Over the past 11 months more than 700 farmers have died under brutal conditions across the Delhi border. Many more have committed suicide in acts of desperation and others have been forced into pariah status by the Indian media or faced jail.
Their perceived crime was the choice to express the right to protest in one of the world’s largest demonstrations of people power. With freezing conditions, anarchy in the media, chaotic healthcare and the challenges of Covid-19, these Indian citizens have collectively decided to act against the laws that were passed and once again bring into question the reliance we place on government integrity.
Some reports suggest that over 250,000 people in India protested the legal changes and asked for open dialogue. Much can be argued about the long-term economic impact of the farming industry, however what will remain as a constant is the human impact of these protests and the significance it has on the way we look at our notion of national identity and the power of the media to sway our collective understanding. The fight for narrative forming within the mainstream media has also casted a dark shadow on the way the Sikh community have been viewed.
For many elderly famers, this may be their last physical journey and an emblem of defiance in the hope of saving future generations.
In today’s podcast Rajan travels to India to meet independent journalist Sandeep Singh, who has been walking hand in hand with the farmers and covering the heart-breaking issues. He looks at the impact and injustice that this is having on minority communities in India.
The views expressed in this podcast are those of Sandeep, a journalist whose work has been applauded for its ability to show no fear or favour in the pursuit for positive change.
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Guest – Sandeep Singh
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