Kanker (Chhattisgarh): Peasants Commune might have disappeared from Russia but they are not extinct all together.
The Taralkatta village in Antagarh development block of Kanker district in Chhattisgarh has a unique tradition, dating back to the time immemorial. It is called ‘Itte’ and it involves working the fields of the needy for free. The villagers offer voluntary labour in the fields of the needy. And it reminds one of the Peasants Commune.
Oxen, farm equipment loaned without any charges
Urmila, 30 had lost her husband a few years back. She has a four-year-old son, and there is no one in the family to look after the child. It is impossible for her to cultivate her field. And neither does she have But thanks to ‘Itte’, Urmila grows crop in her field every year and earns enough to take care of her son. Villagers work in her field without charging anything in cash or kind. Those who have oxen and farming tools give them to her without charging any rent.
Group farming for the poor
At Dallirajhara town in Balod district, volunteers of Janmukti Morcha are assisting the villagers in farming. Recently, they sowed a five-acre field near Morcha office in eight hours. About 180 people of
nearby villages including Matkasa, Bharritola, Darratola, Dhobedand, Karutola, Hitkasa, Bital and others volunteered labour on behalf of Morcha. According to Morcha president Jeet Guha Niyogi, the group
farming is meant a feeling of cooperation among the villagers and is inspired by the struggle of Shankar Guha Niyogi.
(Story: Khalid Akhtar Khan)