rethink on the anti-people SEZ policy of the government. The people of Raigad in Maharastra are waging a powerful struggle against the 35,000 Ha. SEZ proposed by the Reliance Industries (of Mukesh Ambani). People are fighting in Dadri in U.P against the Reliance’s (of Anil Ambani) 3500 Ha. power plant. People are fighting in Manesar near Gurgaon in Haryana against the Reliance’s (of Mukesh Ambani) multi-product 35,000 Ha. SEZ project. Opposition to Mukesh Ambani’s entry into the retail sector and to agriculture production and marketing is coming from the people of Jharkhand and West Bengal. People in Punjab are fighting against the forcible acquisition of farmland for the Trident group in Barnala, for international airport near Ludhiana and for thermal power plant at Nabha. In Chhatisgarh, near Jagdalpur the people are fighting forcible land acquisition for the proposed Steel plant by the TATAs. In Keonjhar district of Orissa, the people have begun their struggle against the proposed steel plant by the Mittals. The local population is resisting the proposed 10,000-Acre Vedanta University project on the sea beach near Puri in Orissa. The Kalinganagar Movement demonstrated the path for fighting against displacement by laying down the lives of their fellowmen and resisting all efforts to displace them. The Nandigram movement has taken the anti-displacement movement to a higher plane. People across the country are now waging heroic struggles against forcible displacement, anti-people & pro-imperialist industrialisation and SEZs.

A path of industrialisation that converts the vast masses as destitutes and serves imperialism is no path of industrialisation for India. Industrial development has to be in the interest of the vast masses of India. Thus the people of India are rejecting the anti-people and pro-imperialist industrialisation drive of the Government.

2. Rich Experience of Mass Movements:

The major reason behind all the mass movements against anti-people industrialisation and SEZs is the same everywhere. People are joining in large numbers in these mass movements and are willing to launch a long fight against the Government and the Corporates. People have given supreme sacrifice in the form of laying down lives and are willing to continue the struggle against all hurdles raised by the Government and the ruling classes and their agents because they want to save their agricultural lands and livelihoods and their homes, their community, the common property resources such as forests, source of water, etc. This is in spite of the grave crisis in the rural economy of India that is forcing some farmers in some locations to abandon their lands and migrating to urban centres in search of jobs. There is a necessity for instilling confidence amongst the peasants and rural folk that alternate economic development is possible, which has been demonstrated on a small scale by different groups. Different political forces working amongst people have their own vision of alternate development. The peasants of India realise that even in the prevailing situation of agrarian crisis gripping the country there is no other option but to stick to agriculture and allied occupations.
Each movement is operating in a specific situation. The style of functioning of each movement has emerged over a period of time considering the forces that have come forward to initiate and run the movement. There are differences in the style and structure of different movement organisations. Some have succeeded in achieving their demands, some are progressing towards that and some are currently at a low because of heavy odds they are forced to face.

3. New Issues Have Emerged:

Faced with massive protests against land acquisition the government has been forced to amend the rules under the SEZ Act 2005. The empowered group of ministers (EGoM) set-up for supervising the implementation of the SEZ policy has decided to amend the SEZ rules and providing for direct purchase of land by corporates for establishment of SEZs. But when POSCO officials were taken hostage the government is considering providing legal assistance to the corporates at the time of land acquisition. Democratic governance system demands that the government should take the side of the peasants who would loose their lands. The government should support the views of the peasants and those dependent upon the land under question. But in reality the government is taking the side of the corporates. It is expected that the government would first facilitate such direct land purchase and later on will use all its strength in support of the corporate interest. The corporates, on their part, would adopt new tactics to acquire land.

