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India: The farmers’ protests - a compilation of articles

Wednesday 16 December 2020, by siawi3

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India: The Farmers’ Struggle And The Agrarian Crisis

Published on 16 December 2020, by NIGAM Aditya

Not only did the Modi government not pay any heed to the demands raised by the massive Kisan Mukti March of November 2018, it in fact, went on to surreptitiously promulgate three ordinances, in June this year, that go directly against everything that the farmers want. Indeed, they seek to hand over agriculture to the corporate sector – which will effectively mean destruction for a large mass of farmers. Naturally they are up in arms in what is perhaps the most determined struggle of the last four decades. The protests have been going on in many states since September 2020 and have reached the capital only now.
The three ordinances that are currently pushing farmers into a ‘do or die’ struggle in different parts of the country, have been widely written about and their different dimensions explained. We will therefore not go into their analysis in this article. The ordinances are: (i) Farmers Produce Trade(...)...

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India: Statement Of Trade Unions On Farmers Agitation

Published on 16 December 2020, by Collective

The following statement was issued by the Platform of Central Trade Union Organisations on 1st December 2020
The Platform of Central Trade Union Organisations and independent Federations/Associations hail the decision of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (United Platform Indian Farmers’ Organisations) and the joint committee of Punjab Kisans to stand firm on their demands(...)...

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India: The farmers’ fight is our fight!

Published on 15 December 2020, by New Trade Union Initiative

The New Trade Union Initiative supports and stands in solidarity with the on-going farmer’s struggle, including the call for Bharat Bandh by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee and other platforms of farmers’ unions. The lack of willingness to find a fair and just solution to the demands of the farmers by the government is symptomatic of the tone deaf government that we have come to be used to under the BJP.
The three farm laws: the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmer (Empowerment and Protection), the Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 were legislated in(...)...

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India: Did You Think The New Laws Were Only About The Farmers?

Published on 15 December 2020, by SAINATH Palagummi

The laws contain among the most sweeping exclusions of a citizen’s right to legal recourse in any law outside of the Emergency of 1975-77.
“No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Central Government or the State Government, or any officer of the Central Government or the State Government or any other person in respect of anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act(...)...
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India: Editorial: Farmers Stoutly Resist Modi Regime’s Machinations

Published on 15 December 2020, by MUBAYI Vinod

The iconic images of the effigies of Modi, Ambani, and Adani being burnt by protesting farmers on the Delhi-Haryana border show the depth of their rejection of the pro-corporate farm laws passed by the Modi regime in September 2020. Despite the various “concessions” and face-saving “amendments” being offered as lures by government emissaries, the leaders of the organizations leading the farmers protests have unequivocally reiterated their demand for the repeal of the 3 farm laws in toto. The godi (lapdog) media of the regime has tried hard to smear the protestors calling them “Khalistanis”, “urban Naxals”, “anti-national” and worse. But the farmers have stood firm and brushed aside with contempt these smear attempts of the pro-BJP elements in the mainstream media. These demonstrations are the largest protests in the country since the “Shaheen Bagh” protests against the Modi regime’s anti-minority Citizenship Amendment Act last winter that were brutally crushed by the government following the pogrom against Muslims in Delhi in late February and March of this year.
It is by now hardly any secret that the economic logic promoted by Modi, following the Gujarat model of a low tax, absence of regulation and license to pollute economy he implemented as Chief Minister of that state, is crony capitalism on steroids. It is no accident that Ambani’s and Adani’s wealth(...)...

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India: In Defence of Democracy and the Farmers’ Movement

Published on 13 December 2020, by Collective

The widespread farmers agitations against the pro-business and anti-farmer legislations passed undemocratically by the Indian Parliament in September 2020, has been met with a predictable insensitive and muted response from the Government. At the meeting called by the Union Minister of Agriculture on 1 December 2020, ostensibly to break the deadlock arising out of these mass protests, the Government defended the laws and offered to setup a panel to defuse and kill the protests and play politics of divide and rule. The Joint Action Committee, representing over 500 farmers organisations working across the states and at an all India level, has rightly rejected the proposal of the government to set up a committee to presumably educate the farmers, rather than address their genuine demands.
We, the undersigned organisations, stand in solidarity with the ongoing protests calling for the repeal of the two new farm laws, and the reversal of amendments to the Essential Commodities Act. We also support the demand for the withdrawal of the Electricity Bill 2020.(...)...

