The nationwide citizen’s protest Jan Ekta Mashaal (Torchlight of People's Unity) was held on Monday to defend the democratic fabric of the country and for the rights of people. Hundreds of people gathered in various locations to take part in the protest organized by Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan (JEJAA), the biggest platform of class, mass and social organisations in India.
The national capital saw more than a hundred protesters gathered at Shahidi Park, at 5 pm. The marchers extended their solidarity to the growing struggles in different sections of people against the neoliberal imperialist economic policies of globalization, liberalisation and privatisation; and the communal, divisive politics of hate and violence.
The participants also took the pledge to isolate the communal forces and unite against the neoliberal policies that have brought the country into deeper economic crisis under the present BJP-led NDA Government.
The candles shone brighter than the street lights for it encompassed the fighting spirit of the protesters. Pro-farmer and worker slogans were raised as the anti-people policies of BJP like demonetisation and GST were heavily criticized. It was pointed out that how in the three years of Modi, it has not only been a jobless economy but a job-loss one.
JEJAA’s campaign strives for People’s Unity, People’s Rights, People’s Resistance (Jan Ekta, Jan Adhikar, Jan Pratirodh) and advances towards building a political alternative at an all India level. This comprises the working people of the country against the RSS-BJP combine and the NDA government that represents and succumbs to the interests of the Multi-National Corporate Companies.
Earlier, in the coordination committee meeting on October 28, JEJAA extended all support to the three-day mass dharna to be organised before Parliament by the central trade unions and federations from November 9 to 11, 2017. A march to the Parliament organised by the platform of peasant organisations, will also take place on November 20.
The united platform, JEJAA, was launched on September 18, 2017, by various Left and democratic mass, class and social organisations across the country to protest against the anti-people policies of the central government. More than a hundred organisations representing farmers, workers, youth and students united under JEJAA's banner.
The coordination committee of JEJAA includes Hannan Mollah, K Hemalata, Mariam Dhawale, P Krishnaprasad, Vikram Singh, Amarjeet Kaur, Atul Kumar Anjan , Rajeev Dimri, Satyavan, Manoj Bhattacharya ,Dr. Sunilam, Anil Choudhury, Nikhil Dey, Annie Raja, Kavita Krishnan, Tirumalai, Gautam Modi, K Madhuresh Kumar and Roma Malik.