Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Labour Farm and Forest

Highlights of National Protest Day

Here’s a summary glance at the happenings of September 25 – the National Protest Day of the peasants.

Sabrangindia 25 Sep 2020

Lakhs of Indians came to the streets on September 25, the Pratirodh Diwas called by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) against the Anti-Farmer Bills passed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -led Government.

“The massive response to the Pratirodh Diwas is a clear warning to the arrogant Narendra Modi led BJP Government and the message is loud and clear. Peasants and workers will build the broadest possible unity to resist with all its might the efforts of the BJP to facilitate corporate loot and profiteering at the expense of farmers,” said an All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) press release.

Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Rasjasthan witnessed widespread bandhs.  According to AIKSCC, many leaders were arrested in these states. In Karnataka, farmers groups courted arrest after blocking the busy Tumkur road near Yeshwanthpur in Bengaluru. In Haryana, photos of farmers observing sit-ins on the road, forming human chains circulated on social media. Meanwhile, Punjab’s farmers erected temporary shades on railway tracks while they blocked the trains. On the roads, traffic police supported the farmers’ efforts by diverting traffic as the peasants continued their movement.

On the other hand, Bihar protesters had to fend off a group of armed men who attacked the demonsrators with chants of “Narendra Modi Zindabad!”

Similarly, thousands of farmers blocked the Mumbai Delhi Highway near Maharashtra’s Dahanu. President of the AIKS Ashok Dhawale participated in the protest. Over 50,000 pesants in 21 districts blocked national and state highways across the state. All over India, Central Trade Unions, workers organisations, students, women organisations, Dalits and Adivasis marched on the streets despite the threat of COVID-19, sweltering heat and heavy rains.

In West Bengal, the National Highway was blocked at 92 places while State Highways were blocked at 89 places. According to farmer organisations, more than six lakh people participated in West Bengal alone.

In the south, Tamil Nadu witnessed protests in hundreds of spots. As per reports, over 100 protesters were arrested during “rail roko” demonstrations at Villupuram. Similarly, AIKSCC TN Coordinator, K Balakrishnan, AIKS (CPM) State Secretary Shanmugam, AIKKMS All India Vice-President Dr Rengasamy arrested in the afternoon.

Kerala’s protesters observed Dharna and protests in front of 250 Central Government offices and many places across the State. The AIKS Vice President S. Ramachandran Pillai inaugurated the protest in Trivandrum.

The Northeast states also made their voices heard as massive protests in Tripura braved police repression and attacks while protesters in Assam burnt mock papers as a sign of dissent. In most States the Highways were blocked. Northern railways even had to cancel trains due to agitations.

In the evening, rural affairs journalist P. Sainath talked to human rights activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad talked about the farmer’s anger and the media’s treatment of the issue. As a testament to the peasant’s anger, hashtags such as #ScrapAntiFarmerActs even started trending on social media platforms like Twitter.

Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh witnessed spontaneous response from farmers and workers. Effigies of Narendra Modi and the Bills were burnt in numerous places.

In Delhi, members of various Central Trade Unions, national women’s organisations, civil society groups, student organisations and MPs who were suspended for speaking up against the Bills in Parliament were present in solidarity with the farmers.

Related:

Photo essay: Farmers' protests make history across India
Live Updates on All India Protests against Farm Bills, 2020
Twitterati bat for Farmers’ Rights, even as news media attempts distractions
Farmer Protests: From streets to social media

Highlights of National Protest Day

Here’s a summary glance at the happenings of September 25 – the National Protest Day of the peasants.

Lakhs of Indians came to the streets on September 25, the Pratirodh Diwas called by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) against the Anti-Farmer Bills passed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -led Government.

“The massive response to the Pratirodh Diwas is a clear warning to the arrogant Narendra Modi led BJP Government and the message is loud and clear. Peasants and workers will build the broadest possible unity to resist with all its might the efforts of the BJP to facilitate corporate loot and profiteering at the expense of farmers,” said an All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) press release.

Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Rasjasthan witnessed widespread bandhs.  According to AIKSCC, many leaders were arrested in these states. In Karnataka, farmers groups courted arrest after blocking the busy Tumkur road near Yeshwanthpur in Bengaluru. In Haryana, photos of farmers observing sit-ins on the road, forming human chains circulated on social media. Meanwhile, Punjab’s farmers erected temporary shades on railway tracks while they blocked the trains. On the roads, traffic police supported the farmers’ efforts by diverting traffic as the peasants continued their movement.

On the other hand, Bihar protesters had to fend off a group of armed men who attacked the demonsrators with chants of “Narendra Modi Zindabad!”