The Chief Minister of Orissa, Naveen Pattnaik on his return from New Delhi after attending a meeting with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently has been talking of Peaceful Industrialisation Process without using any force as the new mantra for industrialisation of Orissa. This is an ominous sign for all mass movements against displacement. By saying that henceforth the industrialisation drive shall be peaceful without using force it is an admission of use of force till date. But the important point is what does peaceful industrialisation actually mean. Taking together the experiences of different mass movements, particularly of Kashipur & Kalinganagar, it has been seen that after bloody incidents of killing protesters through police firing and after a period of silence the authorities registered several false police cases against leaders and activists of the movement, unleashed a rein of police repression, use of money power to try to influence the leaders and activists, etc. Thus through the proposed peaceful industrialisation process the government may adopt all means except direct police firing to acquire lands. Thus the talk of peaceful industrialisation is a camouflage and makes it clear that the intention of the government is not peaceful. Peaceful or otherwise people want displacement to stop and the orders for land acquisition to be withdrawn.

4. Yet to Rise to Their Potential:

All these mass movements have succeeded in exposing the government and the ruling political parties. That the government and the ruling political parties are serving the interests of the corporate sector and particularly that of the imperialist forces is now known to a large number of people across the country and these political parties have been forced to respond to such questioning by the people. With the process of implementation of SEZ policy being stepped up by the central government and state governments in spite of criticism and opposition from several quarters people across the country are loosing whatever little trust they had on governments. In West Bengal this fight against displacement and to protect agricultural land is being taken up at a statewide level. In some cases people are being aroused against the anti-people industrialisation and SEZ policies of the government. The aim of all movements is to be able to force the government to bring a halt to all land acquisition and withdraw anti-people and imperialist industrialisation and SEZ policies.

Mass movements have not been able to rise to this potential. If all the mass movements and political forces against displacement, land grabbing, SEZs and anti-people industrialisation can join hands and launch a co-ordinated struggle across the country there is every possibility that such a step shall lead to creation of suitable political environment against the imperialist economic policies of the Government which can play an important role in unleashing a host of major political action that would have a decisive impact on the Indian society.

5 National Convention To Chart A Course Of Action:

Recently the Kalinganagar people visited Nandigram after the killing of 14 persons on March 14th to express solidarity with the Nandigram Movement. People from several movements including Singur, Kashipur, Earasama and Lanjigarh have visited Kalinganagar to express solidarity. Several groups representing different movements and political parties recently visited Dhinkia to express solidarity with the Anti-Posco movement. Representative from different political forces opposed to displacement, SEZs and anti-people industrialisation recently congregated at Mumbai on 5th May 2007 in a convention organised amongst others the Mahamumbai Shetkari Sangharsha Samiti and later on visited Raigad to express solidarity where people are fighting against land acquisition for the proposed Reliance’s SEZ project. Some political forces are organising campaigns against SEZs. But there is an urgent need to move beyond expressing solidarity and propaganda.

It is to be seen that each of the movements are being assisted/ supported/ led by some political parties and progressive groups & persons. In some movements the local opposition ruling parties/groups are playing a crucial role. It is time all these movements and the political forces, in support of the movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc., come together to chart out a course of united political action. The National Convention Against Displacement and SEZs to be held at Bhubaneswar during 26th and 27th June 2007 is one such event where leading activists of as many as possible anti-displacement and anti-SEZ movements and all the political forces that are with these movements and are opposed to displacement and SEZs can meet and decide course of action for the future.

The National Convention Against Displacement and SEZs to be held at Bhubaneswar during 26th and 27th June 2007 could become a major event having the potential to strengthen all ongoing movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc, and would help in intensifying these movements.

6. The Co-organisers:

The three major mass movements of Orissa, the Kalinganagar Movement, the Movement Against POSCO’s Steel Plant near Paradeep and the Kashipur Movement together with the Raigad Movement of Maharastra and Dadri Movement of UP have agreed to be the co-organisers of the National Convention Against Displacement and SEZs to be held on 26th and 27th June 2007 at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. The Nandigram Movement and Singur Movement leaders have been approached for agreeing to become the co-organisers of the National Convention Against displacement and SEZs. The purpose, the programme and other arrangements for the convention has been finalised through a preparatory meeting of the above-mentioned five movements along with a few others (including from Nandigram of West Bengal, Lanjigarh of Orissa, activists from Tamil Nadu, A.P., etc.) at Bhubaneswar on 20th May 2007.

