“Humein Covid se darr nahin lagta, lekin humaare saath jo bhed-bhaav ho raha hai, us se lagta hai” (“We are not afraid of Covid, we are afraid of the discrimination against us”) – NDTV, Nov 27, 2020
The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia stands unequivocally in support of farmers protesting the three recently passed agriculture-related bills in India.
The protest, which took over two months to plan, has been endorsed by more than 500 farmers’ organizations across the country.
We stand in solidarity with these farmers’ demand to repeal the new farm bills: The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, and The Farm Services and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. These Acts will deprive farmers of the guaranteed minimum support price for their produce and open the flood gates to the entry of big private capital in India’s agricultural sector. Privatization of key aspects of agricultural production and distribution will play havoc with the already fragile food security situation in the country.
The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia joins the farmers in demanding that these three agriculture-related bills be immediately repealed.
A selection of news outlets covering the farmers’ protest: