WE HAVE NOT COME TO ASK, WE HAVE COME TO DEMAND OUR RIGHTS. Do you know what’s happening in India? | FARMERS PROTEST – W5

Sikh Educator Jagjit Singh
Early morning Prayers at the Singhu Border Protest site encampment | English subtitles 2mins

Between June and September 2020, during India’s brutal and draconian lockdowns, the incumbent BJP-Modi government pushed through three, highly contentious, Farm Bills in Parliament. The Bills, batter-rammed through legislation, caused an uproar. Opposition parties and activists called the Bills “anti farmer”. True to form, tone-deaf, as most of the incumbent’s six-year tenure is said to have been, the BJP-Modi government continues to insist the Farm Bills, now laws, are necessary agricultural reform, which have apparently been ‘misunderstood’, and are meant to [allegedly] help India’s farmers. No Farmers Unions, nor any agriculture leadership or organizations were consulted, nor even informed. Renowned Human Rights and Environmental Activist, Medha Patkar, of the National Alliance of Peoples Movements, says the way the 3 Farm Bills were shunted through parliament are “an absolute violation of the Indian constitutional framework”.

In fact, the Farm Bills threaten India’s food sovereignty, further reduce the very livelihood of India’s already beleaguered farmers, and help accelerate the globalist-corporate takeover of India’s food supply. So why the Farm Bills? Who benefits? Qui bono? Specifically, it seems the behemoth corporates owned by Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani are the biggest beneficiaries of the Farm Bills – India’s big-ticket list-billionaires, who also happened to have funded the five-billion-dollar political campaign of 2014 which won BJP-Modi the Prime Minister’s office.

Also during the lockdowns, Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg invested 5.7 billion dollars for a 9.99% stake, and Google/Alphabet Inc , invested 4.5 billion dollars for a 7.7% stake, into Ambani’s mega-corp Jio [Reliance/JioMart] to capture India’s internet boom and oblique, forced-transition to a “digital economy”. In this corporate scenario, WhatsApp is slated to become the purchase-point of food distribution in India, negating small-businesses, local vendors and neighborhood kinara [corner] shops, in a ‘controlled demolition’ of India’s real fortè: a thankfully unregulated and flourishing informal-economy sector.

Anticipating passage of the Farm Bills, in collusion with the BJP-Modi government, Ambani and Adani had already built storage-silos and private railroads two years back, as part of their imminent agenda, to take over India’s food supply, hoard harvests and drive the market – and prices – for their sole, unhinged profiteering. Farmers, and their existing mandi [farmers market] system of bringing harvests to market, be damned.

It will be said, primarily by the neoliberal contingent, that to drive out competition with seemingly “better strategy” is healthy capitalism at work. Well, not quite. Insidious, extra-judicious, neofeudal, hegemonistic privatization by a handful of multi-billionaires – two, in this instance – is not healthy by any definition – not even by that of free-market or anarcho capitalism. What it is, in a word, is fascism.

* See maps at LittleSis.org to understand the networks of oligarchy

Narcissistic, gluttonous, corpulent, engorged, the corporate Goliath did not, perhaps, account for a wiley, wilful and self-sovereign David. Big mistake. What stood between the Farm Bills and their outcome was an unseen juggernaut – an informed, educated, market-savvy/tech-savvy and switched-on opposition.

Enter the Sikh Farmers, who were having none of it.

The Sikh are a community in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, people of strong faith, a hearty joyful character given to song, dance and celebration – and a commitment to education, knowledge, right-living, charity, right-action and justice. In the Sikh faith is the tenet: those who work with the soil do God’s work. A majority of farmers in the states of Punjab and Haryana are Sikh – it is in these states where the insurrection against the Farm Bills of 2020 began. A common traditional Sikh surname is “Singh” – it means Lion. The out-of-control greed, avarice and fascist impunity of the corporatocracy awoke the Lion – and it may change the course of history – as it has been doing for nigh 700 years.

India stands united | creative commons

On Thursday, 26th of November 2020, with a resounding roar, no less, of “Inquilab Zindabad” [Long Live the Uprising], India realized the raw power that has always been the heart centre of this ancient subcontinent: her people. An estimated 250 million farmers and workers, united, came together in solidarity, for THE BIGGEST peaceful protest in the history of humanity, an all-India-wide Bandh [workers strike]. Tuesday, 8th of December and Monday, the 14th of December, 2020, the united Farmers and Workers Unions and Organisations called for another two all-India-wide Bandhs.

