Why India’s farmers fight to save a broken system

Jaswinder Singh Gill at his home in Amritsar, India, on Feb. 25, 2021. Gill had plowed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre plot, but new laws could make the farm virtually unsustainable. (Rebecca Conway/The New York Times)

Jaswinder Singh Gill had ploughed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre plot in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, just a dozen miles from the border with Pakistan. He has eked rice out of the sandy, loamy soil with the help of generous government […]

Thunberg joins climate protest in Stockholm

Published: March 20, 2021 11:42:20 Climate activist Greta Thunberg took part in a protest under the banner of “No More Empty Promises” in central Stockholm on Friday, with protesters attending in shifts to avoid breaching coronavirus restrictions. The youth movement Fridays for Future, which urges global leaders to listen to climate scientists and stop global […]

What life is like in Indian farmers protest camps on Delhi’s outskirts

In November, farmers infuriated by new agricultural reforms drove in tractor conveys from around India to set up multiple blockades at the city’s borders. This camp at Ghazipur on the border between Delhi and the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh is one of three major temporary settlements on the outskirts of the capital. Almost everyone […]

Top news of the day: Clashes break out at farmer protest site in Singhu border; Economic Survey says India reaping ‘lockdown dividend’ by saving lives and livelihood, and more

Top news of the day: Clashes break out at farmer protest site in Singhu border; Economic Survey says India reaping ‘lockdown dividend’ by saving lives and livelihood, and more

The major news headlines of the day, and more. A group of locals started pelting stones after entering the protest site where farmers have been demanding a repeal of the three farm laws passed by the Central government. The group claiming to be locals residents have been wanting the farmers to clear the area that […]

Women farmers at the Delhi protest ask, ‘What’s for us in these laws?’

Women farmers at the Delhi protest ask, ‘What’s for us in these laws?’

In the middle of December, farmers on Delhi’s Tikri border protesting the three new agriculture laws were joined by hundreds of women farmers from Punjab’s Malwa region. They came in 17 buses and 10 tractor trolleys, nearly 1,000 of them, to demand that the ‘‘black laws” be repealed. As they descended from the vehicles, the […]

Why are Indian farmers protesting?

Why are Indian farmers protesting?

File photo: Farmers shout slogans at a protest site during a nationwide strike against the newly passed farm bills on a foggy morning, at Singhu border near Delhi on December 8, 2020 Reuters More than 300,000 farmers have killed themselves since the 1990s As an army of resolute Indian farmers keeps up its blockade of […]