Celebrating Seeds of Resistance

Women of Adivasi Aikya Vedika -Telangana from districts Asifabad-Komram Bhim, Nagarkurnool, Jayashankar-Bhupalpalli, and Adivasi Aikya Vedika-Andhra Pradesh from districts  East Godavari, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Vishakapatnam and West Godavari; Dalit Mahila Sangham, Medak; Deccani Gorrela Mekala Pempakhadharula Sangham (DGMPS), Medak; Dalit Mahila Sangham, Chittoor and co strugglers celebrated Women’s Day across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

We celebrated the day, resolving to deepen our fight against capitalist patriarchal corporate control, by asserting and defending our collective rights to our lands, forests, water, air, indigenous seeds, animals, diverse food cultures, knowledge systems and local markets towards realising our vision for food sovereignty and social justice.

We collectively identified and visualised through art, the specific forms of violence that exist within our families, our village, our schools, our agriculture fields and forests, the larger society, and shared these with one another.  Our struggle is not an individual one but a collective fight against all forms of structural violence.  We commit to organise around these common concerns, and foster our collective strength to creatively challenge this violence.

Women from the  Food Sovereignty Alliance, joined  women and  women’s movements from across the country in Nagpur on March 10th 2017, at the “Chalo Nagpur” event,  to denounce growing fascism, and the right wing forces of Manuvad and Hindutva, that are in total violation of our constitution. We shared about the growing violence experienced by adivasi women whose territories (land, water, forests, knowledge, local governance systems) are under attack, and whose constitutional rights are being systematically undermined.

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Food Sovereignty Jatra

The deliberate dispossession of traditional seeds, practices and knowledge, promoted by agricultural policies, is systematically displacing women as custodians of seeds and sovereign food-farming, and converting them to units of subordinate labour of agri-business and consumers of their agricultural inputs.

In action to reclaim our sovereign food systems, the Food Sovereignty Jatra, started in May 2016, in districts Medak, Sangareddy, East Godavari, Chittoor and Adilabad.

This village to village campaign, generated discussions around ways to secure our seeds, regain control over food, collective farming, right to forest produce, drought resistant food systems and women led strategies towards food sovereignty.

This jatra was a caravan of posters, film screening – ‘ What is Food sovereignty’, animated debate and discussion, signature campaigns against GMO seeds and the growing atrocities against dalit students in universities. Over 1000 kgs of food crop seeds was mobilised by the Alliance and around 300 women exchanged seeds and committed to grow agro-ecologically food crops such as finger millet, traditional maize, sorghum, black gram, green gram, red gram, foxtail millet and pearl millet.

After this year- long effort to grow food crops, currently meetings are being held in villages to build our seed banks in the villages, deliberate on plans for agriculture in the coming season and vision ways in which more women can be involved in strengthening our food systems, knowledge and decision making. This also formed an important part of the conversations of Women’s Day 2017..

 

 

Bhutalli- Mother Earth

Bhuthalli – (Earth Mother) a play in Street Theatre Format, captures the relationship of adivasis, dalits, shepherds and peasants with Mother Earth, interrogates the forces that are systematically dispossessing people from their land, livelihoods and resources, and celebrates the diversity of people’s resistance. The play is performed by actors from adivasi, dalit , shepherd and peasant communities.

Bhutalli was first performed at Sompeta, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, on March 8th 2013, in solidarity with the peoples struggle against a Thermal Power Project. It has been performed across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh between 2013 and 2015. This video captures the performance at the Food Sovereignty Summit-2013, Pellipadugu,  East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh.

The play continues to be as relevant today as it was in 2013, in view of the relentless attempts by the State to takeover people’s land in the name of dams, reservoirs, sanctuaries, plantations, forestry programs and other so called projects for public purpose. We stand in solidarity with people who continue to struggle and defend their rights to their land and resources. 

55 minutes. Telugu with English sub-titles . Please ensure that the CC/subtitle option is turned on to view subtitles (CC on the lower right part of your screen will be underlined in red when CC/subtitles are on) 

Directed by: Madhoo 

Madhoo– street-theatre playwright, works with adivasi people’s movements, part time agro-ecological farmer, on-time tea drinker, life-long learner and other significant things. He is also a member of the Food Sovereignty Alliance, India.

