Indian farmers remobilise

Submitted by AWL on 19 October, 2021 - 4:49 Author: Mohan Sen
"Rail roko" protest

In another sign of a revival of Indian farmers’ struggle against the Modi regime, thousands of farmers and supporters blocked train tracks across the country on 18 October.

The “Rail roko” (“Stop the trains”) mobilisation, organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha coalition of farmers’ unions, was focused on demanding the resignation of minister Ajay Mishra, after a car carrying his son mowed down and killed four protesters.

The farmers’ movement is aimed at winning repeal of three pro-capitalist agricultural “reforms” passed by India’s Hindu-nationalist-dominated parliament last year. It began in August 2020, surged following the December 2020 general strike, but then fizzled down from about April because of Covid-19.

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