Final Reflections on the Farmers’ Movement – Editorial Team

Spring 2022 Special Section on Farmers Movement in India The end of the yearlong farmers agitation on November 19, 2021, led mostly by farmers from Punjab and Haryana at the borders of Delhi marked a tremendous success in its resistance to legislation of the central government and corporatization of agriculture in India. The movement defeated … Read more

Dalits and Farmers’ Movement in India – Nirmal Singh

Spring 2022 Abstract The farmers and laborers were two primary stakeholders who comprised a majority of protesters at the most recent farmers movement on the borders of Delhi, the capital of India. While the farmers are mainly the land-owning upper caste communities known as Jats (Sikhs in Punjab and Hindus in other northern states), the … Read more

Who are farmers in India after all? A conceptual exercise and a policy question – Sejuti Das Gupta, Ishita Mehrotra, and Aparajita Bakshi

Spring 2022 Abstract Definitional exercises are by nature political and nowhere does this come across more clearly than in attempts to define farmers in India. Any such effort is bound to be contentious but nonetheless necessary for understanding the nature of Indian state and its policies. This article is one attempt at understanding ‘farmers’ as … Read more

Photo Essay – Artistic Response to the Farmers’ Protest 2020-21 – Anju Bala

Spring 2022 Abstract Artists are an inseparable part of society. They tend to express emotions through different genres of art, such as painting, sculpture, art installation, cartooning and digital art to name a few. I witnessed this kind of artistic expression during the recently concluded farmers protest in India. Artists played an important role in … Read more

Book Review: The Last Queen – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Spring 2022 Book Review: The Last Queen – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s latest novel The Last Queen (2021) depicts the turbulent life of Maharani Jind Kaur (c.1817-1863), Queen Regent of the Sikh Empire (1843-1846). Narrated chronologically, it offers a fictional representation of Rani Jindan’s childhood, her courtship and marriage to Maharaja Ranjit Singh … Read more

On the Farmers’ Movement – Editorial Team

Fall 2021 Special Section on Farmers Movement in India On November 19, the day of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced that the three agricultural laws that sparked a sustained resistance to them by both farmers and farm laborers will be repealed. Thus, today, as the editorial team prepares its … Read more

The 2020 Indian Farm Laws in an emergent Global Financial – AgriTech Accumulation Regime by Bikrum Gill

Fall 2021 Abstract Much of the popular analysis of the 2020 farmers protests in India identifies an “authoritarian” BJP government as the primary antagonistic force threatening the livelihoods of farmers in major grain producing states such as Punjab.  This paper is motivated by concern that such a “methodologically nationalist” and “presentist” account risks obscuring more … Read more