January 24th 2021
An angry mob of farmers, some on tractors and others marching in rank and file, are expected to enter India's capital of New Delhi to protest unfair farming legislation passed several months ago.
New Delhi Police will allow more than 12,000 farmers on tractors to enter the capital city this week to demonstrate, a senior official told Reuters.
Farmers have been outraged with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's farming law passed late last year. Many mom and pop farmers allege the law favors big corporations.
In late September, crowds of farmers were spotted across multiple cities, protesting ahead of the signing of farm legislation by the Modi administration that would end the government's programs to keep commodity prices at fixed levels, therefore allowing free markets to dictate prices.
At the time, Modi said the new farming law would "completely transform the agriculture sector" and empower "tens of millions of farmers" while driving much-needed investments and modernization efforts in the industry.
For months, farmers have been organizing against Modi and the corporations that control him, according to OffGuardian.
OffGuardian, quoting one Indian farmer, said:
"Corporates invested in Modi before the election and brought him to power. He has sold out and is an agent of Ambani and Adani. He is unable to repeal the bills because his owners will scold him. He is trapped. But we are not backing down either."
Farmers are afraid that corporations will crush crop prices and leave them with little profits.
Months later, and with some farmers camping on the capital's outskirts in protest of the new law, the growing opposition parties and farmers' unions will finally get their say this week.
Here are the farmers heading to New Delhi.
"About 25,000 #farmers from across Karnataka would lead a protest rally on Tuesday to Bengaluru from Nelamangla on the city's outskirts in support of their counterparts' tractor rally to New Delhi against the 3 farmers' laws, said state's farmers leader K. Chandrashekar on Sunday," tweeted Indo-Asian News Service.
A mob of angry farmers marches towards New Delhi.
To note, New Delhi is where all three branches of India's government are located, with the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, and the Supreme Court of India.
Many farmers feel the Modi administration has sold them out to a handful of billionaires in India. With many livelihoods in jeopardy, the unrest among farmers is unlikely to be over.