Around Twenty-Five Thousands of farmers in Maharashtra are marching from Nashik to Mumbai, protesting Maharashtra government’s anti-farmer policies.
The 180-km-long march is being organised by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS). It began on March 6 from here and culminate in Mumbai on March 12. “We want the state government to refrain from forceful acquisition of farm lands in the name of development projects like the super highway and tracks for bullet trains,” said Raju Desle, the secretary of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the farmers’ group organising the march.
Nearly 25,000 farmers began the 180-km-long march on Wednesday evening, from the CBS chowk in Nashik. Farmers plan to reach Mumbai on March 12 and gherao the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha. By today, March 9th, the march has reached Thane city. You can find more videos covering this issue, here.
On Social Media, one can notice the trend being picked up by wide spectrum of users. Respected journalists are sharing content, information regarding this march, moved by the depth of farmers’ problems. One of them, is our own Nikhil Wagale.
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) March 9, 2018
Then there is this young Nehruvian political analyst, using the platform for organisational support.
हजारो शेतकऱ्यांचा लाँग मार्च मुंबईच्या दिशेने येतो आहे याची कुठलीच चर्चा माध्यम विश्वात होत नाही. हे धक्कादायक आहे.
नाशिकपासून मुंबईला निघालेल्या मोर्च्यांला सोशल मीडियावर आपण पाठिंबा देऊयात, त्यांच्या मागण्यांना मांडूयात.
उद्या संध्याकाळी 6 ते 9#आक्रोश_बळीराजाचा या हॅशटॅगसह pic.twitter.com/JpNe0ykUFA
— Pratik Patil (@Liberal_India1) March 9, 2018
For somebody wants to follow the hashtag for the march, here is the ever-updating list.
Farmers are also demanding a complete change in the river linking scheme proposed to be implemented in Nashik, Thane and Palghar so that tribal villages are not submerged. More information regarding this can be sought out from All India Kisan Sabha’s Facebook Page.