Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF) and Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) jointly organised a protest in southern divisional city Barisal on 16 May 2018. The protest was direct action against the expelled leaders Badrul Alam, Zayed Iqbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli.
In the rally, BKF and BKS leaders said, BKF and BKS central committee were expelled Zayed Iqbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli in 2002 and Badrul Alam led the expulsion process that time as a BKF general secretary. The allegations against them were very serious; they gave fake promise to landless families that they will give the land entitlement of the occupied Khas land. Zayed Iqbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli took money (tens of thousands dollars) from thousands of landless families of the occupied different Char (small island). Hundreds of landless people sent written allegations to the BKF central office against Zayed Iqbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli that time. BKF central committee was forced to expel those extortionists then. Last year (August 2017) BKF central committee expelled Badrul Alam because of his human trafficking activities, organisational fund embezzlement and autocratic actions against BKF constitution. Now all three extortionists Badrul Alam, Zayed Iqbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli came together and trying to rip off the landless families again. Recently government declared to distribute fallow land among the landless and the extortionists are desperate to take the chance to embezzle money again from the poorest landless communities of Bangladesh, leaders said in the rally.
In the rally, leaders also demanded immediate arrest of criminal Badrul Alam, Zayed Iqbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli.
The rally and procession led by BKS president Asma Begum, vice-president Rehena Begum Mitu, organising secretary Peara Begum, BKF Barisal district committee general secretary Halim Mohuri, BKS Barisal district committee general secretary Renu Begum, BKF district publication secretary Yusuf Akan, district asistant general secretary Sohag Talukdar, BKS district leader Hattya Begum, Gazipur district BKS leader Shila Rani and others. The whole program presided over by BKF assistant general secretary and Barisal district president Harun Vandari.
In the procession, people canted slogans against the extortionist Badrul Alam, Zayed Iqbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli with placards in hand. The procession rounded different road of the Barisal CBD.
On the 12 May 2018 Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF) and Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) organised a meeting with grassroots leaders in Katadia Char in Bakerganj sub-district in southern Barisal district. The meeting presided over by the BKF Bakerganj sub-district committee president Enayet Howlader.
"All the Char khas land have to distribute among to the landless as soon as possible" the meeting demanded to the local government. In the meeting BKF and BKS leaders also expressed deep concern on expelled leader Badrul Alam. They said that Badrul Alam is now colluded with Zayed Ikbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli who were expelled from the BKF and BKS in 2002 due to hard prove of serious corruption and rape charge. Badrul Alam himself led the expulsion of those leaders. Recently, Badrul Alam expelled from the BKF due to human trafficking activities and abusing BKF and international network La Via Campesina. Now Badrul Alam, Zayed Ikbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli are started again their old manner corruption. They are giving the empty hope and taking money again from the landless people. In the meeting, BKF and BKS leaders demanded immediate action against the expelled criminal Badrul Alam, Zayed Ikbal Khan and Samsunnahar Khan Doli.
In the meeting BKF central assistant general secretary and Barisal district president Harun Vandari was the chief guest while BKS central vice-president and BKS Barisal district president Rehena Begum Mitu was special guest. BKF Barisal district general secretary Halim Mohuri, BKS Barisal district general secretary Renu Begum, BKF district publication secretary Yusuf Akand, Hattay Begum, Monju Begum, MD. Habib, Altab, Nasir, Hasina Begum were also spoken in the meeting.
In the Bangladeshi context, food sovereignty will not be achieved without climate justice. Climate change already threatened food security in Bangladesh many times. Thousands of people especially people from farming communities already migrated as climate refugees. Climate change is hammering down the food production over the years. Crops failure is the common scenario for many farmers and cyclone, flood, storm surge are more frequent and stronger than before. In this worst situation, climate justice can give the best chance to the Bangladeshi farming communities to survive in better scale. We want to achieve food sovereignty and ensuring climate justice is way forward to achieve it.
Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF), Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) and Bangladesh Adivashi Samity (BAS), the three member organisation of La Via Campesina jointly organised the rally on "Climate Justice for Food Sovereignty" on 20 April 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The rally organised to observed International Day of Peasant´s Struggle led by BKS president Asma Begum, BAS president Bisawnath Singh, BKF office secretary Mohiuddin Howlader Mohin, Labour secretary Mahabub Alam Taleb, BKF central leader Tusher Kanti Bairagi and others. BKF, BKS and BAS jointly will build 'Climate Justice for Food Sovereignty' campaign stronger across Bangladesh in the coming days" leaders said in the rally.
Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF) and Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) observed international mother language day on 21st February 2018 in Dhaka. Bangladeshi language heroes sacrificed their life on this day 66 years back in 1952 and saved our mother language Bangla. BKF and BKS placed wreath at the national language monument to pay homage to the language heroes in the early hour of the day.
BKF office secretary Mohiuddin Howlader Mohin, labour secretary Mahabub Alam Taleb, central leader Tusher Bairagi, Mohammad Masud were present in the program with others.
Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF) and Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) celebrated victory day of Bangladesh liberation war. On the occasion, BKF and BKS jointly organised a discussion meeting on 16 December 2017 in the National monument ground, Saver, Dhaka. Before the discussion meeting, BKF and BKS leaders rallied to the National Martyrs Memorial with slogans and laid down the flower wreath for honouring our national heroes.
In the discussion meeting BKF and BKS central leaders including Mohiuddin Howlader Mohin, Mahabub Alam Taleb, Jakir Hossain, Mohammad Masud and among others discussed about involvements of farmer leaders with the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971. Leaders were emphasised that farming community played heroic role in the independence war for their political, social and economic independence. We had the political independence in 1971 but we haven't got economical and social independence yet. Food growing communities are still the poorest and deprived communities in Bangladesh. Leaders urge that farming community have to keep on the fight for our economical rights and climate justice in Bangladesh and across the world and in that fight we can follow our heroic freedom fighters.
'We need Climate Justice to ensure food sovereignty in Bangladesh', leaders stated in the Dinajpur District conference
'Land to the landless' can be the main object to ensure the food sovereignty in a society but for Bangladesh, climate justice is the key objective to ensuring food sovereignty for the peasants and landless communities. Even peasants who have enough land to grow food for own consumption is not getting enough crops due to severely changed climate as well as regular natural disasters. We want climate justice and we want food sovereignty and now. Our movements for climate justice and food sovereignty will continue despite of any cost until goal will be achieved. This is the statement of the climate justice and food sovereignty campaign leaders in Dinajpur District conference.
Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF), Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) and Bangladesh Adivashi Samity (BAS) joint district conference of northern Dinajpur district held on 2nd of November 2017 in Dinajpur city.
The conference presided over by the BKF Dinajpur district committee president Tarok Chandra Roy when BKS president Asma Begum, BAS president Sree Biswanath Singh and BKF labour affairs secretary Mahabubul Alam Taleb where the especial guest in the conference. BAS organising secretary Badol Tiga, BKS CC member Sabiha Begum, BKF leader from Rangpur district Abul Hossain also spoke in the conference along with other local leaders.
Before the conference a procession rounds the streets of the Dinajpur city.
Grassroots leaders from all the sub-districts where presented in the conference and BKF, BKS and BAS Dinajpur district committee elected in the conference. Newly elected district committees where took oath in the conference for the future campaigns of the organisations.
BKF central committee meeting held on 16 September 2017 in Dhaka. It was a well participated CC meeting. The total participants were 62 including 44 BKF central committee members and potential youth leaders.
BKF central committee discussed different important issues including Badrul's issue and Seed caravan issue and took lots of decisions in the CC meeting.
BKF central committee decided to organise the seed caravan in 2018 and will start organisational preparation from now. BKF also decided to resume the land occupation campaign and climate justice campaign as well. BKF leaders are highly committed to continue regular cooperation with international campaigns and movements especially campaigns on climate justice and food sovereignty issues.
BKF discussed about ongoing Rohingya issue in the Cox's Bazar and strongly condemned Myanmar government Rohingya repression and massacre in Rakhine state.
