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Kisan Manifesto

Mumbai City, Maharashtra

November 24, 2022

Kisan Manifesto was created at the All India Kisan Committee session in Bombay in 1936. The manifesto greatly influenced the agrarian programme of Congress.

The establishment of All-India Kisan Congress in Lucknow, April 1936 marked a point of vital change in politics of South Asia as the issues and demands of the farmers came to the forefront of national politics. Swami Sahajanand, the founder of Bihar Provincial Kisan Sabha, was elected as the president and N.G. Ranga, the farmer’s leader from Andhra, was elected as the General Secretary. At the conference a decision was taken to create a Kisan Manifesto, that would clearly state the demands of the farmers of the country. After the finalization of the manifesto in Bombay, the document was formally sent to the Congress Working Committee, so that the demands could be included in its manifesto for 1937 elections.

The influence of the Kisan Manifesto could be seen in the agrarian programme embraced by the Congress at its Faizpur session. The programme included the demands for the reduction of land tax and rent by 50%, ensuring a minimum wage for agricultural workers, recognition of peasant unions and the complete abolition of feudal levies.

Source: Indian Culture Portal