What Mumbaikars Can Learn from the Kisan Morcha

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What Mumbaikars Can Learn from the Kisan Morcha

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


he scene at Nariman Point was much like any other Monday morning, if you overlooked the heavy police presence. Ostentatiously dressed college kids headed to Inox for the matinee show, distracted office-goers scurried along the wide footpaths, and food vendors were setting up their makeshift stalls. But today, there were a few outliers against the backdrop of the tall, stately buildings that make up the southernmost tip of Mumbai – about 35,000 outliers, comprised of farmers and adivasis from the rural regions of Maharashtra.

Inside one of these towering buildings, Vidhan Bhavan, leaders of the All India Kisan Sabha that marched from Nashik to Mumbai over the past week were meeting representatives of the Maharashtra government to decide the fate of one of the largest farmers’ protests in recent memory. But looking around the street, you wouldn’t have been able to tell that.