Rally by SJM in Delhi
Protect Indian Position at WTO
Over 50,000 people assembled at the Hunkar rally, organised by the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) in New Delhi on November 16, and registered their strong protest against the anti-people and anti-farmer policies of the UPA government. They warned the government not to play in the hands of foreign powers and give priority to the country'sinterests. Speaking at the rally noted thinker Shri K.N. Govindacharya said WTO was working to protect the interests of developed countries and it had nothing to do with the interests of developing countries. He urged the UPA government not to compromise with the country'sinterests at the coming Ministerial Conference of WTO in Hong Kong.
Presiding over the rally, Shri Murlidhar Rao, SJM convenor, said justice had not been done to the member countries in the WTO. He said the present economic policies of the country were not going to meet the needs of the countrymen. ?These policies will increase the woes of farmers, labourers and people associated with small-scale industries. Shri Rajiv Dixit, spokesperson of Azadi Bachao Andolan, Shri Omprakash Aggi, organising secretary of BMS, Dr Mahesh Chand Sharma, former MP, Shri Narendra Megh, joint general secretary of BKS, Smt. Jaya Jaitley, former MP and Shri Ramesh Pappa, former general secretary of ABVP also addressed the rally.
After the rally, the SJM organised its seventh national convention, which was inaugurated by the VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal on November 19. Presenting the annual report, Shri Murlidhar Rao identified a number of issues and areas where SJM can play the role of an effective leader. Fishermen, farmers, skilled and semi-skilled labourers and small-time traders, he said, were bearing the brunt of the anti-people policies of the UPA government. ?SJM shall endeavour to organise every individual as well as group constructively and actively engaged in the movement of swadeshi and self-reliance,? he said emphasising the need for targeting professional groups to strengthen the struggle.
Shri Ashok Singhal connected swadeshi with swadharma and swaraj, and said a job to every hand had been an ideal of Indian thinkers since time immemorial. He described contribution of Gandhiji to propagation and promotion of swadeshi as substantial. He said the saints would move to the villages for inculcating awareness among the masses and would be ready to join any agitation when the need arose. Shri S. Gurumurthy, SJM co-convenor, dealt in detail with the subject concerning WTO and its forthcoming Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong. He criticised the leaders and intellectuals who believed that development of India was not possible without the involvement of the West at a time when the entire world considered India to be the driver of world economy.