Farmers protest

‘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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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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Reliance unnerved by farmers’ calls for boycott

Reliance unnerved by farmers’ calls for boycott

December 15, 2020

It was less than a week ago that protesting farmers launched a boycott of Reliance Jio and began throwing their Jio SIM cards away as a sign of protest against one of the companies that they believe are likely to gain at their cost due to the recently enacted farm laws. There wer...

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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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