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
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
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
The world’s largest democracy, India, has been witness to one of the most monumental mass protests since its independence, the Farmers’ Protest. Simply put, the protest fundamentally stands against the Farm Laws, which were enacted by the Indian government. These laws are listed below: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ac
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
Many international human rights bodies, state governments have spoken out that the rights of these protestors need to be protected. Their fundamental rights should be protected as they protest. More than a hundred people are dead and no one really knows who will be the next. Elderly couples, individual men and women, all strongly believe that the laws will be repealed. That is yet to be soon. The ruling government the BJP continues unabated not listening to their woes to rea