Today, Thursday, 14th of January, 2021 is Day 50 of the great, ongoing – and escalating – Farmers Protest in India. An estimated 200,000+ and upto 350,000+ are gathered in the Singhu, Tikri, Shahjahanpur and Ghazipur highway-borders into Delhi, in a peaceful, non-violent siege of the capital city. A lot has happened, tragic and euphoric, in this most hopeful and inspiring mass uprising of humanity. Through the BJP-Modi government’s retaliatory assaults, water cannons in freezing winter temperatures, tear gas, “lathi charges” [police beatings], night-time attacks, barricades, and over a hundred deaths – each day the encampments grow bigger – with thousands more, from around India, joining – and invited to join – the protests. This is the moment, the point where humanity has drawn the line in the sand.

The India Farmer’s Protest should be making worldwide headlines. But it isn’t because everyone would be encouraged to imitate their courage.
– Julianne Romanello

The Farmers rally-on, in this unprecedented gathering of India’s “Annadaatas” [Food Providers], in the freezing winter cold, driven by faith, commitment, solidarity, a “positive, uplifted state of being” known as “Chardi Kala” in the Sikh tradition, and united in the strong grounding of right-action.

If you do not know what is happening in India, you owe it to yourself to find out. Do you eat? Food? Then this matters, and this protest is deeply relevant to you, and for each one of us, everywhere on this planet.

Writers, novelists and independent journalists have continued to write, speak, report, spread awareness about the protests since they began. India’s national press – nicknamed “Godi media” [“lapdog media”] by the protestors – however, instead, have mounted a disinformation campaign to discredit the protests, placing blame on alleged “anti-nationals”, “separatists”, “terrorists”, “communists” and opposing political parties – none of which, however, is true – and the attempt to break-up the protests have clearly failed. India’s national motto is, after all, “Satyamev Jayate” [Truth Triumphs].

International press and mainstream media have been lax, silent, and perhaps internally banned or censored from reporting on the protests, in obeisance to their investors and funding sources. Worldwide, as we have become increasingly aware through the apocalyptic 2020, media houses are co-opted and severely compromised in the content they can publish, and their veracity is rendered dubious by the influence of big corporate finance on editorial decisions.

Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian educator and philosopher, whose work is among the cornerstones of the study of media theory. | creative commons

Instead, regional language independent press, Youtube channels, alternative media platforms, and citizen-journalists took up the task of spreading the news of the growing movement in India. Social media platforms then blocked the news from reaching the world by censoring the hashtag “#FarmersProtests”, and even the hashtag “#Sikh”, the Punjab community and faith-following at the lead of the protests. The Farmers Unions, leadership, volunteers and participants responded with launching their own media, Kisan Ekta Morcha [Farmers United March] – within hours Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram took down the accounts and pages.

Silicon Valley TechBros | creative commons

What followed was a massive blowback, leveraging the social media of not just all who stood in solidarity with the Farmers within India, but globally as well – the formidable Punjabi diaspora, all the way to Canada and the US, rose up with insta-viral-trending hashtags, articles and petitions calling out the TechBros.

The digital-battle was short and decisive – the pages were restored. Kisan Ekta Morcha is now the Protestors’ own, direct media, and webcasts live from ground-zero of the protest sites everyday – with the tactic of a new hashtag posted each morning for their burgeoning online supporters to use, in order to avoid further censorship or shadow-bans. Trolley Times is a newsletter published directly from the encampment sites, to counter the lies and disinformation campaign by the Godi media and publish the truth of the peaceful protesters.

This is Activist Dr NAVKIRAN NATT, a dentist by profession, and now a film scholar. She is a student youth activist with All India Students Association (AISA) and Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) for the last decade. Dr. Natt, along with her family, has been active in the Farmers Protests from day one. Dr. Natt’s father, Sukhdarshan Singh Natt, and mother Jasbir Kaur Natt are farmer leaders, who have been fighting against the corporate policies of the Indian state from 1990s. Dr. Natt is a co-founder of the TROLLEY TIMES, fastest growing newspaper, a collective initiative of 7-8 youngsters who are an active part of the farmers protests from the beginning.  The newspaper was started to counter “Godi media” disinformation campaign, with factual reportage from inside the Farmers Protest sites.

