India: Protesting Farmers Hold Their Parliament, Pass Bills As The Real One Looks Away

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Countercurrents.org | November 21, 2017

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More than 3 lakh suicides in three decades and millions of other lives ruined would qualify as a national disaster forcing the government to tackle it all guns blazing in any democracy.

Alas, it does not in the one that claims to be the largest of them all, the democracies. In fact it hardly gets registered even as a minor irritant barring the particularly bad months causing a spurt in farm suicides and thus making the phenomenon escape the confines of inside pages of the vernacular dailies and reach the “English”, national press. The months are all well marked: from April to July when many of Indian states face drought, December and January when occasional hailstorms destroy crops and with them the hopes.Read More »

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India: ‘How Many Deaths Will It Take…?’

by Smarajit Jana

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.19, Nov 12 – 18, 2017

How many farmers’ suicide would make it a ‘case’? ‘The answer is not blowing in the wind’. More than three lakhs of farmers committed suicide since 1995. This is the registered cases of suicides as per the Government department. However as per definition, farmers are those who own farm land in his or her name even if one of the spouses or child of a farmer commit suicide having no land holdings in his or her name will not be figured in the statistics. So the actual number would be much higher if all these cases of suicides that are dependent on agriculture are included. On an average 15400 farmers committed suicides every year in India in between 1995 to 2003. This has increased to more than 16000 in between 2004 to 2012. Suicides rose by 42% in between 2014 and 2015. The number of suicides quadrupled in the state of Karnataka during this period. The rising trend of farmers’ suicides across India is a well established fact since it first reported in 1995, barring only few exceptional periods, still it is not a ‘chilling factor’ and none of these numbers has moved the policy makers, when the farming community is passing through deep to deeper crisis.Read More »

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

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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

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Countercurrents.org | June 06, 2017

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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

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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

Ecologise.in | 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 »