Frames from the Sangharsh Sandesh Rally

The winter is but a memory and Delhi has stepped into yet another unbearable summer. In the midst of this gruelling weather, tents have gone up in Ram Lila Maidan to accommodate the participants who have converged onto New Delhi from the four corners of India. Most them have travelled great distances to make their first journey to the capital. The dusty winds of Delhi offer them no respite and serve as a stark, symbolic reminder about the struggles ahead. But, the tremendous energy of the masses was on display at Ram Lila Maidan. On this edifice of political empowerment, any change is possible!

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Participants of the rally moving towards the Ram Lila Maidan in Delhi. Comrades, many of them daily wage labourers, braved the heat and the dust to travel thousands of kilometres to participate in the rally.

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Comrades take up positions in Ram Lila Maidan for the meeting to begin. This marked the convergence of the rallies that began from the four corners of the country.

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A group of musicians entertain the crowd as they wait for the meeting to start. Protest music was in full swing during the rally, raising the spirits of the gathered comrades.

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The boundaries of region and language are broken amongst the proletariat as they unite in their fight against capital. Here comrades from Kerala and Haryana join together in shouting slogans. Soon, both groups took to studying the other groups slogans.

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The Kerala State Committee makes a dramatic and energetic entry into the Ram Lila. There was comradely competition between the various groups in displays of revolutionary fervour.

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Comrades from Tamil Nadu dances to the music as others watch on

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These comrades stood out in the sea of red that occupied Ram Lila Maidan.

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Amongst the people.

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Comrade Manik Sarkar, CM of Tripura state, addresses the gathering. Com:Sarkar reminded the gathered about the importance of the struggle ahead and the need to remain focussed.

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Comrade Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the CPI[M] address the rally as party members and leaders of the left watch from the dias. The programme was yet another step in cementing the unity of left wing progessive forces in India.

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Comrades from different parts of the country watch in appreciation and amusement as comrades from other parts perform, at the end of the programme.

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Comrades on the way back home from Ram Lila Maidan.