Declare 26th November as International Farmers Day

Declare 26th November as International Farmers Day

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Manohar Singh started this petition to United Nations and

Farmers have been suffering for the last over 40 years worldwide due to corporatisation of farming and absence of Minimum Support Price of produce, including Indian farmers, who due to economic distress have resorted to suicides. For the last 30 years, over 350,000 farmers have committed suicide in India.

After Indian Govt passed three Anti farmers Laws, farmers of Punjab province of India started protests for repeal of these laws which aim at corporatising of farming and passing of a Law for providing them Minimum Support Price (MSP). These Farmers Protests culminated at borders of New Delhi, the Capital of India on 26th November, 2020, where farmers from other provinces of India joined them.  85% of farmers in India own less than two hectares of land. These Protests are continuing even after completion of six months.

The farmers have been protesting under the aegis of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a Joint Front of Farmers, constituting of over 40 Farmers Unions from allover India.

These three Anti Farmers Farm Laws violate UN declaration on farmers’ rights signed by India and SKM has presented their case to UNHRC in this regard on 15.03.2021, the 110th day of farmers protests.

The Farmers Protests are totally peaceful, guided by teachings of ninth Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur, who sacrificed his own life in 1675, peacefully protesting against the Human Rights violations of a large section of Indian society..

Millions of farmers are taking part in these protests in turns. Other sections of society, viz workers, journalists, lawyers, singers, actors, other professionals have been regularly participating in these protests.

During these protests, the image of protesting farmers has been repeatedly tarnished, through false propaganda being perpetuated by Corporate Owned Mass Media. Besides, there have been manipulations to involve the farmers into false criminal cases by planting sponsored personnel in the protest programs chalked out by protesting farmers. Even those who are supporting farmers protests are not being spared and are being jailed after being involved in false charges.

Protesting farmers have been suffering vagaries of weather in the open, be it extreme cold temperature of one to two degree Celsius or heat of 43 degree Celsius, heavy rains and storms and over 400 farmers have died in this period due to these weather conditions or while commuting to and from these protest sites.

The farmers protests in India are getting whole hearted support of farmers, intellectuals and people of Indian origin of US, Canada, Europe, Australia and many other countries. Even Parliamentarians of UK, Australia, Canada have passed resolutions of Solidarity with Indian Protesting Farmers.

Farmers Protests in India at the borders of New Delhi are extended to 10 to 15 km from borders. Farmers of India and their supporters contribute its expenses. The arrangements of food, medicines, cleanliness, security, protection from cold, heat, rain and storm are exemplary. Even in this second deadly wave of Pandemic, farmers protests haven’t dampened and they are continuing protests.

Farmers Protests in India are unique protests in the world, parallel of which has never been staged so far in world history. Their zeal can be compared to that of Workers Protests for eight hours daily work in 1880s in US, in which many workers sacrificed their lives. To commemorate these sacrifices, May 1 was declared International Workers Day. Similarly, 26th November, 2020 is the unique day, when these historic, unparalleled Farmers Protests started at borders of New Delhi and are continuing even after six months inspite of all sufferings and sacrifices. It is therefore requested that 26th November may be declared ‘International Farmers Day’ by UN, during the existence of Farmers’ Protests itself to recognise the struggles of farmers of world in general and unique struggle by Indian farmers in particular.

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