All India CPIM’s Kisan Sabha plays a key role in building solidarity for the farmers’ protest
CPIM in India had long mastered the art of problem-based advocacy. His farmers arm, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), increasingly expanded the scope of such pacts to organize major protests, such as the ongoing farmer agitation in the National Capital Region.
For the AIKS, a key participant along with the coordinating committee of Punjab Kisan organizations and several other organizations, in the ongoing protests, the experience of the 2014 movement against land law and the 2018 long march in Maharashtra was useful this time.
When the NDA government introduced the land bill in 2014, the AIKS attempted to form a broad-based movement joining more than 300 organizations representing tribes, activities, forest rights movements, Dalits, and even fishermen. . And after the Mandsaur incident, where farmers were killed during protests, the AIKS reached out to other organizers for an issue-based pact and formed the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordinating Committee (AIKSCC).
“AIKSCC brought together more than 250 organizations that might not agree with each other on all issues. But we formed a theme-based unit around two common programs to fight together: Compensation Price Assured and Debt Freedom. In the course of the united struggles a consensus developed on broader issues, ”said Vijoo Krishnan, Kisan Sabha’s deputy secretary.
It is the AIKSCC that held lengthy negotiations with agricultural bodies in Punjab and Haryana and other solidarity groups to launch a massive protest against the new agricultural laws of the NDA government.
Kisan’s long march in Maharashtra had demonstrated the organizing power of the AIKS, but this time, in India’s rice bowl, they found the new laws as the perfect cause to expand their problem-based support and join more organizations of farmers.
“The solidarity between farmers and workers, students, women, activists and even professionals like lawyers and doctors is unprecedented,” adds Vijoo, “We also have plans to intensify and expand protests across the country. Efforts to present it as a Punjab-specific movement are far from the reality of constant protests across India. Our organizations are focused on building solidarity for the ongoing agricultural unrest in Delhi. ”
The agricultural wing’s issue-based tactical aid line also comes as the CPIM and left-wing parties have taken a new approach to issue-based pacts with groups and parties outside the left periphery. Left-wing parties joined the RJD and Congress after a long time in Bihar, achieving impressive results. It has already announced seat pacts, not alliances, with Congress in Assam and West Bengal and with DMK in Tamil Nadu.
When asked why it took so long to organize protests when agricultural laws were passed in August, Vijoo said: “You have to keep in mind that there are partial closures and that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over. Our leaders had to negotiate with many organizations and held various meetings online as well as in towns. It was a meticulously built unit. I don’t think we’re late. We had numerous protests across the country since June 5. “