km in darkness and silence (as silent as it is possible for such a
multitude to be)."
into Mumbai, captured the city’s imagination and left it with an
enduring memory. They won over the megapolis, outsmarted
far more powerful adversaries, leaving a political statement that
“made the deaf hear and the blind see.”"
spoke for every farmer and labourer in the country. The protestors
were very poor farmers and workers – in India’s wealthiest state.
Gaps between rich and poor are beyond obnoxious in Maharashtra."
had given certain specific assurances to the Indian peasantry.
They had said that they would accept the demands for a series of
concerns, such as:
• Farm loan waiver.
• Remunerative prices..."
Commission of Farmers (2006), chaired by Dr. M.S. Swamin-
• Stringent implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA).
• Increase in various pension schemes for poor peasants and
pest attacks (such as pink bollworm on cotton).
• Vesting of temple and pasture lands in the name of the tiller.
• Opposition to acquisition of peasant land in the name of fancy
and elitist projects."
• Complete change in the river linking scheme that is to start in
Nashik, Thane and Palghar districts. The AIKS demands that
the tribal villages not be submerged and that the water is made
available to these districts"
Over the past two years, the BJP governments at the centre and
at the state have betrayed the assurances given to the peasantry.
This list of demands and grievances has been ignored."
"Fadnavis gave this assurance to representatives of protesting farmers who marched to Azad Maidan here for redressal of their grievances, which include compensation for drought and transfer of forest rights to tribals."