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Farmers chart route, issue guidelines for Republic Day Parade

Ready with volunteers, helpline numbers, ambulances and assistance from Delhi Police, farmer leaders gear up for a successful kisan parade on January 26, 2021.

25 Jan 2021

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“Friends, we are about to make history. Never before in history have the people of this Republic been part of a parade of this nature on the Republic Day. Through this parade we have to tell the country and the world about our plight. We have to bring forth the truth about the three Anti-Farmer Laws. We've to take care that this historical parade is not stained at any cost. Our victory lies in the parade being taken out in a very peaceful manner; without any unwanted events taking place. Remember, that our aim is not to conquer Delhi, but to win over the hearts of the people of this country,” is a message by farmers organisation Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) circulated on social media on January 24, 2021 during preparations for the Kisan Parade on Republic Day. 

Resolving to keep the movement peaceful and organised, the SKM released a list of instructions along with this message to prepare farmers for the much-awaited event. Farmers also gave a helpline number 7428384230 in case of any confusion in any area. Farmer leaders also clarified that trolleys will not be allowed in the parade. Only tractors and other vehicles will be allowed although trolleys with special tableaux may be exempted. They asked farmers to arrange for the safety of the trolley from the back.

The SKM appealed that every tractor or cart be fitted with its respective farmers’ organisation flag and national flag. However, they said that no flag of any political party will be allowed.

“Pack 24 hours of ration and water with you. Make sure you have proper arrangements for protection from cold. It might be required if you are stuck in a traffic jam,” said the organisation.

They emphasised that participants should not carry any weapons or sticks and refrain from using banners that use provocative or negative slogans. On the other hand, aspiring participants may give a missed call on the 8448385556 phone number to join the parade.

The parade will be led by farmer leaders' cars while volunteers dressed in green will oversee the procession.

“The route for the parade has been pre-decided and marked. Police and traffic volunteers will guide you. Any car/tractor found deviating from the route will be acted against,” said farmer leaders.

Delhi police had allowed for two routes for the Kisan Parade that may be viewed below:

Any vehicle that occupies an area without any reason will be removed by volunteers. Meanwhile, other vehicles will return to the starting point after completing the parade. As many as five people including the driver will ride one tractor but not on the bonnet, bumper or roof of tractors.

Leaders also asked people to avoid playing music. Instead they asked people to ensure they hear all announcements to avoid confusion. Accordingly, they asked people not to throw garbage on the road and avoid the use of any drugs before or during the parade. The SKM said that anyone found in possession of or consuming drugs will be reported to the traffic volunteer. 

“Please remember that our intent is to gracefully carry out the parade and win the hearts of our fellow citizens. The policemen are also part of us, we must not indulge in any quarrels. Representatives of all news channels must be respected,” said farmer leaders.

To avoid any kind of panic, the Kisan Ekta Morcha issued emergency guidelines that asked participants to verify all information via their Facebook page.

Ambulances will be in the vicinity of the parade. In case of any issue with the vehicle, leaders asked people to contact the helpline number that will be open 24 hours on Tuesday. Similarly, the police control room will be available at number 112 in case of any unfortunate incident.

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Farmers chart route, issue guidelines for Republic Day Parade

Ready with volunteers, helpline numbers, ambulances and assistance from Delhi Police, farmer leaders gear up for a successful kisan parade on January 26, 2021.

Image Courtesy:financialexpress.com

“Friends, we are about to make history. Never before in history have the people of this Republic been part of a parade of this nature on the Republic Day. Through this parade we have to tell the country and the world about our plight. We have to bring forth the truth about the three Anti-Farmer Laws. We've to take care that this historical parade is not stained at any cost. Our victory lies in the parade being taken out in a very peaceful manner; without any unwanted events taking place. Remember, that our aim is not to conquer Delhi, but to win over the hearts of the people of this country,” is a message by farmers organisation Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) circulated on social media on January 24, 2021 during preparations for the Kisan Parade on Republic Day. 

Resolving to keep the movement peaceful and organised, the SKM released a list of instructions along with this message to prepare farmers for the much-awaited event. Farmers also gave a helpline number 7428384230 in case of any confusion in any area. Farmer leaders also clarified that trolleys will not be allowed in the parade. Only tractors and other vehicles will be allowed although trolleys with special tableaux may be exempted. They asked farmers to arrange for the safety of the trolley from the back.

The SKM appealed that every tractor or cart be fitted with its respective farmers’ organisation flag and national flag. However, they said that no flag of any political party will be allowed.

“Pack 24 hours of ration and water with you. Make sure you have proper arrangements for protection from cold. It might be required if you are stuck in a traffic jam,” said the organisation.

They emphasised that participants should not carry any weapons or sticks and refrain from using banners that use provocative or negative slogans. On the other hand, aspiring participants may give a missed call on the 8448385556 phone number to join the parade.

The parade will be led by farmer leaders' cars while volunteers dressed in green will oversee the procession.

“The route for the parade has been pre-decided and marked. Police and traffic volunteers will guide you. Any car/tractor found deviating from the route will be acted against,” said farmer leaders.

Delhi police had allowed for two routes for the Kisan Parade that may be viewed below:

Any vehicle that occupies an area without any reason will be removed by volunteers. Meanwhile, other vehicles will return to the starting point after completing the parade. As many as five people including the driver will ride one tractor but not on the bonnet, bumper or roof of tractors.

Leaders also asked people to avoid playing music. Instead they asked people to ensure they hear all announcements to avoid confusion. Accordingly, they asked people not to throw garbage on the road and avoid the use of any drugs before or during the parade. The SKM said that anyone found in possession of or consuming drugs will be reported to the traffic volunteer. 

“Please remember that our intent is to gracefully carry out the parade and win the hearts of our fellow citizens. The policemen are also part of us, we must not indulge in any quarrels. Representatives of all news channels must be respected,” said farmer leaders.

To avoid any kind of panic, the Kisan Ekta Morcha issued emergency guidelines that asked participants to verify all information via their Facebook page.

Ambulances will be in the vicinity of the parade. In case of any issue with the vehicle, leaders asked people to contact the helpline number that will be open 24 hours on Tuesday. Similarly, the police control room will be available at number 112 in case of any unfortunate incident.

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SHOCKING! Nearly 3 lakh farmers died due to loan debts in the last two decades!

Farmers organisations revealed some disturbing statistics in a pamphlet talking about the two-month farmers’ struggle and the history of farmers’ issues associated with it.

