Chengara land agitation is revolutionary struggle in India:Roy

Chengara land agitation is revolutionary struggle in India:Roy
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Kochi, May 3 (PTI) Renowned writer and environmentalist Arundhati Roy today termed Kerala's Chengara land agitation in which 27,000 people, including 6,000 children have forcefully occupied a sprawling tea plantation property, as "the most revolutionary struggle that is going on in India."

Inaugurating the National Solidarity Convention on Chengara land issue here, she said "this is a struggle for the right to dream. We are here to express our solidarity."

"We cannot ever in this country forget that there is a link between dalits and the land issue.," she said.

"There is no society anywhere in the world that has this shameful social system of untouchability," she said.

Comparing the Chengara struggle with Nandigram issue, she said Nandigram is a struggle by the people whose land is being sought to be occupied by big corporates and by the SEZ, but here it is much more radical. It is the people saying to the Corporates that we are taking their land.

She said Harrison Malayalam has 36 estates in Kerala and over 70,000 acres of land.

"No action was taken against the company when it encroached the land but when the dalits and adivasis encroached it, suddenly all sorts of actions are being initiated," she alleged.

About 7,000 tribal families have forcefully occupied the Harrison Malayalam plantations land at Chengara in Pathanamthitta district demanding land for the landless tribals. The agitation has been going on for the last seven months.

The tribals have built temporary tents and 27000 people, including 600 children are continuing their agitation.

Supreme court lawyer, Prashant Bhushan, who also addressed the convention, said the Chengara struggle was a historic event.

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