Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Talk by Akhil Gogoi: Land, Dams, Rights and Popular Resistance

New Socialist Initiative (NSI) and Ramjas History Society

invite all to a Discussion with 

Akhil Gogoi
General Secretary, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), Assam



4th August 2011, 11.30 am. Seminar Room, Ramjas College, DU

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, in many ways, is an anomaly in Assam. This is a land which finds national attention only in times of blasts, floods, massacres. KMSS breaks the media orientalism and manages to make news. KMSS launches agitations on patently non-exotic issues such as Eviction of Urban poor, Public Distribution System thefts, construction of big dams in fragile seismic territories, non-implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Rights to Information Act etc. Aside from these issues, the other feature which sets KMSS apart in the political landscape of the state is its non-alignment. And more importantly it does not swear by any tribal, linguistic, religious group. This is something of a miracle in a region almost balkanised by identity politics.


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