Rahul Gandhi: 6 Landmark Sankalp For Adivasi Community

After a day’s break, Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra commenced its 59th day from Nandurbar, Maharashtra. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the face of the yatra, was welcomed by participants to the Adivasi Nyay Sammelan (Adivasi community’s Holi festivities) organized at this stop. The event also featured the national flag handover ceremony. Thousands awaited the arrival of the Congress leader; not only party workers but also supporters and Adivasi community members gathered at the event site.

Upon arrival, Rahul Gandhi initiated the Holi celebration by performing the Holika Dahan ritual. Amid the Adivasi community’s presence, the Congress Adivasi Nyay Sammelan began with the Holi festivities. After the Holika Dahan, Rahul Gandhi took the stage alongside prominent Congress leaders from Gujarat and Maharashtra. Here, the Gujarat Congress President handed over the national flag to the Maharashtra Congress President, marking the official entry of the yatra into Maharashtra. Subsequently, local Congress leaders presented traditional headgear and other symbols of pride to Rahul Gandhi as a gesture of welcome.

Dignitaries present on stage addressed the gathering, speaking to the public. Following this, Rahul Gandhi addressed the audience, unveiling a new Adivasi paradigm and Congress manifesto in his speech.

Throughout the Nyay yatra, Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party have strongly critiqued the government and the BJP. Since the announcement of the Five Nyay (Naari, Yuva, Shramik, Bhaagidari and Kisaan Nyay), the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been visibly shaken. Today, the Congress leader delivered another blow, spontaneously announcing the 6 Nyay for Adivasi. Rahul Gandhi asserted that the Congress party would counter every lie of the BJP and Narendra Modi with the Manifesto declarations.

In his address, Rahul Gandhi first elaborated on the concept of Adivasi and Vanvasi communities to the people gathered. He explained, ‘Do you know the difference in the terms ‘Vanvasi’ and ‘Adivasi’? You say you are an Adivasi. What does that mean? It means you are the Original owners of this country. Adivasi means the original owners of the land. When no one else was here, the Adivasi people were in India. You are the real owners, meaning the Jal, Jangal, and Zameen belonged to you. The difference between ‘Vansavi’ and ‘Adivasi’ lies in the fact that the term ‘Adivasi’ is associated with the rights to Jal, Jangal and Zameen.’

Continuing, he stated, ‘Vanvasi has no such rights; that’s why the BJP calls you Vanvasi, and we call you Adivasi.’

He further stated, ‘The identity card of India, the Aadhar card, which tells every citizen who they are, why have we implemented it in adivasi areas? It is because we wanted to convey the message that you are the real owners of this country. The Jal, Jangal and Zameen were yours, taken away from you. And if it was yours, then you have the rightful claim over the land, forests, and water. The BJP is destroying the forests and giving them to Adani. Slowly, all of India’s water, forests, and land will be handed over to tycoons like Adani. Then the BJP will tell you that since there are no more forests, you can beg on the streets or become labours.’

After discussing the rich-poor divide prevalent in the country, Rahul Gandhi made two promises. Firstly, he pledged to conduct a comprehensive survey to determine the exact count of Adivasi people. Secondly, he promised legal Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for farmers. This MSP, provided with a guarantee, will be extended to the farmers of India by the Congress party.

Rahul Gandhi promised six historic Adivasi Sankalp for the betterment of the Adivasi Community:

  1. Sushasan: Forest Rights Act will be brought back. The BJP weakened it, and the rights on the land you should have were not given to you. All rejected claims will be settled within a year after our government comes. The land will be under your control, and rejected claims will be reviewed and addressed within six months.
  2. Sudhar: The Land Acquisition Bill, weakened by the BJP, will be strengthened by the Congress. You will get four times the rate for your land, and the right to Jal, Jangal and Zameen will be in your hands.
  3. Suraksha: In every part of India where more than 50% of the population is Adivasis, we will include it in the 6th Schedule. This means Adivasi people themselves will make all local decisions.
  4. Swabhiman: A legal guarantee will be provided to Adivasis for the forest produce, similar to farmers.
  5. Swashasan: The PESA law will establish a village government and an autonomous district government.
  6. Sub Plan: The Tribal Sub-Plan/Dalit Sub-Plan in Andhra Pradesh, which protects the interests of these communities through financial allocations, will be implemented nationwide.

Rahul Gandhi concluded his speech by assuring the audience that the Congress party would fulfill their rights over Jal, Jangal and Zameen. After this address, the yatra continued towards its next destination with thousands of supporters.

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