Farmer protest ‘DELHI CHALO’

The “Delhi Chalo” protest refers to a series of demonstrations by Indian farmers that began in November 2020 against the three farm laws passed by the Indian Parliament. The farmers feared that the laws would dismantle the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation by corporations.

The protests reached their peak in February 2021 when thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana converged on the borders of Delhi. The protests continued for almost a year before the government finally agreed to repeal the laws in November 2021.

There is currently no ongoing “Delhi Chalo” protest. However, on February 8, 2024, a group called Samyukta Kisan Morcha announced another “Delhi Chalo” march planned for February 13, 2024. Their demands include:

  • Enactment of a law guaranteeing MSP for all crops
  • Punishment for those involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident
  • Withdrawal of all cases filed against farmers during the protests
  • A pension of Rs 10,000 per month for farmers above the age of 60

It is important to note that this call for protest has not been endorsed by all farmer unions. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a larger body of over 500 farmer unions, has announced a “Grameen Bharat Bandh” (rural India shutdown) on February 16 instead.

The situation is still developing, and it is unclear how many farmers will participate in the upcoming march. I will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.