Similarly, thousands of farmers blocked the Mumbai Delhi Highway near Maharashtra’s Dahanu. President of the AIKS Ashok Dhawale participated in the protest. Over 50,000 pesants in 21 districts blocked national and state highways across the state. All over India, Central Trade Unions, workers organisations, students, women organisations, Dalits and Adivasis marched on the streets despite the threat of COVID-19, sweltering heat and heavy rains.

In West Bengal, the National Highway was blocked at 92 places while State Highways were blocked at 89 places. According to farmer organisations, more than six lakh people participated in West Bengal alone.

In the south, Tamil Nadu witnessed protests in hundreds of spots. As per reports, over 100 protesters were arrested during “rail roko” demonstrations at Villupuram. Similarly, AIKSCC TN Coordinator, K Balakrishnan, AIKS (CPM) State Secretary Shanmugam, AIKKMS All India Vice-President Dr Rengasamy arrested in the afternoon.

Kerala’s protesters observed Dharna and protests in front of 250 Central Government offices and many places across the State. The AIKS Vice President S. Ramachandran Pillai inaugurated the protest in Trivandrum.

The Northeast states also made their voices heard as massive protests in Tripura braved police repression and attacks while protesters in Assam burnt mock papers as a sign of dissent. In most States the Highways were blocked. Northern railways even had to cancel trains due to agitations.

In the evening, rural affairs journalist P. Sainath talked to human rights activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad talked about the farmer’s anger and the media’s treatment of the issue. As a testament to the peasant’s anger, hashtags such as #ScrapAntiFarmerActs even started trending on social media platforms like Twitter.

Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh witnessed spontaneous response from farmers and workers. Effigies of Narendra Modi and the Bills were burnt in numerous places.

In Delhi, members of various Central Trade Unions, national women’s organisations, civil society groups, student organisations and MPs who were suspended for speaking up against the Bills in Parliament were present in solidarity with the farmers.

Related:

Photo essay: Farmers' protests make history across India
Live Updates on All India Protests against Farm Bills, 2020
Twitterati bat for Farmers’ Rights, even as news media attempts distractions
Farmer Protests: From streets to social media

Related Articles

Dalit Bahujan Adivasi

Bihar Govt has worst record on Land Rights to Adivasis: Brinda Karat

Speaking at the release of a fact-finding report about the firing in Adhaura block, Brinda Karat exposed the deeds of the Bihar Govt while lauding the democratic struggle of the Kaimur’s Kharwar Adivasi communities against an oppressive forest department

Dalit Bahujan Adivasi

Bihar Govt has worst record on Land Rights to Adivasis: Brinda Karat

Speaking at the release of a fact-finding report about the firing in Adhaura block, Brinda Karat exposed the deeds of the Bihar Govt while lauding the democratic struggle of the Kaimur’s Kharwar Adivasi communities against an oppressive forest department


Wednesday

14

Oct

11 am onwards

Not an Inch Back!

Main Gate KG-Campus

Friday

09

Oct

Albert Ekka Chowk, Ranchi

Monday

05

Oct

Valluvarkottam, Chennai

Theme

Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.
Delhi HC

Hate Speech and Delhi Pogrom 2020

A spate of provocative speeches, that amount to hate speech in law and should be prosecuted allowed blood letting to spill on the streets of north east Delhi in February-March 2020
hashimpura

Hashimpura Massacre

The Lemmings of Hashimpura
summer

Summer Culture

Our first summer culture bouquet features fiction from Syria and Iraq and poetry and art from Palestine.

Campaigns

Wednesday

14

Oct

11 am onwards

Not an Inch Back!

Main Gate KG-Campus

Friday

09

Oct

04 pm onwards

#IStandWithStanSwamy

Albert Ekka Chowk, Ranchi

Monday

05

Oct

Valluvarkottam, Chennai

Videos

I dissent! How a photojournalist is fighting hate

Can one be apolitical in these times of communal divide, hate and bigotry? How does one fight religious and caste prejudice? Photojournalist Vijay Pandey asks important questions in this SabrangIndia exclusive series ‘I dissent! Artists who are taking on bigotry’

I dissent! How a photojournalist is fighting hate

Can one be apolitical in these times of communal divide, hate and bigotry? How does one fight religious and caste prejudice? Photojournalist Vijay Pandey asks important questions in this SabrangIndia exclusive series ‘I dissent! Artists who are taking on bigotry’

IN FACT

Analysis

Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.
Delhi HC

Hate Speech and Delhi Pogrom 2020

A spate of provocative speeches, that amount to hate speech in law and should be prosecuted allowed blood letting to spill on the streets of north east Delhi in February-March 2020
hashimpura

Hashimpura Massacre

The Lemmings of Hashimpura
summer

Summer Culture

Our first summer culture bouquet features fiction from Syria and Iraq and poetry and art from Palestine.

Archives