Critics of the farmer’s movement have also agreed that this is the largest farmers movement in India’s modern history. It is democratic and peaceful. Despite this, the government’s stand is intransigent.
The mainstream media is also with them. But public pressure remains on the government. To deal with this, the government is imposing internet shutdowns, arresting farmer leaders, registering FIRs against them and even against many senior editors and journalists for tweeting. Where will this go? Senior journalist Urmilesh discusses this with journalists Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and The Wire‘s Ajoy Ashirwad.