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that the three agricultural laws that sparked a sustained resistance to them by both farmers and farm laborers will be repealed.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

Farm laws, Indian capitalism and Hindutva by Pritam Singh

Fall 2021 1st Paragraph As part of Hindutva’s politico-economic perspective on India, with a specific focus on the agrarian economy, the current Bharatiya Janata Party government (henceforth the BJP), which represents Hindutva ideology, brought in three Ordinances on June 5, 2020, in the name of reforming agricultural marketing and improving farmer welfare. All three were … Read more

Farmers’ Movement in Punjab: Consciousness and Politics by Surinder Singh

Fall 2021 Abstract The paper argues that the leaders in the ongoing farmers’ movement in India are playing a decisive role in raising consciousness among farmers and agricultural labourers, including influencing them to assert their rights in the political scenario at the level of state as well as the centre. The rising consciousness and fear … Read more

Photo Essay – Documenting the farmers movement with photographs from the field: An Interview with former sarpanch of Khassan, Dr. Narinder Singh Kang by Diditi Mitra

Fall 2021 1st Paragraph The farmers movement in India, in response to the recently passed farm laws by the Government of India, continues with fervor even as it comes up on a year. Support for the agitating farmers have come from diverse groups, both from within India as well as internationally – climate activists, celebrities, … Read more

Photo Essay – Art of the Protest: A Selection of Paintings, Sculpture, Photographs, Graphics and Songs inspired by the Kisan Mazdoor Andolan by Sonia Dhami

Fall 2021 1st Paragraph India’s farmers and farm workers have been protesting against the three new Farm Laws1 since they were passed through an ordinance by the Indian parliament in September 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. They continue to sit in protest at the borders of Delhi even today. Keywords: farm protests, Gurpreet Singh, … Read more