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The singular strength of ADATS has been our ability to organise the poor, mobilise them against injustice, undertake huge struggles against economic exploitation and extra-economic oppression, and see them to fruition. Gender, Empowerment, Capacity Building, Geopolitical Coverage, Presence, et al have a definite sociopolitical meaning for us.
Altered power balance in village society has given the small and poor peasant casteclass (colloquially referred to as “Coolies”) a definite presence vis-à-vis the middle peasant (“Ryots”). An informed participation and struggle needs be at the core of any vibrant grassroots democracy. This has become a way of life for the Coolies, and spectacular achievements have been made: