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She Can't Send her Daughter to School. He Carried His Uncle's Skull: The Stories Behind #KisanMuktiMarch

Hear from the people behind the #KisanMuktiMarch.

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Updated:November 30, 2018, 4:36 PM IST
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She Can't Send her Daughter to School. He Carried His Uncle's Skull: The Stories Behind #KisanMuktiMarch
Hear from the people behind the #KisanMuktiMarch.
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Almost a lakh farmers, including members of Kisan Mukti Morcha, from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states have gathered in the capital to protest the Center's inaction in response for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.

Two girls from Warangal district of Telangana held the photo frames of their late fathers in their hands. A group of farmers from Tamil Nadu arrived carrying skulls and bones to symbolise the suicides of their colleagues.

They all had one common story to share: Agrarian crisis.

But why are they exactly marching?

Here are the stories of some of the people behind the march.



Debi Mohapatra, who is from the Sunderbans, cannot afford to send her younger daughter to school. The price she gets in exchange of her crops hardly crosses the cost of her produce. MSP(Minimum Support Price) was promised to her but never delivered. Today, she is marching in hope of education for her child.

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Barida Jena is a 36-year-old from Odisha, who comes from a family of farmers. However, he is the first member who had to give up farming. Two years ago, he had to stop farming and look for a private job because he could not sustain his family anymore.

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Ram Singh has travelled from Ujjain to participate in the protest. He is a folk performer who belongs to a family of farmers. "Every farmer is my relative," he says. He is walking with the farmers, singing and dancing to encourage them

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Sobti is a 45-year-old mother from Bengal, who couldn't convince her husband to join the protests. He had the farm to take care of. So she decided to march down the streets of Delhi herself. Her family is under debt for the last 6 years.

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Beena from North 24 Parganas has seen farm distress right from childhood. Her paternal uncle committed suicide 15 years back after not being able to repay a loan.

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Pankaj Chaudhary, a resident of Sohna has taken up the responsibility of providing water to all farmers in the march. He belongs to a family of farmers and walks to ensure rights to agricultural workers.

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Bimla speaks Telegu. Despite our limited understanding of the language, she made it clear that farming has never been more loss-making than at present. However, she has no plan B. She wishes to go back to times when a bumper crop meant better dinner as well.


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83-year-old Chaudhary Ram Singh has to sit after every ten minutes of walking. He has travelled all the way from Haryana hoping for better prices in return of his crops. He has been a farmer ever-since he was fifteen.



The skull is that of his maternal uncle. Three years ago when Tamil Nadu underwent a serious farmer crisis, he committed suicide. Tenky has preserved the skull of his uncle ever since. “A reminder of the hardships my family had to go through.

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