At the encampments, Langar is given daily – yet another tradition of the Sikh faith, to feed the people – all are welcome, everybody is given food. The traditional place of the Farmer, the food provider, is an exalted place in the Indian culture – those who work with soil are honored and held as sacred, our Annadaata. Langar assures no one goes hungry. Schools have been set-up in the encampments – children from the surrounding slum areas of protest sites come to learn, and to eat; the protesters have done more for the encampment sites in just over a month, than the BJP/Modi government has refused to do in the six years of its tenure. A library is set up, a media centre, a film club Trolley Talkies which screens films to inspire and educate. Lectures are given, talks on the central stage, where everyone has a chance to speak and share their experience – this is to keep up the spirit of all who are there, braving the cold and living conditions on the highways. This is Chardi Kala… to stay positive through adversity, to do what must be done in a joyous, content, uplifted, peaceful way, with trust that the Almighty protects and stands with the righteous, and with justice. This uprising is fuelled by faith, by prayer and by practicality – Miri Piri [Spiritual and Temporal].

This protest is incomparable and unlike anything seen before. The last time an uprising of this scale happened in India was the Ahimsa [“nonviolent”] Movement which won independence from the British colonizer.

Who were the Farm Bills pushed through in Parliament for? Was it for the Farmers of India? Was it, in fact, even just for the two Indian billionaires? Or is there a much bigger system at work here, for which the Farm Bills in India are one part of a takeover – of land, of food, of water, of resources, of life on Earth itself? Who does the BJP/Modi government – or any “government” anywhere – really work for? Here is a gallery. Scroll through. Connect the dots. Does anything need to be said? You will understand the war that is being fought at this moment. And why it is integrally important for each one of us, now and for all our futures.

Alliances in solidarity with the Farmers Protest movement now include an estimated 600 (and counting) national workers unions, organizations, coordination committees +++ : Farmers, Taxi/Auto/Bus drivers, Truckers, Teachers, Lawyers, Military Veterans, and more. Athletes, Actors, Singers from Punjab too have been at the forefront on social media and at the protest sites. This clarification, of celebrities specifically from Punjab, is important, because virtue-signalling “bollywood“, as has become its hallmark on issues of any real importance, remains in deafening silence about the Farmers Protest – except unfortunately, one actress, Kangana Ranaut, the subject of a previous essay here on Civilianaire, who has abjectly flung herself onto the wrong side of history by her vehement beratement of the farmers – too bad. The rest of “bollywood” while vociferous last summer, jumping on the “Black Lives Matter” bandwagon all the way over there in the US – remains stunningly zip-lipped on the history-making event happening in its own backyard.

Godi media”? “Photo op”? Pandering to power? | creative commons

Since the protests began, the call to ally with the people, versus with the BJP-Modi government, has caused a shake-up amongst the highest of ranks: Punjab state Police District Inspector General has resigned, in solidarity with the protests; this week, after the eighth round of failed talks between the Farmers Union leaders and the central government, Bhupinder Singh Mann, president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, one of four experts appointed to an arbitration committee by the Supreme Court of India, recused himself from the panel, citing an obvious solidarity with the farmers. At the Indian embassies and consulates of cities worldwide, with big Punjabi diaspora communities, protests continue in solidarity with the homeland.

Water Protectors | Food Providers (art : Mir Suhail)

Anywhere in the world, a peoples uprising is always fought to protect the sacred, to protect nature, to protect what we all know as our Mother, the home planet Earth. Anywhere in the world, a peoples uprising has to go up against the predatory colonizer, the oligarchy which attacks all that is natural, to own, oppress, control – never satisfied with the great gifts of bounty and abundance our Mother bestows upon us from her very body.

Women of the Lakota Sioux Nation, in the US state of Dakota, began the still continued, great, peoples uprising at Standing Rock to protect our Waters, Mni Wičoni (Lakota for “Water is Life”). There they said: “Don’t operate out of fear, operate out of hope. Because with hope everything is possible.” – Winona LaDuke

The uprising of this great protest by India’s Farmers, our Annadaatas [Food Providers], the KisanMorcha [Farmers March] and Andolan [movement] is to protect our Food. Here they say: “Hum maangne nahi aayein hain, hum apna haq lene aayein hain” [We have not come here to ask or beg, we have come to demand our rights]

The Farmers are fighting for us all, against far more than the Farm Bills

Wetiko, the mind virus of pathological greed for power and control, howls amongst us, run amok with madness, in our current times. Both these people’s movements, in opposite ends of the world, have faced the same state violence against them – as have all authentic, truth driven uprisings against the insanity of oligarchic oppression. Both movements are fuelled by faith, family, community, connection and a deep grounding in spirituality. Our daily prayer is for these spiritual battles to triumph, as they surely will. If you do not have a faith you follow, then take a minute through your days, please send your thoughts and your intention of well-being and victory towards these peaceful warriors of truth, justice and right-action. Send a thought and good intention for our futures, our children, to the people who have put themselves, on behalf of all humanity, on the front-lines of the war on water, food.. and life.

