Peasant Mobilisation

In 1981, the small and marginal farmers along with the landless of village Palia Piparia were mobilised in a mazdoor sangathan (a sort of peasant organization) to protest against the almost century-old feudal oppression over their lives. They identified issues relating to public distribution system, wages, forest resources and encroachment of revenue land as the central issues of their struggle for justice and equality. Apart from changing their equation with the feudal forces in the village, they also negotiated with the KB group for right to cultivate the government land given to Kishore Bharati and share its forest resources. This led to the creation of a 40-acre mixed forest which yielded produce thtoughout the year for the members of the mazdoor sangathan and as a result of its collective wisdom.