On September 20, 2020, the Government of India passed the so-called three farm laws from Rajya Sabha based on a voice vote despite opposition asking for division, i.e., recorded vote. From that day onwards, MSP (Minimum support price) gained a lot of attention, which was not mentioned in the laws. In this article, we will try to answer three questions about the MSP. 1. What is the MSP and idea behind MSP?
2. Who and how is MSP calculated?
3. Who is getting the benefit of the
Farmers protesting against the three farm laws on the borders of Delhi have been demanding the abrogation of laws which are considered to favour big private players and are deemed as ‘anti-farmers’. Unfortunately, consequent to the agitation and the blockade in the national capital region, numerous fake news have been spread across social media. The misinformation targeted towards the protesting farmers tend to portray them as violent and extremists; seeking to discredit one
Written By: Jagit Singh I was fortunate a few years ago to go to Indiana, USA and speak at the Gurdwaras there. There is a significant Sikh population there. Many of them in trucking, moving from New York and California for cheaper cost of living. They live in places like Greenwood where they feel safe in Sikh/Punjabi areas. Fed Ex facility has 95% Punjabi employees. From reports it seemed to be a place where these families supplemented incomes and found a social scene. They
Written By: Rishi Baadshah – @rishibaadshah I visited the Tikri border after an entire month. My main goal for this visit was to check the sanitation conditions at the protest site at the Tikri border. Beginning at Pakoda Chownk I started my visit, which was approximately 4 – 5 kilometers away from the main stage of SKM (Sanyukt Kissan Morcha). As the temperature continuously rises in India, farmers at protest sites have adapted to these rising temperatures by altering the in
Abstract 250 million farmers and activists are protesting throughout India against three farming bills recently passed through an ordinance by Prime Minister Modi and his government. In short, the farming bills deregulate agriculture, paving the way for the private sector to exploit and monopolize agricultural commodities. Indian farmers are outraged by the passing of these laws, claiming it will ruin their livelihoods and increase their already existing debt. Many first-worl
With 60 percent of the India’s population working in agriculture, the sector has since long been hit by the suicide crisis. The 2019 data from the National Crime Records Bureau indicates that 10,281 people dependent on agriculture killed themselves (i.e. approximately 7.4 per cent of India’s total suicide victims; pointing out an average of 28 farmer suicides every single day). The reasons behind this crisis range from debt, low production prices, family responsibilities, inc
In the later part of 2020 when the farmers’ protest had started, many families from across Punjab and Haryana came to the Delhi borders and decided not to leave the sites until the time their demands were wholeheartedly met. On one hand, these protests have shaken the core of the Indian government and on the other hand, they have also impacted the day to day lives of these protesting farmers, including the education of their children. But this did not deter the children or th
1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you do? I was born and raised in India and then I came to the US when I was 21 years old for a master’s degree at the University of Florida. I moved to Canada eventually for professional opportunities. I am an activist and a community builder. I work on issues from sustainable energy, gender equality, student government and jobs across different sectors, I come from a family of farmers and soldiers. My great-g
The spring season in the year 2021, the month of Vaisakh in the Sikh calendar has an air of solidarity and unity. Sikhs around the globe have seen farmers from all over India under the leadership of their brothers and sisters in Punjab and Haryana make a stand for justice. It is a loud and peaceful movement. It is called by many names. Andolan. Morcha. Protest. Scent of ‘inquilab’ fills the air. The hardest working hands in India, farmers and mazdoors are calling for economic
Sis Yatra of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib: Voyage of the Severed Sacred Head
(Courtesy: Dr. Amrit Kaur, Retd. Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org) Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the ninth prophet-teacher of the Sikhs was cruelly martyred by beheading him on November 11, 1675, in Chandni Chowk, Delhi under the orders of the Emperor Aurangzeb. Besides martyring Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Aurangzeb also passed orders that the whole family of the person who goes near the deceased’