Farmers in Rajasthan,India sit neck-deep to protest land deal

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Hundreds of farmers in Indian state of Rajasthan have been protesting against the government’s plan to acquire their land, with scores of them digging up holes and burying themselves as part of the protest.

Farmers have been holding sit-in at Nindar village, about 20km from Jaipur, the state capital, for the past two weeks but adopted the unique method of protest on Monday – the birth anniversary of India’s independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.

Farmers near Jaipur have been protesting against the proposed acquisition for the past 18 days.
The protesters are against the acquisition of 1,350 bighas (540 acres) land for a housing project, the Indian Express newspaper reported. They say the compensation is not enough.

Land is a scare resource in India – home to 1.3 billion people. Government’s push for industrialisation, and mega mining and developmental projects have displaced millions. Majority of them have to often wait for years to receive compensation.

A legislator from the opposition Congress party accused the state government, also ruled by the BJP, of ignoring the suffering of people.

 Women have also joined the unique protests.

Source: News agencies