25 Jan 2021

Image Courtesy:indiatimes.com

Farmers cannot lose because they are on the right side of justice, said a pamphlet issued by local farmers organisations of northern India on January 20,2021.

The Jan Sangharsh Manch Haryana, Mehnatkash Kisan Morcha and Inquilabi Kendra Punjab circulated a pamphlet that voiced the various failings of the central government in the agri-sector while also listing various demands of farmers.

Organisations said that the on-going farmers’ struggle highlighted farmers’ issues that resulted in the death by suicide of nearly three lakh farmers in the last two decades such as loans and debts.

“The government policies that guaranteed ‘great production and prosperity’ have led to a type of farming that caused ‘great production and destruction,’” said the pamphlet.

Further, organisations claimed that the policies focused on making profits for companies compelled farmers into using an indiscriminate amount of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. This has destroyed at least 25 percent of farmland. Current market procedure and land acquisition rules also complicate matters for farmers. The pamphlet said that such problems force farmers to take drastic steps.

“Every half an hour, a farmer dies by suicide and every day 2,300 farmers leave farming,” they said.

Organisations also questioned farmers’ state of poverty in the country. Referring to a non-government survey that used National Sample Survey figures, leaders said that a farmer’s average monthly income is Rs. 2,117 which is less than their average monthly expenditure of Rs. 2,700.

“Farmers are being pushed into the chaos of poverty and helplessness through these policies. Every year the government brings in populist schemes that fail to improve farmers’ lives,” said the organisations.

According to Krishi Census 2015-16, around 86.2 percent of farmers’ population is marginal of small farmers. However, only 10 percent of marginal and small farmers avail government policies and subsidies. Most of these schemes benefit big farmers.

In fact, marginal farmers struggle to get government loans. The government continues to ignore farmers’ demand for loan waivers yet agrees to waive the outstanding amount of Rs. 3.5 lakh crores of 11 industrialists. Organisations demand that the government should think of farmer loans before relieving big corporates.

“This fight against the three farm laws benefiting big corporates and Modi-regime also strives to solve farmers issues. These problems have been going on for a long time… If we lose this fight, then national and foreign corporates will destroy us,” said farmers organisations.

Accordingly, the three groups put forward eight important demands of farmers:

1.       Repeal the three farm laws namely, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

2.       Legalisation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) and procurement.

3.       Universalisation of Public Distribution System (PDS.)

4.       Repeal of proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020.

5.       Repeal of clauses of Pollution Control laws penalizing farmers for stubble burning.

6.       Withdrawal of all National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases filed against farmers and supporters.

7.       Non-interest government loans for small and marginal farmers and government subsidies for seed, fertilizer and electricity and other facilities.

8.       Government policies to encourage small and marginal farmers to participate in cooperative farming.

Organisations also reminded readers about the Kisan Republic Parade on January 26, to decry the three laws forcibly passed by the central government.

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SHOCKING! Nearly 3 lakh farmers died due to loan debts in the last two decades!

Farmers organisations revealed some disturbing statistics in a pamphlet talking about the two-month farmers’ struggle and the history of farmers’ issues associated with it.

Image Courtesy:indiatimes.com

Farmers cannot lose because they are on the right side of justice, said a pamphlet issued by local farmers organisations of northern India on January 20,2021.

The Jan Sangharsh Manch Haryana, Mehnatkash Kisan Morcha and Inquilabi Kendra Punjab circulated a pamphlet that voiced the various failings of the central government in the agri-sector while also listing various demands of farmers.

Organisations said that the on-going farmers’ struggle highlighted farmers’ issues that resulted in the death by suicide of nearly three lakh farmers in the last two decades such as loans and debts.

“The government policies that guaranteed ‘great production and prosperity’ have led to a type of farming that caused ‘great production and destruction,’” said the pamphlet.

Further, organisations claimed that the policies focused on making profits for companies compelled farmers into using an indiscriminate amount of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. This has destroyed at least 25 percent of farmland. Current market procedure and land acquisition rules also complicate matters for farmers. The pamphlet said that such problems force farmers to take drastic steps.

“Every half an hour, a farmer dies by suicide and every day 2,300 farmers leave farming,” they said.

Organisations also questioned farmers’ state of poverty in the country. Referring to a non-government survey that used National Sample Survey figures, leaders said that a farmer’s average monthly income is Rs. 2,117 which is less than their average monthly expenditure of Rs. 2,700.

“Farmers are being pushed into the chaos of poverty and helplessness through these policies. Every year the government brings in populist schemes that fail to improve farmers’ lives,” said the organisations.

According to Krishi Census 2015-16, around 86.2 percent of farmers’ population is marginal of small farmers. However, only 10 percent of marginal and small farmers avail government policies and subsidies. Most of these schemes benefit big farmers.

In fact, marginal farmers struggle to get government loans. The government continues to ignore farmers’ demand for loan waivers yet agrees to waive the outstanding amount of Rs. 3.5 lakh crores of 11 industrialists. Organisations demand that the government should think of farmer loans before relieving big corporates.

“This fight against the three farm laws benefiting big corporates and Modi-regime also strives to solve farmers issues. These problems have been going on for a long time… If we lose this fight, then national and foreign corporates will destroy us,” said farmers organisations.

Accordingly, the three groups put forward eight important demands of farmers:

1.       Repeal the three farm laws namely, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

2.       Legalisation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) and procurement.

3.       Universalisation of Public Distribution System (PDS.)

4.       Repeal of proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020.

5.       Repeal of clauses of Pollution Control laws penalizing farmers for stubble burning.

6.       Withdrawal of all National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases filed against farmers and supporters.

7.       Non-interest government loans for small and marginal farmers and government subsidies for seed, fertilizer and electricity and other facilities.

8.       Government policies to encourage small and marginal farmers to participate in cooperative farming.

Organisations also reminded readers about the Kisan Republic Parade on January 26, to decry the three laws forcibly passed by the central government.

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Farmers win! Republic Day 2021 will be celebrated with unique tractor march
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Farmer leaders consider Centre’s proposal to suspend farm laws for 18 months
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15,000 farmers and counting gather for Maha Mahapadav!

A mammoth wall of farmers and peasants head towards Maharashtra’s capital city in solidarity with farmers protesting at Delhi borders during a two-day march from Nashik to Mumbai.