7. Invitees To the Convention:

It has been decided to invite as many as anti-displacement, anti-land grabbing and anti-SEZ movements across the country to the convention that is possible in the remaining time period. All the invitees are requested to make necessary arrangements to send a delegation of their leading activists to participate in the convention as per the broad suggestions in this regard finalised by the Local organising committee. The Convention shall have three types of participants:

i. Delegations from co-organiser mass movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc that shall include activists from political parties/other organisations who are supporting/leading the said mass movements.
ii. Delegations from mass movements (other than the co-organisers) against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc that may include activists from political parties/other organisations who are supporting/leading the said mass movements.
iii. Progressive intellectuals and groups in different fields who are supporting mass movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc.

9. Convention Programme:

Based on the guidance of the preparatory meeting held on 20th May 2007 at Bhubaneswar the meeting of the Local organising committee held on 31st June 2007 at Bhubaneswar has finalised the following programme for the Convention:

Day-1: 26th June 2007(Tuesday)
(1) 4AM–10AM : Arrival of Delegates
(2) 9AM-10AM : Registration of Delegates
(3) 10AM-11AM: Tribute to Martyrs’ Of Anti-Displacement Movements of India
(4) 11AM-1PM: Inaugural Session (For Delegates, Distinguished Invitees & Press)
– Presidium to take Charge
– Welcome Address
– Address on Behalf of Reception Committee
– Declaration of the Programme of the Convention
– Declaration of the list of organisations participating
– Address by Distinguished Invitees (to be confirmed)
– Closing Address by Presidium
(5) 1PM-2PM: Lunch
(6) 3PM-7PM: Delegates Session-Presentations by different Movements and their supporters which shall include amongst other issues the following:
i. Economic and Political Basis of opposing Displacement (Note along with Draft resolution to be placed)
ii. Why People Are Rejecting today’s Industrialisation and SEZs? (Note along with Draft resolution to be placed)
iii. Ruling Political Parties Exposed (Note along with Draft resolution to be placed)
iv. Co-ordination Mechanism (Note along with Draft resolution to be placed)
v. All India Agitational Programme (Note along with Draft resolution to be placed)
(7) 8PM-9PM: Dinner

Day-2: 27th June 2007(Wednesday)
(8) 7PM-8PM: Breakfast
(9) 8PM-11PM: Delegates Session Contd..
(10) 11PM-2PM: Closing Session
– Draft Declaration to be placed (to be circulated in advance)
– Open Discussion and adoption of the Declaration.
– Closing Remarks of Presidium
– Vote of Thanks
(11) 2PM-3PM: Lunch
(12) 3PM-4PM: Departure of Delegates
(13) 4PM-6PM: Press Conference
(14) 7PM-9PM: Co-ordination Meeting For Carrying Forward the Convention Declaration

10. Presidium:

The leaders of the co-organiser movements shall constitute the presidium. Each co-organiser movement shall nominate one of their leaders to be a part of the presidium. The convention shall be organised under the guidance and supervision of the presidium.

11. Local Organising Committee:

As per the decision of the preparatory meeting held on 20th May 2007 the Local organising committee constituting the following persons who represent the co-organiser movements of Orissa or are their sympathisers and supporters has been formed to co-ordinate the event and make necessary arrangements at Bhubaneswar.

i. Dabar Kalundia
ii. Prafulla Das
iii. Madan Kalundia
iv. Prashant Paikray
v. K.Das
vi. Bhalachandra
vii. Prafulla Samantaray
viii. Rajendra Sadangi
ix. Sanjukta Pattnaik
x. Subash
xi. Shailendra

12. Reception Committee:

A reception committee comprising of distinguished persons of Orissa along with the members of local organising committee is being formed.

