Ambala: Thousands of farmers continue to camp in and around New Delhi in protest of the Center’s three agri-market laws, while Internet users (netizens) from all over the world have supported the online platform Change.org in the country (food producers).
Over the past two days, more than 447,776 petitions have been signed on Change.org to help farmers get justice.
Millions of people have signed the petitions for the past three days demanding “justice for the farmers”.
A large number of petitions have been launched on this issue, including large number of Indian nationals in the United Kingdom (UK), Canada and the United States (US).
In fact, instant digital activism by Punjabi immigrants, especially The Sikh The community in Canada, the UK and the US has been instrumental in providing support to protest farmers.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his defense minister Harjit Sajjan, and other lawmakers in Canada and the UK have spoken out in support of Indian farmers who have come to protest in Delhi.
The vast majority of the Indian diaspora in these countries includes the Sikhs of the northern Indian agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana, which is central to the ongoing peasant agitation.
The largest of these has been launched by the American Sikh Council and has been signed by more than 94,000 people in the last three days. Similarly, the petition filed by UK resident Prabhat Bath has received 83,000 signatures.
Canada-based Gina Takhar launched another fast-growing petition titled ‘Justice for Indian Farmers’ on Saturday, November 28th.
“My grandfather once said in your life that you need doctors, lawyers, police and tutors, but every day, three times a day you need a farmer,” writes Gina, whose petition has been signed by more than 85,000 people to date.
Indian immigrants are concerned that three new agricultural laws are expected to change the way they collect, store and sell agricultural products in India, allowing private firms to become more involved in the agrarian economy than ever before in the country’s history.
Some say this may leave small farmers at the mercy of powerful corporations who can use their corporations, warehouses and stock holding power to dictate the rules, resulting in a small oligarchy that controls India’s food production and distribution.
More than 4,000 signatures have been signed by US-based Kiran Baasha, “The backbone, sweat and tears of our farmers has fed millions and raised generations of Indians. Without anyone, millions of people were starving and generations would never leave the country. We need them, and we need them today more than ever. ”
Most petitions are asking for the repeal of the three agricultural laws put forward by the government. However, some are raising other demands, such as a “guaranteed minimum support price” for their products, declaring it illegal for police to use “water cannons” during the harsh winter in North India and urging the government to “drop charges” against Navdeep Singh. Navdeep is the son of a farmer who jumped on a water cannon used by the police on the protesters and turned it off.
Navdeep was charged with attempted murder by police.
The petition’s starter, Shub, writes, “The authorities could have avoided all this through peaceful dialogue, which was demanded by protesting farmers from the very first day. Please sign my petition to draw the Government’s attention towards the much-needed peaceful dialogue, the establishment of a grievance redressal mechanism and the MSP stipulation. Also, all the farmers who were forcibly arrested and booked should be released and acquitted. ”
Another petition urges the Indian media to report neutrality or disseminate their political bias.
Nida Hasan, Country Director of Change.org India, hoped the situation would be resolved soon.
“Change.org as a people’s platform constantly reflects the concerns of the citizens, which is true of the uproar of farmers. I hope that the stand will be resolved peacefully through mutual dialogue,” Nida said.

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