Remembering Sant Longowal on his 30th Death Anniversary
This is an account of Manushi’s attempts to organise a meeting for communal amity on June 25, 1985. It may provide some notion of the enormous obstacles all of us face in promoting community based politics. It also shows how the power structures at the local level tend to thwart any spontaneous political initiatives, no matter how noncontroversial. Even to accomplish small things at the grassroots level, people have to put in a disproportionately huge effort and take big political risks. Most people give up in despair even before thing have gotten underway. That perhaps explains why there are so few political efforts at the neighbourhood/community level, and why even fewer survive.