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And with these highlights, our day comes to an end
Here’s our round-up of the day in videos. Happy watching !!
What constitutional guarantees are available to farmers ? CJP explains :
In our round-up of the day, here are ten iconic images from today’s historic protest. Yeah, it was historic all right, don’t let the mainstream media tell you otherwise.
And here’s how ScoopWhoop’s exclusive on the Deepika Padukone story stole our hearts
As we start winding up the live blog, here’s how the Farmers Protest trended on twitter all day
Hooghly, West Bengal
I am the son of a farmer, we will stand with the farmers: Harbajan Mann, singer, actor, farmer
— Harbhajan Mann (@harbhajanmann) September 25, 2020
Watch this young man take the whole issue apart
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir S Badal says Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s resignation “has shaken up Modi. For the past two months, there was no word on farmers, but now 5-5 ministers speak on it” He is planning a major protest march on October 1 and says it “will shake up the throne in Delhi as well the one in Chandigarh.
#WATCH “During World War II, the US shook up Japan with an atomic bomb. Akali Dal’s one bomb (resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal) has shaken up Modi. For past two months, there was no word on farmers, but now 5-5 ministers speak on it,”: SAD’s Sukhbir S Badal in Muktsar, Punjab pic.twitter.com/8ikbh093ii
— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2020
The world media is watching, and reporting the massive and peaceful farmer’s protest movement that has been ignited across the country
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) September 25, 2020
Farmers erect a temporary shade on railway tracks to take shelter from the sun as they block the rail tracks during a protest against farm bills passed by India’s parliament,in Devi Dasspura village on the outskirts of Amritsar #BharatBandh #FarmersProtest https://t.co/0WQ7g7U6rs
— Forbes India (@forbes_india) September 25, 2020
Activists march for farmers in Patna, Bihar
#bharatbandh : किसान विरोधी कृषि बिलों की वापसी की मांग को लेकर बिहार की राजधानी पटना में बुद्धा स्मृति पार्क से डाकबंगला चौराहा तक भाकपा-माले और किसान महासभा के कार्यकर्ताओं ने निकाला मार्च।#farmersprotest #Farmers #FarmBills #farmbill #Farmersprotests #FarmBill2020 pic.twitter.com/JSmOc6MOwo
— NewsClick (@newsclickin) September 25, 2020
#Farmers say give PM office a reality check
Acc to @PMOIndia:
-Opposition is instigating the farmers, & farmers are so gullible, that they are falling for propaganda.
— Ramandeep Singh Mann (@ramanmann1974) September 25, 2020
WATCH: P Sainath and Teesta Setalvad on Farmers Anger and Media Blackout #ScrapAntiFarmerActs #BharatBandh
These photos from Assam portray the ire of farmers
Farmers protest in Yavatmal
Haryana and Punjab held massive protests, may even unite and counter the #FarmBills
Massive protests in #Haryana, now the talk is to join Punjab & Haryana agitation, chart a common program, & then counter the #FarmBills with full might. Today #Punjab was completely shut, everyone except BJP was protesting. @PMOIndia there is still time, no shame in back tracking pic.twitter.com/ff0vwI13mX
— Ramandeep Singh Mann (@ramanmann1974) September 25, 2020
Protests at Gaya, Bihar
#Bihar: Opposition parties stage protest against the new agriculture reform bills in Gaya, today
“We’re protesting anti-farmer laws which must be repealed by the Central Govt. It’ll only benefit corporations & will lead to the closure of all mandis,” says an RJD district worker pic.twitter.com/X1ZGbGZnKC
— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2020
Indirectly handing over farmers to Adani and Ambani: Swaraj India
MNC agents will become the new set of middle-men who will control farmers produce and pricing. Farm act is nothing but indirect handing over of farmers to Adani and Ambani.#AntiFarmerBills #CorporateBhagaoKisanBachao pic.twitter.com/VooDVfLYCY
— Swaraj India (@_SwarajIndia) September 25, 2020
Our friends in the CJP tell us that they are facing technical issues with the live broadcast of Teesta Setalvad’s interview with P. Sainath, and are hoping to be up and running soon. Apologies for the inconvenience
There were some who came to create trouble at a protest site, beating up farmers, but the farmer’s voice cannot be broken by lathi blows
मोदी समर्थकों ने कृषि बिल का विरोध कर रहे संगठन के लोगों को लाठियों से पीटा।
— आकाश वाल्मीकि (@aakshValmeki) September 25, 2020
लाठी से साँप को दबाया जा सकता है।
लाठी से आवाज़ को नही दबाया जा सकता है।
अगर आप किसानो के ख़िलाफ़ केंद्र द्वारा थोपे गए काले क़ानून का विरोध करेंगे तो आपको भाड़े के पालतू गुंडों से पिटवाया जायेगा,
तानाशाही को झेलिए और ग़ुलामी करिए,
वरना मारे जाएँगे#KisanVirodhiSarkar #भारत_बंद pic.twitter.com/eVn6xMbjwF
— sadik ansari (@Sadik__Official) September 25, 2020
From the plains to the hills, the country unites to speak up for farmers. Protests at Himachal Pradesh
— AIKS (@KisanSabha) September 25, 2020
Do you know how ridiculous the Government’s MSPs are?