Condemn the State Sponsored Violence on #Justice for Rohith

The violence unleashed once again against the students of University of Hyderabad indicates that today people fighting for Justice and resisting the State, are being murdered, brutally attacked and arrested.

We, the Food Sovereignty Alliance, India condemn this ongoing State sponsored violence and onslaught on democracy.

The student movement across campuses in India and the world is self-evident: you cannot crush the truth. Whether it is students, largely from Black communities of City University of New York marching across Brooklyn Bridge, or the nation wide demonstration of the South African student movement, or the students across several universities in India: they are fighting institutional, structural discrimination, challenging the privatisation of university education, demanding increased state financial support and asserting for a space of democratic discourse on campuses.

The fight is of justice, of the historically excluded people to be shaping the future of universities, which have for long now been the preserve of the upper castes, upper class oppressors.

We stand with the students of the University of Hyderabad in their fight to restore democracy and against caste discrimination in educational institutions.

  • We demand the immediate release of and withdrawal of all cases against arrested students and faculty and the halt of any further targeted arrests.

  • We condemn the police brutality and demand the withdrawal of Police from campus.

  • We condemn the unlawful shut-down of university and the suspension of basic fundamental rights.

  • We demand the suspension and arrest of VC Dr. P.Appa Rao.

  • We demand immediate action to implement the demands of the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, UoH.

We stand with the students movements in other universities around the country who continue to fight caste, class, patriarchial structures of discrimination, as also the Hindutva and capitalist attack on our sovereignty.

In solidarity we from FSA:

Protested the violence against students of UOH at Ambedkar Statue in Hyderabad and mobilized contributions for food, fruits and water for the UOH students, whose basic fundamental rights were denied on campus.

We condemn the brutal murder of Berta Cáceres

We condemn the brutal murder of Berta Cáceres an indigenous woman who led her people in the struggle against a dam coming up in their territory in Honduras.

Indigenous people across the world have been condemned to violence, in recent times the Lenca people of Honduras, the Koya adivasi people living along the banks of the Godavari fighting the Polavaram dam, the adivasis resisting state violence in Chhattisgarh or the adivasis fighting against the mining projects in Odhisa, Jharkhand, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Berta was killed, yet we assembled across the globe with one voice – demanding justice and re-iterating that the struggle will continue in defence of indigenous people’s territories and way of life.

FSA joined the rally to protest the murder of Bertha outside the Honduras Permanent Mission to the UN, in New York on 17th March, 2016.

Condemning the Assault on Justice and Democracy

We, the Food Sovereignty Alliance, condemn the violence on students, lawyers, journalists, writers, professors, adivasi leaders, dalit leaders and communities who stand for Justice and are the democratic voices of sovereignty.

We oppose and condemn the false charges against citizens, in terming them as ‘Anti-nationals’ and reiterate that Nation is a sovereign of people.  Citizens who voice the rights of dalits, adivasis, muslims, poor working class and other marginalized communities, who critically question the government and the state machinery, are in no measure anti-national, but are rather the upholders of a people’s democracy.

We demand that the colonial law of ‘sedition’ and related provisions be repealed and removed from the body of legislations. In history, there have been several occasions where political representatives objected sedition on valid grounds and termed it as unconstitutional.

We particularly oppose the arrest and sedition charges filed on the JNU Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar. We demand the revocation of sedition charges and debarment of Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Ashutosh Kumar, Rama Naga, Anant Prakash, Aishwarya Adhikari and Shweta Raj.

We denounce the actions of Samajik Ekta Manch as unconstitutional and call for the halt in torture of the members of Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group.

We strongly condemn the recent attack on Soni Sori and demand the halt of this onslaught on adivasis in Bastar and on all human right defenders.

Above all, we strongly oppose all attempts at suppressing the democratic act of dissent and affirm that we the member movements of the Food Sovereignty Alliance are in solidarity and will continue to resist and fight to keep freedom and people’s democracy alive.

We are all the people who continue to stand for Justice.

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