Monthly Archives: September 2011

Kanyakumari Declaration

Declaration of Solidarity on

Right to Land and Livelihood

In the globalizing world the focus of every initiative is seen in its economic value. Land is being commoditized in the name of economic growth, bypassing the identity of land as a symbol of life, justice, livelihood, social status, culture and dignity of the poor and marginalized communities. This politics of systematic displacement and alienation from land is affecting the lives of people at large, especially the Dalit, Adivasi, Nomadic Tribes and Women. In this patriarchal system womens access to land rights remains as a major challenge.

Around 500 intellectuals, social workers and activists from various streams of peoples struggles such as Gandhians, Ambedakarites, Marxist and Vinoba, met on the 30th of September 2011 at Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari and identified land as the common issue of survival. The groups expressed its solidarity in the peoples struggle for restoration of land rights through – Jan Satyagraha 2012(A non violent people’s movement for land rights).

The group also declared that all ideologies join hand and identify land as a common issues and the urgent need to support and work together towards peoples control over natural resources. The group is also giving a call to various groups around the globe to sync differences in order to synergize various social movements to address the issues related to the lives of the people at the survival level. They feel that there is an urgent need for consolidating various struggles and create a united voice for restoration of land rights and control over natural resources for the marginalized communities.