In Pics: Stories From Delhi’s Kisan March Rally
An airplane passes by as protesters take rest in Delhi’s Mahipalpur, on the way to the Ramlila grounds.
An airplane passes by as protesters take rest in Delhi’s Mahipalpur, on the way to the Ramlila grounds.(Photo: Anthony Rozario/The Quint)

In Pics: Stories From Delhi’s Kisan March Rally

Thousands of footsteps thundered the national capital on Thursday morning as farmers from across the country marched to Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

The country is staring at a major agrarian crisis and the marching farmers aim to put the same crisis in spotlight.

Farmers’ rights group are demanding that the Indian Parliament calls for a special session and pass the two bills: the first bill relates to one-time full loan waiver as a relief to debt-ridden farmers. The second bill is a long term institutional measure to ensure farmers are not pushed to indebtedness again.

Their demand is to guarantee remunerative price to farmers as per recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, that calls for fixing Minimum Support Price at 50 percent above the comprehensive cost of production.

Farmers, workers and agricultural laborers arrive in New Delhi.
Farmers, workers and agricultural laborers arrive in New Delhi.
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Farmers, workers and agricultural labourers wave red Communist flags as they arrive in the Indian capital for a two-day protest.
Farmers, workers and agricultural labourers wave red Communist flags as they arrive in the Indian capital for a two-day protest.
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Members of All India Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (AIKS) marking their attendance in the march. 
Members of All India Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (AIKS) marking their attendance in the march. 
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Frustrated farmers have taken to the streets of Delhi in hopes of a better livelihood.
Frustrated farmers have taken to the streets of Delhi in hopes of a better livelihood.
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Footsteps of hundreds of farmers thundered in Delhi ahead of the mass gathering slated for Friday. 
Footsteps of hundreds of farmers thundered in Delhi ahead of the mass gathering slated for Friday. 
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The march has been supported by different contingents like the students for farmers, journalists for farmers, artists for farmers, lawyers for farmers and doctors for farmers. The civil society has come out in solidarity with the agitating farmers.

Frustrated farmers have taken to the streets of Delhi in hopes of a better livelihood. Lakhs of farmers and volunteers are taking the 'Kisan March' to the Ramlila Maidan in the heart of the National Capital.

Farmers from across the country are walking on the roads of the national capital, only to demand basic rights for themselves to be able to facilitate their livelihood. From not being able to feed family to not being able to repay loans, everyone has a story to tell.

Here are some of the faces that marched on Thursday morning to reach the Ramlila Maidan.

‘Youth Support Will Make Farmers Hopeful’

Abhyas, 16, Panchkula, class 9. He was at the protests to support farmers so that they get their rights. 
Abhyas, 16, Panchkula, class 9. He was at the protests to support farmers so that they get their rights. 
(Photo: Anthony Rozario/The Quint)
“This government doesn’t listen to farmers. If we, the youth support farmers, it’ll give them some hope.”
Abhyas, Protester

‘No Fair Price for Crop, No Insurance’

Trinath, Odisha. 24. He studied till class 10, then dropped out due to family’s financial condition. 
Trinath, Odisha. 24. He studied till class 10, then dropped out due to family’s financial condition. 
(Photo: Anthony Rozario/The Quint)
“Don’t get insurance on time, there is no fair price for the crop, no pension. 10-15 farmers have committed suicide in the last two years do to crop failure in my village.”
Trinath, Protester

Upon being asked if he is married, he said, “Where’s the money?”

‘Selling Beans at Rs 2, Youth is Taking to Alcohol and Drugs’

Kapuri Haldar, Sundarbans, West Bengal: Widow, 60
Kapuri Haldar, Sundarbans, West Bengal: Widow, 60
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“Prices of vegetables are really low, we are left with no savings. I am selling beans at Rs 2 per kg. There is no market mechanism. Distressed farmers and young boys are now taking to alcohol and other drugs.”
Kapuri Haldar, Protester
Sunil Rajput, 22, Ganganagar, Rajasthan: BSc Graduate.
Sunil Rajput, 22, Ganganagar, Rajasthan: BSc Graduate.
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It (farming) is a lot of hard-work, but we don’t get profits. Don’t have knowledge of any other crop. Jobs only pay Rs 8,000 first, then Rs 12,000-13,000 so it’s not viable. I have a Rs 5 lakh loan.
Sunil Rajput, Protester

‘Sometimes, My Family Gets Just One Meal a Day’

Pandey, Sundarban, West Bengal (29): Works as a farm labourer.
Pandey, Sundarban, West Bengal (29): Works as a farm labourer.
(Photo: Anthony Rozario/The Quint)
“If the farmers don’t get fair prices, our wages get delayed, reduced. I have 3 kids. Sometimes, my family has just one meal in a day.”
Pandey, Farm Labourer

‘Unable to Sell Crop, Stream and Canals Have Dried Up’

Rai Bhar Nambardar (62): Mewat, Haryana
Rai Bhar Nambardar (62): Mewat, Haryana
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“I am unable to sell Bajra crop, the streams and canals have dried up. There is power only for 3 hours. It’s difficult to get connections, how will our children study in the dark?”
Rai Bhar Nambardar, Farmer

The farmers are demanding the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee report, increased minimum support price (MSP).

They also want a special Parliament session to discuss two Bills – Farmers’ Freedom from Indebtedness Bill, 2018, and Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill, 2018.

(Photo: Anthony Rozario/The Quint)

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