Don’t ever forget : WE ARE MANY, THEY ARE FEW.

From the beginning of the protests, the one important message to all who may want to help, from those that have put themselves at the front lines of this movement, has been consistent. They do not ask for donations, for money, for charity – they are our Annadaata, they don’t ask for anything, they give us our food; what they have said consistently has been for the truth, for real news and authentic information about the protests to be shared, to reach all corners of the country and of the world; and so all people everywhere know what is happening in India and are, themselves, inspired to rise and to take back our Mother from the clutches of the corporatocracy.

art: Mir Suhail

To say something is “big” in these times means it must really have to be electric, spontaneous, wild, free.. and honest. To say something is “big” means that its importance elevates above the din of all else that’s happening – on the daily! – in the sensory-overload-bender of our ongoing emergency-on-planet-Earth. “Big” in our times has to prove itself with authentic substance of spirit in our collective humanity, big of hope, pride, faith and big of heart. This, the Farmers Protests in India, is BIG. And it’s getting bigger by the day.

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If you would like to KNOW MORE and study the W5 (Who, What, When, Where, Why) of the great FARMERS PROTESTS in India, below follows an extensive list of CITATIONS for this article.
( * All talks/films/videos are in English or with English subtitles)

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Author Bio:
I come from a family that has served this nation across three generations, and as many wars, protecting and defending our country. Both my Grandfathers were Army Colonels, my Father was a Navy Commander; my Uncles, Brothers-Cousins, both sides, are Army, Navy and Airforce. Both sides of my extended family have continued Khetibaadi [farming] to this day: in maternal lands from Dehra Dun in Uttarakhand, to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, and Mallaj in the western province of Gandaki Pradesh in Nepal; in paternal lands of Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, and ancestral lands of Rawalpindi, in the Punjab province of what is now Pakistan. Both sides of my family, parivar and biradri [kith and kin] are now spread out across the world, in countries of the Americas, north and south, in countries of Europe, and as far as New Zealand.

Memoirs of my maternal Grandfather Colonel Gajendra Shamsher Malla

My paternal ancestry is that of proud Mohyal Punjabis. We carry a sacred lineage of centuries bestowed upon us, and continued with great honour in my family.

My father, Commander Lekh Raj Datt, Indian Navy

Our history is in the Sanatan Dharma, which precedes the religion of “Hinduism” (an exonymic etymology, in fact, from the Persians). Sanatan Dharma is a way of living based in truth, integrity, coherence, and a rationale worldview of observation-based-conclusions – to achieve moksha [liberation from the rebirth cycle].
We have a love for these lands, and connections to the soil, which again precedes the map drawn by a man who had never set foot in India – lines drawn on paper which cut through families, entire towns, villages and communities, resulting in the devastating Partition of 1947.
As a daughter of this soil, I am incensed – as are my powerful and principled sorority – about what is again being done to our Motherland: she is being carved up and sold, to the bidding and behest of the neofeudal techno-colonizers – the Davos/globalist/ WEF/”GreatReset” eugenicist-billionaires, through their locally appointed chattel. The “lawmakers” of India, occupying seats of privilege, granted to them by the people of this ancient subcontinent, seem to have forgotten they are “government servants“. Their greed for wealth and power, their souls corrupted by the wetiko mind virus, has made them lapse of their real duty, to the people they are meant to serve.
But, none of this will matter in the final moment of divine reckoning, towards which we are exponentially accelerating – nay, hurtling. We have withstood invasions across centuries, and through contenders of successive ‘governments’, in seven decades of alleged “independence”, and thousands of years of grand culture. We still prevail, and we always will. What we seek – and fulfil – by our daily, moment to moment intentions, thoughts, words, actions, practise, prayer, study, spirit and intellect – is an India lead by our greatest inheritance of conscious awareness; our Bharat Mata [Mother India] is a land where the highest aspiration of the human embodiment has always been to reach the crown-jewel of Self-Realization.
We are amidst a spiritual war in these times – a battleground we have engaged throughout our history – it is battle we are most highly trained and equipped for… it is in our dna.
#SatyamevJayate #JaiHind

