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Maharashtra- Guns for Green Revolution

water from the well used by the Hindus which, like the other well, had been dug at public expense by the govern- rnent. The Chirade incident, on the other hand, was an attempt by landlords to intimidate the efforts to organise Adivasi landless labourers and small farmers which have been going on in the Sha hada and Taloda falukas of Dhulia for the last two years or so. This work, as has been noted in these columns (August 25 and March 10, 1973 and carried on by the Shramik Sangha- tana, a non-party organisation, which had called the meeting of Adivasis on October 5. The attack on the meeting was directed at the Sanghatana, as is clear from the fact that all the four injured were Rs active workers. The attack is part of the mounting hostility among the landlords towards the Shramik Sanghatana. As a result of the Sanghalana's work, a number of Adivasis have got back their land which had been illegally expropriated by non- Adivasi landlords through trading and moneylending, Wages of agricultural labourers in tinarea have -also gone up by 40 to 00 per cent in the last two years through the Sanghatana's efforts. The Sanglratana has been able to persuade some nationalised banks to make loans to Adivasi farmers. This, again, has angered the landlords who were till now the Adivasis' principal source of credit, extended on usurious terms. But, most important, the village Tarun Man- dais, or youth associations, organised by the Sanghatana, have laid the basis lor self-reliant political organisation of the Adiva-siy and other village poor.

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