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Farmers Protest: Belagavi Mahapanchayat

   Posted by: aman   in Other

March 31, 2021

Day 126

Toll 336

#FarmersProtest

Belagavi (Belgaum) Mahapanchayat

Did we urban folks know that since 2000, for 16 years, North Karnataka has faced drought or flash floods. Both have devastated the farmers who in spite of sowing Ragi, a dry-land crop, have not been able to get adequate harvests.

Just like we urban folks perhaps do not know that today the Samyukt Kisan Morcha with support from the Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha and Hasiru Sene is organising a huge Belagavi Mahapanchayat. This Mahapanchayat on the back of two earlier ones at Shivamogga and Haveri is expected to draw 50,000 people. Lapdog media, even print, is not reporting it.

Like it is not reporting that a Mitti Satyagraha by the National Alliance of People’s Movements is on in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Assam and Punjab. Given how the government disrupted the farmer leaders’ press conference in Ahmedabad three days back and arrested farmer leaders, it is significant that a Mitti Satyagraha is starting from Dandi today and will reach Shajahanpur on April 5 and from there to Tikri, Singhu and finally Ghazipur.

You may remember the right-wing call a few years back for iron from each village of the country to build the Sardar Patel statue which was finally given to a Chinese firm. The Mitti Satyagraha is not like that. This is soil from the nation which will go into making the Martyr’s Memorials of the farmer’s protest on the borders.

Unlike the Patel statue, these memorials won’t be ticketed. All they need is your support. Unlike the elections where people have not even cast their vote and there is talk about how many MLAs the BJP will buy in each state, the farmers are challenging the paradigm. To know it, we urbanites will have to stop relying on lapdog media for news and open our eyes and ears.

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