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From Naxalbari to Nandigram, by foot! April 13, 2007

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Statesman News Service

SILIGURI, April 12: The Naxalites are linking Nandigram with Naxalbari, by foot.
Come 25 May and the famous peasants’ movement of Naxalbari would step into its 40th year. Rekindling the spirit of peasants’ movement therefore, the CPI-ML (Liberation) would rally from Naxalbari to Nandigram starting 1 May, another red letter day.
“The year marks the centenary of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, birth centenary of Bhagat Singh and the 40th anniversary of the Naxalbari Movement. Resistance is the common thread running through the three events, which is applicable to Nandigram as well, which is why the rally,” claimed the organisation’s state leader Mr Abhijit Mazumdar.
The Liberation is drawing heavily from the past to make the programme a success and take its struggle at Nandigram to the next level.

And, parallels between the past and the present movements have presented the Liberation with an opportunity. Nine women and two children died in police firing at Bengaijote, Naxalbari on 25 May 1967 that triggered off what later came to be known as the peasant’s movement of Naxalbari. “Mr Jyoti Basu was the home and deputy chief minister in UF government then, which presents a parallel with the LF government and the police firing in Nandigram,” Mr Mazumdar alleged. To give the programme an emotional boost, the Liberation has decided to assemble relatives of those who died in the 1967 police firing, at its 1 May rally. “The party general secretary Mr Dipankar Bhattacharya and others would flag off a Krishak Jagaran Yatra comprising of peasants, students and workers on 1 May. A tableau and the rally would traverse the length of West Bengal, demonstrate at Nandigram and culminate in Kolkata on 25 May,” state secretariat member Mr Basudeb Bose, said. The Liberation is also relying on road shows during its journey to Kolkata via Nandigram. “Rallies would be held all along the route to rope in mass support towards the cause,” the organisation’s local committee member Mr Mozammel Haque added. Although official invitations are not being sent out to the other Naxalite factions to join the rally, the Liberation is not averse to accepting support if proffered.

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