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Massive Peasant Protest at the Gates of Delhi (India): Trouble over Farm Bills - Select Reports and Statements

Published on 12 December 2020, by SACW

The Editors Guild of India (EGI) is concerned about the news coverage of the farmers’ protests in the national capital, wherein certain sections of the media have been labelling them as “Khalistanis”, “ anti-nationals”, and other such terms to delegitimise the protests without any evidence or proof. This goes against the tenets of responsible and ethical journalism. Such actions compromise the credibility of the media.
EGI advises media organizations to display fairness, objectivity, and balance in reporting the farmers’ protests, without displaying partisanship against those who are exercising their constitutional rights to express themselves. Media shouldn’t be complicit to any narrative that derogates dissent and (...)...

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Indian farmers: #BharatBandh Against Modi’s Neo-liberal Onslaught

Published on 12 December 2020, by JAN Hassan

The Indian farmers have further extended their march on the country’s capital New Delhi to a country-wide Bharat-Band (strike) in protest against a trio of bills newly passed into laws in September that would deregulate the agricultural markets and most probably, in the near future, abolish the “mandi system” that guarantees the farmers a Minimum Support Price for their agricultural products.
The farmers fear that by this law they would be left at the mercy of market forces i.e. big agribusinesses, while in the earlier setup they used to sell their products to government designated middlemen at a fixed Minimum Support Price. Though the law is not explicit on the abolition of “mandi(...)...

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Solidarity Statement with Indian Farmers

Published on 8 December 2020, by AEPF

The Asia Europe Peoples Forum, expresses its solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers that have been protesting around the capital Delhi, day and night over the past several days. We stand in solidarity with the millions of other farmers and workers who are in support of the demands that the Indian farmers havemade to the Government of India.
We believe that the Indian farmers are correct in their opposition to the Modi Government’s two new Farm Bills and one amendment to an earlier Farm Bill, that were hurriedly pushed through a majoritarian Indian Parliament during the time of Covid-19, without consulting the farmers.(...)...

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Amid An Important Farmer Debate, Don’t Forget the Woes of India’s Landless Workers

Published on 8 December 2020, by DOGRA Bharat

While landless farm workers and landless peasants outnumber land-owning farmers, the former are almost entirely absent in the policy and policy-debates on farming.
What is the most numerous segment of Indian society? Many people routinely believe that it is land-owning farmers. But no, the latest census data says that it is the rural landless who comprise the largest segment of our populace.(...)...

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India: BJP’s Agrarian Agenda : Strengthening Agro-business Capitalism and Weakening Federalism

Published on 8 December 2020, by SINGH Pritam

The current Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s agrarian agenda of supporting entry of big agro-business corporations (especially those close to the ruling party) in Indian agriculture and weakening further the already weakened structure of federal devolution of economic and political power in India has been in the making but it came out most clearly in the three ordinances the central government brought on 5 June 2020 in the name of agricultural marketing reforms. These ordinances were: Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020; Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. These ordinances relating to trading and pricing of agricultural products have now become Acts after having been passed as bills by India’s Parliament and approved by the President of India. The farming policy of the present BJP-led government as articulated through these enactments constitute a watershed moment in reflecting this government’s agenda in favour of deepening the entry of agro-business capitalism and that of increased centralised control of agriculture in India. The opposition to these bills has emerged from three quarters: first, from the farmers’ organisations fearful about the survival of farming communities as a result of agro-business corporations’ takeover of the farming sector; second, from state governments fearful about increasing central intrusion into states’ federal rights over agriculture; and third, from regional parties fearful about these bills further empowering the several aggressive centralist attacks of this government on regional identities and aspirations.
The haste with which first the ordinances and now the bills have been rushed through provide a reasonable clue to the government’s economic and political agenda on the issue. There is no food emergency in the country that could have required the government to act with such haste as(...)...

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Statement (India): In Defence of Democracy and the Farmers’ Movement

Published on 3 December 2020, by Movements (India)

The widespread farmers agitations against the pro-business and anti-farmer legislations passed undemocratically by the Indian Parliament in September 2020, has been met with a predictable insensitive and muted response from the Government.
At the meeting called by the Union Minister of Agriculture on 1 December 2020, ostensibly to break the deadlock arising out of these mass protests, the Government defended the laws and offered to setup a panel to defuse and kill the protests and play politics of divide and rule. The Joint Action(...)...
Rural & fisherfolk (India)

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India: “This Is a Revolution, Sir”

Published on 2 December 2020, by CROWLEY Thomas

Workers in India last week launched a general strike that brought out an estimated 250 million people, arguably the largest in human history. Now, they’re joining hands with farmers to protest Narendra Modi’s pro-corporate, far-right agenda.
General strikes in the era of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi have an oddly repetitive quality to them. First, the major national-level trade unions — save for the one aligned with Modi’s far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — call for a one- or two-day general strike, usually in response to the(...)...