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The Farmers, Their Tractors & A Spectre Of Strength

After 70 days of sit-in demonstration and post 11 rounds of ‘failed talks’ between farmers and the government, unions now plan to step up their protests.

January 27, 2021

Farmers protesting at Delhi-UP Border

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Farmers shower flower petals on fellow farmers riding on their tractors after breaking the police barricades at Singhu border during the 'Kisan Gantantra Parade' on Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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Farmers on their Tractors during the Tractor rally on Republic Day, in New Delhi.

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Farmers on their tractors move towards Delhi during their rally on Republic Day, at Singhu border in New Delhi.

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Farmers participate in the Kisan Gantantra Parade as part of their protest against Centres farm reform laws, on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day, near Akshardham in New Delhi.

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Farmers on their tractors during the ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi.

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Farmers gather to attend the National Flag hoisting at Ghazipur border during the Republic Day celebration, ahead of their tractor rally, in New Delhi.

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The site of farmers ongoing agitation over the new farm laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi.

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A farmer holds the Tricolor during their ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi.

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The hands that drive tractors on the field and produce food for a whole nation are valiantly raised in resistance today.

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The hands that drive tractors on the field and produce food for a whole nation are valiantly raised in resistance today.

Thousands of farmers have come from various states of India and set camp at Delhi borders to protest against the implementation of three new agriculture laws, which they fear will do more harm than good.

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After 70 days of their sit-in demonstration and post 11 rounds of ‘failed talks’ between farmers and the government, unions now plan to step up their protests. Their prime demand? “Repeal the laws!”

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Meanwhile… life goes on in the bitter cold, in intermittent rains, in uncertainty… among the tractors. Even a moment of solitude, or of rest, or for reflecting on thoughts… The tractors remain mute spectators…

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Meanwhile… life goes on in the bitter cold, in intermittent rains, in uncertainty… among the tractors. Even a moment of solitude, or of rest, or for reflecting on thoughts… The tractors remain mute spectators…

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The tractors are their support, their mainstay, even in protest.

The tractors are their support, their mainstay, even in protest.

The tractors are their support, their mainstay, even in protest.

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They have driven these tractors together on Delhi’s outskirts earlier, in a show of strength and solidarity. Their colleagues are also planning similar protests across state capitals to bolster the resistance...

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Now the tractors, the carriage and the trolleys are their abode. Most of them sleep either on the cart, or in its shade…

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Now the tractors, the carriage and the trolleys are their abode. Most of them sleep either on the cart, or in its shade…

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Sometimes, it serves them as a common area to share time together, to confer, to spend time in recreation… a game of cards perhaps…

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Sometimes just to be alone… to be lost in thoughts… thinking of home, of family… sometimes drifting off to sleep… to rejuvenate…

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Sometimes just to be alone… to be lost in thoughts… thinking of home, of family… sometimes drifting off to sleep… to rejuvenate…

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Sometimes, they want to peep into the future… Maybe to find out what the road ahead holds for them… What will they be able to take back to their families and to their farms…

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