Protest Against To Cococola Company At Palachimada

People of Plachimada village staged a 500 days protest against CocaCola plant. Though the protest draw the attention of national and international media, the event did not get due attention in Palakkad district. Prominent youth organizations ignored or did not gave attention to the protest. It was in this scenario, Solidarity intervened in the issue and launched a massive campaign seeking support for the protest.

Solidarity launched the struggle by holding a collectorate march on 6th August of 2oo2. in which 500 volunteers of Solidarity lined up. A memorandum was presented to the collector demanding his intervention to close the plant immediately.

As part of observing Plachimada Solidarity Day on 2002 August 16, rally and public meetings were held in 40 centres of the district. The programmes could take the plights of Adivasi lives into the commonsense of the mainstream society. A table talk was conducted on 6 September 2002 about the issue. Prominent social activists, environmentalists and advocates participated in the programme. CR Neelakandan, Vilayodi Venugopal, Kootill Mohammed Ali, Adv. AR Krishnan and others were among the 30 people spoke in the programme. The talk stirred up many suggestions regarding the issue.

A bahujan convention held on 25 September 2002, was noted programme. Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangam president Iyyankode Sridharan inaugurated the programme. O. Abdurahman, CR Neelakandan, Vilayodi Venugopal, Mailamma and others addressed the convention.

First State Conference

The first conference of the new-born organization was announced at Ernakulam Town Hall on 1st February 2005. Preceding the announcement, A debate titled ‘Kerala Development: dissenters Debate’ was held and turned out to be a gettogether of different people hailing from various organisations and political parties. Leaders of 32 protest organisations took part in the programme. Plachimada Samara Samiti, Endosulphan Samara Samiti, Gro Vasu-legend of Mavoor Gwalior Rayons struggle, Gandhian Ajith Venniyur, DYFI leader Sriramakrishnan, AISF leader Mahesh Kamath, Youth Congress leader A. Gopakumar and others took part.

Alapuzha anti-black soil mining samara samiti, madhyanirodha samiti, madhya virudha janakiya munnani, Periyar Samrakshana Samiti, Kerala Swathantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation, Sasthamkota Thadaka Samrakshana Samiti, Latin Catholic Movement, Velliyathi Kayal Samrakshana Samiti, Kerala SastraSahitya parishath, Kerala Khadi Bhavan, Joint Action Council, Malabar Train Passengers Association, Porattam and others took part.

Social activist Medha Patkar inaugurated the conference. The campaign conference held on the same day evening was inaugurated by Jamaate Islami Central Board member SQR Illyas. Prof. Siddhiq Hassan Saheb delivered the keynote address. Thematic debates and discussions under different titles were held in various centres.

A seminar on problems related to agriculture held at Kozhikode was inaugurated by Ahammed Bavappa. Koottil Mohammed Ali presided over the meeting. Fanmeys Relief Forum president AC Varkey, INFAM leader M. Surendran Master, Mohammed Kabeer, T. Arifali and others talked.

Seminar held on Gulf Money and Kerala Development at Kottakal of Malappuram district was inaugurated by ET Mohammed Basheer. Dr. P. Ibrahim, Sheikh Mohammed Karakunnu, Prof. AP Abdul Wahab and others talked.

‘Setbacks of Development’ seminar held at Kannur was inaugurated by TK Abdullah, veteran leader of Jamaate Islami Hind. Solidarity state committee member TP Mohammed Shameem presented the paper on the theme. Writer KP Ramanunni, Sastra Sahitya Parishat leader TK Devarajan, PV Sudheerkumar and others took part.

Kerala Development and Financial Self-reliance, seminar held at Kollam was inaugurated by NK Premachandran MP. Prof. PA Vasudhevan talked.

Seminars with titles ‘Development and Media’ held at Thiruvananthapuram, ‘End the exploitation of hospitals’ at Perinthalmanna, Narendran Commission report and Political Parties at Manjeri draw wide attention.

Human Rights Conference held at Kayamkulam demanding the release of Abdul Nazer Maudany was inaugurated by prominent lawyer Adv. Ramkumar.

The coastal conference held at Valiyathura of Thiruvananthapuram was inaugurated by former chief minister AK Antony. Fr. Thomas Kechery, Vicar Fr. James Kulas, T. Peter, Tony Olivar, John JP, Pulluvila Stanley and others took part.

Plachimada March held on 1st April 2005 was distinguished by its style. With ‘a pot water and a fistful rice’, people in support of the Plachimada agitators marched along with Solidarity leaders. A solidarity conference was held in front of the Cocacola plant. A message of veteran jurist VR Krishna Iyer was read out in the conference. Prominent people took part.

State conference was held on 23, 24 April 2005 at Palakkad. The conference was followed with a public conference which was preceded by a massive demonstration. As a present of the conference, it was declared that Solidarity will build 400 homes for the roofless people.

