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  • Sukla Sen
    Apr 22, 2014
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      My deepest condolences.

      Sukla


      On 22 April 2014 11:58, Anil Sadgopal <anilsadgopal@...> wrote:
       
      [Attachment(s) from Anil Sadgopal included below]

      Dear all,
       
      By now, you all must be aware of the most untimely demise of Sunilbhai (age 54 years), our senior socialist colleague in the education movement, last night (i.e. 21st April) at AIIMS Delhi due to catastrophic brain hemorrhage suffered by him on 16th April at his village Bhumkapura, Kesla Block, Distt. Hoshangabad, M.P.
       
      Sunilbhai was the National General Secretary, Samajwadi Jan Parishad (SJP) and Member, Presidium, All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE). He was the Editor, Samayaik Varta, an acknowledged monthly journal of socialist movement inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia and Kishen Patnaik. Until a year ago, he was also the Editor of AIFRTE’s Hindi quarterly ‘Taleem Ki Ladai’.
       
      I am forwarding herewith weblinks to Sunilbhai’s selected lectures along with some biographical notes compiled and sent by Sh. Samarendra Das, a SJP activist from Odisha. The first weblink to YouTube is a 5-minute plus video clip of SJP’s views on education policy articulated by Sunilbhai in Hindi – possibly his last recorded statement made on 7th April 2014 at Bhopal. This video clip is edited by Samarendra out of a 3-hour long plus video recording of a dialogue on education with various political party representatives organized by Shiksha Adhikar Manch, Bhopal on 7th April in response to AIFRTE’s call to hold such dialogues with political parties in different parts of the country as part of the Lok Sabha elections. Here is the aforementioned weblink for ready reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5doozO8nrY
       
      Yesterday night, following the news of Sunilbhai’s demise, I heard an hour long lecture by him on economic policy delivered at Bargarh, Odisha last year – an amazingly simple and forthright analysis of complex economic issues which explains India’s economic crisis and presents a way out. I assume that this lecture is accessible through one of the weblinks compiled by Samarenda in the forwarded email below. I commend this lecture to all who are concerned with how India’s ruling class has enslaved our economy at the behest of the global capital and impoverished the masses. Hopefully, the political leaders of various parties will also care to listen to this lecture before making false and misleading claims that they have a solution to our national problems.  
       
      I am also sending you in attachment a personal note in Hindi I circulated on 20th April as a ‘Get Well Message’ when Sunilbhai was still struggling for his life at AIIMS.
       
      Please use this material to disseminate Sunilbhai’s vision of socialistic model of development in your own respective areas of activity through the Press and by organizing public meetings and discussions. Undoubtedly, he has left behind a rich legacy of ‘Sangharsh aur Nirman’ (‘Struggle and Reconstructiuon’) which befalls on all of us to be carried forward as a collective responsibility.
       
      Inquilab Zindabaad!
       
      Anil Sadgopal
      Secretary, Shiksha Adhikar Manch, Bhopal
      & Member, Presidium
      All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE)
       

      On Tuesday, 22 April 2014 3:11 AM, Samarendra Das <sdasorisa@...> wrote:
      I thought of sharing a few documents that I compiled just now for a Press release on Sunilji.

      Samarendra

      Some of his speeches and words :


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5doozO8nrY






      समाजवादी जनपरिषद के राष्ट्रीय महामंत्री, चिंतक सुनील ने जे.एन .यू.दिल्ली से अर्थशास्त्र विषय से एम.ए.की पढ़ाई पूरी करने के बाद मध्यप्रदेश के होशंगाबाद जिले के केसला क्षेत्र के गरीबों, आदिवासियों, महिलाओं के बीच करीब 32 वर्ष पहले जमीनी कार्य शुरू किया था। उन्होने समता युवजन सभा, समता संगठन के माध्यम से काम शुरू किया था जो वर्ष 1995 में समाजवादी जनपरिषद् राजनैतिक दल बना। उन्होंने संघर्ष, रचना एवं चुनाव का समन्वय रखकर होशंगाबाद को कर्मस्थली बनाया।रीवा में जब समदड़िया माल के खिलाफ गत वर्ष आंदोलन हुआ था तो हम लोगों को प्रशासन ने झूठे मामलों में फंसाकर जेल भेज दिया था, उस समय सुनील एवं माधुरी बहन ने रीवा पहुंचकर जेल में हमसे मुलाकात की थी एवं रीवा के साथियों को मजबूती प्रदान की।इस संकट के दौर में भी वे दल को बराबर मजबूती देते रहे है, उन्होने अपनी एक किडनी भाई की प्राणरक्षा के लिए दे दी थी। एक ही किडनी से वे देश समाज की सेवा में निरंतर लगे हुए है। दो दिन पहले उन्हे मस्तिष्क आघात हुआ, वे अचेतावस्था में चले गये। नेशनल हास्पिटल भोपाल में उन्हें भरती कराया गया जहां से उन्हें एम्स दिल्ली ले जाया गया। जहा वे वेंटिलेटर पर है। देश व समाज को सुनील भाई जैसे कर्मठ साथी की सेवाओं की विशेष जरुरत है। हम सब सुनील भाई हमारे उपर बड़ी जवाबदारी झोड़ गए.