13. Budget and Source of Funds:

The local organising committee has finalised the following tentative budget and the sources of funds as follows:
Total Expenditure (tentative): Rs.80, 000.00

Source of Funds:
– Delegate Fees- 400 delegates @ Rs. 100 per delegate: Rs. 40, 000.00
– Contribution of Co-organiser Movements: 5 Co-organisers @ Rs.1000.00: Rs.5, 000.00
– Collection from Sympathisers in Orissa: Rs. 15,000.00
– Collection from Sympathisers outside Orissa: Rs.20, 000.00

14. Delegate Mobilisation:

The local organising committee in its meeting held on 31st May 2007 has suggested the following delegate mobilisation plan so as to ensure participation from maximum possible number of movements:

(1) Total Delegates From Orissa: 200
– Delegates From Kalinganagar- 30
– Delegates From Kashipur- 20
– Delegates From Anti-Posco Movement- 30
– Total Delegates From Orissa based Co-organisers – 80
– Delegates From Other Movements of Orissa (say 10 Movements @ 5 delegates – 50
– Delegates From Different sympathiser organisations – 30
– Intellectual & Sympathiser Individual Delegates From Orissa- 40

(2) Delegates From Outside Orissa: 200
– Delegates From Maharastra (Including from Raigad Movement)- 40
– Delegates From U.P (Including from Dadri Movement)– 10
– Tot. Delegates to be mobilised by Co-organisers outside Orissa- 50
– Delegates From West Bengal – 20
– Delegates From Jharkhand – 10
– Delegates From Andhra Pradesh – 10
– Delegates From Tamil Nadu – 10
– Delegates From Punjab – 10
– Delegates From Haryana – 10
– Delegates From Chhatisgarh – 10
– Delegates From Different sympathiser organisations – 20
– Intellectual & Sympathiser Individual Delegates From Outside Orissa- 50

15. Confirmation of Participation:

All those who receive the invitation are requested to confirm their participation through e-mail/post to reach the local organising committee latest by 15th June 2007. The confirmation should include the following particulars:
i. The size of the delegation (no. of persons)
ii. The names of leading activists with their mobile numbers and e-mail ID.
iii. The name and date of train by which reaching Bhubaneswar.

(Rabindranath Jarika) (Abhaya Sahoo) (Bhagaban Majhi)
Secretary, President, Convenor,
Bistapan Birodhi Janmanch, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Prakrutika Sampad
Sukinda, Ambagadia Samiti, At& PO: Dhinkia, Surakhya Parishad,
PO: Gobarghati, Jajpur Kujanga, Jagatsingpur Kucheipadar, Orissa Orissa Kashipur, Orissa

(Dutta Patil) (Mangoo Singh Rana)
President, President,
Maha Mumbai Shetkari Maharana Sangram Singh
Sangharsha Samiti, Kissan Kalyan Samiti,
Alibag, Dist: Raigad Village: Bajheda Khurd,
Maharastra Dist: Ghaziabad, U.P.

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Final Invitation Letter

Sub: Invitation to Participate In The National Convention Against Displacement & SEZs at Bhubaneswar, Orissa on 26th and 27th June 2007.

Dear Sir/Madam,
Three major mass movements of Orissa, the Kalinganagar Movement, the Movement Against POSCO’s Steel Plant near Paradeep and the Kashipur Movement along with the Raigad Movement of Maharastra and Dadri Movement of UP have decided to hold jointly a National Convention of mass movements fighting Displacement and SEZs on 26th and 27th June 2007 at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. The Nandigram Movement and the Singur Movement have been approached to become the co-organisers of the convention. The purpose, programme and the arrangements of the said convention and the background note, which would be the basis of holding the convention, was finalised in a preparatory meeting at Bhubaneswar on 20th May 2007.

