November 12, 2023

WB: DYFI Organises Insaf Yatra across the State

Subinoy Moulik

INSAF Yatra (march for justice), organised by the DYFI West Bengal state committee, began from Cooch Behar on November 3, its 44th Foundation Day. The key slogans of the march are: ‘Ensure the effective rights to work and education. Oust the corrupt and the rioters. Save the country, save the state’. With these aims in mind, DYFI leaders and workers will walk around 2,000 km from Cooch Behar in north Bengal to Kakdwip in the south over the next two months. The target is to touch a huge number of villages, cities and towns in the state. This will culminate with a mass rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata on January 7.

DYFI state secretary Meenakshi Mukherjee said the expenses to organise this march and the Brigade rally will be collected in two ways. First of all, it has been decided that the youth workers from the primary committee to the highest committee will donate one per cent of their monthly income to the organisation's fund. Secondly, arrangements will be made to meet the expenses by collecting funds directly from the public through box collection at each unit level. The aim is to have direct mass contact, listen to people's grievances and make this programme a success with their help and cooperation.

The Insaf Yatra started on November 3, in front of Jenkins School in Cooch Behar town. Before the march began, there was a short meeting addressed by DYFI All India general secretary, Himghnaraj Bhattacharya, state secretary Meenakshi Mukherjee, and state president, Dhrubajyoti Saha.

The marchers of Insaf Yatra from Cooch Behar were welcomed by different mass organisations at Birpara intersection in Alipurduar district. On the third day, on November 5, the marchers reached Jalpaiguri. The yatra entered Siliguri in Darjeeling district on November 6 after passing through tea plantations, forests, and hilly roads. The march is being accomplished entirely on foot. Various mass organisations are welcoming the marchers on the way. This march features two flags – the Indian national flag and the white flag of DYFI with a five-pointed red star in the centre.  Insaf Yatra is marching forward while interacting with the people waiting on both sides of the roads. Not only students and youth, but common people are coming forward with details of their suffering and deprivations. The issue of not getting wages even after working for weeks under MGNREGA is coming up. Due to the horrendous unemployment situation, young people are leaving the state for other states in search of simple manual labour jobs. De-industrialization has engulfed north Bengal. Sand theft in the Dooars is destroying the environment. The unbearable condition of tea garden workers and the endless inaction of the state government are coming to the fore.

Warm reception is being accorded to the yatra all over the route. The marchers are completing their meals in the daytime and at night there are meagre arrangements made by the workers in the area. Along the way, the yatra is resounding with tribal folk songs and music with local musical instruments such as madal, dhamsa, khol etc. Many public meetings are being held on the way where the youth leaders are informing people about the aims of the march. A large number of people are eagerly participating in the meetings. In this way, the Insaf Yatra is moving forward towards the January 7th Brigade rally, embracing the struggle for people's demands, the anguished sigh of the unemployed youth from the mountains to the sea.