      Sunilbhai one of the great socialist thinker of the alternative development movement. As a political activist, people's economist he succeeded in sustaining the movement of the Adivasis, Dalits and other oppressed caste people's movement for 32 years from 1984 till his untimely death in 2014.

      Trained as an Economist from Jawaharlal Nehru University,  who had settled in Keshla village of Hoshangabad district since 1984, organised the locals against this oppression under the banner of Kisan Adivasi Sangathan (KAS). He was associated with Samata Yuba Jan Sabha, Samata Sangatahan and Samajwadi Jan Parishad since its inception in 1995.

      In 1974, when the Tawa dam was built, about 44 tribal villages comprising 3,000 families were displaced. Two years later, 25 villages were displaced by the Army Proof Range Establishment. An ordnance factory in the region displaced nine villages.The land rights of tribals have not been settled in the Bori sanctuary. Section 66 (4) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which was amended in 1991, says that if a sanctuary was created before 1991 without any settlement of rights, then the rights need not be settled. First, Britishers who took over and created Pachmari did not settle any rightsThrough rallies, dharnas and chakka jams were held demanding that the fishing rights in the reservoir be given to the displaced tribals. The Madhya Pradesh government conceded the demand in 1996. Tawa Matsya Sangh (TMS) — a confederation of 36 primary cooperative societies of tribal fishermen — was given the right to fishing and marketing its product for five years.


      Sunil and Smita (1996), “Alternative Forms of Management in Reservoir Fisheries: Comparative Case Studies from Madhya Pradesh
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       In 1974, when the Tawa dam was built, about 44 tribal villages comprising 3,000 families were displaced. Two years later, 25 villages were displaced by the Army Proof Range Establishment. An ordnance factory in the region displaced nine villages. Moreover, explains Sunil, advisor to TMS, "The land rights of tribals have not been settled in the Bori sanctuary. Section 66 (4) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which was amended in 1991, says that if a sanctuary was created before 1991 without any settlement of rights, then the rights need not be settled. First, Britishers who took over and created Pachmari did not settle any rights. Now the government after 150 years is also doing the same. This is a historic injustice with local people."
      Tawa Matsya Sangh, fishing co-operative in Madhya Pradesh, loses licence; 
      Shailesh Kumar, Mar 15, 2007
      2.
      Sunil Gupta, a Jawaharlal Nehru University post-graduate who had settled in Kestla village of Hoshangabad district in 1984, organised the locals against this oppression under the banner of Kisan Adivasi Sangathan (KAS). Rallies, dharnas and chakka jams were held demanding that the fishing rights in the reservoir be given to the displaced tribals. 

      The Madhya Pradesh government conceded the demand in 1996. Tawa Matsya Sangh (TMS) — a confederation of 36 primary cooperative societies of tribal fishermen — was given the right to fishing and marketing its product for five years.

      “The cooperative soon became an example of community management of natural resources and sustainable development,” says Gupta, who acts as the advisor of the federation. “Under the private contractors and state-owned Fisheries Development Corporation, there were recurrent losses year after year. But the TMS made a net profit of Rs 2.9 crore in 2000-2001,” he adds. All the office-bearers of the societies and the federation are displaced tribals. The tribals have, in fact, taken over every function. They fish, collect, weigh and sell the fish locally. They pack and transport it for distant markets. And they protect the reservoir from illegal fishing and poaching. “Some of us have now started rearing fish-seed fingerlings to stock in the reservoir,” says TMS Chairman Sabulal.