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Addendum : Saturday, January 30th, 2021 – Day 66 of the Farmers Protests

After a communal meeting called a “MahaPanchayat” Upto 500,000 in number, Hindus, Muslims, Jats, Sikhs +++ united against the government and corporatocracy, are mobilized and have begun moving towards Delhi .
From Amandeep Sandhu “Lota Nun Oath Completely unreported in media, yesterday, lakhs [hundreds of thousands] of farmers from 36 Biradaris [clans] came together at the Muzzaffarnagar MahaPanchayat and took the oath of Lota Nun for a social boycott – hukka paani bandh – of the Bhartiya Janata Party. Friends tell me this oath of salt (nun) in Ganga water in a spouted vessel (lota) signifies that each oath taker’s individual view is now subsumed in the community’s view and can never be separated. The historical antecedents of this oath are yet to be established, they are not covered in textbooks. Very rarely in history have the Biradaris taken this oath. Most likely, its first occurrence was with Timur’s invasion of Delhi, 1398. It was taken in 1857, Meerut Uprising against British. Today is the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by RSS/Hindu Mahasabha. Gandhi had administered the Salt Pledge before Dandhi March.”

Addendum : Friday, January 29th, 2021 – Day 65 of the Farmers Protests; * Right wing extremists inflict violence upon Farmers at Singhu encampment site – as Riot Police stand by and watch

Addendum : Friday, January 29th, 2021 – Day 65 of the Farmers Protests; after attempts by #BadActors to destroy and break-up the KisanAndolan [Farmers Movement] during the Jan 26th Republic Day Tractor Parade.

ROLE OF JAT WOMEN IN EVENTS THAT SAVED THE KISAN ANDOLAN FROM STATE GOONS & POLICE
from
Amaresh Misra
President of Kisan Kranti Dal, the Uttar Pradesh based peasant party
Author of award winning non fiction books on modern Indian history

Addendum : Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 – Day 63 of Farmers Protests, after attempts by BJP/Modi/Gov to destroy the Peaceful Non-Violent Protests on Republic Day parade; SKM, Farmers Union, Press Note

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ESSENTIAL READING AND VIEWING ON THE GREAT #FarmersProtests INDIA🇮🇳 :

From the Stanford South Asian Society, this talk disseminates why these great Protests are happening in India – and why the Farmers of India are fighting to protect themselves, their lands, and their very livelihood from the onslaught of corporatocracy; fighting on behalf of not just the right to operate, in sovereignty, with dignity, in a free, fair and just mandi (market) system, but also, in fact, for our collective future.

Watch the talk HERE

Sainath: Farm protest is in defence of democracry, we’re reclaiming republic
“This struggle is not only about Punjab and Haryana, it has gone beyond this. What do you want, community or corporate-led agriculture? The farmers are directly confronting the corporate… This protest is in defence of democracy and we are reclaiming the republic,” said P Sainath.
https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/sainath-farm-protest-is-in-defence-of-democracry-were-reclaiming-republic-7141167/

Left, Khaps, Gender, Caste: The solidarities propping up the farmers’ protest
Writer Novelist [Panjab: Journeys Through Fault Lines] Amandeep Sandhu for The Caravan Magazine
https://caravanmagazine.in/agriculture/left-punjab-haryana-caste-gender-solidarities-farmers-protest

The Faces Behind the Farmer Revolt | Mint
http://www.amandeepsandhu.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Faces-of-Protests_Mint_07012021.pdf

“India’s far-right BJP government has been ruling for the elite for the past six years. The richest 10% now own 77% of the national wealth, while over 130 million Indians still live in extreme poverty, an economic gap that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is continuing to widen through his neoliberal project.
Oligarchy vs India’s working class  
Watch HERE

“THE DESIGN IS TO BRING 85% OF INDIA INTO URBAN CENTRES” Shock facts. And solutions: Why farmers are protesting | Food & Trade expert Devender Sharma with Journalist Shoma Chaudhury 
Watch HERE