24 Jan 2021

farmersAfter amassing nearly 15,000 marchers, Maharashtra’s Vehicle Jatha started the downhill climb of Kasara ghat to resume their path towards Mumbai.

 

farmersBeating the drum of revolution, farmers marched from Ghatandevi mandir in Igatpuri demanding the repeal of the three farm laws and four labour codes, legalisation of MSP and loan waivers among other agendas.

 

farmersNever again will mahila kisan allow anybody to question whether women farmers “have to kept” at a farmers’ protest.

 

farmersMaharashtra police led the Jatha safely from Golf Club Maidan in Nashik to Azad Maidan in Mumbai. When asked for a photo, the police said, “First let’s reach the people to the foothill.”

 

Farmers protestDid you know women farmers make up more than half of the agri-labour? Women marchers’ confident smiles compel us to revise our textbook image of a ‘kisan.’

 

Speaking of reminding things. Here’s a message from farmers that they reiterate to the government even at the dead of night.

 

farmersA 7 km walk from 9 AM deserves a pit stop. Farmers catch their breath halfway along the Kasara ghat.

 

farmersFarmers posing for the camera as they reach the foothills. Incidentally, did you know that drought is a major problem for Maharashtra farmers?

 

Farmers protestRegardless, farmers continue their struggle. Last night at Igatpuri, men farmers prepared dinner for the tired troupe of revolutionaries.

 

farmersMeanwhile, women farmers took a well-deserved rest and spoke to reporters about the farmers’ struggle’s progress.

15,000 farmers and counting gather for Maha Mahapadav!

A mammoth wall of farmers and peasants head towards Maharashtra’s capital city in solidarity with farmers protesting at Delhi borders during a two-day march from Nashik to Mumbai.

farmersAfter amassing nearly 15,000 marchers, Maharashtra’s Vehicle Jatha started the downhill climb of Kasara ghat to resume their path towards Mumbai.

 

farmersBeating the drum of revolution, farmers marched from Ghatandevi mandir in Igatpuri demanding the repeal of the three farm laws and four labour codes, legalisation of MSP and loan waivers among other agendas.

 

farmersNever again will mahila kisan allow anybody to question whether women farmers “have to kept” at a farmers’ protest.

 

farmersMaharashtra police led the Jatha safely from Golf Club Maidan in Nashik to Azad Maidan in Mumbai. When asked for a photo, the police said, “First let’s reach the people to the foothill.”

 

Farmers protestDid you know women farmers make up more than half of the agri-labour? Women marchers’ confident smiles compel us to revise our textbook image of a ‘kisan.’

 

Speaking of reminding things. Here’s a message from farmers that they reiterate to the government even at the dead of night.

 

farmersA 7 km walk from 9 AM deserves a pit stop. Farmers catch their breath halfway along the Kasara ghat.

 

farmersFarmers posing for the camera as they reach the foothills. Incidentally, did you know that drought is a major problem for Maharashtra farmers?

 

Farmers protestRegardless, farmers continue their struggle. Last night at Igatpuri, men farmers prepared dinner for the tired troupe of revolutionaries.

 

farmersMeanwhile, women farmers took a well-deserved rest and spoke to reporters about the farmers’ struggle’s progress.

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Farmers win! Republic Day 2021 will be celebrated with unique tractor march

Delhi Police clear proposed tractor march to be held on January 26, final route to be decided soon

23 Jan 2021

Image Courtesy:ndtv.com

The farmers of India will soon take out a massive tractor parade, to mark Republic Day on January 26 2021. The proposed ‘Tractor March' has been approved by Delhi police, reported NDTV in a news break on January 23. According to initial information, going viral on social media, the Delhi Police have allowed the farmers to parade on their tractors for around a 100 kilometer long route. It is being reported that the farmers will be allowed to march on three different routes, each starting from the major borders of Singhu (Delhi-Haryana border), Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border), and Tikri (Delhi-Haryana border)

This is yet another win for the lakhs of farmers who are preparing to  take part in the never seen before Republic Day tractor march. Those who have been peacefully sitting in protest against the three farm laws for two months now will soon be joined by more farmers from across the country, and together will celebrate the Republic of India, and honour the Constitution of India, and the rights it empowers all citizens with.

The proposal for the farmers tractor march has come a long way since January 18, when the Delhi Police had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on the rally by farmers citing security issues. That day the Supreme Court Bench had directed the Delhi Police that it was at liberty to decide whether protesting farmers can be granted entry into the national capital or not for the Republic Day tractor rally. The Chief Justice of India was hearing an application filed by the Delhi Police seeking an injunction against the tractor rally proposed to be carried out by farmers on the Republic Day to display their resentment against the contentious three farm laws. The CJI then had reportedly said, “The question of entry into Delhi is a law-and-order situation that is to be determined by the police. We have told the AG (Attorney General) and SG (Solicitor General) before that whether who should be allowed and who should not be allowed and the number of people who can enter are all matters of law and order to be dealt with by the police. We are not the first authority. You are at liberty to invoke all powers under the law.”


 

Now, while the final route will be discussed by the farmers unions, it is confirmed that the  tractor rally is expected to go as planned. The dress rehearsal on January 7 had been a resounding success and the All India Krishak Khet Mazdoor Sangathan (AIKKMS) farmers rode hundreds of tractors from the various borders and conducted a parade on the Western Peripheral expressway or the Kundli–Manesar–Palwal (KMP) highway. On January 26, 2021, over one lakh tractors and 10 lakh farmers and supporters will be in Delhi for the Republic Day parade, said the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS). “Preparations of all farmer Unions are in full swing. It is the responsibility of the Central Govt to make proper arrangements and avoid chaos,” said AIKMS General Secretary Ashish Mittal.

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Image Courtesy:ndtv.com

The farmers of India will soon take out a massive tractor parade, to mark Republic Day on January 26 2021. The proposed ‘Tractor March' has been approved by Delhi police, reported NDTV in a news break on January 23. According to initial information, going viral on social media, the Delhi Police have allowed the farmers to parade on their tractors for around a 100 kilometer long route. It is being reported that the farmers will be allowed to march on three different routes, each starting from the major borders of Singhu (Delhi-Haryana border), Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border), and Tikri (Delhi-Haryana border)

This is yet another win for the lakhs of farmers who are preparing to  take part in the never seen before Republic Day tractor march. Those who have been peacefully sitting in protest against the three farm laws for two months now will soon be joined by more farmers from across the country, and together will celebrate the Republic of India, and honour the Constitution of India, and the rights it empowers all citizens with.

