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Farmer long march in Mumbai. Night at somaiya ground

A long march of the dispossessed to Delhi

Imagine a democratic protest where a million farmers, labourers and others march to the capital and compel discussion of the exploding crisis of the countryside in a special three-week session of Parliament   India’s agrarian crisis has gone beyond the agrarian. It’s a crisis of society. Maybe even a civilizational crisis, with perhaps the largest …

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Data on farmers and intro on issues with agriculture in India #JaiKisan

Here are some points that give a broad overview of farmers in India as statistics and other data based information. How many farmers are there in India? Depends on what you call farmers. There are cultivators and there are agricultural labour. The data over the years is as follows. Year Cultivators (in million) Agricultural labourers …

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Extortion of inflated loans from farmers during #demonetisation

The Osmanabad District Cooperative Bank Ltd, has started sending notices to farmers with outstanding loans asking them to repay the loans or the bank would take socially humiliating measures against them. So far over 30 farmers in Nagur alone have received these notices; in the Lohara taluka, over 1000 farmers. The notices are dated 14th October 2016, however the farmers claim that they received them on the 23rd November 2016 (the notices are likely backdated, essentially rendering the one month notice meaningless). The farmers have been informed that unless the loans are repaid, they will begin to face recovery process in December.

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A History of, and Response to, Disproportionate Violence

This post began life as an attempt to boost the response to the latest wave of targeted violence and/or State-sponsored suppression of civil liberties in Chhattisgarh. Even as I typed away, trying to summarize the ever-mounting brutality in that state, the news breaking from the University of Hyderabad took centre-stage. Every day this past week …

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A world apart 

Vidarbha Diaries – It’s a world apart  At 20, we worry about exams. At 20, they worry about raising the kids, earning livelihood, taking care of their family – just saying, it’s a world apart We lose our jobs, we find another one. They lose their jobs, they lose their lives – just saying, it’s …

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We are with you (Vidarbha Fund raising goal achieved)

and we have done it – together we raised 10 lakhs and in fact more (10,41,443.00) and its still going strong. We had contributions from people belonging to different parts of India, different countries in the world, speaking different languages, having different beliefs and faiths, all coming together to stand in solidarity and give a …

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