Harishchandra Sahu ploughs a one acre farm in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh and earns enough to barely make ends meet. After all the costs involved in farming, he says he makes only about Rs. 6000 (less than $100) per season of farming. In this he has to run his house, pay bills and also cover for any illnesses that may crop up.
This is the story of almost all farmers in India who work hard in harsh conditions to grow our food. Loss of farmland, introduction of corporate farming and many other fears have forced farmers all over India to protest on the streets for fourteen straight days.
In the words of Sahu, corporate farming was experimented on a small scale in Punjab and Gujarat and the results were disastrous for farmers there. Those protesting don't want the same results for themselves.
"We are treated like bugs and insects... more like second class citizens of this country," says Sahu. In the future because of the new laws introduced by the government they might even have to sell their farms or work in their own farms as labourers.
Video Volunteers community correspondent Bhan Sahu's report from Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh.
Avijit Adhikary is a journalist with nearly 8000 days of field experience till date. In the past two decades, he has witnessed the ebb and flow of the media industry in India, with ripples felt in his region too. This includes the rise of digital media, the decline of print...