      This has led to an enormous increase in the fishermen’s income. “Against an average annual income of Rs 6.82 lakh during the five years prior to the co-operative’s formation, the fishermen today receive more than Rs 65 lakh every year in wages and bonuses,” informs TMS Secretary Fagram. An average fisherman today earns Rs 120 per day. Many fishermen also engage in cultivation, collection and sale of minor forest produce to supplement their incomes. Despite its success, when the contract came up for renewal in December 2001, the state government dithered. It was considering conferring fishing rights in Tawa to dummy organisations set up by fish traders. The TMS launched an agitation again. Leading economists were invited to testify that the experiment was a huge success. Pressure from popular movements finally forced the then Digvijay Singh government to renew the contract in early January 2002.

      “It’s noteworthy that the huge jump in fish catch and income has not been achieved by over-fishing or the depletion of fish stock in the reservoir,” Gupta points out. 
      The TMS has consciously banned the introduction of MFY (mona-filament yarn) — introduced in other reservoirs with official support — to avoid over-fishing. To spare juvenile fish, nets below a certain mesh size are not permitted. A ‘closed season’ of two months every year and teams of fishermen, in boats and jeeps, keep an eye out for any possible violations.

      "Back in the 1970’s, when the first major dam in the Narmada Valley was built on the River Tawa in Madhya Pradesh, 42 villages were submerged. Rehabilitation and resettlement of the oustees was not a concern then. So when the government started fishing in the reservoir spread over 21,000 hectares, no one thought of involving the displaced tribals. Rendered landless and jobless, the tribals had settled on the upper lands around the reservoir. And if they tried to hook a fish or two to feed their starving families, they were abused, beaten and jailed."

      2. Wise fishermen of Tawa, Yogesh Vajpeyi, Tehelka 

      3. "The Forest department is causing massive deforestation to relocate villagers to save a sanctuary and its wildlife. Can there be a bigger contradiction," asks Sunil. Instead of letting people live in the forest and seeking their help in conserving natural resources and wildlife, the Government is taking the drastic step of forced resettlement, which has its own consequences, they alleged."The whole concept of conservation of wildlife is creating enemies of local people — you cannot conserve nature by force," adds Sunil.
      Forest versus people: snatching livelihoods? Meena Menon On Tawa Matsya Sangh, Jun 03, 2005, The Hindu.
      4.
      A note by Ajay Khare:

      समाजवादी जनपरिषद के राष्ट्रीय महामंत्री, चिंतक साथी सुनील अभी वेंटिलेटर पर मृत्यु से संघर्ष कर रहे है। 
      सुनील ने जे.एन .यू.दिल्ली से अर्थशास्त्र विषय से एम.ए.की पढ़ाई पूरी करने के बाद भारतीय प्रशासनिक सेवा की परीक्षा देकर अपना भविष्य बनाने के बजाय मध्यप्रदेश के होशंगाबाद जिले के केसला क्षेत्र के गरीबों, आदिवासियों, महिलाओं के बीच करीब 32 वर्ष पहले जमीनी कार्य शुरू किया था। उन्होने समता युवजन सभा, समता संगठन के माध्यम से काम शुरू किया था जो वर्ष 1995 में समाजवादी जनपरिषद् राजनैतिक दल बना। उन्होंने संघर्ष, रचना एवं चुनाव का समन्वय रखकर होशंगाबाद को कर्मस्थली बनाया।
      रीवा में जब समदड़िया माल के खिलाफ गत वर्ष आंदोलन हुआ था तो हम लोगों को प्रशासन ने झूठे मामलों में फंसाकर जेल भेज दिया था, उस समय सुनील एवं माधुरी बहन ने रीवा पहुंचकर जेल में हमसे मुलाकात की थी एवं रीवा के साथियों को मजबूती प्रदान की।
      इस संकट के दौर में भी वे दल को बराबर मजबूती देते रहे है, उन्होने अपनी एक किडनी भाई की प्राणरक्षा के लिए दे दी थी। एक ही किडनी से वे देश समाज की सेवा में निरंतर लगे हुए है। दो दिन पहले उन्हे मस्तिष्क आघात हुआ, वे अचेतावस्था में चले गये। नेशनल हास्पिटल भोपाल में उन्हें भरती कराया गया जहां से उन्हें एम्स दिल्ली ले जाया गया। जहा वे वेंटिलेटर पर है।
      देश व समाज को सुनील भाई जैसे कर्मठ साथी की सेवाओं की विशेष जरुरत है। हम सब सुनील भाई के दीर्घ आयु एवं पूर्ण स्वस्थ होने की कामना करते है।











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