On February 18, farmers across India responded to the nationwide ‘rail roko’ (stop the trains) call.
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
On January 26, which is celebrated as India’s Republic Day, tens of thousands of farmers rode into the capital New Delhi. Their demand: the withdrawal of three laws that were pushed through parliament in an undemocratic manner
The farmers in Delhi faced police repression as they broke barricades and defied the routes determined by the police. Many demonstrations in solidarity also took place across the country
Hundreds of thousands farmers in tens of thousands of tractors will enter New Delhi from three locations on Tuesday in a protest against the controversial agricultural laws passed by the Narendra Modi government
Leaders of 32 farmer organizations observed a day-long hunger strike at Delhi’s Singhu border. Thousands of farmers are gathered at the borders demanding the withdrawal of three agricultural laws
The prices as well as the quantities of the agricultural produce in a free market would be far from socially optimal and are likely to be socially disastrous
Organizers of the historic general strike said the arrest of 31 leaders of trade unions and farmers’ movements in the State of Haryana would not dampen the protests. Over 200 million workers and hundreds of thousands of farmers will take part in the protest
These are the latest in a wave of protests against the refusal to increase wages, increasing contractualization of workforce, dilution and dismantling of protective labor laws, price rise and unemployment, and other such policies of the Modi govt.
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
On the occasion of India’s 73 Independence Day, Vijay Prashad talks to Prakash Karat, Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), on where the country stands