Read about the specific demands of the farmers in India and the bills they are protesting against:
The majority of land holdings in India (approximately 86%) are small and marginal (Agriculture Census 2015-2016). They are less than two hectares in size and these household incomes are well below what they spend on consumption expenditure.
Historically marginalized farmers, who were first exploited by feudal landlords and colonizers pre-Independence, and by globalizing and liberalizing policies since the 1990s, are the backbone of the Indian economy even today. Despite thousands of suicides caused due to debt and lack of structural support, an absence of solutions to deeply-rooted problems has further been exacerbated by the new farm laws that were passed without any consultation with these farmers who provide for a majority of the Indian population's daily food consumption.
Instead of being supported to become self-reliant and prosperous, a majority of farmers are increasingly being subjected to the control of large corporations and international institutions whose sole focus is profits, and unnecessarily involves increased exploitation of the environment. As the worlds largest democracy we should all be outraged by Indias internet shutdowns and paramilitary violence against farmers protesting against policies that cut into their income, give corporations (Adani Group/Reliance) more power, and erode rural communities.
Linked below are the most recent articles related to the Farmers Protest by popular and independent news outlets:
Video footage and documentaries that highlight the Farmers Protest in India:
Organizations directly involved in efforts to assist farmers protesting in India:
Linked below are petitions to call on political leaders to respond to India's human rights violations. Please sign the petitions for your country of residence and the International petitions.
“The Indian authorities’ response to protests has focused on discrediting peaceful protesters, harassing critics of the government, and prosecuting those reporting on the events" (Meenakshi Ganguly, Human Rights Watch).
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Petitions addressed to Canadian politicians:
Petitions addressed to politicians and organizations worldwide:
Petitions addressed to American politicians:
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