Internet blockages and hunger strike mark continuing conflict between Indian farmers and government
- Tensions between farmers and the government have continued as encampments of tens of thousands, tractor parades, clashes with police, and a recently organized hunger strike have unfolded across the country, from New Delhi to Ghazipur.
- The interior ministry announced that internet services on the outskirts of New Delhi had been temporarily suspended as protesting farmers continued to flock to the capital from around the country.
- After a Sikh protester unfurled a religious flag during Republic Day clashes, pro-government media seized on the spectacle to deride the protests, and anti-Sikh sentiment has begun to disrupt—at least in part—popular support for the protesters.
- Since November, the farmers’ movement has been protesting economic reforms that they argue benefit large agribusiness firms and private buyers over smaller producers, endangering their already precarious livelihoods.
“Farmers protest: Here are the top developments of the day” (The Indian Express | January 2021)
“Indian farmers begin hunger strike amid fury against Modi” (The Associated Press | January 2021)
“In Delhi, public support for protesting farmers is giving way to anti-Sikh prejudice” (Scroll.in | January 2021)
“Farm bills: Are India’s new reforms a ‘death warrant’ for farmers?” (BBC News | September 2020)
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 (PRS Legislative Research)
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 (PRS Legislative Research)
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (PRS Legislative Research)