|This essay is a reflection of some of the distinctive aspects of the ongoing farmer’s movement in India that has passed its one-year mark. Situating the movement in the agrarian context of the region, I show the multi-pronged nature of the movement and the diverse tools that it has deployed for protesting against the controversial farm laws, which if it had been implemented would have further aggravated rural distress in the region. In this essay, I claim that the movement is also unique in the alliances that it has forged in the course of articulating its resistance, which though not firmed up as yet, has the potential to strengthen India’s democracy. |
Keywords: social movements, farmers unions, intersectionality, caste, globalization
Mending the Social? Reflections on Farmer’s Agitations in Contemporary India by Shoma Choudhury Lahiri
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|Shoma Choudhury Lahiri|
Department of Sociology, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India