सरकार द्वारा लाए गए तीन कृषि विधेयकों में अनेकों किसान विरोधी मुद्दे हैं, जिसमे से एक है, न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्य (MSP) का मुद्दा। (1/5)
#MinimumSupportPrice #MSP #न्यूनतम_समर्थन_मूल्य #FarmBill2020 #FarmBill #ISupportFarmers pic.twitter.com/TtB1UnBeba
— Citizens for Justice and Peace (@cjpindia) September 25, 2020
Road art, sloganeering, drumbeats, music: Farmers protests were a force to reckon with in West Bengal’s West Midnapore,South Dinajpur, and West Burdwan Kajora More
Protests at Ranaghat, West Bengal
Highlights of protests in Sangalpattu district and other areas of Tamil Nadu
Every farmer of Haryana seems to be out sitting on the concrete road in the sun, to show their dissent.
Farmers of Jalmana, Haryana carry on the state’s well-documented agitation against the anti-farmer Bills, creating a human blockade in the process.
Protestors blocking road move tractors to make way for an ambulance
It is a fight to save crops, and breeds: Olympian boxer, Vijender Singh, who is also an officer of Haryana Police, spoke up in solidarity with farmers
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) September 25, 2020
Protest photos from Villupuram, Tamil Nadu
— CPIM Tamilnadu (@tncpim) September 25, 2020
Pratirodh Diwas, Jharkhand
— AIKS (@KisanSabha) September 25, 2020
BREAKING: Thousands of workers of the AIKS, JMS, DYFI from Charota, Dahanu, Thane-Palghar of Maharashtra, blocked the Ahmedabad Highway despite heavy rains and police warning.
It is a very hot day in Delhi, and yet the protest groups continue to stand with the #Farmers. Peaceful protesters reclaim their space to show solidarity at Jantar Mantar, which was once the hub of people’s protests, till the lockdown hit.
— stand_with_farmers (@FarmersWith) September 25, 2020
AIKS holds a dharna at Chauraha in Bhiwani, Haryana
Yogendra Yadav visits protest at Ratia, Haryana, to show solidarity with farmers.
Here’s a poster honouring the chakka jam
03: 30 PM
DID YOU KNOW?
Despite joining the Human Rights Council at the end of 2018, India is not a signatory to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants & Other People Working in Rural Areas adopted on 28.9 2018. Surprise?Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan are signatories with 29 excluding India have voted in its favour. PS: India joined Council a mth after!
Editorial cartoonist Satish Acharya, exposed the distraction tactics of some news channels
— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) September 25, 2020
A protest at Anugul, Palalahada in Odisha
Sit-in protest at Bhuna Fatehabad Haryana
Farmer First, says actor-politician Nagma Morarji in support of the FarmersProtest
— Nagma (@nagma_morarji) September 25, 2020
Don’t miss this very special conversation between Teesta Setalvad and P Sainath
Peasants on strike. Glimpses from Mansa, Punjab. #BharatBandh #KisanVirodhiNarendraModi
— CPIML Liberation (@cpimlliberation) September 25, 2020
Farmers court arrest as a part of their protest in Karnataka. According to news reports, a group of farmers had blocked the busy Tumkur road near Yeshwanthpur in Bengaluru. They courted arrest when the police reached the spot to clear the blockade.