The proposal for the farmers tractor march has come a long way since January 18, when the Delhi Police had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on the rally by farmers citing security issues. That day the Supreme Court Bench had directed the Delhi Police that it was at liberty to decide whether protesting farmers can be granted entry into the national capital or not for the Republic Day tractor rally. The Chief Justice of India was hearing an application filed by the Delhi Police seeking an injunction against the tractor rally proposed to be carried out by farmers on the Republic Day to display their resentment against the contentious three farm laws. The CJI then had reportedly said, “The question of entry into Delhi is a law-and-order situation that is to be determined by the police. We have told the AG (Attorney General) and SG (Solicitor General) before that whether who should be allowed and who should not be allowed and the number of people who can enter are all matters of law and order to be dealt with by the police. We are not the first authority. You are at liberty to invoke all powers under the law.”


 

Now, while the final route will be discussed by the farmers unions, it is confirmed that the  tractor rally is expected to go as planned. The dress rehearsal on January 7 had been a resounding success and the All India Krishak Khet Mazdoor Sangathan (AIKKMS) farmers rode hundreds of tractors from the various borders and conducted a parade on the Western Peripheral expressway or the Kundli–Manesar–Palwal (KMP) highway. On January 26, 2021, over one lakh tractors and 10 lakh farmers and supporters will be in Delhi for the Republic Day parade, said the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS). “Preparations of all farmer Unions are in full swing. It is the responsibility of the Central Govt to make proper arrangements and avoid chaos,” said AIKMS General Secretary Ashish Mittal.

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At least 10 lakh farmers will march on Republic Day: AIKMS

The peasant organisation criticises the central government’s stand on refusing to repeal the three agricultural laws forcibly passed by the Centre.

23 Jan 2021

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More than one lakh tractors and 10 lakh farmers and supporters shall enter Delhi for the Republic Day parade, said the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) on January 23, 2021.

“Preparations of all farmer Unions are in full swing. It is the responsibility of the Central Govt to make proper arrangements and avoid chaos,” said AIKMS General Secretary Ashish Mittal.

Further, the AIKMS Central Executive Committee also said that the decision of the central government to offer suspension of the three farm Acts- the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act – rather than a complete repeal will not farmers’ problems.

Members said that suspension for any period means agreeing to their implementation on a postponed date which is unacceptable to any farmer or their unions.

“The government offer is saddled with a committee. With the sword of these suspended Acts dangling around the necks of farmers, all discussions in the committee will involve only reforms in these Acts which are neither possible nor meaningful and these have already been rejected,” said the AIKMS in a press release.

Leaders said that despite the central government’s claim that it has offered all it could during the eleventh round of talks, Ministers only offered a committee, same as initial rounds.

Mittal said that the objectives of the Acts allow the Centre to promote private big traders, exporters, big retailers in agriculture trade and contract farming. Moreover, the government has already allocated Rs 1 lakh crore for this promotion of giant private sector and multinational companies. This will involve reducing the government subsidies on inputs, procurement and Minimum Support Price (MSP,) he said.

“It will lead to increased indebtedness of farmers, increase in suicides and eviction from land. The Acts promote Indian and foreign big Corporate, whose interest the BJP govt is advancing. Its plan is pro-Imperialist [ideas] and is against Indian farmers and development of Indian markets,” said Mittal.

The leader warned that the laws will reduce public procurement, end Public Distribution System (PDS) and expose 75 crore poor people to a corporate-controlled market. Both starvation and hunger deaths will rise, said the AIKMS.

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At least 10 lakh farmers will march on Republic Day: AIKMS

The peasant organisation criticises the central government’s stand on refusing to repeal the three agricultural laws forcibly passed by the Centre.

Image Courtesy:hindustantimes.com

More than one lakh tractors and 10 lakh farmers and supporters shall enter Delhi for the Republic Day parade, said the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) on January 23, 2021.

“Preparations of all farmer Unions are in full swing. It is the responsibility of the Central Govt to make proper arrangements and avoid chaos,” said AIKMS General Secretary Ashish Mittal.

Further, the AIKMS Central Executive Committee also said that the decision of the central government to offer suspension of the three farm Acts- the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act – rather than a complete repeal will not farmers’ problems.

Members said that suspension for any period means agreeing to their implementation on a postponed date which is unacceptable to any farmer or their unions.

“The government offer is saddled with a committee. With the sword of these suspended Acts dangling around the necks of farmers, all discussions in the committee will involve only reforms in these Acts which are neither possible nor meaningful and these have already been rejected,” said the AIKMS in a press release.

Leaders said that despite the central government’s claim that it has offered all it could during the eleventh round of talks, Ministers only offered a committee, same as initial rounds.

Mittal said that the objectives of the Acts allow the Centre to promote private big traders, exporters, big retailers in agriculture trade and contract farming. Moreover, the government has already allocated Rs 1 lakh crore for this promotion of giant private sector and multinational companies. This will involve reducing the government subsidies on inputs, procurement and Minimum Support Price (MSP,) he said.

“It will lead to increased indebtedness of farmers, increase in suicides and eviction from land. The Acts promote Indian and foreign big Corporate, whose interest the BJP govt is advancing. Its plan is pro-Imperialist [ideas] and is against Indian farmers and development of Indian markets,” said Mittal.

The leader warned that the laws will reduce public procurement, end Public Distribution System (PDS) and expose 75 crore poor people to a corporate-controlled market. Both starvation and hunger deaths will rise, said the AIKMS.

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Alert farmers foil plot to unleash violence at Singhu, catch man sent to shoot union leaders

In front of media, the accused confesses of being recruited, with others, to execute plot to shoot farmer leaders at Singhu border, incite violence, rest of the gang is ‘missing’

23 Jan 2021

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In a sudden press conference farmer union leaders at Singhu border presented an unidentified man who said he was hired to execute a plot to incite violence, kill union leaders. Now being termed a hired ‘sharp shooter’ the man was caught by alert farmers, masked to protect identity, brought before the assembled media and then was handed over to police.

In a black hooded jacket and a handkerchief covering his face, the suspect revealed at the press meet that was streamed live, late on January 22 night, that a conspiracy to kill four top farmer leaders was planned by the ‘agencies’. He said he was hired by “a policeman from Rai (Haryana),” and was asked to recce the area, and then help others, also hired to incite violence, smuggle in “guns” into the protest site.

