MANGALDAI, Jan 30 - The Darrang district committee of Krishak Sangha with a view to recall the sacrifice, patriotic spirit and bravery of the 140 peasant martyrs of the historic Patharughat peasants� uprising on January 28, 1894, observed Krishak Swahid Divas with a daylong programme at Burhigaon under Dalgaon LAC.
The observation began in the morning with a mass cleanliness drive on the campus of Burhigaon ME School. This was followed by hoisting of the organizational flag of the farmers� union by Mozafar Hussain, president of Darrang Zila Krishak Sanggha, lighting of a lamp before the altar of the Krishak Swahid by Paresh Bora, the organizational secretary, offering flowers to the altar by Raghuram Nath, general secretary of Krishak Sanggha.
Sapling plantation, cultural procession and open meeting also marked the celebration. The open meeting was addressed by Ananta Kalita, former director of the State Bank of India as well as a veteran trade union leader-cum-writer as the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, he said that with the introduction of global marketing, now the market of the farmers� production is going to be controlled by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from the USA and there will be no control from the local government. So there is not much time left for our marginal farmers to get united cutting across caste, creed, language and religion like that of their counterparts in Patharughat of 1894 to raise their voice for survival.
The meeting, inaugurated by Bhabesh Kakati, adviser of AJYCP, Darrang district committee, was also addressed by Saraswati Devi, lawyer from the Gauhati High Court, journalist Mayukh Goswami, president of Darrang district unit of Assam Sankhyalaghu Sangram Parisad, Asad Ali, among others.