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Young Indian protesters determined to secure agrarian reforms from the Modi government

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Published Feb 25, 2024

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Farmers in Punjab, India, backed by college students, are protesting for higher crop prices from the national government, specifically demanding guaranteed floor prices for their produce. Despite ongoing negotiations between farmer unions and the government, the protests have occasionally escalated into violence. These demonstrations are taking place in the lead-up to elections where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is aiming for a third consecutive term.
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By Anushree Fadnavis and Rupam Jain SHAMBHU,India (Reuters) - Farmers in India's northern Punjab state demanding higher prices for their crops from the national government are relying on young students to ensure the agitation's momentum does not fizzle out. Eighteen-year-old Simranjeet Singh Mathada is one of thousands of college students who have been waking up at 3 am for almost two weeks to help cook meals at community kitchens, fill tankers with potable water and load tractor trailers with supplies before heading to the protest site some 200 km (125 miles) from the capital, New Delhi. "The protests are now about safeguarding the country's agrarian economy and farmers of Punjab are determined to bring this reform at all costs," said Mathada. Protester demands are centred around guaranteed floor prices which will allow Mathada's parents and millions of other farmers to sell their produce at fixed rates. Even as negotiations between farmer unions and government have been ...
Source: Saltwire
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