Issue Brief on “BJP’s Uneven Treatment of Farmers Amidst Upcoming General Elections”

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Indian farmers’ protests in the country have revealed uneven policies of the government towards the group that makes a major contribution to India’s GDP. Farmers from major Indian states– Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh– marched against the Centre’s policies that benefit the corporate sector at the cost of farmers’ rights. They started their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march spearheaded by ‘Samyukt Kisan Morcha’ (SKM), ‘Kisan Mazdoor Morcha’, and ‘Kisan Mazdoor Sandharsh Committee’. Besides, more than 200 farmer unions are also participating in the march. Alongside using force to stop farmers, the government has completed four rounds of talks, but has been unsuccessful in convincing farmers to withdraw their call for a long march.[1] The farmers resumed their march towards Delhi on February 21, which was halted due to the talks suggested by the Centre.[2]

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