Sarover Zaidi: The Gift of Food

On a normal day, the Grand Trunk (Karnal) road is a highway running northwards from Delhi. Cutting through flashes of fields, small roadside villages, food stalls, shops, and strangely grotesque marriage halls, one does not dwell in the highway. The speed of the highway is such that it passes as a blur of non-destinations. Embedded as only speed or velocity between cities, the highway beckons a dromosphere of the landscape. Velocity has that capacity, to make us dwell only in speed and our destination.

I have travelled this highway for a few years now on a near daily basis, to my university in an industrial satellite town of Delhi. Earlier in the year, I encountered another speed on this same highway, provided by the Farmers’ protests that started here in November 2020. The protests arose in response to three bills introduced by the current government that ease restrictions for private players to function in the country’s agrarian markets. After protesting locally for a few months, farmers from the agrarian state of Punjab marched towards Delhi (the national capital) as a form of protest.

The farmers’ protests in Delhi today can remind one of what is known as the Salt March, when on March 12, 1930 Mahatma Gandhi walked 390 kilometers from the Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi to produce salt from sea water in a non-violent act of civil disobedience to protest the British government’s salt monopoly in India….

Surinder S. Jodhka: Changing Modes of Agriculture in Punjab

Jairus Banaji on the Indian corporate strategy of subordinating farm households and family labor

Indian Farmers’ Protest – Work in progress videos

Jatinder Kaur Tur & Mandeep Punia: Dalit activist Shiv Kumar’s medical report describes illegal detention, torture and PTSD / Chitleen K Sethi: Nodeep Kaur gets bail, medical report shows bruises caused by blunt object

Gautam Bhatia – Safoora Zargar and Disha Ravi: Similar cases, (same judge), vastly different verdicts

‘Citizens can’t be jailed for disagreeing with state policies’: Top quotes from Disha Ravi’s bail order / Rajmohan Gandhi: Just Who Is Spoiling India’s Image? A View From The US

“Pack of lies”: Disha Ravi family lawyers dismiss social media claims about activist’s religion

The WEF Agenda Behind Modi Farm Reform. By F. William Engdahl

WE STAND WITH INDIAN FARMERS – Full Page Advertisement in New York Times of February 16 in support of farmers movement

COLIN TODHUNTER: Farmers’ Protest in India: Price of Failure Will Be immense // Global Corporations’ plans for India’s agriculture

Nivedita Menon: Toolkits of democracy and a paranoid Hindu Rashtra

Express Editorial: Weaponising an advocacy document to arrest an activist signals paranoia, not democratic power.

BJP planning to form governments in Nepal, Sri Lanka? Biplab Deb discloses Amit Shah’s global expansion plan

Chakshu Roy: Over the years, poets, students, and even a village have been booked under the sedition law

Bharat Bhushan – Covid-19 drugs: Eager beavers of BJP play God

Election Commission responsible for spreading Covid-19, should probably be booked for murder: Madras HC // Bharat Bhushan on the departing CJI: Good riddance

Bharat Bhushan – Himalayan chessboard: India fishes for advantage in unstable Nepal

Bharat Bhushan: No one critical of the government seems to be innocent any longer / Delhi Police arrests 22-year-old environmental activist, calls her key to foreign hand

SIMRAN JEET SINGH: The Farmers’ Protests Are a Turning Point for India’s Democracy

Rihanna and Greta prompt an MEA outburst — and a hashtag firestorm


Avay Shukla: Acts Of God And Follies Of Man

Kunal Kamra and the Elasticity of Justice. By Avay Shukla



Reflections of an American living in India…

Popular resistance to undeclared Emergency// Ghazipur Border: Rakesh Tikait के लिए यूपीहरियाणा से रातों रात गए किसान