BREAKING: With cries of ‘Narendra Modi Zindabad’ and thick wooden sticks, protestor in Bihar is attacked brutally
मोदी समर्थकों ने कृषि बिल का विरोध कर रहे संगठन के लोगों को लाठियों से पीटा। pic.twitter.com/gaptvso9NO
— National Dastak (@NationalDastak) September 25, 2020
Northern Railway has canceled some trains due to farmers’ agitation in Punjab, say news reports, citing Deepak Kumar, Chief Public Relation Officers (CPRO) of the zone. #FarmersProtest
Wake up n Rise India!!
It’s 25th September..stand by our farmers. Most certainly Not with the media circus we will be subjected to. We have to decide what kind of a country we are going to be ??#FarmersProtest #किसान_बचाओ_देश_बचाओ #JaiJawanJaiKisan ?? pic.twitter.com/CTwKVSsAcE
— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) September 25, 2020
Protest at Sainthia in Birbhum, West Bengal
The farmers protest in Bhubaneswar, Odisha
— Avik Saha (@aviksahaindia) September 25, 2020
Farmers protest in Karur, Tamil Nadu #AntiFarmerBills #AIKSCC
— Avik Saha (@aviksahaindia) September 25, 2020
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020; The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce Bill, 2020; and The Farmers Agreement on Prices Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 – will destroy Indian agriculture and our farmers, say Left leaders.
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) September 25, 2020
Burdwan Says no to #FarmBills2020 #FarmersBill2020 #FarmBill #NoToFarmBills #CorporateBhagaoKisanBachao #AntiFarmerBills
Trichi, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu | Farmers from National South Indian River Interlinking Farmers’ Association sit outside Collector’s office in Trichy with human skulls
— NDTV (@ndtv) September 25, 2020
Farmers Demonstration in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh
Farmers, Union members and Congress members hold protest marches across West Bengal.
In images: Photos from Debra paschim medinipur, Dubrajpur, Rampurhat, West Burdwan, Bankura Borjora, Imambazar of Hoogly, Purulia
Protest in Jalna
All India Kisan Sabha denounce the anti-farmer bills at Haryana’s Bahal Obra chowk.
Protesters observe sit-in outside Rohtak railway station
Demonstration at Malwani, Mumbai
DYFI in solidarity with the Farmers and their demands in IIT Market, Powai, Mumbai
BREAKING: Tamil Nadu Cracks Down: AIKSCC TN Coordinator, K Balakrishnan, AIKS (CPM) State Sec Shanmugam, AIKKMS All India V-P Dr Rengasamy arrested
At Punjab- Haryana border (SARSINI) farmers have blocked the way but when ambulance comes they remove their tractor for smooth passage. #IStandWithIndianFarmers #BharatBandh pic.twitter.com/eJNMhdgDHG
— Sakshi Joshi (@sakshijoshii) September 25, 2020
Farmer Protests Burn the ‘Black’ Bills passed by the Centre, Barabanki UP
भारतीय किसान यूनियन का कृषि बिल के ख़िलाफ़ लखनऊ-बाराबंकी बॉर्डर पर किसानों ने पराली जलाकर प्रदर्शन किया…
— News24 (@news24tvchannel) September 25, 2020
NDTV reports that Farmers protesting against #FarmBills block Delhi-Meerut highway
— NDTV (@ndtv) September 25, 2020
Protest in Punjab
Protest in Jharkhand
Protest in Noida
Farmers hold protest near Mysore Bank Circle in Bengaluru.
Rapper Dule Rocker Raps with India’s Farmers
— Rapper Dule Rocker (@DuleRocker) September 25, 2020
नागल सहारनपुर में भाकियू का धरना
Protestant at Bhubaneswar
Sardar Shahar, Rajsthan
Gujarat kisan Sabha Rajkot Districts
Protest in Kerala
Protest in Agra
Protest in Himachal
हिसार लघु सचिवालय के सामने हाईवे 65 को किसान सभा के नेतृत्व में जाम किया गया है
सहारनपुर के छुटमलपुर में देहरादून दिल्ली हाइवे को जाम कर धरना प्रदर्शन करते भाकियू कार्यकर्ता
Protest in Tripura
Protest in Odisha
Here’s a video on the Farmers’ protest by CJP
Highway Jammed by Protests in UP’s Baghpat, Police Deployed in Moradabad
AIKS President Ashok Dhavale addressed the protesters and said the farmers bills are an attack on the people and not only farmers of India
Even the local MNS leader in Pune stood today in solidarity with farmers. He pointed out that these farmers have been feeding the nation even during the pandemic. Where is the point of bringing these “annadaatas” on the street?? #शेतकरी_विरोधी_भाजपा
ज्या शेतकरी बांधवांनी कोरोना सारख्या महामारित सुद्धा सर्वांना कष्ट करून अन्न धान्य, भाजीपाला पुरवून जगवल त्या शेतकरी राजाला कुणाच्या तरी फायद्या साठी रस्त्यावर आणणाऱ्या केंद्र सरकार चा जाहीर निषेध.. #होय_मी_शेतकऱ्यानं_सोबत#शेतकरी_विरोधी_भाजपा
— ॲड. सुनिल कोरपडे.. (@AdvKorpade) September 25, 2020
In support of farmers, Punjabi University Patiala is closed by Students, teachers and employees have joined in support today
Retired bureaucrats raise their voice in support of the farmers
Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party, MLC Sunil Yadav says: Modi government will put a price tag on the farmers themselves, and sell them in the market.