And you thought it’s only about farmers?
The new farm laws disable the right to legal recourse of all citizens, not just farmers – to an extent unseen since the 1975-77 Emergency. The farmers at Delhi’s gates are fighting for the rights of us all
https://ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/and-you-thought-its-only-about-farmers/# 

India at a turning point | The Indian Farm Bills to force farmers to “get big or get out”?
https://www.iatp.org/blog/202012/india-turning-point

“We’ve reached a point, a few years ago, for the first time in human history, more people live in cities, than in the countryside. So now we have more consumers of food than those growing it. We’ve seen the wars of the past fought over resources like oil, but now they will be over food and water. Food security is a massive issue for every government, and the world’s super rich are creating alliances to capitalise their grip on the world’s food supply. During lockdown, around the world, the super rich have had enormous gains in their wealth, whereas the rest of the population have struggled.”
Watch HERE

Why Every Indian Needs To Oppose Farm Bills (English subtitles
Watch HERE

The Draconian Farm Bills explained
https://thewire.in/rights/farm-laws-legal-rights-constitution

Journalist & Activist P Sainath, Founder of People’s Archive of Rural India – PARI,  Explains Why Farmers Are Protesting | with Journalist Faye D’Souza
Watch HERE

Farm laws worsen a development model that covets land, ignores cultivator
https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/punjab-haryana-farmers-protest-farm-laws-modi-govt-7097187/

Indian farmers go on a hunger strike demanding the withdrawal of agri laws Leaders of 32 farmer organizations observed a day-long hunger strike at Delhi’s Singhu border. Thousands of farmers are gathered at the borders demanding the withdrawal of three agricultural laws
Peoples Dispatch

Colin Todhunter  GMO crop takeover in India (TC cued to start of English in vid) Colin Todhunter is an extensively published independent writer and former social policy researcher based in the UK and India | Truth About GMO’s & Farm Bills in India – Colin Todhunter
Watch HERE

Imperial Intent: Destroying India’s Farm Sector
Colin Todhunter in CounterPunch
Colin Todhunter in Dissident Voice

Health and Wealth in India – Farmers’ Lives Matter
Global Research

Rolling Back The Destructive Influence of The Global Agribusiness Cartel
Colin Todhunter in CounterCurrents

Understanding Ambani’s role in the Farm Bills, the 5 Billion Dollar Election Campaign and the Transformation of Facebook into Godi Media 
Watch HERE

Reliance starts using WhatsApp for grocery deliveries but model to evolve
JioMart, an e-commerce venture of Reliance Retail, is taking grocery orders on WhatsApp.
https://retail.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/e-commerce/e-tailing/reliance-starts-using-whatsapp-for-grocery-deliveries-but-model-to-evolve/75408748

Facebook is spending $5.7 billion to capitalize on India’s internet boom
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/22/tech/facebook-india-reliance-jio/index.html

Google Joins Facebook In Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Juggernaut
https://www.forbes.com/sites/meghabahree/2020/07/15/google-joins-facebook-in-billionaire-mukesh-ambanis-jio-juggernaut/

The informal sector is now seen as the next engine of growth for India’s economy. Nearly 81% of all employed persons in India make a living by working in the informal sector, with only 6.5% in the formal sector and 0.8% in the household sector, according to a new ILO (International Labour Organisation) report “Women and Men in the Informal Economy – A Statistical Picture  2018 .”A majority of women in India are informal workers. The statistics of the ILO report indicates that 95% of the workforce is in the informal sector.
IAS.NETWORK

Here’s Why Millions Are Still Protesting in India – Edit of NOW THIS video reportage – Human Rights & Environmental Activist Medha Patkar of the National Alliance of Peoples Movements
Watch HERE

Listen to farmers, withdraw the anti-agricultural laws: Rahul Gandhi tells PM Modi
India Today

“The objective of our social media messages is to counter the trolls and the campaign against farmers,” Gill said.
“We are not here for a picnic.”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-farms-protests-socialmedia-idUSKBN29905P

‘What is worrying us is that the government will force farmers to sell their produce to select big corporates’
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/the-interviews-blog/what-is-worrying-us-is-that-the-government-will-force-farmers-to-sell-their-produce-to-select-big-corporates/

Unprecedented Farmers Protests in India: Lest We Miss This Feminist Moment
Ms. Magazine

Photo Essay 
Look into their eyes – images from the farmer’s protest
https://www.indiatoday.in/farmers-protest-delhi-border-pictures

