Landlessness and homelessness are the two most prominent problems among rural populations in India. Close to 100 million (or about 56 percent of rural families) in India do not own agricultural land. A majority of the Indian population relies on land to survive, and thus millions today are living in a permanent state of land insecurity. These people have been unrooted and thrown out into the periphery of society. Despite several progressive laws, land rights for deprived communities are not on the government’s agenda. The government maintains a lack of clarity on who owns the land so they can keep giving it away, including to multi-national corporations.
Since 1992, Ekta Parishad has organized marches totalling 20,000 kilometers as part of our struggle to keep land rights for marginalized populations on the government’s agenda.