Revolutionary books by Pansare released at NAPM yatra in Kolhapur

In its second phase, the Samvidhan Samman Yatra, organized by the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), travelled through Islampur, Kolhapur, Vaibhav Wadi, and Kankavali on the third day, with people expressing concern that rightwing forces were hell bent on changing the Constitution, vowing to unitedly defeat these elements.
In Kolhapur, the yatra was welcomed by Shobha Bondre, city mayor. Participating in a public rally, she released revolutionary books written by Govind Pansare. NAPM convener Madhuresh Kumar said, “When activists like Dabholkar, Kalburgi, Gauri Lankesh, and Govind Pansare were killed, we all joined the fight against fascist forces.”
He added, “They didn't get killed because of personal grudges but their strong opinions against extreme and violent Hindutva, casteism, religious intolerance got them killed. They fought for the opinions and rationality which opposition wanted to silence. We are now determined to fight for our constitutional values like equity and justice.”
Issued discussed during the yatra included efforts to repeal the Land Rights, undermine the minimum wages Act, Forest Rights Act, Right to Information Act. It was suggested that the Prime Minister of India, who denied the phenomenon of Climate Change and is hellbent on pushing projects disastrous for the environment like Narmada dam, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), and Bullet Train, yet regrettably, he was awarded Champion of the Earth award by the UN, which was shameful.
Yatra proceeded for Vaibhav Wadi after Kolhapur public meeting. Activists paid homage to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Statue and gathered for a small meeting at Ambedkar Cultural Hall. Paying tribute to the statue, Medha Patkar said that NAPM’s non-violent struggles are supported mainly by Constitution and believes in both Gandhi and Ambedkar.

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