If We Were Honest | A series of documentaries on world events by Jason Bosch
IWWH Ep 14: World’s Largest Protest in Human History in India Over the Global Food Takeover
Watch HERE

CENSORED: The largest people’s uprising in the history of humanity against the globalist takeover of food | Yogeeta Mistry at Awakening Nation
https://awakeningnation.com/censored-the-largest-peoples-uprising-in-the-history-of-humanity-against-the-globalist-takeover-of-food/

Selected SHORT VIDEOS of the Farmers Protest sites 

FARMERS PROTEST MEDIA:

Trolley Times – a newspaper from inside the Farmers Protests to counter the “Godi media” disinformation campaign 
http://trolleytimes.com/

Trolley Times: The birth of a newspaper at Singhu Border
India Cultural Forum

‘Media not portraying us well’, so farmers print Trolley Times — their own newsletter
The Print

The Country’s Fastest-Growing Newspaper
Bloomberg Quint

Digitally support the Largest protest in history “A Heartfelt ThankYou to All the People Who Are Standing Hand-In-Hand With Us In Our Protest. Our plea to take a step further and firmly support us in our fight for our rights BY LIKING & SHARING OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS”
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RELATED | BJP/Modi government & India

“PB Mehta on the collapse of the Constitution & SC [Supreme Court]: “The SC has become dependent on the whims of individual judges. Constitutional terms no longer have any meaning. In practice it means very weak protection of civil liberties, an unusual deference to State power.”
https://www.telegraphindia.com/north-east/former-vice-chancellor-of-ashoka-universitys-call-to-reclaim-constitution/cid/1801193

Capitalism and the Gut-Wrenching Hijack of India
Global Research

PM Modi’s Interaction with Bill Gates:
https://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/pms-interaction-with-mr-bill-gates/

“Palestine is the model. Kashmir the trial balloon since Aug 2019 and ongoing. And they’re coming for the rest of us next.”
August 5th, 2020 marked one year of abrogation of Article 370
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18 Comments

  1. Hello Deepti, I saw you first on a “If We Were Honest” show along with Alison M and I was hooked. Thank you for bringing excellent clarity.

    I have been rabidly supporting the farmers and the farmer elders for a few weeks now. Have been sharing information widely with others.

    These wonderful souls (400K+ farmers) are showing the whole world that we all have the right to breathe free air and mingle with each other freely. It more than clearly shows how much of a hoax the current manufactured health crisis is.

    I can’t begin to explain how impressed I am with the clear-headedness, integrity, and sincerity of the farmer elders and their reps. Truly outstanding. RESPECT.

    – Sridhar

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    1. Thank you! Indeed, it is an honor to witness the integrity and authenticity of a people grounded in truth – zero bs. But that is who Punjabis are, at best – wild, big, loud, and deeply honest. Thank you again for reading and commenting, much appreciated.

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      1. Deepti, I have been sharing your latest article as well widely. I am part of the AFF India Discussion group (set up by Yohan Tengra) on Telegram. Let me check if your wonderful article has been shared there. Many thanks for everything you do. Hope that you have seen this recent important interview with Catherine Austin Fitts – https://www.bitchute.com/video/NCF94LZZZEGr/

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    2. You are supporting a ridiculous agitation. have you even read what the new laws say? are you aware of the ninth schedule to the constitution and the first amendment? here is what the real issue is
      In the 50’s the then govt enacted a law called the essential commodities act which prohibited farmers from selling their produce anywhere other than govt controlled markets called APMC or agri produce marketing committees. the produce could be purchased ONLY by “approved agents”. in time, these agents cartelized and have been looting farmers for 7 decades by dictating prices. in addition to that farmers had to pay a “cess” for use of govt market facilities. if some farmer managed to sell his produce directly from his farm gate, APMC thugs would land up at the farmer’s and demand the cess. the essential commodities act has been used by successive govts to keep price of agri produce down by banning exports and also importing agri produce and flooding the markets with it at a lower price. There is a clause in the essential commodities act which bans hoarding of agri produce. even farmers can’t keep their produce to sell when prices are right and HAVE to sell to the agents.
      Every year the govt buys a lot of grains from Punjab farmers for it’s public distribution system to be sold to the poor. The local punjab govt has been charging 6.5% cess on this. In addition to that, govt appointed middle men have been taking 2.5%. these figures run in billions of dollars. the local politicians obviously also have been looting farmers through these middle men who are their henchmen.
      the present govt has now passed 3 laws which unshackles farmers and allows them to sell their produce anywhere and to anyone they want without paying any cess to anyone. it also allows farmers to enter into contract farming in which it specifically mentions that farmland cannot be attached.
      The food corporation of India which buys these grains is funded b the central govt, basically tax payers. according to a govt study, almost 45% of it is lost by way of pilferage and other means. this is a huge drain on the economy too. the present govt now is trying to do away the public distribution system by resorting to direct cash transfers to the poor using the Adhaar registration system to identify the poor.
      obviously the local punjabi politicians don’t want this and have started a misinformation campaign that these laws will allow multi-nationals to loot them by taking control of the agri markets and that their land will be confiscated by them.

