Fri 26 Nov: join farmers’ victory celebration outside India High Commission, London

Indian farmers celebrating when repeal of the hated Farm Laws was announced
Celebrations when repeal of the hated Farm Laws was announced
This Friday 12-2pm, please join us with the Global Women’s Strike, Indian Workers Association and Women of Colour GWS outside the India High Commission or on Twitter, to celebrate the victory of the Indian farmers and land workers, who are winning the repeal of Prime Minister Modi’s hated Farm Laws.  Farmers will continue to protest until the Farm Laws are actually repealed (cancelled), until the government passes a legally binding guaranteed Minimum Support Price for all crops, repeals the repressive Labour Codes, and more…. (info below).

We support the Bhopal gas survivors, who welcomed the farmers’ victory against rule by corporations:

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Bhopali women survivors say “Ambani, Adani, Carbide, Dow – End Corporate Rule Now”. 
Photo: International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal

“Organisations working among the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide disaster congratulated the agitating farmers on the Prime Minister’s announcement today to repeal the black agricultural laws. Rashida Bee of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh (Bhopal Gas Affected Women Stationery Workers Union) said, “Modi government was imposing these black laws to benefit companies. This government talks about bringing Ram Raj but under its guise it wants to bring company Raj (rule) in the country. The farmers movement has given a big blow to the dream of Company Raj.

In protecting the interest of Dow Chemical, the Modi government in Bhopal has deprived the gas victims of justice and life of dignity. The victory of the farmers has given the gas victims the courage that the nexus between the government and corporations can indeed be broken, said Shehzadi Bee of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangarsh Morcha”.

The Bhopal gas survivors are asking 37 questions, one a day, to campaign for justice and a life of dignity, in the run-up to the 37th anniversary of the tragedy on 2-3 December 2021 – please support them by sharing on Twitter.

#Bhopal37 questions — Day 32
Why has the Madhya Pradesh government failed to fulfil its 2010 promise to initiate a fast trial of the accused corporations & executives in the Bhopal criminal case?
37 years later, not a single individual or corporation has served a single day in jail for murdering 25,000 Bhopalis.
@ChouhanShivraj Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh state.

WinVisible    

From: Global Women’s Strike <gws@globalwomenstrike.net>

Power to the Indian farmers protests
who are winning the repeal of Modi’s hated Farm Laws!

ਭਾਰਤੀ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਨੂੰ ਤਾਕਤ ਦਿਓ।
ਜੋ ਮੋਦੀ ਦੇ ਨਫ਼ਰਤ ਭਰੇ ਖੇਤੀ ਕਾਨੂੰਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਰੱਦ
ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਲੜ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ|
 

Friday 26 November 2021,12-2pm High Commission of India India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA (closest tube Holborn/Temple)

On 19 November, Prime Minister Modi announced he is repealing his hated Farm Laws. Millions are celebrating this historic victory all over India and internationally.   26 November marks one year of this massive, unwavering protest. Join us in London to celebrate, and show support for the farmers and land workers.  

In India, farmers will march to the parliament in Delhi when the winter session opens on 29 November to ensure that the laws it passed are officially repealed.  They are also pressing for the legally guaranteed Minimum Support Price for all crops for all farmers so no corporation or government department can undercut them, and for the Repeal of the Electricity Bill and the Labour Laws.  See Samyukta Kisan Morcha press statement.  

Dalit and Adivasi women and girls have been central to the protests from the beginning.  Farmers have defeated agribusiness who intended to tighten their grip on how crops are grown, who eats, and what is eaten in India, and ultimately everywhere.  The laws would have given more power to multi-nationals like BayercropScience and Netafim (the Israeli company which benefits from illegal settlements in Palestine), and Indian corporations like Ambani and Adani who are hand in glove with Modi’s government.

On 12 November, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food wrote to the Indian government saying: “These laws may interfere with the full enjoyment of the right to food of India’s farmers, especially women as constituting the majority of small scale farmers in the country and all inter-related human rights.” This heroic movement has prevented millions of people from being starved.  We remember and honour the brave farmers and labourers, women, men and children who have died in this struggle, and all those imprisoned, disabled, beaten, and raped by police and Modi’s thugs. Last November, the all India General Strike Against the Farm laws and the Labour Codes (which are still to be repealed) brought out over 250 million people across India — factory workers, textile, transport, education and other workers joined with farmers and farm workers in the biggest strike in history.  It was a coming together of people across castes, religions and backgrounds against Modi’s repressive regime.

At the rally on 26 November, we will highlight the farmers movement and demands, as well as the very important and successful natural farming practices led by 700,000 farmers, mostly women in self-help groups, in Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere.  This farming method has been shown to be effective against climate change by regenerating the soil, greening the land and stopping the destruction of the natural world, while increasing the nutrition of the food and the income of the farmers.  (See 2 min UN video here).  The victory of the Indian farmers is crucial to subsistence farmers everywhere, often women, who feed families and communities and have been opposing government-backed takeovers of agriculture by multinationals for the industrial farming of cash crops.  (See Africa Responds to the UN Food System Summit.)

Victory to the farmers!

Called by: Global Women’s Strike, Indian Workers Association GB, Women of Colour GWS
To endorse, email gws@globalwomenstrike.net For info 020 7482 2496

 

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