It was during monopolization of retail markets were emerging a great pace, Solidarity Youth Movement stood up against the retail monopolies. The declaration conference was inaugurated by Vyapari Vyavasai Ekopana Samithi president T. Nasiruddin. The youth movement foresaw that entrance of retail markets in the state will create imbalances in economical, labour and cultural sectors.

1st March 2007 was observed as Deceit Day. Solidarity staged a protest against the decision of the LDF government which is headed by Communist Party of India Marxist, to receive loan from ADB. It pronounced its stance that any agreement with imperial agencies will put the agency of civil society in stake. That eventually will lead to moral corruption in the government and will end up with dangerous situations. The secretariate march held in this regard was notable. Following that, collectorate marches were held at different district centres.

Rehabilitation of Endosulphan Victims:

Solidarity was in forefront to extend its support and hands of solace to the victims of Endosulphan insecticide for whom life has become unbearable by then. There hundreds of innocent people who are born with disability. Solidarity was compelled to intervene in the issue as consecutive governments turned blind-eyes to them. Solidarity conceived a rehabilitation package for the victims. Villages of Panchayats like Kumbadaje, Enkamaje, Mooliyar, Pullur, Periya, Kayyur, Cheemeni had more number of victims. Packages were given for these people.

The comprehensive package included food, treatment, self-employment schemes, shelter, educational scholarships, and welfare pensions.

Along with the services, a protest demanding the ban of Endosulfan pesticides was launched. Declaration of the same was held at Kasargode on 20 February 2010.

As part of the protest, a parliament march was organized. Prominent activist Medha Patkar inaugurated the march. The victims and their families also joined the march holding placards ‘Don’t kill us anymore’.

The march held demanding compensation for the victims of pollution created by HCL company of Eloor district of Ernakulam also drew wide attention. Protests and rallies were held across the state against Endosulfan. People of Kerala supported the service schemes of Solidarity Youth Movement. Fund collection for the scheme was inaugurated by receiving donation from veteran SC Justice and human rights activist Justice VR Krishna Iyer.

Spirituality Is Not Business; It’s Freedom

Spirituality has evolved as a profiteering business. The spiritual leaders suppurated and has turned out to be super authorities. It was the background for the campaign. State level inauguration was done by Jamaate Islami Kerala Ameer T. Arifali. KEN, Swami Sookshmananda and others took part. Seminar titled ‘Spirituality, depoliticization, society’ was inaugurated by prominent writer C. Radhakrishnan. KC Varghese, KC Umesh Babu, AP Abdul Wahab and others talked.

Public conferences and conventions were held under the title ‘Resist the ‘god-men’ with spirituality’ across the villages and towns of the state.

A book was published as part of the campaign. KT Hussain was the editor of the book.

Don’t displace the people of sea

The central government moved to pass a new law which would lead to the mass eviction of people and their livelihood in the coastal regions of the country. Solidarity could deter the danger hidden behind the law and came out at large to create awareness among the public about the dangers in the hindsight.

Massive campaigns ‘Don’t evict the people of sea’ held across the coastal region could lit a lamp of expectation for the marginalized people. The campaign was flagged off by VM Sudheeran at Perumathura at Thiruvananthapuram.

Solidarity to Chengara

Harrison Malayalam Estate is situated at Chengara of Pathanamthitta district. Dalits and adivasis started a struggle for land on 4th August 2007. Programmes were held across the state, in support of landless people in Chengara. Trade union of the estate besieged the protestors of Chengara demanding them to withdraw the protest. A march was held to transgress the blockade created by the trade union. The march was stopped by police. The police lathied the protestors. Many protestors were injured. Due to the siege, Chengara people was deprived of means of living. Solidarity collected resources for the Chengara protestors. Many trucks loaded with resources were sent to Chengara.

A Chengara Solidarity Convention was organized participating cultural leaders of the state. Dr. P. Geeta, Dalit scholar Salimkumar and others took part.

A book titled, ‘Chengara Aikyadhaardya Pusthakam’ (Solidarity-book on Chengara). T. Mohammed was editor of the book.

National Highway Development

Solidarity came out at large against the mass eviction of the people residing adjacent to the NH roads of Kerala in the name of widening the roads. It also condemned the move to construct the roads under BOT (Build Operate Transfer)scheme. ‘Develop National Highway; Don’t Sell away’ was the slogan of the campaign. Solidarity spearheaded many public programmes held in this regard. A discussion was held Thiruvananthapuram on Kerala Road Development Policy. KN Harilal and other experts took part.

Protest declaration convention held at Kottakal of Malappuram drew wide attention. Protest marches held across the state from Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargode could create awareness among the public about the dangers inherent in the National Highway development.

One-day satyagraha programme was held at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kannur, Malappuram districts. Justice VR Krishna Iyer took part in the programme held at Ernakulam.