What should put security agencies on high alert is that the suspect has also revealed that there are nine others who were hired and may still be embedded at the Singhu border protest. He said there were two women who are a part of this gang allegedly hired to create disturbance and unleash violence at the Farmers Protest.

 

 

The man said he got nabbed when he, along with a girl, attempted to make fake allegations of eve-teasing at the protest site. He seemed a bit shaken as he told the media that he and the others were allegedly hired and trained by someone who he alleged was wearing a “police dress”. They had allegedly been tasked with creating disturbances, inciting violence at  the farmers protest, and also the proposed tractor parade on Republic Day. He also claimed that they had been given orders to shoot the four farmer leaders who would be in the state.

He said the gang was given photos of these leaders but were not told their names. He said that there were nine other hired, including two girls, and all of them were tasked with inciting violence during the ongoing agitation that is now also preparing for Republic Day farmers’ tractor march. He said this group was told to fire shots during the agitation, so that it appears that the “firing was being done by the farmers”. He claimed that he was also involved in the violence that took place during the massive Jat agitation in 2016, and also claimed he was involved in “lathi charge” during a recent rally in Karnal district of Haryana.

While the man has alleged that he was trained by someone who met him in “police dress” according to a report in Indian Express, “sources said no policeman in the police station concerned was identified by the youth.” The farm union leaders, who sat on either side of the suspect have alleged that this is a part of a plot hatched to break the agitation.

According to the union leaders, “Weapons were to be supplied to this group. On January 26, they had to open fire on the police so that the cops think the farmers are firing on the police. They also had a plan to get the national flag down to hurt the national sentiments (during tractor parade) and incite people.” The suspect had reportedly shown the photographs of the four farmer leaders who were to be targeted. However they were not identified at the press meet. The farmer leaders kept assuring the youth that he will not be harmed, and he was subsequently handed the man over to the local police for further investigations. The leaders have not named or accused anyone in particular but have hinted that the plot may have allegedly had a ‘sarkari’ or official backing.

Meanwhile, on all borders, volunteers have been on high alert over the last few days, keeping an eye out for trouble makers. “We have been here for two months now, and recognise the locals who come to the langar seva,” said one volunteer on security duty at Tikri border. Another at Ghaziabad border, some 80 kilometers away, said the farmers who are coming in large numbers for January 26 are also on alert. Many security personnel are also on duty at the edges of each protest, and those spending nights there say many security personnel in plain clothes also visit the protest sites, including the langars, medical camps, supply areas, sleeping areas. 
 

The farmers are also most wary of who they term as ‘godi media’ or media that is sitting in the laps of corporations and politicians. “We have learnt to identify them even when they come alone and try to take interviews here, we only appreciate social media and independent journalists and web portals,” said a farmer at a border protest. The farmers speak in one voice and say they will remain peaceful and will participate in the Republic Day march on the route as instructed by the farmer union leaders. “We have our grandparents, parents, and children here with us, we are all here on a peaceful mission and will continue sitting here till we are heard,” said a woman farmer at Tikri border.

More farmers, farm workers, labourers, from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other places are arriving at Singhu Border each day. The united slogan this week is “26JanDelhiChalo”

 

 

Delhi-Haryana border points where the farmer protests are going on remain closed to vehicles, however Shahjahanpur and Ghazipur remain partially open as of now. The combined numbers of farmers now sitting in protest at Tikri, Singhu, Shahjahanpur, Ghazipur now runs into lakhs and there are other groups sitting in protest across the country as well. The numbers are expected to grow in the coming days.

 

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Alert farmers foil plot to unleash violence at Singhu, catch man sent to shoot union leaders

In front of media, the accused confesses of being recruited, with others, to execute plot to shoot farmer leaders at Singhu border, incite violence, rest of the gang is ‘missing’

farmers
Image Courtesy: ANI

In a sudden press conference farmer union leaders at Singhu border presented an unidentified man who said he was hired to execute a plot to incite violence, kill union leaders. Now being termed a hired ‘sharp shooter’ the man was caught by alert farmers, masked to protect identity, brought before the assembled media and then was handed over to police.

In a black hooded jacket and a handkerchief covering his face, the suspect revealed at the press meet that was streamed live, late on January 22 night, that a conspiracy to kill four top farmer leaders was planned by the ‘agencies’. He said he was hired by “a policeman from Rai (Haryana),” and was asked to recce the area, and then help others, also hired to incite violence, smuggle in “guns” into the protest site.

What should put security agencies on high alert is that the suspect has also revealed that there are nine others who were hired and may still be embedded at the Singhu border protest. He said there were two women who are a part of this gang allegedly hired to create disturbance and unleash violence at the Farmers Protest.

 

 

The man said he got nabbed when he, along with a girl, attempted to make fake allegations of eve-teasing at the protest site. He seemed a bit shaken as he told the media that he and the others were allegedly hired and trained by someone who he alleged was wearing a “police dress”. They had allegedly been tasked with creating disturbances, inciting violence at  the farmers protest, and also the proposed tractor parade on Republic Day. He also claimed that they had been given orders to shoot the four farmer leaders who would be in the state.

He said the gang was given photos of these leaders but were not told their names. He said that there were nine other hired, including two girls, and all of them were tasked with inciting violence during the ongoing agitation that is now also preparing for Republic Day farmers’ tractor march. He said this group was told to fire shots during the agitation, so that it appears that the “firing was being done by the farmers”. He claimed that he was also involved in the violence that took place during the massive Jat agitation in 2016, and also claimed he was involved in “lathi charge” during a recent rally in Karnal district of Haryana.

While the man has alleged that he was trained by someone who met him in “police dress” according to a report in Indian Express, “sources said no policeman in the police station concerned was identified by the youth.” The farm union leaders, who sat on either side of the suspect have alleged that this is a part of a plot hatched to break the agitation.

According to the union leaders, “Weapons were to be supplied to this group. On January 26, they had to open fire on the police so that the cops think the farmers are firing on the police. They also had a plan to get the national flag down to hurt the national sentiments (during tractor parade) and incite people.” The suspect had reportedly shown the photographs of the four farmer leaders who were to be targeted. However they were not identified at the press meet. The farmer leaders kept assuring the youth that he will not be harmed, and he was subsequently handed the man over to the local police for further investigations. The leaders have not named or accused anyone in particular but have hinted that the plot may have allegedly had a ‘sarkari’ or official backing.

