19
Oct

Farmers Protest: Trains

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 327

Toll 640

Trains

Yesterday was the Samyukt Kisan Morcha call for Rail Roko for six hours. Once again we saw the call implemented in tier 2 and 3 towns. Look at the list below. I am pretty sure, people from these towns would hardly read this post. For those who do read this post, do Google some of the places in the list. I did, places I am unfamiliar with.

Lalganj, Vijayapura, Sonepat, Patna, Fatehabad, Ajarka, Sriganganagar, Sirsa, Asansol, Bahadurgarh-Tikri, Makhu, Puri, Fazilka, Rewa, Ferozepur, Ambala, Moradabad, Rewari, Lakhan Majra, Faizabad, Patiala, Nawada, Keonjhar, Guna, Samastipur, Jaipur, Muzaffarpur, Bulandshahar, Dhanbad, Sitamarhi, Behrampur, Keonjhar, Gwalior, Parlakhemudi, Muniduda, Rayagada, Etawah, Bettiah, Raipur, Yadudih, Coochbehar, Roorkee, Mathura, Dildarnagar, Moga …
In Madhya Pradesh, police arrested protesters at Rewa, Guna, Gwalior …

What does this phenomena tell us? That the ground has heard the farmers protest and social media is a super structure – a world unto itself.

So, though the Rail Roko was mostly implemented in north and central India, some in West Bengal, Odisha and Karnataka, since trains run nationwide, the long distance trains all over the country were affected. I find that fascinating because unlike airplanes, buses, any other mode of transport, though the class category of train is most diverse: unreserved, second sitting, air conditioned …. but when the train stops, all passengers stop.

Around 300 trains were affected, 29 trains were cancelled. Once again, the nation has told the government loud and clear: sack MoS Home Ajay Kumar Teni. But will the government listen? Your guess is as good as mine. But efforts persist. `

Meanwhile, PM Modi is due to visit his constituency Varanasi and the Uttar Pradesh Police has put farmer leaders under house arrest for the past 5 days. So scared, huh?

PS: I am sorry the video is inverted but just listen to two minutes of sloganeering. That is the sound of the spirit on ground. It is from Madhya Pradesh.

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