1.Techies for Farmers
2. Artists for Farmers
KisanMukti March; 29th-30th Nov
“The artists and writers of this country fully endorse the demand to hold a special parliament session to address the plight of our farmers.”
Artists For Farmers group, which includes many artists, intellectuals and writers, have expressed solidarity with the thousands of farmers and agricultural workers from all over the country who are marching to Delhi. They will enter the city from four different directions and congregate at Ramlila maidan on the night of November 29 and will march to the Parliament for a public meeting on the morning of November 30.
The farmers from across India are demanding a special 21 day session of the Parliament on the agrarian crisis, and other related issues such as the implementation of the recommendations made in the Report of the National Commission for Farmers, which has been with the Parliament for over 12 years without consideration.
University teachers, students, bankers, doctors, lawyers, citizens’ groups, community organisations, NGOs, street vendor associations, media professionals and people from various walks of life are supporting the march and will be marching to the Parliament with the farmers.
To express their solidarity, Artists For Farmers will be organising the following events and campaigns.
– Banner holding and distribution of leaflets in Delhi (3.30 pm to 5 pm)
- 26th Nov – Karol Bagh (Gurudwara Road and AryaSamaj Road crossing)
- 27th Nov – Connaught Place (Palika Bazar metro station exit Gate no. 6)
- 28th Nov – ITO (near metro station lift near Pyarelal Bhavan on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg)
– Welcoming the farmers jatha
- 29th Nov; 2 pm to 4 pm – National Gandhi Museum and Library (Opp. Raj Ghat towards Dilli Gate)
- In the evening; 6 pm – a special cultural evening – EkShaamKisanoKeNaam– at the Ramlila maidan camp.
– Artists for Farmers march with the farmers
- 30th Nov; 9 am – We join the marching farmers at Barahkhamba Road- Tolstoy Marg crossing on the Arya Orphanage side.
Eminent artists and intellectuals such as Anand Patwardhan, Nayantara Sahgal, K Satchidanandan, Orijit Sen, Sanjna Kapoor, T M Krishna, Githa Hariharan, Sharankumar Limbale, Ganesh Devy, Rahman Abbas, Kiran Nagarkar, Raosahab Kasbe, Manglesh Dabral, Damodar Mauzo, Atamjit Singh, Uday Prakash, Javarimal Parikh, and many others are in support of the march.
Artists for Farmers
3. Lawyers for Farmers
4. Teachers for Farmers
5. Students for Farmers
6. Photographers for Farmers
7. Bankers for Farmers
8. Doctors for Farmers
9. Journalists for Farmers
NWMI calls upon media to address demands of the Dilli Chalo farmers’ rally
The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI), a forum of media professionals from across the country, expresses strong support for and draws the media’s attention to the Kisan Mukti March at New Delhi on November 29 and 30, 2018, when thousands of farmers and farm labourers from across India will be marching to the capital. This can no longer be ignored.
In the past 20 years, over 3 lakh farmers have committed suicide. The Census of India 2011 shows us that, between 1991-2011, about 1.5 crore farmers have quit cultivation. The rate of increase in the minimum support price – the guaranteed price at which the government buys farm produce – has been declining since 2010, although input prices of seeds, transportation and fertilizers have spiked. Indebtedness is causing distress sale of farm land, and distress migration of farm workers. Unjust government policies and privatization have deepened the water crisis, and robbed Adivasis, Dalits and marginalised communities of livelihood and access to agricultural land, rivers and forests. Successive governments have often reacted with ill-thought out policies and political expediency.
The combined effect of all this has led to the collapse of agriculture. Yet, a crisis of this magnitude has been routinely ignored by the mainstream media.
The NWMI has consistently stood with the marginalized and the voiceless. Its members have relentlessly covered the deepening crisis in farming, growing alienation of land from among the Adivasis and Dalit, the difficult times faced especially by women farmers, and the hopelessness of the situation driving several farmers to commit suicides. We are acutely aware of the importance of connecting the dots and writing about agriculture, complex policies and rural India in a way that speaks to each one of us as we sit for a meal with our families or buy vegetables in the market. We know that it is even harder to impact policy changes that are not political band-aids or populist sops.
But with some effort, investment and editorial clarity, it is possible to tell one of the biggest and most crucial stories in India today.
This farmers’ rally brings the farm crisis to Delhi, and it offers long-term ways forward. It wants the Parliament to adopt two private members’ bills on credit and remunerative prices. It wants three days of real debate in Parliament on women farmers, whose starting point could be M.S. Swaminathan’s Women Farmers’ Entitlement Bill, which lapsed in 2013. The rally calls for the grave water crisis to be seriously addressed. It wants an opportunity for farmers to speak inside Parliament, especially the Lok Sabha, which is supposed to be the House of the People.
This is an opportunity to generate detailed, genuine debate on the future of agriculture, a sector that sustains us all. NWMI members nationwide will be covering the rally, as well as writing about agricultural issues from their regions. We urge the rest of our colleagues to join us:
- To fill the gaping hole in mainstream media with sharp, sensitive stories on agriculture, on the front page and prime time;
- To record and disseminate in mainstream, social and alternative media, the voices of especially marginalised groups of farmers: women, Dalit and tenant farmers, as well as landless labourers, whose land and livelihood rights we stand by;
- To challenge politicians who sideline core socioeconomic issues by resorting to divisive politics.
The Network of Women in Media, India
10. Autorickshaw drivers for Farmers
11. Ex- servicemen for Farmers
12. Freedom Fighters for Farmers
Hausabai Patil and Captain Bhau of the legendary Toofan Sena fought for independence and equality. They managed to achieve only one of these goals. This is why they are now sending a message of solidarity for the #KisanMuktiMarch and supporting our call for a special session of Parliament on the agrarian crisis and related issues.