Like their counterparts around the world, farmers in the Indian state of Maharashtra face low crop prices and heavy debt burdens, and a precarious livelihood. Fed up with the right-wing BJP government’s failure to keep its promises, a group of 50,000 farmers organized by the All India Kisan Sabha, or Peasants’ Union, marched over 100 miles to gather in Mumbai, the state capital.
They came barefoot but determined; they left victorious. After a brief meeting with the farmers’ delegates on Monday, the state government agreed to all their demands. A great step forward, but neither the beginning nor the end of the fight for India’s farmers. Read more here.