India, no country for farmers?

India has witnessed several farmer agitations across the states as the policies adopted by the central government hardly met the grievances of the agricultural labourers.

Published: 21st June 2017 06:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2017 06:51 PM   |  A+A-

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By Online Desk

Across the country, the farmers have been launching strikes protesting against the government's apathy towards the agricultural sector.

The reasons for the protest may vary across the states. But the commonality lies in the deflation of prices for agricultural products and the burden of loans.

The demonetisation of currencies, new cattle trade rules along with the scarcity of water and the drought aggravated the plight of rural farmers. The farmers have adopted several ways to express their anguish.

Let's have a look at the farmer agitations across the country.

TAMIL NADU

The Tamil Nadu farmers launched a 41-day protest demanding drought-relief in the month of March and April at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. They adopted extreme measures like drinking urine to attract the attention of the government. 

Farmers enact hangings of other farmers affected by crop distress. | HT

Farmers stage a protest by holding living mice in their mouth. | HT

Enacting a scene, a farmer whipped by a man dressed as Modi. | HT

MAHARASHTRA 

The farmers from at least seven districts in Maharastra launched a two-day strike in June seeking loan waiver, free electricity and a higher price for their products among other demands.

Farmers spill milk on road as a mark of protest. | Livemint

A farmer throws the vegetables as a part of protest | The Indian Express

The protestors blocking the vehicle. | The Wire

MADHYA PRADESH

Demanding loan waiver, the farmers in Mandsaur launched a massive protest during which five of them were killed in police firing. The state has witnessed the suicide of 17 farmers ever since the agitation has begun. 

The agitating farmers burnt down vehicles. | Oneindia

The protestors burning the effigy of Chief Minister. | PTI

The furious farmers protesting against police action. | Firstpost

Punjab

Protesting against the killing of Madhya Pradesh farmers in police firing and demanding loan waiver, farmers in Punjab held dharnas.

The farmers during their protest at Jantar Mantar in April. | Daily World

The farmers held dharnas on June 12. | The Tribune

Farmers protesting against the killing of MP farmers. | HT

With the rising farmer agitations and suicides, it's the time for the government to think about possible solutions to tackle the issues.

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