Farmers protest

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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Mitti Satyagraha: Retracing Gandhi’s peaceful battles

Mitti Satyagraha: Retracing Gandhi’s peaceful battles

April 7, 2021

“In 1930, when Mahatma Gandhi had decided to launch the salt satyagraha in Dandi to get the government to remove ban on domestic salt production and end its monopoly on salt, not many were convinced about the utility of a non-violent protest march passing through villages. But ...

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Sorry state of sanitation adds to the farmers’ woes

Sorry state of sanitation adds to the farmers’ woes

March 20, 2021

An intensely pungent smell greets one nose as one approaches the camps of the farmers protesting at the Tikri border on the fringes of north-western Delhi. The source of the odour becomes evident once one is inside the protest site. All around heaps of garbage lie scattered and e...

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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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How farmers’ protest in India became a global issue

How farmers’ protest in India became a global issue

February 4, 2021

It took just one question from American pop star Rihanna to apparently leave the Indian government shaken to its core. On February 2, global icon Rihanna posted a one-liner and asked her 101 million Twitter followers “Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest” whil...

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The peaceful protest that was…

The peaceful protest that was…

January 28, 2021

Till eve of the Republic Day, everything seemed to be going as per plan and meticulous planning has been the one of the most outstanding qualities of the farmers’ protest at Delhi borders. After all, it has taken a whole lot of detailed planning to set up and run with clockwork...

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Tales of tractor rally on Republic Day through the lens

Tales of tractor rally on Republic Day through the lens

January 27, 2021

Violence was the norm of the day, it seems, during the Republic Day tractor rally organised by farmers protesting against the three farm laws passed last year. As the tractor rallies moved from various borders of Delhi, notably Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, the farmers were welcome...

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‘Farmers disappointed, angry over government tactics’

‘Farmers disappointed, angry over government tactics’

January 22, 2021

“We are extremely disappointed and sad by the attitude of the government that has led the charade of discussing seriously with us during 11 rounds of talks, to finally leave the discussions mid-way. There is a lot of anger amongst the farmers, but now our focus is on making the...

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Farmers reject offer of holding farm laws in abeyance

Farmers reject offer of holding farm laws in abeyance

January 22, 2021

After the 10th round of talks with the government, media reports said a middle ground could be found over the latest offer of the government to hold the farm laws in abeyance for about 18 months. Media also quoted farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka, who has participated in all the 10...

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Artists’ day out at Tikri border in support of farmers’ protest

Artists’ day out at Tikri border in support of farmers’ protest

January 9, 2021

 “The government is being government. The day it starts to govern, the day it starts to apply itself as a verb rather than a noun, I think we will see a lot of changes. Because you look at it, it’s just not performing when you walk around here you see what a hellhole it [&...

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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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Reliance interest in farming & food paramount

Reliance interest in farming & food paramount

January 6, 2021

In the eye of the unprecedented storm over the new farm laws rammed through Parliament by the government in September, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries has tried to take inspiration from Mahabharata’s Yudhishthir in a statement as well as the petition its subsidiary Relian...

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