The Convention shall have three types of participants, which are (i) Delegations from co-organiser mass movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc. that may include activists from political parties/other organisations who are supporting/leading the said mass movements, (ii) Delegations from mass movements (other than the co-organisers) against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc that may include activists from political parties/other organisations who are supporting/leading the said mass movements and (iii) Progressive intellectuals and groups who are supporting mass movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc. The convention would be conducted as per the enclosed background note, which states the theme, the programme and other arrangements. Invitees are requested to ensure that the views of their delegates are based on the issues included in the background note. The national convention could become a major event having the potential to strengthen all ongoing movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc, and would help in intensifying these movements. Invitees are requested to suggest names of mass movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs and progressive intellectuals with their address (preferably with e-mail ID) to the organisers of the convention through e-mail so that they can be invited for the Convention. With warm regards,

Sd/ Sd/ Sd/
(Rabindranath Jarika) (Abhaya Sahoo) (Bhagaban Majhi)
Secretary, President, Convenor, Prakrutik
Bistapan Birodhi Janmanch, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Sampad Surakhya
Sukinda, Ambagadia Samiti, At& PO: Dhinkia, Kucheipadar,
PO: Gobarghati, Jagatsingpur, Orissa Kashipur,Orissa
Jajpur, Orissa
Sd/ Sd/
(Dutta Patil) (Mangoo Singh Rana)
President, President,
Maha Mumbai Shetkari Maharana Sangram Singh
Sangharsha Samiti, Kissan Kalyan Samiti,
Alibag, Dist: Raigad Village: Bajheda Khurd,
Maharastra Dist: Ghaziabad, U.P.
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Contact Address: Local Organising Committee, National Convention Against Displacement & SEZs, Plot No. A/56, Unit-3, Shriya Talkies Road, Bhubaneswar, Orissa – 751 001, E-mail: bisthapanbirodhijanmanch@yahoo.co.in, Mobile- 09937921574

Final Version of Leaflet for Circulation

Leading Activists Of All Mass Movements Against Displacement and SEZs To Congregate At The
National Convention Against Displacement & SEZs
At Lohia Academy, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, On 26th and 27th June 2007

NO MORE FORCIBLE DISPLACEMENT, NO LANDS FOR MNCS AND SEZs

Dear Countrymen,

The establishment of anti-people and pro-imperialist projects in the form of huge mineral based industries, industrial infrastructure (roads, rail, power plants, water projects, etc) and SEZs have resulted in peasants loosing their lands and livelihoods, massive unemployment, natural resources being exhausted in a rapid rate and nature getting devastated. Fear of displacement from their homes, their lands and livelihoods, their community and the thought of living the rest of their lives as destitutes has suddenly become a reality for vast masses of India. The implementation of the SEZ policy is leading to creation of exclusive zones where no laws of land that protects the rights of the labour and the people at large shall be applicable. Large-scale land acquisition for mega industrial projects, infrastructure projects and SEZs is transforming the whole of the rural scenario from bad to worse. Along with continued implementation of pro-imperialist agricultural policies, contract farming and corporate control of agricultural sector it is destroying the backbone of the peasantry. A path of industrialisation that converts the vast masses as destitutes and serves imperialism is no path of industrialisation for India. Industrial development has to be in the interest of the vast masses of India. Thus the people of India are rejecting the anti-people and pro-imperialist industrialisation drive of the Government and people are rising across the country to oppose forcible displacement due to such industries, projects and SEZs.

