Protesting farmers in the country are on a day-long hunger strike to pressurize Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to repeal the newly passed agricultural law. Thousands of farmers across India went on hunger strike from 8 am on Monday, the 19th day of the ongoing protests and ended at 5 pm. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported.
The Government of India has recently amended the Agriculture Act to allow corporate farming and purchasing more and more crops from farmers. Corporations will also be able to tell farmers what to do with advance funds. The views of the peasants would, in consequence, harm their interests. They would eventually become slaves to the corporation. This will benefit big companies. Within a few years, their special market in agriculture will be established. Millions of farmers in the country are besieging Delhi in protest against the new agricultural law. Although the government held several meetings with agitating farmers to reach an agreement, no solution was found.
“Today we have called for protests in all the districts of India,” said Darshan Pal, farmer leader. Important leaders of various farmer organizations will go on hunger strike as a protest against the new agricultural law. If the government calls for a renegotiation, they will consider it positively.
For the second time in the last two weeks, farmers have called for protests across India. Earlier, there was a sit-in in front of the district office.
The farmers started a series of protests by blocking the entrance to the capital Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday went on hunger strike and supported the farmers. He also called his party’s supporters to participate in the protests.
About 15 percent of India’s illion 2.9 trillion economy comes from agriculture. More than half of the country’s 1.4 billion people are employed. However, the region is in crisis. In the last few years, farmers have been in debt and are committing suicide. And the coronovirus epidemic has worsened the situation. Meanwhile, the BJP-led government passed three new agricultural laws in September.