Meanwhile, spare a thought for these ‘farmers’ too
Kanhaiya Kumar has tweeted in support of the farmers
तय करो कि किस ओर हो तुम
किसानों के साथ या बेईमानों के साथ#IStandWithIndianFarmers
— Kanhaiya Kumar (@kanhaiyakumar) September 24, 2020
AAP Gujarat held a protest in the District of Morbi.
— AAP Gujarat (@AAPGujarat) September 25, 2020
Leaders of Kisan Sabha and other farmers organisation, workers organisation like CITU and Left parliamentarians are gathering at Jantar Mantar in Delhi
A chakka jam by farmers on a highway that leads to Delhi , in west UP’s Hapur #FarmersProtest
The Aam Admi Party is protesting in cities of Maharashtra like Navi Mumbai, Pune, Shiroor, Pimpri in solidarity with farmers. Protesters stood in front of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statue and held up posters with slogans like “Kaun banata HIndustan? Bharat ka Mazdoor Kisan!” Who makes India? The Workers and Farmers of India!
शेतकरी विरोधी कायदे केंद्र सरकारने मागे घ्यावेत यासाठी आम आदमी पार्टीतर्फे पुणे, पिंपरी, शिरूर येथे निदर्शने केली. pic.twitter.com/y7SgY9hHVx
— AAP – पुणे (@AAPPune) September 25, 2020
All India Kisan Sabha responds to the PM point by point
AAP Mumbai organizes Bike & Car Rally in support of Farmers.
In Images: Farmers are protesting in Maharashtra(Beed, Manjalgaon Taluka), Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal (Midnapur)
Huge rally and bandh happening in Mansa, Punjab
Farmers have blocked road in Dantan, District Midnapur, West Bengal
Delhi Police has been deployed in Chilla near the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border point in anticipation of protesters.
PM Modi addresses the nation and says that BJP always tried to change labour and farmer laws for the benefit of the workers and farmers. He said that NDA govt has “made full efforts to connect farmers with banks.” He said, over Rs. 1 lakh stores were transferred to voer 10 crore farmers under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.: PM Modi during live addressal
Worker – Farmers – Sarkar face off
Even as the opposition boycotted the Parliament, three contentious labour codes were passed by the Lok Sabha. But how do they affect the workers ?
So, what are these Labour Codes that Trade Unions have been talking about?
Sabrang India provides a detailed explanation. (1/2)#LabourCodes #LabourBill #WorkerRights https://t.co/M7qvHRvJdG pic.twitter.com/7LcDnEFCA7
— Sabrang (@sabrangindia) September 24, 2020
MSP will be taken away from the Farmers and they will be forced to become slaves – Priyanka Gandhi
किसानों से MSP छीन ली जाएगी। उन्हें कांट्रेक्ट फार्मिंग के जरिए खरबपतियों का गुलाम बनने पर मजबूर किया जाएगा।
न दाम मिलेगा, न सम्मान।
किसान अपने ही खेत पर मजदूर बन जाएगा।
भाजपा का कृषि बिल ईस्ट इंडिया कम्पनी राज की याद दिलाता है।
हम ये अन्याय नहीं होने देंगे।#BharatBandh
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 25, 2020
Agriculture Laws will enslave Our Farmers: Rahul Gandhi
मोदी सरकार की प्राथमिकताएँ-
किसान और मज़दूरों से बात करके उनकी समस्याओं का समाधान निकालने के बजाए, PR में लगे हैं। pic.twitter.com/daOrLzuANm
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 24, 2020
Tejaswi Yadav is driving a tractor on the streets of Patna right now. Will he connect to the farmers ?
