Farm laws

Baisakhi at Tikri border: Colours of celebration & patriotism

Baisakhi at Tikri border: Colours of celebration & patriotism

April 13, 2021

Beside the dusty road at Pakoda Chowk crossing, Bahadurgarh, near Tikri border, a group of middle-aged men can be seen preparing for a wrestling match to be held this evening. About 15-20 young men and teenagers are busy arranging chairs, music system and preparing the mud ground...

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Weather has changed, not our demands: Farmers at Ghazipur border

Weather has changed, not our demands: Farmers at Ghazipur border

March 13, 2021

The ongoing farmers’ protest against the three farm laws at Delhi borders, which recently completed 100 days, has formed new solidarities across castes and communities at the Ghazipur border, say the protesting farmers. Calling themselves the ‘soldiers of Tikait’ (Rakesh Ti...

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Women at Singhu border to lead Republic Day tractor march

Women at Singhu border to lead Republic Day tractor march

January 15, 2021

On each visit the Singhu border looks a bit different. Almost every day something new is built to meet the immediate needs of the tens of thousands for whom Singhu border has become their new home. On the evening of Lohri many dedicated tented sleeping areas for women sprang up ...

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A silent yet spirited night at Singhu border

A silent yet spirited night at Singhu border

January 7, 2021

It’s around 10:30 pm. The mercury has already dropped below 2°C and a fairly dense fog has descended, forecasting yet another chilly night at Singhu border, on northern fringe of Delhi that has become home to over 100,000 farmers, which remains enveloped in total darkness and ...

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Vendors at Singhu border market support farmers despite disruptions

Vendors at Singhu border market support farmers despite disruptions

December 30, 2020

 For well over a month now, life at Singhu border has been disrupted as residents of the area find themselves surrounded by thousands of protesting farmers and policemen. Many vendors at the local market are amongst the worst hit as their traditional customers avoid the market...

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Government must accept farmers’ demands: Sellers at Okhla vegetable market

Government must accept farmers’ demands: Sellers at Okhla vegetable market

December 29, 2020

Amidst all the chaos of the street vendors running around, shopkeepers shouting out their prices at the top of their lungs, loudspeakers playing namaaz (Islamic prayer) and the occasional fight between customers and the vendors, one can spot a blue board with ‘Fruit & V...

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Bid farewell to farcical Farmers Day

Bid farewell to farcical Farmers Day

December 23, 2020

For a Prime Minister who is apparently never short of the right word to say in any situation, Narendra Modi has yet to find something appropriate to assuage the millions of Indian farmers who have been protesting against the ‘ground-breaking’ agricultural reforms that his gov...

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Martyrdom Day observed to honour farmers killed during farm protest

Martyrdom Day observed to honour farmers killed during farm protest

December 21, 2020

“The farmers who have sacrificed their lives as part of the ongoing protests have set an example for thousands of others. Instead of breaking our morale or creating fear or worry in our minds about the future, it has reinforced our belief in our fight and that the fight is just...

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Farmers reject government proposal, to intensify stir

Farmers reject government proposal, to intensify stir

December 10, 2020

Nearly two weeks after they began their sit in at borders of Delhi and exasperated with fruitless talks with the central government, leaders of various farmers’ organisations have announced a series of measures to intensify their movement, soon after they rejected latest draft ...

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Bharat Bandh draws nationwide support for farmers’ protest

Bharat Bandh draws nationwide support for farmers’ protest

December 9, 2020

 “Soora so pehchaniye, jo lade din ke het, purja purja kat mare, kabhun na chhade khet (Brave is the one who fights for the rights of the poor/weak. Even if his body is chopped to pieces, he does not leave the battlefield),” says Satnam Singh, a sevadar (volunt...

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Thousands gather at Delhi’s Singhu border in support of farmers

Thousands gather at Delhi’s Singhu border in support of farmers

December 8, 2020

On the eve of the nationwide strike or Bharat Bandh called by the protesting farmers, leaders of National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements (NAPM), along with advocates, student organisations

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“Modiji, don’t help us anymore, you have already helped us so much,” say protesting farmers

“Modiji, don’t help us anymore, you have already helped us so much,” say protesting farmers

December 4, 2020

Protesting farmers say nothing less than a total repeal of the three Farm Acts would be acceptable and they will continue to sit in protest for as long as needed.

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