Presented here are some photos from the Singhu Border, where thousands of farmers, mostly from the state of Punjab, are camping in the near-freezing north-Indian winter. They have come in their tractors and trolleys, which have been converted into makeshift rooms. Various groups are running community kitchens and serving food served to everyone in the area, regardless of affiliation. The farmers’ food supplies are regularly replenished by their families, organisations and supporters. A stage has been set up, where protestors put on cultural performances and deliver speeches. Public libraries have cropped up to disseminate progressive literature. Free medical centres have been set up. The spirit of the movement is one of hope, solidarity and vigour. The farmers are determined to continue the struggle until the three laws are repealed.
A visit to India’s Singhu Border protest camp
For more than a month, farmers have laid siege to India’s national capital New Delhi, demanding the repeal of three farm laws, which aim to liberalise agricultural markets and enable greater corporate control of Indian agriculture. Resistance to the laws, which were first enacted as ordinances during the COVID-19 lockdown—have grown in strength over the past months. On 26-27 November, thousands of farmers marched to New Delhi, where police confronted them with water cannons, tear gas and roadblocks. Since then, farmers have set up camps at the boundaries of the city.