Historic Farmers’ Struggle Completes One Year; Rallies Across the Country

One Year to Farmers' Movement: Even as thousands gathered at Delhi borders, protests organized across the country. International solidarity flows in.

The farmers’ movement completed one year of its historic struggle with nationwide protest programs. While tens of thousands of farmers assembled at Delhi morchas at Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur, and Shahjahanpur — Lakhs of farmers take part in the assemblies, rallies, marches, chakka jams, etc held in states of Karnataka, West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha among other states.

Nationwide protests were organized in solidarity with the trade unions, various student and youth organizations, women’s organizations, civil society organizations, and other unions that came together in the support of the nation’s annadatas.

On November 26th, 2021, the farm movement completed one year of its historic struggle with lakhs of farmers, joined by workers, youths, women, and common citizens in nationwide programs. The day will forever be remembered as one of the greatest moments of a people’s struggle in history. This day marked twelve long months of the farmers struggle, with numerous victories which seemed unlikely, and even impossible, with a will and determination to continue to fight for the unfulfilled demands of the farmers. The farm movement stands as a testimony to the will of the common people to fight against an unrelenting government, and for a long time, will be remembered as an example of peaceful satyagraha inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian freedom movement.

The day was marked with programs at the Delhi morchas, state capitals and the district headquarters. Various trade unions, student and youth organizations, women’s organizations, civil society organizations, and other unions came together in support of the nation’s annadatas. Large assemblies were held at Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur, and Shahjahanpur morchas, which were attended by SKM leaders. Lakhs of farmers came together in support of the farm movement at the programs held in various states. In Karnataka, farmers and workers organized chakka jams and blockaded state highways in Bangalore, Srirangapatna, Chickballapur, Belgaum, Vijaypura, Bhagewadi. A vehicle rally was also held in Chickballapur. Protest programs were also held in Mysuru, Kolar, Devangere in Karnataka. In West Bengal, SKM West Bengal held a massive public rally at Y Channel, Dharamtalla, Kolkata which was followed by a huge procession from Dharmatalla to Sealdah station. In Patna, a joint procession of farmers and workers was organized from Buddha Smriti Park to the collectorate, which submitted a memorandum of demands to the District Collector. Protest programs were also held in Sitamadhi, Rohtas, Bhojpur, Khagaria, Begusarai, Samastipur, Buxar, Darbhanga, Gaya, Arwal, Nalanda, Shekhpura, and other districts of Bihar. A massive tractor rally was held in Raipur. In the Bijapur district of Bastar in Chhattisgarh, tribal peasants observed the anniversary of the farm movement with Dharnas at Silger and Gangalore. At both places, tribals are protesting against Adani and other corporates, and the deaths of four tribals in police firing on May 16th, 2021. Farm protests were held in Gunturu, Vijayangaram, and other places in Andhra Pradesh. Protest events were also held in Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Telangana, Odisha among other states.

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The farmers across the country celebrated their victory in the the form of Prime Minister’s announcement for the repeal of the three anti-farmer laws while raising the still-pending demands of the farm movement. It must be noted that Samyukta Kisan Morcha, in its letter to the Prime Minister dated November 21st, 2021, had raised six demands, namely, legal guarantee of MSP for all produce based on C2+50% formula, withdrawal of draft “Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020/2021”, removal of the penal provisions on farmers in the “Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Act 2021”, withdrawal of false cases against the farmers over the course of the movement, dismissal, and arrest of Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni, and compensation and rehabilitation to the families of the martyrs of the farm movement and allocation of land to build a memorial in their memory at Singhu morcha.

Solidarity & Support of International organizations

Numerous international organizations lent their support and solidarity to the movement. A letter of support was issued by the international farmers’ organization La Via Campesina.

“India’s farmers have inspired the world with their resilience. They have shown us what a united struggle of the working class and the peasantry can achieve even in the face of all adversities. Over the last year, this protest has stitched alliances with workers unions and other social movements and issued inspiring messages of solidarity, communal harmony and unity among rural societies”, said the organization in its letter of support.