Have you seen our extraordinary poster honouring the protests ? Download, use and share !!
So why are the Farmers protesting ? Here’s a collection that our great team at SabrangIndia has put together. Read and Share widely !!
Read this thread to understand why farmers, and citizens alike, across the country have been speaking up against this Bill. #ScrapAntiFarmerActs #IStandWithIndianFarmers #FarmBill2020 #भाजपा_हटाओ_किसान_बचाओ (1/4)
— Sabrang (@sabrangindia) September 25, 2020
Here’s a collection of best/ creative protest posters we’ve seen till now
Some of the Best Most Creative Posters So Far @manojkjhadu @SitaramYechury @yadavtejashwi @KisanSabha #FarmBill2020 #FarmersProtest, #farmersbill #IStandWithFarmers #BharatBandh pic.twitter.com/JgLn27SRBX
— Teesta Setalvad (@TeestaSetalvad) September 25, 2020
Bharat Bandh: protesting farmers have blocked Delhi-Amritsar, Karnataka-Tamil-Nadu Highways
Bihar Protests Heat Up: Even as the Election Commission of India chooses today, the day of the ALL INDIA protest to announce Bihar Elections, districts in the state respond to #Bharat Bandh Call. Rashtriya Janata Dal workers protest in Bihar’s Darbhanga against farm bills, while riding buffaloes. Opposition parties including RJD, Congress, TMC are opposing the farm bills.
Yo-Yo test for the Prime Minister ?
In an Indian version of the eat-cake-if-hungry tale of Marie Antoinette, the Prime Minister yesterday hosted a video session on health and fitness and interacted with, among others, the cricketer Virat Kohli at the same time as trains were being stopped by angry farmers in Punjab. Here’s the bizarre Doordarshan link to the video where the PM asked Mr. Kohli about the Yo-Yo test. Do read the comments please.
Bihar Effect: Highways Jammed, protests spread: Opposition parties INC, RJD, Akali Dal, AAP and TMC apart from the Left Parties at the Forefront
(बिहार में भारत बंद का असर, हाइवे पर जाम, कई जगह आगजनी)किसानों को कांग्रेस, RJD, समाजवादी पार्टी, अकाली दल, AAP, TMC समेत कई पार्टियों का समर्थन है. बिहार में किसानों का प्रदर्शन सुबह से ही शुरू हो गया)
Protests seem to be spilling over to the next day as well. Bangla Sanskriti Manch, a large grassroots socio-political organisation based in West Bengal have called for a peaceful rally and effigy burning program tomorrow, September 26th, Saturday at 3 o clock. Venue: Murarai to Dangipur, Birbhum, West Bengal.
An organisation “Doctors for Farmers” says “we always stood with our Anndata. We organised free health camp in 2018 when farmers protested in Ramleela Maidan & we will continue to provide free medical services whenever needed. #IStandWithIndiaFarmers & oppose #FarmBills #BharatBandh”
Our organisation “Doctors for Farmers” always stood with our Anndata. We organised free health camp in 2018 when farmers protested in Ramleela Maidan & we will continue to provide free medical services whenever needed. #IStandWithIndiaFarmers & oppose #FarmBills #BharatBandh pic.twitter.com/jNEwCODIsh
— Harjit Singh Bhatti (@DrHarjitBhatti) September 25, 2020
Rest of India needs to understand the huge crisis afoot in the agrarian sector, leading to a number of farmer suicides for over a decade. The situation, post 2014, has only gotten worse. The Govt has admitted that 10,281 persons involved in farming sector, such as famers, cultivators, agricultural labourers died by suicide last year (2019), making up for 7.4 percent of the total deaths in India. Out of 5,957 farmers or cultivator deaths, 5,563 deaths were of men and 394 deaths were of women. Moreover, out of the 4,324 agricultural labourer deaths 3,749 deaths were of men and 575 deaths were of women.
Dozens of Members of the Karnataka State Farmers’ Association are holding protests near Bommanahalli on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu highway against #FarmBills passed in Parliament. Police personnel deployed in the area to ensure law & order is maintained & COVID safety norms are followed during protest.
