A large number of Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom, who are supporters of the historic farmers’ movement here, gathered in Glasgow to protest against Indian PM Mr Narendra Modi.
Holding placards that said “Struggle of Indian Farmers is Our Struggle” and with banners that called Modi a “killer of hundreds of innocent protestors”, these people of Indian origin extended their support to the protesting farmers in India. The protestors held up banners saying that Mr Modi is not welcome in Scotland.
The protest happened at a time when the Indian Prime Minister is visiting Glasgow to take part in the United Nations’ COP26 summit, to tackle global warming emergency on an urgent and committed basis by all countries of the world, for humanity’s future to be saved.
The farmers’ movement demands against corporatisation of our food and farming systems, and for an MSP legal guarantee are pathways that will tackle emissions from agriculture and food systems in a strong fashion.
SKM has appreciated the strong solidarity and support being extended by Indian diaspora in various countries, and urges them to continue building pressure on the Indian government. SKM demands that the Modi Government commit to fulfilling these legitimate demands of farmers without losing any more time.
SKM responds to Amit Shah’s comments on the Farmers’ Movement
In Anand in Gujarat yesterday, Home Minister Mr Amit Shah is reported to have alluded to the ongoing farmers’ protests while talking about the need to strengthen the cooperative movement in the country. He said that protests should be for solution and not for escalating problems. He also said that farmers should be made self-reliant.
“The protest being mounted by lakhs of farmers in the country focuses on demands that will allow crop diversification, move away from desperate unsustainable practices caught in a vicious trap, and help localisation and self reliance. Farmers’ protest has already proffered its solution that protects their livelihoods and future generations, in its demand to repeal 3 anti-farmer laws, and for MSP as legal guarantee. It is for Government of India to ensure that escalation of problem does not happen, and solution clinched at the earliest, said SKM. SKM therefore calls upon the Government of India to fulfill the rightful demands of the farmers’ movement immediately.”
Kisan Mahapanchayats and Shaheed Kisan Asthi/Kalash Yatras
There was a Kisan Mahapanchayat organised in Sandila in Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh today. Many SKM leaders participated in this Mahapanchayat that was well-attended.
Shaheed Kisan Asthi Kalash Yatras are happening in different places as being reported regularly. Yesterday, the martyrs’ ashes from Lakhimpur Kheri were immersed in Haridwar in Uttarakhand, as well as in the Krishna river in Karnataka.
In Bhiwani in Haryana, there was a black flag protest against Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal, MP Dharamvir Singh and MLA Ghanshyam Saraf. Many women farmers took a lead in this protest. Farmers staged a sit-in protest at the police barricades and took up slogan shouting against the BJP leaders and raised various problems being faced by farmers. With heavy police protection, the BJP leaders had to escape on a kaccha road after their event. In Punjab too, farmers are protesting against state government Ministers and Congress leaders. One of the main reasons is related to meagre compensation announced for cotton crop damaged due to pink bollworm infestation.
The hike in the rates of petrol and diesel for the sixth successive day in the country exhibits the GOI uncaring attitude towards people. Samyukt Kisan Morcha demands yet again that the prices be reduced by more than half immediately, so that a vast majority of citizens in the country can continue with their tenuous livelihoods and lives with some dignity.