Prafulla Samantara, veteran movement leader of Niyamgiri and POSCO movements from Odisha said that while the governments are assaulting all the resources of people including forests and land, the people have shown repeatedly that only through struggle they can achieve their rights. Addressing a public meeting in Hyderabad on “Honor the Constitution in Telangana”, welcoming NAPM’s nationwide Samvidhan Samman Yatra.
Senior movement leaders and activists from 15 states taking part, along with senior leaders of diverse movements from Telangana. The adivasis of Niyamgiri have shown that powerful company like Vedanta can be defeated, and POSCO struggle has reversed the biggest FDI project in the country, he added.
Magsaysay Award winner Sandeep Pandey said that diversity is inherent quality in Indian culture. But, he deplored that the Hindutva forces who talk about the greatness of Indian culture are destroying diversity, promoting violent attacks on minorities and Dalits, and trying to shut down whoever speaks against this.
Krishnakant, leader of Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti in Gujarat, alleged that the same model of dictatorial governance that Modi followed in Gujarat is now being followed by KCR government in Telangana. But even in Gujarat, he recalled that through people’s struggle, they had forced the government to cancel the Mitti Virdi nuclear power plant. Now, the PM’s prestigious Bullet train project has also received its first shock because of the farmers’ protest the Japanese government has suspended their funding.
Prof. Haragopal accused that the governments in Telangana and at the Centre are violating all the assurances given by the Constitution to the common people of India. He lamented that all the institutions are undermined including CVC, CBI and even universities. Meera Sanghamitra NAPM coordinator of Telangana and AP said, “Through the Yatra we are giving a call to all movements to unite and work in full solidarity with each other”.