Rajasthan: Dainik Bhaskar has put out an advisory against travelling in Sriganganagar because of the Bandh. No private or government buses are expected to ply. There are chakka jams in Suratgarh bypass, Hanumangarh road, Sadulshahar among other places. Farmers, workers are expected to block road and rail traffic. Over 1000 policemen are deployed in Sriganganagar alone.
What the three Farmer-Related Bills do is snatch away the autonomy of states by scrapping the Mandis and APMCs, not guarantee MSPs, nor ensure procurement. This severely affects the sovereignty of the small farmer and India’s bio-diversity
Read Vandana Shiva’s exclusive Blog here
Some reports say farmers have blocked the Amritsar Delhi National Highway in Jalandhar
Farmers, under the aegis of Bharatiya Kisan Union and Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI), block Amritsar-Delhi National Highway near Phillaur in Jalandhar, in protest against #FarmBills passed in the Parliament.
So naturally, central trade unions, farmers organisations and political parties have united to oppose the government on the streets. Actually more than 150 organisations are expected to observe a complete Bharat Bandh today. But is the Modi Sarkar, high on power, listening ? NCB bulao bhai….
While we are at it, why don’t we tell you how the labour codes passed on September 22, 2020 affect millions of Indian workers. Pssst…a number of new provisions have sneaked in bypassing a joint parliamentary committee and larger public scrutiny. Abki baar, sneaky sarkar !
Ambala, Punjab : Delhi-Chandigarh Bus Services Stopped as Farmers Begin protests
Two Haryana BJP leaders term farm bills ‘anti-farmer’
Haryana BJP leaders Parminder Singh Dhull and Rampal Majra on Thursday dubbed the Centre’s Farm Bills “anti-farmer”, claiming that the apprehensions about the minimum support price were not unfounded.
These bills are anti-farmers, anti-people. These reforms will deal a blow to the dreams of Sir Chhotu Ram, considered the messiah of farmers, who wanted to see the peasants prosperous and happy,” Dhull said.
An intemperate suspension of 8 MPs led to the opposition’s boycott of Parliament, though that hasn’t stopped the government from pushing more contentious bills through, and the Sarkar itself has gone on a publicity overdrive to explain its stance. Here’s a take down of the MSP increase hoax. https://sabrangindia.in/article/msp-farmers-exposing-lies-modi-government
Instead of calculating MSP at C2+50 % as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission, a lower level of A2+FL costs is being used, to the detriment, per quintal –for wheat, pulses,mustard seed, safflower seed etc —for farmers. No wonder the Centre wants to take away the Rights of State Govts to protect their Farmers’ Livelihoods!
For context, here’s a recap of why we are here. On September 20, the government got three Bills passed in the Rajya Sabha by a very dubious voice vote.
The Three Bills are –
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which excludes food from the Essential Commodities Act;
Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 which dismantles regulatory market framework that prevents traders and Agribusness from exploiting farmers;
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 which opens the door for global agribusiness and food processing corporations to lock farmers into new corporate slavery)
Why did a ‘sarkar’ as powerful as this choose a heavily curtailed session in the middle of a worldwide pandemic to ram contentious farm bills through ? Is it because it lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha ? Why is it so jittery about its own bills ? This Teesta Setalvad interview with Vijoo Krishnan may hold some answers.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has given a call for protests in every district of Bihar. Bihar goes to the polls within months. #25सितम्बर_किसान_आंदोलन #25सितम्बर_भारत_बंद Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha is actively tweeting on this. https://twitter.com/manojkjhadu/status/1309323545885855744
Rail Roko in Punjab begins: Farmers squatted on the tracks in Punjab yesterday, Thursday, September 24, beginning a three-day “rail roko” agitation against the Farm Bills as the Railways were compelled to suspend several trains to avoid any untoward incident.Twenty trains have been partially cancelled and five short terminated till September 26 as protesters blocked rail tracks at various places, including Amritsar, Ferozepur, Sangrur, Barnala, Mansa and Nabha.
Among the trains that have been suspended are the Golden Temple Mail (Amritsar-Mumbai Central), Jan Shatabdi Express (Haridwar-Amritsar), New Delhi-Jammu Tawi, Karambhoomi (Amritsar-New Jalpaiguri), Sachkhand Express (Nanded-Amritsar) and Shaheed Express (Amritsar-Jaynagar), officials said. Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and later different farmers’ outfits have extended their support to the countrywide protest. Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) squatted on rail tracks in Barnala and Sangrur on Thursday morning.