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6th May 2018, Sunday 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Gram Seva Sangh supports the struggles for sustenance of hand-making people across India, who constitute a majority of its poor, disadvantaged and marginalized. Over the last year, Gram Seva Sangh has been spearheading a movement to enable sustainable livelihoods through better value for handmade products. As part of the movement, the Sangh has organized a wide-ranging Satyagraha across large parts of Karnataka, comprising peaceful protests, padayatras as well as a hunger strike, demanding zero-GST for handmade products.
Why this Protest?
After independence, our political establishment has completely neglected the betterment of the lives and livelihoods of a majority in the country. As a result, a large number of our toiling countrymen are facing conditions of distress even while their livelihoods are simultaneously becoming untenable.
Widespread mechanization has imposed further difficulties on large sections of the people. It threatens the very survival of the common man, while also resulting in a severe erosion of his dignity. It is only in recent years that we are becoming conscious of the consequences of mechanization. A fundamental outcome is the collapse of the markets for handmade products that in turn has destroyed the livelihoods of millions, while providing outsized benefits to a small number of people in the society. This is clearly seen in the rural and urban areas, in the lives of both the ordinary and the super-rich, in India as well across the world.
It is shocking to witness all political parties presenting themselves every five years in the best light through impeccable manifestos (and glowing reports of excellent plans and extraordinary achievements) on behalf of the poor and the marginalized, the villagers, the urbanites, and others in the country. It is equally tragic to witness the ordinary man, who should know better through experience, repeatedly falling for the false promises of the political classes of all parties.
In this context, Gram Seva Sangh has resolved to demand that all political parties deliver on their promises; and wake up to their responsibilities towards the common man. The demand will be placed through a massive protest planned to be held on Sunday, 6th May 2018, at the Town Hall, Bengaluru, between 4:30 and 6:30 PM.
We invite you to attend this important event which is planned as a first in a series intended to enforce responsibility and sincerity on people’s representatives in fulfilling their promises. We urge you to help empower the people of the country through your vigorous participation in this event.
Please note that this protest is NOT against any specific party or government.
Our only demand is that all parties deliver on promises. Immediately.
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