BKF leaders also call to Bangladesh government to take initiative for repatriation of Rohingya refugees as soon as possible.
Bangladesh Adibashi Samity (Indigenous Association) observed 162nd anniversary of indigenous peasants' revolution on June 30, 2017. BAS was organised a discussion to marking the day at Dinajpur city in northern Bangladesh. The discussion was presided over by the BAS president Sree Bissonath Sing, while the main speaker was BAS secretary Omoli Kisku. Before the discussion, the leaders of the BAS placed floral wreath in the memory of Sindhu, Kanu, Chand and Bhairob including numberless Santal who sacrificed their lives in that revolt against the then British regime.
In the discussion, the BAS leaders strongly criticised the ruling government role of an attack on indigenous Santal community village in Gaibandha district on 6th of November 2016. Judicial probe finds policemen's involvement in the Gaibandha Santal house arson, but the situation didn't change yet, government failed to ensure security of the Santal community, BAS leader said in the discussion. Santal community still feared for farther evection from their traditional land. In that attack police blazed hundreds of indigenous houses to evict them from their land.
In the discussion, BAS leaders demanded a separate land commission to restoring and legalising the indigenous land rights. BAS leaders also demanded constitutional rights for indigenous people, ensuring easy access to education, water and forest resources and access to justice.
In the discussion, BAS vows to build strong movements to save the indigenous peasants rights in Bangladesh.
Khurshida Akter, a name of a patient who is struggling for life around last 20 days in Dhaka Medical Hospital in Bangladesh. She had major brain stroke while in her husband’s village home in Madaripur district. She has two minor sons who are studying in village school.
Khurshida is a simple lady who came of an ordinary peasant family from Titas Thana Comilla. She is below 50 with an excellent background of organizing peasants and peasant women in the rural area in Bangladesh.
She started working with Bangladesh Krishok Federation in 1988. Later she joined Bangladesh Kishani Sabha when established in 1990. In 1993 she was elected as General Secretary of Bangladesh Kishani Sabha in view of her courageous role within organization. In 2004 in the National Conference held in Dhaka she was made President of Bangladesh Kishani Sabha.
She had no academic education but was self-educated. Her charismatic and oratory power brought in huge optimism among the peasant women in rural Bangladesh. She was much capable to meet up the rural women and share their agonies easily. She tried to stand by the peasant women and peasants during their disaster period with relief stuff at different times. She attended many rallies, processions, encirclement, hunger strike and hunger strike to death for the cause of farmers and rural women.
She was committed to asserting 14-point charter of demands campaigned by Bangladesh Kishani Sabha which is in relation to rights of women as whole. As for example, she believes in equal right of men and women in society, abolition of dowry system and child marriage, equal right to inherited property for both men and women, equal wage for men and women workers, economic empowerment of women, abolition of repression on women by male, diminishing the patriarchy society, etc.
Thanks to her organization she visited different countries, such as Brazil, India, France, and Nepal. Although she holds the highest post of the organization she never maintained any luxury life which is also not the organizational philosophy. There were lots of ups and downs in the organizational process like others but she never deviated from her ideological position. She was not convinced with any material offer by anyone.
Her husband is a simple security guard. But she was always happy with him and tried to adjust all the times.
That is Khurshida Akter who is lying in the hospital in coma for days. Her husband gave up his job in order to take care of her. He has spent all of his savings for the treatment of Khurshida. Now he is in a fix on what to do. He is asking support from the organization but the organization is facing financial hardship and constraint for years due to various reasons. Yet it is essential to save her life. The doctors in hospital are not much optimistic about her recovery. But as human being we can not be hopeless as we witnessed many recoveries from the worst declaration of the doctors. In case of Khurshida she can open her eyes but can not move and speak. So we can not be pessimist about her life. We need to find improved and better treatment for her.
Which is why, we need to get support from all sympathetic people in society. It is estimated that she needs at least Tk. 500,000 for improved treatment. If any one is interested in supporting her please contact the e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile: +8801714010713.
Pathak Lal Golder