Indian Farmers Resume March to Delhi Demanding Guaranteed Crop Prices Amid Electoral Tensions


Thousands of farmers in India continue to protest, demanding guaranteed minimum prices for their crops and better pensions, among other things. The protests come at a critical time as India prepares for national elections, posing a significant challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who seeks a rare third term. Despite heavy security measures to deter protesters, the farmers remain determined to have their demands met, recalling the successful rollback of controversial agricultural laws in 2021 after prolonged protests.
  • Farmers demand guaranteed minimum prices for crops, better pensions, and loan waivers.
  • The protests are a significant challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national elections.
  • In 2021, farmers’ protests led to the rollback of three controversial agricultural laws.
  • More than 50% of India’s farmers are in debt, highlighting a growing disparity between urban and rural India.
  • Heavy security and measures like drones spraying tear gas are being used to stop farmers from marching to the capital.
  • A 20-year-old farmer died during the protests, which turned violent at one point.
  • The government is using heavy force against the protesters, despite the political risk as farming communities form an influential voting block.
  • Experts suggest the government might have to concede to some demands ahead of the elections to avoid alienating the farming community.

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