Striking At The Modi Model
Besides the protests against the Maruti Suzuki plant in Hansalpur and the neighbouring Mandal-Bechraji SIR, there are other protests brewing in Gujarat:
- In Bhavnagar, farmers are protesting against Nirma’s proposed cement plant, which will allegedly encroach upon a water body
- Another protest in Bhavnagar district is against the proposed nuclear plant at Mithivirdi
- Farmers opposed to a bypass road in Junagadh have sent Modi a letter written in their blood
- Labour unrest at the Bombardier plant in Savli, near Baroda
Karsanbhai Goabhai Bharwad, who belongs to a pastoral community of herders (maldharis), doesn’t want his traditional earrings to show in front of outsiders. Asked to pose for a photo, he tucks them away under his turban folds. But none of this coyness shows when the subject changes to Maruti Suzuki, the firm that threatens to take over his fields in Hansalpur village, lush with jowar...