Explained: How Haryana farmers have tweaked protest strategy to stay put at Delhi borders for months -Sukhbir Siwach

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published Published on Feb 24, 2021   modified Modified on Feb 25, 2021

-The Indian Express

Haryana farmers' protest: The Indian Express looks at the preparations being made at ground level amid ongoing standoff between the government and farm unions.

With no resolution in sight, farmers fighting against the three controversial farm laws have now started preparing themselves for a long battle. With a deep-rooted sentiment among the farmers that the struggle is meant to “save their land”, while terming it their “mother”, they seem committed to continue their agitation. The Indian Express looks at the preparations being made by the farmers at ground level amid ongoing standoff between the government and farmers.

‘Kunba’ tents at Delhi borders

Taking initiatives on their own, now the farmers, at their “kunba” level, have started setting up almost permanent structures at Delhi borders to continue the agitation for months. A popular term in villages, “kunba” consists of a group of extended family members. The farmers collect donations — ranging from 200 to 500 — from each of the families of the kunbas concerned to set up their structure. With these donations, they ensure regular supply of ration for the agitators. Kunba members have planned to stay there as per rotation so that a family doesn’t feel the burden of long agitation. During the approaching harvesting season of crops, remaining families of the kunba will also look after the fields of those farmers who will be camping at the borders during that phase.

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The Indian Express, 24 February, 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/haryana-farmers-protest-strategy-explained-7202166/?fbclid=IwAR26_E8-ixgbED4Uy1Y83Vpgf_-hAyK_GPlqry5HXMZ4cveNDxk1oSuI8VE


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