Around 35,000 farmers are currently protesting at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai. The whole scenario is organised by All India Kisan Sabha.
Why are farmers protesting? Here are the main points:
- Unconditional waiver of loans, electricity bills, minimum support price for agriculture produce and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations.
- Pension scheme for farmers.
- Protection of land owned by tribals.
On the other hand, Poonam Mahajan of the BJP gave a controversial statement regarding the protest, “I respect these farmers but what has bothered me the most is that these farmers are holding communist flags. I hope farmers aren’t being used for political agendas.”
Bollywood comes in support of 35,000 farmers
Many Bollywood actors showed their support to the farmers. Actor Kunal Khemu wrote, “I feel very emotional listening to the plight of the farmers and their stories. Walking barefoot and with bare necessities and still being as patient, calm and disciplined. I really hope we find a way to help end the prolonged ordeal of the backbone of this country – Jai Kisan!”
Riteish Deshmukh said: “50,000 farmers walked 180kms, asking for the rightful compensation for their crop. On their last stretch, they walked all night making sure they didn’t disturb the SSC board examinations.
#Compassion #respect #Salute #JaiKisan.”
Other stars reacted as follows:
Calling it. So in a day or so this Kisaan March will be labeled as something else entirely, accused of having an opposition agenda, that message will 'organically' be shared through thousands of IT cells handles, and the tax money you and I spend….paid for that process. Enjoy.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) March 11, 2018
Mondays are a time to share quotes about Motivaton to get to work.Over 35K farmers have walked for days to get to Mumbai.We Mumbaikars are fed by them..Seeing the elderly amongst them with calloused feet,I cannot preach about motivation.Their determination is enough of an example pic.twitter.com/DsEHwRawAw
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 12, 2018
Some of the jokers in our Parliament and outside need to learn lessons from the farmers in Maharashtra: even protests can be decent and done with care for others. Not like louts…
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) March 12, 2018
The Indian farmer is an amazing person. He is fighting a losing battle against nature, life and the State—for years now. He deserves our respect and support. Not political cliches. https://t.co/i5mWUz5y4z
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) March 12, 2018
After walking 180 km, over 35,000 farmers are marching into Mumbai tomorrow, asking for their rightful compensation. They are incurring losses so that we have food on our plates.
Least you can do is not whine about traffic jams. Spare them your urban snobbery. #KisanLongMarch
— Neeraj Ghaywan (@ghaywan) March 11, 2018
Reposting the video of the farmer’s agitation night walk across the city.
Only the audio attached earlier I believe pic.twitter.com/bZeeJjdmCM
— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) March 12, 2018
With blisters in the foot.. hunger in their eyes our farmers have walked seeking #fairplay #dignity …this is the Truth because of your Lies and failed promises .. will you give them justice as they knock at your door… before they rise to knock you out #justasking pic.twitter.com/6lry7X0wz1
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) March 12, 2018
As long as the farmers and soldiers are willing to die for us, RESPECT 🙏
The moment they protest against any injustice, POLITICAL AGENDA 😡
— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) March 12, 2018