Tell the Indian government to stop anti-farmer pro-corporatist policies, ensure dignified livelihoods for farming community, and promote sustainable agriculture. Send this petition to Smt.Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of UPA. Below is the short version, followed by the full petition.
Dear Smt. Sonia Gandhi,
We are deeply troubled that the key policy-makers in this country including the Prime Minister are pursuing a vision of development that is creating a hostile environment for farmers, forcing them flee farming in distress. We are driven by a sense of urgency that a whole new paradigm for Indian agriculture is required, which is centered on secure livelihoods for the farming community, preserving their control over seeds, land and water, and promoting agricultural methods which do not destroy the natural resources that the farmer depends on.
We, as citizens, farmers and consumers, are taking part in and supporting the nation-wide KISAN SWARAJ YATRA. With the firm belief that India can and should chart a new course for building a pro-farmer, ecologically sustainable agricultural economy, and that pursuing the corporate-dominated Western agricultural model will be a historic disaster not only for the farmers but for the rural and urban economies as a whole, we present to the Government of India our charter of demands.
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