Haryana becomes center of farmers’ agitation

Haryana has become an epicenter for farmers protests in the country and has gained so much attention in the recent past. With the effective results out if the protests in Karnal last week, it could be said that the state has positively created platform for the movement. The origin state of Punjab which gave rise to the protests have also been a great space for agitation, but it has now shifted to Haryana where the BJP government faces great resistance and boycott. The rallies in Punjab moved to Haryana where the people of Haryana hosted the farmers with while heart during their walk to Delhi. An Op-ed in the Indian Express suggests that many reasons including the politics in the state, the power of Khaps, the anti BJP agitation locally, all have a role to play in the state being a focal point of the movement.

The power of social media and the pictures that circulated after the lathi charge in Karnal had received widespread attention. The images helped mobilise larger national support as it was dying down after the second wave. Framers and the organisers were very articulate in asserting their space in the narrative and was direct in attacking the ruling party.

The administration in Karnal agreed to the demands of the farmers for a judicial probe into the lathi charge, which proved the strength of the mobilizing that happened.

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