Meanwhile, on all borders, volunteers have been on high alert over the last few days, keeping an eye out for trouble makers. “We have been here for two months now, and recognise the locals who come to the langar seva,” said one volunteer on security duty at Tikri border. Another at Ghaziabad border, some 80 kilometers away, said the farmers who are coming in large numbers for January 26 are also on alert. Many security personnel are also on duty at the edges of each protest, and those spending nights there say many security personnel in plain clothes also visit the protest sites, including the langars, medical camps, supply areas, sleeping areas. 
 

The farmers are also most wary of who they term as ‘godi media’ or media that is sitting in the laps of corporations and politicians. “We have learnt to identify them even when they come alone and try to take interviews here, we only appreciate social media and independent journalists and web portals,” said a farmer at a border protest. The farmers speak in one voice and say they will remain peaceful and will participate in the Republic Day march on the route as instructed by the farmer union leaders. “We have our grandparents, parents, and children here with us, we are all here on a peaceful mission and will continue sitting here till we are heard,” said a woman farmer at Tikri border.

More farmers, farm workers, labourers, from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and other places are arriving at Singhu Border each day. The united slogan this week is “26JanDelhiChalo”

 

 

Delhi-Haryana border points where the farmer protests are going on remain closed to vehicles, however Shahjahanpur and Ghazipur remain partially open as of now. The combined numbers of farmers now sitting in protest at Tikri, Singhu, Shahjahanpur, Ghazipur now runs into lakhs and there are other groups sitting in protest across the country as well. The numbers are expected to grow in the coming days.

 

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Maharashtra: AIKS calls for 20,000-strong Vehicle March on Jan 23

The farmers organisations says peasants will march across the state to amplify the farmers’ struggle in Delhi and to voice the demands of grieving local farmers of the state.

22 Jan 2021

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As many as 20,000 farmers will start a statewide Vehicle march from Nashik to Mumbai on January 23, 2021, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, said the All India Kisan Sabha's (AIKS) Maharashtra unit.

According to a press release, the march will begin at noon from the Golf Club Maidan in Nashik with hundreds of tempos, pick-ups and other vehicles. The event will support and expand the historic two-month-long farmers’ struggle in Delhi for the repeal of the three farm laws – the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act – and a central law to guarantee and procure a remunerative Minimum Support Price (MSP) all over India.

Other demands of the rally are a withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020, repeal of the four Labour Codes, vesting of all forest lands, temple lands, pasture lands, in the names of tillers, resumption of the implementation of the Mahatma Phule Loan Waiver scheme for farmers that was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“After leaving Nashik, the vehicle march will halt for the night at Ghatandevi January 23 night. At 9 AM on January 24, 20,000 peasants will march down the Kasara ghat and resume their vehicle march to Mumbai,” said AIKS President Ashok Dhawale.

Later, in response to the Sanyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha’s (SSKM) – a coalition of over 100 organisations in the state – call for a massive joint sit-in or Mahapadav at Azad Maidan in Mumbai from January 24 to 26, the jatha will merge with the group on Sunday afternoon.

Then on January 25, AIKS National General Secretary Hannan Mollah, top leaders of all three parties in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi and leaders of the Left and democratic parties will address a massive public meeting at 11 AM. The rally will march to Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum to the Governor At 2 PM.

On Republic Day peasants and workers will hoist the national flag at Azad Maidan while singing the national anthem and pledge to make the farmers’ struggle victorious.

Along with the AIKS, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the All India Agricultural Workers' Union (AIAWU), the All India Democractic Women’s Association (AIDWA), the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) will  mobilise workers, agricultural labourers, women, youth and students from the state for the Saturday march as well.

 

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Maharashtra: AIKS calls for 20,000-strong Vehicle March on Jan 23

The farmers organisations says peasants will march across the state to amplify the farmers’ struggle in Delhi and to voice the demands of grieving local farmers of the state.

farmers protest
Representation Image


As many as 20,000 farmers will start a statewide Vehicle march from Nashik to Mumbai on January 23, 2021, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, said the All India Kisan Sabha's (AIKS) Maharashtra unit.

According to a press release, the march will begin at noon from the Golf Club Maidan in Nashik with hundreds of tempos, pick-ups and other vehicles. The event will support and expand the historic two-month-long farmers’ struggle in Delhi for the repeal of the three farm laws – the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act – and a central law to guarantee and procure a remunerative Minimum Support Price (MSP) all over India.

Other demands of the rally are a withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020, repeal of the four Labour Codes, vesting of all forest lands, temple lands, pasture lands, in the names of tillers, resumption of the implementation of the Mahatma Phule Loan Waiver scheme for farmers that was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“After leaving Nashik, the vehicle march will halt for the night at Ghatandevi January 23 night. At 9 AM on January 24, 20,000 peasants will march down the Kasara ghat and resume their vehicle march to Mumbai,” said AIKS President Ashok Dhawale.

Later, in response to the Sanyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha’s (SSKM) – a coalition of over 100 organisations in the state – call for a massive joint sit-in or Mahapadav at Azad Maidan in Mumbai from January 24 to 26, the jatha will merge with the group on Sunday afternoon.

Then on January 25, AIKS National General Secretary Hannan Mollah, top leaders of all three parties in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi and leaders of the Left and democratic parties will address a massive public meeting at 11 AM. The rally will march to Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum to the Governor At 2 PM.

On Republic Day peasants and workers will hoist the national flag at Azad Maidan while singing the national anthem and pledge to make the farmers’ struggle victorious.

Along with the AIKS, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the All India Agricultural Workers' Union (AIAWU), the All India Democractic Women’s Association (AIDWA), the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) will  mobilise workers, agricultural labourers, women, youth and students from the state for the Saturday march as well.

 

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Farmers rights are human rights: Protesters at Tikri Kalan

Conditions at the Delhi-Haryana border protest site are tough, but the women, men and children sitting on protest here are tougher

22 Jan 2021

farmers protestImage: Karuna John / SabrangIndia


Tikri Kalan belongs more to Haryana in its culture than it does to Delhi. It is the last Delhi stop on the green-line metro, before Bahadurgarh marks entry into Haryana, and has found itself now proudly, and quietly supporting the ongoing farmers struggle. The revolution is at their doorstep. Literally.

