Shri PV Rajagopal is in Bhubaneshwar to express solidarity to the thousands of farmers against the POSCO Land Acquisition in Orissa. I just had a telecon with him and was discussing with him the issues in Orissa, when he expressed that the amount of support that is being mobiliized for this struggle has eventually improved. Organizations and social activists from all around are trying their best to build up a pressure group and support the thousand of farmers challenged with threat to livelihood and life.
He will be visiting the POSCO site alongwith Mr.Banwari Lal Sharma from Azaadi Bachao Andolan and Amarnath Bhai – former President of Sarva Seva Sangh. However he feels that people are suffering too much, and one of the most effective way of pressure building at this point of time is to have people from around the country visiting the area for a day or two. We just cannot sit and have to act immedietly. A pandaal has been setup by Ekta Parishad in front of the secretariat in Bhuvaneshwar, which was visited and supported by Swami Agnivesh yesterday.
We count on your support, and hence would like to request you to take out some time to come to Bhubaneshwar and visit the pandaal as well the POSCO striggle site , where thousands of farmers have set up a human barricate, to keep the government and the company from forcefully snatching land out of the hand of farmers whose entire life chain depends on agriculture. (http://news.fullorissa.com/hundreds-of-villagers-created-a-human-barricade-to-block-the-destruction-of-their-homes-for-posco/)
We would like to have you with us and support the thousands who are struggling starting 20th June. You may just drop in a line of confirmation by replying to this email if you wish can find some time to visit Bhubaneshwar, and let us know when could you join.
I am writing this letter on behalf of Shri Rajagopal, so please consider this as his personal request, and extend your support.