8 Months Later: an Update on the Farmers Protests in India

Jul 29, 2021

A Look into Day 1 of the Kisan Sansad

Bollywood actress Gul Panag with women farmers during Kisan Sansad. Photo courtesy of IndiaTimes.com

It has been eight long months since the Farmers Protest of India began, the largest organized protest documented in human history. And the farmers are still nowhere close to wavering.

July 19th began India’s Monsoon Parliament session and by the 23rd, protesting farmers were growing their numbers at the historic protest site of Jantar Mantar. This is where farmers would hold discussions for the Kisan Sansad (farmers parliament), and one of particular significance because it is the first session completely ran by women in the farming industry.

Farmers are continuing to protest the three farm laws quietly enacted by the Modi government in November 2020, and are optimistic that the Modi government will finally listen to their concerns during the Monsoon session. Singh reports that there is still a lingering tenseness at Jantar Mantar with excessive security checks, lengthy wait times, a large police presence including “tear-gas bomb and grenade launchers”, excessive barricades, and intentional separation of protestors from the media.

Day 1 of the Kisan Sansad at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on July 23, 2021. Photo courtesy of Indra Shekhar Singh.

From Singh’s article: “The Kisan Sansad shall run parallel to the Monsoon Session till August 13 and overall the farmers are optimistic that Modi will start ‘unconditional talks’ with the farmers’ unions again. But time can only tell which way the wind blows.”

Read the full article here and follow Indra on Twitter for regular updates on the Farmers Protest.

Indra Shekhar Singh is the former director of policy and outreach for the National Seed Association of India and writes on agriculture and the environment.

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