March of Distress: What the Delhi Protests Tell Us About the State of India’s Farmers

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March of Distress: What the Delhi Protests Tell Us About the State of India’s Farmers

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et another farmers’ protest, this one spearheaded by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Samiti Coordination Committee, is being held in Delhi. Thousands of farmers demanding a special Parliament session to discuss loan waiver and the minimum support price, will march to the Parliament today, sending a strong message to the Modi government ahead of the 2019 polls. Yesterday, they gathered at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, carrying red flags and shouting slogans such as “Ayodhya nahi, karzi maaf chahiye,” NDTV reported.

The two-day protest in the capital is the fourth high-profile protest by the country’s agrarian class. In 2018, major cities like Mumbai and Delhi have been the site of large-scale protest by farmers keen on conveying their demands to the government. Some have been non-violent, some saw the farmers clashing with the police, and all have been underpinned by a sense of simmering frustration.

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