The people of Kashipur (Rayagada District of Orissa) have been fighting the Birlas (Utkal Alumina Ltd.) for the last 13 years and have laid down the lives of three of their fellowmen in the struggle. The Kalinganagar (Jajpur district of Orissa) people have decided not to henceforth part with their lands for the TATAs or any other corporates and have been struggling against displacement & anti-people industrialisation policy of the Government for the last 3 years and have sacrificed 19 lives so far. The People of Earasama (near Paradeep in Jagatsingpur district of Orissa) fighting against the South Korean MNC Posco have taken the anti-displacement struggle ahead and have been fighting the government and Posco over the last 2 years. The people of Singur and Nandigram have been successful in exposing the West Bengal Government’s move to work for the TATAs and Salim group of Indonesia. The killing of 3 protesters in Nandigram on 7th January 2007 by the CPI (M)’s cadres and the killing of 14 protesters on 14th March 2007 by the police- CPI (M) cadre combine have thoroughly exposed the government of West Bengal. The people of Raigad in Maharastra are waging a powerful struggle against the 35,000 Ha. SEZ planned by the Reliance Industries (of Mukesh Ambani). People are fighting in Dadri in U.P against the Reliance’s (Anil Ambani) 3500 Ha. power plant. People are fighting in Manesar near Gurgaon in Haryana against the Reliance’s multi-product 35,000 Ha. SEZ project. People in Punjab are fighting against the forcible acquisition of farmland for the Trident group in Barnala, for International airport near Ludhiana and for Thermal Power plant at Nabha. In Chhatisgarh, near Jagdalpur the people are fighting forcible land acquisition for the proposed Steel plant by the TATAs. In Keonjhar district of Orissa the tribals have begun their struggle against the proposed steel plant by the Mittals. The local population is resisting the proposed 10,000-Acre Vedanta University project on the sea beach near Puri in Orissa. All these movements and nearly 50 other mass movements of the country are coming together to formulate a joint action against the anti-people and imperialist industrialisation drive of the Government, which is forcing vast masses of India into destitution. The Kalinganagar Movement demonstrated the path for fighting against displacement by laying down the lives of their fellowmen and resisting all efforts to displace them. The Nandigram movement has taken the anti-displacement movement to a higher plane.

All these mass movements have succeeded in exposing the government and the ruling political parties. That the government and the ruling political parties are serving the interests of the imperialist forces and their agents in India is now known to a large number of people across the country. If all the mass movements and political forces against displacement, land grabbing, SEZs and anti-people industrialisation can join hands and launch a co-ordinated struggle across the country there is every possibility that such a step shall lead to creation of suitable political environment against the pro-imperialist economic policies of the Government and shall play an important role in unleashing a host of political action which would have decisive impact on the Indian society.

The National Convention Against Displacement and SEZs to be held at Bhubaneswar during 26th and 27th June 2007 shall be an event where the leading activists of as many as possible anti-displacement and anti-SEZ movements and the political forces that are with these movements and are opposed to displacement and SEZs are expected to meet and decide the course of action for intensifying the struggle against displacement, land grabbing and SEZs. The National Convention Against Displacement and SEZs to be held at Bhubaneswar during 26th and 27th June 2007 could become a major event leading to strengthening of all ongoing movements against displacement, land grabbing, anti-people industrialisation, SEZs, etc, and launching joint action which would contribute towards a decisive struggle against all anti-people and pro-imperialist policies of the government.

The Convention shall begin on 26th June 2007(Tuesday) at Bhubaneswar in the Lohia Academy Hall, Near Chitrakoot Ashram, on The Sachivalaya Marg shall start at 10 AM with tributes to the martyrs of the anti-displacement movements of India.

ALL MOVEMENTS AGAINST DISPLACEMENT AND SEZs TO JOIN HANDS
INTENSIFY STRUGGLE AGAINST DISPLACEMENT, LAND GRABBING AND SEZs

(Rabindranath Jarika) (Abhaya Sahoo) (Bhagaban Majhi)
Secretary, President, Convenor,
Bistapan Birodhi Janmanch, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Prakrutika Sampad
Sukinda, Ambagadia Samiti, At& PO: Dhinkia, Surakhya Parishad,
PO: Gobarghati, Jajpur Kujanga, Jagatsingpur Kucheipadar, Orissa Orissa Kashipur, Orissa

(Dutta Patil) (Mangoo Singh Rana)
President, President,
Maha Mumbai Shetkari Maharana Sangram Singh
Sangharsha Samiti, Kissan Kalyan Samiti,
Alibag, Dist: Raigad Village: Bajheda Khurd,
Maharastra Dist: Ghaziabad, U.P.
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Contact Address: Local Organising Committee, National Convention Against Displacement & SEZs, Plot No. A/56, Unit-3, Shriya Talkies Road, Bhubaneswar, Orissa – 751 001, E-mail: bisthapanbirodhijanmanch@yahoo.co.in, Mobile- 09937921574