Ammukkutty, 88 year communist veteran was an active member of the Agricultural Workers Union. She rose to Central Committee of the Union through her hard work. Ammukkutty was born in a poor Dalit household which most agricultural workers belong to. Her life is filled with struggles throughout, fighting hunger and poverty. She mobilised Adivasis and Agricultural workers under the red flag and waged struggles for better wage and land and against inhuman treatment and oppressive taxes.
This dossier features two stories on India’s agrarian crisis. The first story is about the harsh impact of the changing climate on top of an already battered rural economy in Andhra Pradesh, where farmers are growing for seed companies in the most adverse conditions. The second story takes us to Kerala, where we find the Kudumbashree women’s cooperative, which has resiliently resisted the devastation of the worst floods in the state in nearly a century.