10,000 people assemble at Azad Maidan! Mumbaikars put Centre’s claim to shame

Punjab farmer leaders who travelled to the city for the Saturday event thanked attendees for refuting the ‘only-Punjab-Haryana-protest” narrative of the Government of India.


Around 10,000 people marched towards Azad Maidan in Mumbai on January 16, 2021 in support of India’s farmers battling the three agriculture laws forcibly passed by the central government.

A mammoth number of supporters walked from Islam Gym to the protest point at the call of a coalition of people’s and peasant’s organisations such as Mumbai Aman Committee, All India Ulema Council, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP,) the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS,) the National Alliance of People’s Movements, Hum Bharat ke Log, the All India Banjara Samaj, the Chhatrapati Sambhaji Brigade and many others.


Organisations put up “Mumbai with Farmers” hoardings all over the city for mass mobilisation from 2 PM to 4 PM.

CJP Secretary and renowned journalist Teesta Setalvad congratulated the farmers near Delhi for awakening the people of India. She reminded attendees at Azad Maidan every Indian citizen needs to stand united in this struggle for food security and people’s rights because farmers.

“Farmers, who put all their efforts in the land are all too aware of what happens when agriculture is corporatized. Our farmers are adivasis (indigenous people,) Dalits, OBCs, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians. And so, we need to stand together,” said Setalvad.

She added that the farmers protests on the “borders” of the capital, Delhi was historic as it poses a political challenge to the policies of the regime. Punjab farmers who challenged the British with the Pagdi Sambhal Jatha in the late 1800s are today challenging the 21st century version of neo colonisation.

Similarly, SSS Founder Raju Shetti applauded the assembled Mumbaikars for promising their solidarity with farmers.

“They call us annadaatas. But these annadaatas have been forced at the border of Delhi like beggars for near two months now. India’s farmer cannot enter the national capital to assert his own right. What Independence is this? For whom is it?” said Shetti.

Speaking exclusively to SabrangIndia, Shetti said that the three laws have been thrown upon farmers under the false claim that farmers themselves demanded these laws. Instead of these laws, he said that farmers want the legalisation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) that it not accessible to all farmers.

He warned that the government was spreading a false narrative that this is a farmers’ struggle when in reality both farmers and poor people would suffer under these laws due to its impact on food security.

When asked whether the government was likely to listen to farmers, Shetti said that the alternative would lead to results similar to 1980s when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi tried to silence farmers.

Along with state leaders, three farmer leaders from Punjab Amarjit Singh, Mukesh Chandar Sharma and Jangbir Singh Chauhan also attended the Saturday protest in decrying the three laws and demanding the rights of farmers.

Leaders thanked the people of Mumbai for assembling in the “economic capital” of India and showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi that every state in India opposed the three laws as opposed to the false narrative of it being a Punjab-Haryana agitation.

“This is the country’s struggle. [Union Home Minister] Amit Shah kept making laws as per your wishes. We kept silent. But now that 78 percent of people’s lives are under threat, then the entire nation has stood against you. You are stealing food from the poor!” said one of the leaders.

They also condemned the government for selling public sector undertakings to the private sectors.

Some of the organisations that participated in the Saturday event are listed below:

1. Mumbai Aman Committee

2. Chhatrapati Sambhaji Brigade

3. National Alliance of People’s Movements

4. All India Ulema Council, Mumbai

5. Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind

6. Citizen for Justice and Peace

7. Jamiatul Ulema Ahle Sunnat

8. Movement for Human Welfare

9. All India Banjara Samaj

10. Subai Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Mumbai

11. Jamaat e Islami Hind

12. All India Majlis e Mashwerat

13. Kamgar Sanghatna Sanyukt Kruti Smiti

14. Hum Bharat Ke Log

15. Panjabi Sanjhi Sabha

16. Jan Andolanachi Sangharch Samiti

17. Milli Council

18. Guru Singh Sabha

19. Teachers Democratic Front

20. Yuva Kranti Sabha

21. National  Christian Forum.

22. Ghar bacho ghar banao andolan.

23. Akhil bhartiya Obc Mahasabha.

24. Sadbhavna Sangh

25. Sambhaji Brigade Paksha

26. Janasena Samajik Sanstha

27. Sanvidhanvadi Republican Paksha

28.  Republic Yuva Sena.

29. Manav Uddhar Samajik Sanstha

30. Bhartiya Aatma Sanghthana

31. Youth Wing JIH Maharashtra

32. Professional Solidarity Forum

33. Ham Bhartiya Mira Bhayandar

34. Mujtama e Olama wo Khotaba, Mumbai

35. Mahfil e Sani e Zahra (s.a.), Zaib Palace, Mumbai

36. Kisan Morcha All Kurla Committee

37. Bhartiya Bodh Mahasabha Kurla

38. Kurla Voice

39. Mulbhut Adhikar Sangharsh Samiti.

40. Rashtra Seva Dal-Mumbai

41. Students Islamic Organisation of India, Mumbai

42. Hadana Education and Welfare Trust (India)

43. Lokanchi Shakti Jogeshwari West

44. Kamgar Ekta Committee

45. Siri Guru Harrai Charitable Trust

46. ACBS Initiative

47. Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Vichaar Manch

48. Lok Hind Party

49. Lok Sangharsha Morcha

50. Swaraj Abhiyan

51. Satyashodhak Shetkari Sabha

52. Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana

53. Aam Aadmi Sarva Shramik Sanghatan


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