For the past one year, the mainstream media has gone too far to vilify protesting farmers, by calling them “terrorists”, “Khalistanis”, “parasites”, among other such demeaning labels.
Now, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the intention to repeal the three contentious farm laws, the mainstream media has begun asking why aren’t the farmers now going back to their homes. Throughout the last year of farmers’ protests, a section of the mainstream media has played its part along with the right-wing establishment to scuttle the movement. However, farmers held their own, relying on their own channels of communication by leveraging social media.
The Wire‘s Sumedha Pal was at the Tikri border in Delhi to speak to farmers about what they think about those platforms which they felt were unfair to them and how have they managed to sustain their movement in the face of the odds posed by the propaganda machinery.