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  2. Thank you so much for spreading this information! I will forward this as far as I can. Please continue and I hope many, many will follow world wide! A great crime against humanity is committed at this moment by those supposedly protecting the people. Amazing how you are able to do this, hang in there and keep great faith! Wishing you all the love and prosperity that is in our world.

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      1. Thanks for the extensive mainsplaining there Sumant. Sure let’s not believe the people who are actually doing the work to which the 3 Farm Bills are relevant, but rather buy into your vitriol and ad hominem attacks instead.

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    1. Thank you W. Vooijs for the comment – there is a great crime against humanity being committed worldwide yes, I understand your meaning, and agree with you. We find great hope and inspiration in the Farmers and Workers, the People, coming together to fight injustice and stand up in the face of government oppression. Government is servant to the people, when it forgets this, it is the duty of the People to rise and fight this injustice. In Solidarity. #UnitedWeStand

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  3. I have the book written by Vandana Shiva called ONENESS Vs YHE 1% and I have heard about the Indian Farmers who were being forced to buy gmo seeds but I did not realise this was going on! It is phenomenal and stupendous and incredible!! Cannot tell you how my heart is full of praise and hope for the courage and strength of all the Lions!!!

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    1. Who says Indian farmers are being “forced” to buy GMOs?? that’s so much nonsense!! like a lot of things vandana shiva spews. please read my comment about what is really going on

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    2. We are all India-wide very inspired, in fact globally inspired, by this Andolan “movement” of the People. Indeed it is beautiful courage and strength of a People’s uprising against an oppresive and fascist diktat. Thank you for the comment Penelope, In Solidarity. #UnitedWeStand

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  4. I have never seen something so misleading. here is the gist of what is happening in Delhi. one of the most brainless and stupid of protests
    In the 50’s the then govt enacted a law called the essential commodities act which prohibited farmers from selling their produce anywhere other than govt controlled markets called APMC or agri produce marketing committees. the produce could be purchased ONLY by “approved agents”. in time, these agents cartelized and have been looting farmers for 7 decades by dictating prices. in addition to that farmers had to pay a “cess” for use of govt market facilities. if some farmer managed to sell his produce directly from his farm gate, APMC thugs would land up at the farmer’s and demand the cess. the essential commodities act has been used by successive govts to keep price of agri produce down by banning exports and also importing agri produce and flooding the markets with it at a lower price. There is a clause in the essential commodities act which bans hoarding of agri produce. even farmers can’t keep their produce to sell when prices are right and HAVE to sell to the agents.
    Every year the govt buys a lot of grains from Punjab farmers for it’s public distribution system to be sold to the poor. The local punjab govt has been charging 6.5% cess on this. In addition to that, govt appointed middle men have been taking 2.5%. these figures run in billions of dollars. the local politicians obviously also have been looting farmers through these middle men who are their henchmen.
    the present govt has now passed 3 laws which unshackles farmers and allows them to sell their produce anywhere and to anyone they want without paying any cess to anyone. it also allows farmers to enter into contract farming in which it specifically mentions that farmland cannot be attached.
    The food corporation of India which buys these grains is funded b the central govt, basically tax payers. according to a govt study, almost 45% of it is lost by way of pilferage and other means. this is a huge drain on the economy too. the present govt now is trying to do away the public distribution system by resorting to direct cash transfers to the poor using the Adhaar registration system to identify the poor.
    obviously the local punjabi politicians don’t want this and have started a misinformation campaign that these laws will allow multi-nationals to loot them by taking control of the agri markets and that their land will be confiscated by them.

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