New Kerala Development Forum

Solidarity since its inception has been initiating many protests and has been supporting others. It was in this scenario the movement decided to analyse closely the Kerala Development on behalf of the people. New Kerala Development Forum was a grand programme conducted on 11,12 and 13th March 2011 at Ernakulam.

Justice VR Krishna Iyer was patron of the event. Sandeep Pandey, Ajit Sahe, MD Nalappattu, C. Radhakrishnan, Prof. KA Siddiq Hassan, BRP Bhaskar, O. Abdurahman, TT Sreekumar, Satchidanandan, Prof. MK Radhakrishnan, J. Devika, CR Neelakandan, KT Ram Mohan and others were in the advisory council.

Well studied papers and analysis were presented on Kerala Development: a social cultural analysis, human development, industry, agriculture, malabar, traffic, energy, ecology, health, reservation, migration, education, finance, waste-management, civil protests and Kerala Development were the topics discussed in the three day programme.

Prashant Bhushan, Dr. Devindar Sharma, Clode Alvaris, Abu Salih Sharif and other internationally reputed scholars took part in the development forum.

Leaders of civil movements took part in the People’s Development Conference which was the closing session of the event.

Malabar Nivarthana Prakshobham

The movement Malabar Nivarthana Prakshobham, was launched calling for the solution of retardation of Malabar districts of Kerala. Comparing to the southern region of Kerala, the northern districts stand behind in development. The movement created awareness among the public about this fact. Various protest programmes were conducted calling to end the discrimination against Malabar. The struggle was launched with a march and besiegement of Secreteriate at Thiruvananthapuram. Declaration rallies followed with public conferences were held at all district centres across the state.

Peoples tribunal on fabricated cases

Number of youth imprisoned in the name of terrorism cases are increasing in Kerala. People’s tribunal was a programme which probed into the mercilessness of the investigating agencies. The programme was held on 14,15th June 2014 at Kozhikode Tagore Hall. The programme turned out to be an unusual get-together of the families of the victims of the imprisoned youth, their advocates and human rights activists.

Adv. Mahmood Pracha, Retd. Judge Justice PK Shamsuddin, prominent journalist Ajith Sahe, human rights activist and Assistant Professor at Delhi Al Jamiya Al Islamiya Manisha Sethi, PUCL leader and high court senior lawyer P. Chandrasekaran, human rights activists Adv. Madhusoodanan, PUCL state president PA Pouran, prominent film maker KP Sasi, journalist KP Sethunath, C. Davood and others were the peoples tribunal members. Families of the victims shared their experiences and course of the case. The inquiries of the tribunal helped to give clarity on the cases for the audience. The tribunal also gave expert opinions for the lawyers of each cases.

As part of the programme, a commemoration of prominent human right activist late Adv. Mukul Sinha was held. KSU Gail was commemorated under the title ‘other side of terrorism’. Fr. Cidric Prakash inaugurated the closing session of the programme. Prominent film maker Gopal Menon, Adv. Shanavas, Adv. Balan, Welfare party state general secretary Thennilapuram Radhakrishnan and others took part.

Protest Football

Protest football was a programme held as a protest against the move to stop Santhosh Trophy football.

People in hundreds flocked into Theratammal panchayat ground of Areacode. Former captain KS Mani inaugurated the programme. Former captain Asif Saheer, TKS Mani, FIFA official referee Hakim Malappuram, Olympian KT Irfan and others took part.

Save Western Ghats satyagraha

A satyagraha was conducted at Thiruvananthapuram demanding for the implementation of Gadgil Committee report. Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh inaugurated the satyagraha.

Protest Onam

Protest onam programme was held in support of the civil movements. Programme was held at Kathikudam where local people are struggling against the pollution of NITA Gellatin company. Programme created a celebration mood among the protestors.

Kinalur anti evacuation protest

Solidarity lead the protests against the move to displace the people of Kinalur village of Balussery near Kozhikode in the name of widening the road. The samara-samithi was determined that they will not let the road which destroys the livelihood of many people. Police brutally attacked the people who stopped the officials came for survey of the road. Grenades were thrown at the protestors which comprised women and children. Many survived with serious injuries.

Solidarity cooperated with Janakiya Library Janajagratha Samithi, Janakiya Samithi and other protest organizations. A documentary was made on the struggle.

SUNRISE

West Kochi is one of the most densely populated place in the world itself. The everyday life in the place had become unbearable for inhabitants of the place. Thousands of families are dwelling here despite the poor conditions. Solidarity pledged to lift-up these unprivileged people into mainstream life. The programme was name SUNRISE. Prominent architect G. Shankar has envisioned the projects planned for the rehabilitation of these families.

The project was declared on 1st April 2012. Housing programmes began at 12.7 cent of land purchased for the project. Learning center was started for the children of the huts by cooperating with the trust lead by Professor Bahavuddin. Basic information regarding the inhabitants of the place are being collected.

Efforts are on to supply housing, education, treatment, labour, drinking water and other basic requirements.