Solidarity events to be held in various countries

Solidarity events are also being held and planned in various countries. In the UK, a Kisan Demonstration is planned in the front of High Commission of India in London today. Tomorrow, a “1 Year Rally and Vigil” is planned at the same place. A “Kisan Sleep Out” will also be held in Letchworth City tomorrow. In New York, a “1-Year Anniversary Maha Kisan Victory Car Rally” will be held tomorrow. A similar event of car and truck rally will be held in California on December 4th. On December 5th, another event will be held in California “Celebrating Repeal of Farm Laws and 1 Year of Sacrifice and Commitment”. In British Columbia, a “1 Year Mark from Delhi Chalo Sleep Out” program will be organized today.

November 26 also marks the Constitution Day of India

November 26 is also observed as the Constitution Day of India. On this day, in the year 1949, the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly. Our founding fathers fought a long-drawn battle against the repressive British regime, which sought to destroy India, its people, and their livelihoods for the gain of one company. On November 26, 1949, the Constituent Assembly gave to ourselves this constitution, which exists not merely as a book of laws, but as a document of the liberation of millions of people from all forms of oppression. It is befitting that seventy-two years since then, with another historic movement India stands at the cusp of the fulfillment of the goal of social democracy envisioned by Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Endorsements from other International Organizations:

The farm movement was also endorsed by All Africa Women’s Group (UK);  Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine (UK); Assembly of the Poor (Thailand); Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (UK); Campaign for Public Policy on Mineral Resources (Thailand); Chemical Workers Union Alliance of Thailand (Thailand); Community Resource Centre (UK); Community Rights Protection Association of Khao Khuha – opposing limestone mining, Songkhla Province (Thailand); Community Women Human Rights Defenders Collective (Thailand); Decolonise Queen Mary University of London (UK); Empower Foundation (Thailand); Confederación General de Trabajadores del Perú-Callao (Peru); Duay Jai Rak Group – Lahu Indigenous group (Thailand); Ecological and Cultural Study Group (Thailand); English Collective of Prostitutes (UK); Federación Nacional de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores del Hogar Perú (Peru); Federación Nacional de Trabajadores de las Universidades del Perú (Peru); Haiti Action Committee (USA); Global Justice Bloc (UK); Global Women Against Deportations (UK); Global Women’s Strike (Ireland); Global Women’s Strike (USA); Group Rak Wanonniwat District – against potash exploration and drilling, Sakon Nakhon province (Thailand); House of Shango (UK); Huelga Mundial de Mujeres (Peru); International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (UK); International IJAN; International Wages for Housework Campaign; Khao Lao Yai-Pha Chan Dai Community Forest Conservation Group, Dong Ma Fai (Thailand); Khon Rak Baan Kerd Group – six villages opposing gold mining, Loei Province (Thailand); Lao Hai Ngam Group Refusing Mining, Kalasin Province (Thailand); LILAK – Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights (The Philippines); Khon Rak Baan Kerd Bamnet Narong Conservation Group – opposing potash mines & coal power plants, Chaiyaphum Province (Thailand); Legal Action for Women (UK); London Mexico Solidarity (UK); Malaysians Against Death Penalty & Torture (Malaysia);  Marikana [S. Africa] Solidarity Campaign (UK); members of York University Faculty Association Indigenous Caucus, Toronto (Canada); Milk of Human Kindness – breastfeeding group (UK); Naked Punch (Pakistan); National Family Farm Coalition (USA); National Lawyers Guild – International Committee (USA); National Lawyers Guild – San Francisco Bay Area (USA); National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers Black Solidarity Committee (UK); Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia (Malaysia); Núcleo Anticapitalista en Movimiento (Peru); Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (Palestine); Payday men’s network (UK/US); Phulbari Solidarity Campaign (Bangladesh);  Queen Mary University of London Rent Strike (UK); Queer Strike (UK/US); Rak Banhang Group – opposing lignite mining, Lampang Province (Thailand); Rak Lam Kho Hong Group – opposing potash mining, Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Thailand); Rak Nam Sap Kham Pa Lai – opposing sandstone mining, Mukdahan Province (Thailand); Red Square Movement (UK); Sindicato de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores del Hogar de la Provincia de Trujillo (Peru); Single Mothers’ Self-Defence (UK); South Asia Solidarity (UK); RESISTers’ DIALOGUE; South Asian Faculty at York University, Toronto (Canada); Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand (Thailand); Thai Network of People Who Own Mineral Resources (Thailand); US PROStitutes Collective (USA); WinVisible, women with visible and invisible disabilities (UK/US); Women Against Rape (UK); Worker Hub for Change (Malaysia).

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