As Delhi police and central security agencies continue to intensify the barricading on the border, adding concrete slabs, parking large vehicles, adding armed security cover stretching this to well over 500 meters into Delhi, the urban village’s lanes are the only way to reach the protest area. From some open front doors you can see village elders sitting over the hookah, discussing ‘why Modi is quiet’, others go to the protest and listen to the speeches whenever they get some time. Yet others open their doors quietly to the women protesters who sometimes come to use the bathroom, or to change their clothes.

“The people here are very kind,” said a woman protest, who sleeps in the tent but goes once in a while to change into fresh clothes, “The women there often offer us tea, and in turn I invite them to our protest, at least to share our langar.” There are sign boards on display that lead you to the protest site, if you miss these, ask anyone, many will volunteer to take you there themselves.

It is indeed the women, who are the strength of the protest there, as well as the silent supporters from behind closed doors of Tikri Kalan colony, as well as scores of villages deeper into Haryana. They make sure the men folk carry food, milk, firewood, soap, clothes to share at the protest, vehicle loads of which are seen throughout the day. Many women farmers, farm workers, anganwadi workers, especially from Punjab, have been sitting on dharna here for the past two months. 

“I do not own farmland, but my uncle does, I am here because I owe it to all the farmers who grow the food we eat. That is why me and my four sisters are all here, with our kids, and I am on a hunger strike today along with all the women here. The government has to listen to us,” says Harjeet Kaur from Punjab. 

While her sister-in-law has gone back home to take care of an unwell nephew, the other kids are here. A niece takes photos of the speakers, her son and nephew work as child volunteers, handing out snacks or water and everyone sleeps in the trolleys. “I think school is important, but this is even more important,” say the young men, who want to be ‘farmers and leaders and many things’ when they grow up.
 

This is one of the more difficult venues of the ‘farmers revolution’ movement that is on a peaceful demonstration, on Delhi’s borders, demanding the repeal of the three Farm Acts. Here at Tikri Kalan, the road is very narrow, the open drains on the edge of the road are often choked and stinking, and a metro line runs overhead casting a cold shadow during the winter sun, all this has added to the police barricades sort of surrounds the protest. At night even when there is no rain the dew condenses and drips into the trolleys. Yet it continues to build, deeper into the Haryana side, well past Bahadurgarh, and then often turns into the bypass some ten kilometres further into the border. As the armed security forces with their stock of tear gas shells keep an eye, the supplies and supporters keep pouring in from Haryana all day, well into the evening. 

Hookahs are shared, and mixed groups hold discussions on the sidelines. All of them keep an eye on social media, and independent media for news updates. They do not trust the so-called ‘national media’ anymore.

“We will talk to you only, you must promise you will not give any information to the --- (name withheld) channel,” says a protestor to this writer even as another looks up SabrangIndia’s extensive coverage of the farmers protest 2020-21. 

The sit-in protest at Tikri Kalan has also got massive support from Haryana Khaps, or community governing bodies. Many leaders pour in, with supplies, funds collected from the villages under their community jurisdiction, and of course supplies and volunteers. All of them want to take part in the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, and will “march according to the directions given by the movements leaders.” 

Some hold impromptu ‘marches’ in small groups too. Ex-army men did one. As did a caravan of vehicles that came in the evening from Haryana, so did the young men from the village who came to lend support, and bring provisions. Most enthusiastic were another group of older women who suddenly got together and marched down from Bahadurgarh metro station to Tikri border shouring pro farmer slogans and pledging support. There were no leaders as such, they marched holding farmer union flags, and of course the Tricolour. 

Sunil Gulia, who heads the influential Gulia Khap 84, has parked his ‘Shakti Vahan’, a massive modified tractor whose trolley is fitted with plush seats, at the petrol pump on the side of the protest. He and the other khap leaders sit nearby and talk, as many come down to listen and gawk at this gant vehicle which has never been seen before.  

“The tractor is a farmers pride, I want to show everyone that a farmers can use the tractor in the field as well as customise it into a luxury vehicle,” says Gulia adding that “Some people want to see the farmers as poor, hungry and illiterate, but that is not the case. Times have changed, we have education, we work hard, and we can afford luxuries and support our communities.” He added, “The farmers are fighting for what is their right, and for everyone else.”

Speaking about his customised vehicle, he says, "Dont ask the price, I have a luxury car which is more expensive, but this will seat more. It will carry the national flag high and be a part of our Republic Day parade if the leaders instruct.” Gulia often spends the night at the border with the other farmers. “Our khap is committed to the cause of farmers. We will only leave the Tikri border when we win,” he said.

“All the government has to do is listen to the simple demand made by us,” added a farmer, “I promise I will leave that day, I even donate all my blankets and the food items I have here for you when we leave.”

All images are by Karuna John / SabrangIndia

 

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Farmers rights are human rights: Protesters at Tikri Kalan

Conditions at the Delhi-Haryana border protest site are tough, but the women, men and children sitting on protest here are tougher

farmers protestImage: Karuna John / SabrangIndia


Tikri Kalan belongs more to Haryana in its culture than it does to Delhi. It is the last Delhi stop on the green-line metro, before Bahadurgarh marks entry into Haryana, and has found itself now proudly, and quietly supporting the ongoing farmers struggle. The revolution is at their doorstep. Literally.

As Delhi police and central security agencies continue to intensify the barricading on the border, adding concrete slabs, parking large vehicles, adding armed security cover stretching this to well over 500 meters into Delhi, the urban village’s lanes are the only way to reach the protest area. From some open front doors you can see village elders sitting over the hookah, discussing ‘why Modi is quiet’, others go to the protest and listen to the speeches whenever they get some time. Yet others open their doors quietly to the women protesters who sometimes come to use the bathroom, or to change their clothes.

“The people here are very kind,” said a woman protest, who sleeps in the tent but goes once in a while to change into fresh clothes, “The women there often offer us tea, and in turn I invite them to our protest, at least to share our langar.” There are sign boards on display that lead you to the protest site, if you miss these, ask anyone, many will volunteer to take you there themselves.

It is indeed the women, who are the strength of the protest there, as well as the silent supporters from behind closed doors of Tikri Kalan colony, as well as scores of villages deeper into Haryana. They make sure the men folk carry food, milk, firewood, soap, clothes to share at the protest, vehicle loads of which are seen throughout the day. Many women farmers, farm workers, anganwadi workers, especially from Punjab, have been sitting on dharna here for the past two months. 

