November 2010

November 28th 2010: In Moradabad – Our last day in Uttar Pradesh

Because of some serious miscommunication problems, the last day of the Kisan Swaraj Yatra in Uttar Pradesh was a washout. For one thing, the team that had set off in Lucknow at 4 pm on the 27th was able to come into Moradabad only at 10 am even though the distance was just 350 kms. There were huge traffic jams created at railway crossings and there were several such crossings! At each such closed railway gate, it took hours to come out of the jam, only to be stuck at the next one. By the time 4 am arrived and close enough to the destination, it was dense fog that began slowing down progress. More...

Nov 26th 2010:Farmers meeting at Varanasi,Rally and farmers meeting at Sultanpur

The day started with farmers meeting at the school, in Durain village of Varanasi Disrict, where were staying last night. The pradhan of teh village who is also affectionately called as the masterji convened the meeting. It was also the meeting point of 2 yatras, One by Bharat Kisan Union [BKU] farmers in the region who were travelling from village to village in the 3 districts around Varanasi meeting farmers and the other was ours moving from state to state doing pretty much the same. More...

Nov 23rd 2010:Rajendra Agriculture University scientists assure the Yatris that their concerns will be kept in mind while planning future work; Farmers of Vidya Jhamp village declare themselves GM-Free; Public meeting at Press Club, Muzaffarpur

The day started with Bihari hospitality – after a sumptuous breakfast, we set off for the first event of the day - a debate with the scientists at Rajendra Agriculture University, Samastipur. This is a special university, which refused to take up a GM maize trial for Monsanto last year. Dr. B.C. Chauwdhary, Director-Research chaired the dialogue between the University scientists and the Yatris. What was supposed to have been a 45-minute interaction got extended to hours of conversation which ended only around 2 pm. More...
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