India: 40 farmers dead, 2000 hospitalised: Task force chief calls it ‘pesticide genocide’

by Vivek Deshpande

Indian Express | October 09, 2017

Kishor Tiwari, the chief of the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swawlamban Mission, a state government task force set up for the welfare of farmers, has termed the deaths of farmers from pesticide inhalation in Vidarbha as “genocide committed by the state” and sought criminal action against the manufacturers as well as “corrupt government officials hand in glove with them”.

Addressing a press conference here Monday, Tiwari claimed more than 40 farmers had died and at least 2,000 more hospitalised from pesticide inhalation in Vidarbha and Marathwada.Read More »


India: Protesting Land Acquisition, Farmers in Rajasthan Are Burying Themselves Neck-Deep in Mud

The Wire | October 04, 2017

Farmers buried in mud during the protest. Credit: Twitter/ANI

Farmers buried in mud during the protest. Credit: Twitter/ANI

New Delhi: For three days now, farmers in Rajasthan have been digging pits in the mud and burying themselves neck-deep in them. Why? To protest the government’s alleged forced land acquisition at very low rates.

According to an NDTV report, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) started purchasing land in Nindar village, around 20 km from Jaipur, in 2010 for a housing project. The state government has deposited Rs 60 crore for some of the land in court, but the farmers have refused to accept this amount, saying that it does not hold up to market rates for land in the area.Read More »

India: Madhya Pradesh Police Allegedly Beat up Protesting Farmers, Force Them to Strip

The Wire | October 04, 2017

The Protesters were allegedly beaten and forced to strip. Credit: ANI

New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh police allegedly forced a group of protesting farmers to strip down to their underwear and sit in a police station for hours in Bundelkhand today.

The Congress, the opposition party in the state, shared photographs that showed a group of people in their underwear sitting in a room. These are allegedly the protesting farmers. Some photos also show the farmers leaving the police station with their clothes bundled in their arms, according to reports.Read More »

India: At Farmers’ Protest in Rajasthan, Anger at Modi Government Policies and State Indifference


The Wire | September 11, 2017

Farmers protesting at the Krishi Upaj Mandi, Sikar. Credit: Shruti Jain

Sikar, Rajasthan: Close to 15,ooo farmers have been protesting at the Krishi Upaj Mandi in Rajasthan’s Sikar district since September 1, under the leadership of the All India Kisan Mahasabha. Their demands include a complete farm loan waiver, implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, the withdrawal of the 2017 ban on cattle trade, a solution to the menace of stray cattle and a pension for farmers. The protesters have called for a blockade at the district collectorate today (September 11) to assert their demands.Read More »

Five Farmers Demanding Fair Prices And Loan Waivers Killed In Police Firing In Madhya Pradesh

by | June 06, 2017


New Delhi | June 06, 2017: Today afternoon, police forces opened fire at the protesting farmers in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. As per reports, five farmers killed and many left injured in the attack by police officials. The farmers have been on strike from June 1 to June 10 demanding loan waivers and fair prices for their produce. NAPM condemns the state brutal action against the agitating farmers. State has completely failed to address people’s concerns and to save their faces they are rampantly using violence to silence the dissenting voices. The voices cannot be crushed even after suspension of internet services in parts of states like Indore, Ujjain and Dewas all in the western parts of the state. We condemn the foul play of state govt. restricting farmers of the state in reaching out to the people of country for support and solidarity to their demands.Read More »

Kendeng Against Cement


MR Online 27 March, 2017

"Cementing Feet" in protest of the "Corporate Governor," Ganjar Pranowo in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, March 13, 2017.

Since March 13, 2017, over 50 local indigenous peasants known as Sedulur Kendeng have been sitting with their feet in cement boxes in protest. This is their second such protest in eleven months.

It is both a symbolic and literal plea to President Joko Widodo, more commonly known as Jokowi, to halt the construction of a cement factory in Rembang, Central Java. They are protesting against the planned mining operation of PT Semen Indonesia—a state owned enterprise. The mega-plan is supported by Ganjar Pranowo, the Central Governor of Java, and Rini Soemarno, the Minister of State-owned Enterprises. Both are politicians from PDIP (Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle) who led Jokowi to his presidency back in 2014.Read More »

The terrible truth behind the wave of farmer suicides in India

by Nikita Sattiraju | 14 February, 2017

Over three lakh farmers have committed suicide in India since 1995. A majority of them were concentrated in five major agricultural states of the country – Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. Even Punjab recorded a high number of 449 farmer suicides in 2015, next only to Maharashtra. Farm suicides have been steadily increasing over the years. On an average, around 15,400 farmers ended their lives each year between 1995 and 2003. This number increased to more than 16,000 between 2004 and 2012.Read More »

October 1, 1949: Chinese people stood up

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Chairman Mao Tse-tung (now, Mao Zedong) solemnly proclaims the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Tiananmen rostrum, October 1, 1949. The just-concluded first session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative meeting elected a Central People’s Committee in Beijing, September 30, 1949. Chairman Mao Zedong declared to the world: the Chinese people, who account for a quarter of humanity, must stand up. Since then China’s history has opened up a new era. People’s Republic of China founding ceremony was held at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, October 1, 1949.Read More »

Farmers Rebel After Organic ‘Elites’ Throw Support Behind Sham Label Law

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Common Dreams | 13 July, 2016

Advocates of labels for genetically modified food take part in the March Against Monsanto in Washington, D.C.. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/cc/flickr)
Advocates of labels for genetically modified food take part in the March Against Monsanto in Washington, D.C.. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/cc/flickr)

The Stabenow-Roberts GMO labeling bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this week, has deepened a rift within the organic industry as farmers and other dedicated opponents of genetically modified (GM or GMO) agriculture are breaking ties with those who support the legislation (pdf), which is backed by both Monsanto and the powerful Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

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Naxalite movement and the peasant question

by Arup Baisya

Frontier | 27 June, 2016

After a long period, the agrarian question or the peasant question has once again come to the fore. The agrarian crisis and the left decline in rural areas make it imperative to have a look on agrarian relations. In the great Indian academic debate on peasant question in the 1960s and 1970s which is known as ‘mode of production debate’, there was no unanimity of opinions. The Naxalbari peasant upsurge vindicated the stand of the section of left who severed ties with mainstream left and formed CPIML declaring the Indian state character as semi-feudal and semi-colonial. This characterization was in consonance with the Mao’s formulation of ‘erosion and retention’ of feudal relation in the era of imperialism and semi-colonial settings. The Naxalbari upsurge actually happened in the backdrop of a phase of class struggle that was unleashed during that period in the Indian agricultural sector. The question arises what happened to the agrarian relations of production after this phase of class struggle. Did this phase mark the beginning of gradual transition of feudalism to capitalism from below as it happened in France? The question also arises whether the continuation of same strategy followed by the CPIML groups in the rural areas post-Naxalbari upsurge has any bearing on the shrinking mass base. Read More »