“I do not own farmland, but my uncle does, I am here because I owe it to all the farmers who grow the food we eat. That is why me and my four sisters are all here, with our kids, and I am on a hunger strike today along with all the women here. The government has to listen to us,” says Harjeet Kaur from Punjab. 

While her sister-in-law has gone back home to take care of an unwell nephew, the other kids are here. A niece takes photos of the speakers, her son and nephew work as child volunteers, handing out snacks or water and everyone sleeps in the trolleys. “I think school is important, but this is even more important,” say the young men, who want to be ‘farmers and leaders and many things’ when they grow up.
 

This is one of the more difficult venues of the ‘farmers revolution’ movement that is on a peaceful demonstration, on Delhi’s borders, demanding the repeal of the three Farm Acts. Here at Tikri Kalan, the road is very narrow, the open drains on the edge of the road are often choked and stinking, and a metro line runs overhead casting a cold shadow during the winter sun, all this has added to the police barricades sort of surrounds the protest. At night even when there is no rain the dew condenses and drips into the trolleys. Yet it continues to build, deeper into the Haryana side, well past Bahadurgarh, and then often turns into the bypass some ten kilometres further into the border. As the armed security forces with their stock of tear gas shells keep an eye, the supplies and supporters keep pouring in from Haryana all day, well into the evening. 

Hookahs are shared, and mixed groups hold discussions on the sidelines. All of them keep an eye on social media, and independent media for news updates. They do not trust the so-called ‘national media’ anymore.

“We will talk to you only, you must promise you will not give any information to the --- (name withheld) channel,” says a protestor to this writer even as another looks up SabrangIndia’s extensive coverage of the farmers protest 2020-21. 

The sit-in protest at Tikri Kalan has also got massive support from Haryana Khaps, or community governing bodies. Many leaders pour in, with supplies, funds collected from the villages under their community jurisdiction, and of course supplies and volunteers. All of them want to take part in the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, and will “march according to the directions given by the movements leaders.” 

Some hold impromptu ‘marches’ in small groups too. Ex-army men did one. As did a caravan of vehicles that came in the evening from Haryana, so did the young men from the village who came to lend support, and bring provisions. Most enthusiastic were another group of older women who suddenly got together and marched down from Bahadurgarh metro station to Tikri border shouring pro farmer slogans and pledging support. There were no leaders as such, they marched holding farmer union flags, and of course the Tricolour. 

Sunil Gulia, who heads the influential Gulia Khap 84, has parked his ‘Shakti Vahan’, a massive modified tractor whose trolley is fitted with plush seats, at the petrol pump on the side of the protest. He and the other khap leaders sit nearby and talk, as many come down to listen and gawk at this gant vehicle which has never been seen before.  

“The tractor is a farmers pride, I want to show everyone that a farmers can use the tractor in the field as well as customise it into a luxury vehicle,” says Gulia adding that “Some people want to see the farmers as poor, hungry and illiterate, but that is not the case. Times have changed, we have education, we work hard, and we can afford luxuries and support our communities.” He added, “The farmers are fighting for what is their right, and for everyone else.”

Speaking about his customised vehicle, he says, "Dont ask the price, I have a luxury car which is more expensive, but this will seat more. It will carry the national flag high and be a part of our Republic Day parade if the leaders instruct.” Gulia often spends the night at the border with the other farmers. “Our khap is committed to the cause of farmers. We will only leave the Tikri border when we win,” he said.

“All the government has to do is listen to the simple demand made by us,” added a farmer, “I promise I will leave that day, I even donate all my blankets and the food items I have here for you when we leave.”

All images are by Karuna John / SabrangIndia

 

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Activists call for Kisan Sansad on Jan 23-24

Various people’s organisations and farmer experts called for a ‘kisan sansad’ near the Singhu border over the weekend, after the central government cancelled the Parliamentary session.

22 Jan 2021

Kisan Sansad

 

A group of people’s organisations called for a Kisan Sansad on January 23 and 24, 2021, at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Memorial near Singhu border, in light of the cancellation of the Winter Session of the Parliament.

“The sansad will be live streamed and we expect this to be well covered by the media. We therefore invite you to participate in this historic sansad. Your participation would be registered in history,” said advocate Prashant Bhushan on January 22 in the invitation letter.

Bhushan invited sitting and former MPs as well as some political leaders, agricultural experts and farmer leaders to discuss the three farm laws, the issue of legalisation of Minimum Support Price (MSP,) government repression of the farmers’ protest and other major problems of farmers for session that will go on from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Organisations Nation for Farmers, People First and Jan Sarokar organised the event with personalities such as Admiral Ramdas, P. Sainath, Yashwant Sinha, Medha Patkar and Prashant Bhushan in the organising committee.

Members said that they felt a need for such a session considering the historic and unprecedented farmers’ movement taking place across the country. They condemned the attempts to crush the struggle by using tactics like barring entry into Delhi, defaming farmers as Khalistani terrorists and allegedly using the court to weaken the movement.

Earlier, farmer leaders rejected the central government’s proposal of suspending the laws for 18 months demanding a complete repeal of the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. The farmers’ session will take place says before the Kisan Parade on January 26 Republic Day.

 

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Kisan Sansad

 

A group of people’s organisations called for a Kisan Sansad on January 23 and 24, 2021, at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Memorial near Singhu border, in light of the cancellation of the Winter Session of the Parliament.

“The sansad will be live streamed and we expect this to be well covered by the media. We therefore invite you to participate in this historic sansad. Your participation would be registered in history,” said advocate Prashant Bhushan on January 22 in the invitation letter.

Bhushan invited sitting and former MPs as well as some political leaders, agricultural experts and farmer leaders to discuss the three farm laws, the issue of legalisation of Minimum Support Price (MSP,) government repression of the farmers’ protest and other major problems of farmers for session that will go on from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Organisations Nation for Farmers, People First and Jan Sarokar organised the event with personalities such as Admiral Ramdas, P. Sainath, Yashwant Sinha, Medha Patkar and Prashant Bhushan in the organising committee.

Members said that they felt a need for such a session considering the historic and unprecedented farmers’ movement taking place across the country. They condemned the attempts to crush the struggle by using tactics like barring entry into Delhi, defaming farmers as Khalistani terrorists and allegedly using the court to weaken the movement.

Earlier, farmer leaders rejected the central government’s proposal of suspending the laws for 18 months demanding a complete repeal of the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. The farmers’ session will take place says before the Kisan Parade on January 26 Republic Day.

 

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