ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Defilers

Last year a similar incident at Ramkola (EPW, October 3, 1992) had triggered off political unrest This time the peasants were organising a peaceful 'rasta roko' to protest against the high-handedness of the Luck now Development Authority (LDA). The LDA is buying land from the peasants at 24-30 paise per square feet and selling it at Rs 95. This is being done with the active connivance of the state government and has been accompanied by a severe clamp-down on any protest. The Janata Dal and the IPF have picked up the issue and Mahendra Singh Tikait is contemplating his own action. The IPF, through its student wing, AISA, is also currently preparing for the proposed autumn march of students on the issue of 'right to work' in Lucknow, which will precede the November 25 parliament gherao on the same issue.

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