Existing socio-economic models of development have failed to alleviate the poverty and backwardness of the people of the country. Since independence, the ruling establishment has empowered the big business houses and the urban and rural elite, as it ignored the basic needs of the people below. The traditionally dominant social groups have hijacked the democratic process. They work hand in glove with neo-colonial, fascist and racist forces. The dalits, the tribals, the religious, the linguistic and cultural minorities, the backward classes and the women are denied their cultural and social space, making India one of the most backward areas in the world. Resistance against exploitation and deprivation now is mostly local and isolated with no co-ordination and pooling of resources at national level. Popular Front of India is a move towards co-ordination and management of such efforts for the achievement of socio-economic, cultural and political empowerment of the deprived and the downtrodden and the nation at large. It will try to establish an egalitarian society in which freedom, justice and security are enjoyed by all.
A Common Platform for Ordinary People
A common platform called South India Council was formed as the outcome of a discussion attended by social activists and intellectuals from all the South Indian States at Bangalore on 25th & 26th January 2004. Later the Council took up various issues related to community empowerment, especially reservation in education and employment. With the cooperation of Confederation of Muslim Institutions in India, the Council organized a two day workshop on Muslim reservation on 26th & 27th November 2005 at Hyderabad.
When the Central Government decided to introduce reservation in higher education, the Council organized three regional conventions on reservation: at Calicut on 4th August 2006, at Bangalore on 5th August 2006, and at Chennai on 17th August 2006. A National Convention on Reservation in Higher Education was organized jointly with All India Milli Council at New Delhi on 29th August 2006
Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) (Karnataka) National Development Front (NDF) (Kerala )
Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP) (Tamil Nadu ) were the constituents of the Council
The leadership of these organizations gave serious thought to the benefit of better coordination among them. The issue was discussed by the rank and file of the organizations. To mark a successful turning point , a joint meeting of the Secretariat of South India Council and representatives of KFD, NDF and MNP held on 22nd November 2006 at Calicut decided to launch Popular Front of India as a federation and approved the vision statement.