IIT Students in Solidarity with Protesting Farmers

Announcement by Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, IIT Madras

Over the last few decades, agriculture has been hugely neglected in our country leading to lakhs of farmer suicides across India. In the last six months alone, more than 400 farmers have died in Tamil Nadu. Several farmers from Tamil Nadu have been protesting in Delhi for the last 30 days in various ways demanding write-off of agricultural loans.

Meanwhile, there is also a growing voice against the rampant sale of liquor in the country. The recent Supreme Court and High court verdicts to remove liquor shops along highways have led to the relocation of shops into residential areas in several states, evoking strong protests from the common people. In many districts of Tamil Nadu, these protests have been brutally cracked down by the police.

In solidarity and support to our farmers and people protesting against liquor shops, we request the students of IIT Madras to join in a hunger strike in Himalaya lawn tomorrow (15-4-2017) at 9.00 am and day after tomorrow.

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