Ashok Dhawale, president of the farmers’ organization, AIKS, talks about their movements across the country and identifies the issues that bind these struggles. He also talks about the political dimensions of the farmers’ protests
On November 26, farmers celebrated an year of their struggle. The one year anniversary comes a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced he will be repealing the three controversial farm laws the farmers have been protesting against.
Since prime minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, he has pushed an agenda to deliver Indian agriculture to the large corporate houses. But the farmers fought him then and continue to fight him now
With the farmers’ protest in India completing seven months, tens of thousands organized to reiterate their opposition to the three farm laws. Mobilizations took place in at least 20 States and Union Territories in the country
This was part of their continuing struggle against the three farm laws that were passed by the Narendra Modi led govt in September last year.
The police and local authorities attempted to evict thousands of farmers from a protest site in Ghazipur on Thursday. However, the attempt has strengthened the farmers’ resolve to continue the sit-in and led to fresh mobilizations as well
The farmers in India are demanding the withdrawal of three recently passed laws that will affect the prices they get for the produce and which they fear will lead to greater corporate entry into agriculture.
The farmers, under the banner of All India Kisan Coordination Committee, an organization of more than 250 farmers’ groups, said three new laws approved by the govt. would benefit corporates at the cost of their livelihood
A boycott campaign was launched against the US food and beverage company PepsiCo after it sued nine Gujarati farmers over patent rights