India: Farmers’ March to Mumbai Suspended After Talks With Maharashtra Government

PTI | February 22, 2019

Farmers' March to Mumbai Suspended After Talks With Maharashtra Government

The long march beginning from Nashik on Thursday. Credit: Twitter/AIKS

Mumbai: A leading farmers’ organisation on Thursday announced suspension of its ongoing protest march from Nashik to Mumbai over agrarian concerns after talks with the Maharashtra government.

The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), backed by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), announced suspension of the 180-km march from Nashik to Mumbai after a three-and-a-half-hour meeting of its representatives with state ministers Girish Mahajan and Jaykumar Rawal.Read More »

India: The Trials of an Accidental Farmer in Tamil Nadu

by Goutam Das

The Wire | February 04, 2019

Dinesh is an accidental farmer.

He graduated with a BSc in physics from a government college in Thiruttani and then studied law from a college affiliated to Pondicherry University. He cannot practise law because of a ‘police case’. One night, a neighbour got tipsy and attacked Dinesh. Dinesh argues that he had no choice but to retaliate.

The five acres of family land became his only source of income.

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Reckless Gamble for Profit that Placed Indian Cotton Farmers in Corporate Noose

by | December 26, 2018

The dubious performance (failure) of genetically engineered Bt cotton, officially India’s only GM crop, should serve as a warning as the push within the country to adopt GM across a wide range of food crops continues. This article provides an outline of some key reports and papers that have appeared in the last few years on Bt cotton in India.Read More »

India: Armed Peasants Struggle: Srikakulam Movement -50th anniversary

by Harsh Thakor

Frontier| December 08, 2018

50 years ago on November 25th 1968, a new epoch was carved out in the history of India with the birth of the Srikakulam Armed peasant struggle. Similar to the armed struggles of Telengana and Naxalbari it classically followed the Chinese path of protracted peoples was formulated by Chairman Mao. It imbibed the spirit of the martyrdom of Comrade Che Guvera and the Great proletrain Cultural Revolution which strived to create the new Socialist man. The resistance offered was reminiscent to that of the People of Vietnam in a similar period. Read More »

The cross-border farmworker rebellion

by David Bacon

Peoples World | November 02, 2018

The cross-border farmworker rebellion

The family of Lorenzo Sanchez and Felipa Lopez, in front of the broken-down trailer the grower rents them for $800 a month. | David Bacon

Surrounded by blueberry and alfalfa fields near Sumas, Washington, just a few miles from the Canadian border, a group of workers last week stood in a circle behind a trailer, itemizing a long list of complaints about the grower they work for. Lorenzo Sanchez, the oldest, pointed to the trailer his family rents for $800 a month. On one side, the wooden steps and porch have rotted through. “The toilet backs up,” he said. “Water leaks in when it rains. The stove doesn’t work.”

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India: Small Peasants and Family Labour

by R Mukherjee

Frontier | Autumn Number 2018 | Vol. 51, No.14 – 17, Oct 7 – Nov 3, 2018

It is no wonder that the United Nations has declared 2014  as “the year of family farms”, which globally account for about 85 percent of farm holdings. These farms provide livelihood opportunities to about 2.5 billion people across the world, and 84 percent of them belong to the category of small holders or peasants owning less than two hectares of agricultural land. Available estimates show that about 87 percent of the world’s 450 million small holders are in Asia and the Pacific region. China and India together account for about two-thirds of small holders, with those in India contributing about 50 percent of the total agricultural output. In China, the existence and persistence of the small holder individual peasants’ farms in large number with family labour shows the continuance of the remnant of the past.Read More »

Land Reforms as political agenda for 2019

by | October 30, 2018

Land Reforms are a forgotten subjects for the political parties and the policy makers. It is ironical that the ‘biggest’ democracy of the world does not give the issue of land reforms a priority. Even the political parties have paid merely lip services. The social movements that we have seen during the past few years were actually against the transnational corporations land grabbing but remained silent on the grabbing by the caste elite in rural areas which grew on the encroachment of the land belonging to the marginalised sections of society especially the Dalits and Adivasis.Read More »