On the Line

Determined to protest agri-laws, farmers gather at Delhi’s Singhu border

27 November 2020

“The farmers who do agriculture are today sitting on the streets,” Tejpal Khatkar, a farmer, said. “This is the politics of the nation. This is Modi’s politics.” Farmers’ unions in Punjab had called for a “Delhi Chalo” rally on 26 November, to protest controversial farm laws recently enacted by the Narendra Modi government. The Haryana government, also under BJP rule, sealed all state borders with Punjab and Delhi to prevent farmers from reaching the national capital. Thousands of protestors descended upon the barricades and forced their way through towards the capital. On 27 November, at the Delhi-Haryana Singhu border, the police barricaded the road with barbed wire and fired teargas shells at the protestors. The Delhi Police eventually granted the protestors permission to enter the city and assemble in Burari, in north-east Delhi. 

Shahid Tantray is a multimedia reporter at The Caravan. He tweets at @shahidtantray

Keywords: Farmers' Protest Farmers' Agitation Singhu