On International Yoga Day, farmer unions to perform shavasana in protest

The farmers will also be putting up effigies to highlight increasing number of farmer deaths in the country. The union leaders are also expected to visit Mahatma Gandhi memorial on June 21. This will be preceded by blocking of national highway for three hours by 62 farmer unions on June 16.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 13, 2017 11:15 am
farmer protest, agrarian crisis, madhya pradesh, rajasthan, shavasana, corpse pose Members of the Jammu and Kashmir Kisan Tehreek protest against the killing of six farmers in police firing in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh last week, in Jammu on Monday. PTI Photo(PTI6_12_2017_000060B)

On International Yoga Day on June 21, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform yoga with scores of people in Lucknow, thousands of farmers across the nation will spread on the floor to perform shavasana. Known as the ‘corpse pose’, the farmers are using this non-violent way to suggest they are on the death bed because of the continuing agrarian crisis.

The farmers will also be putting up effigies to highlight the increasing number of farmer deaths in the country. The union leaders are also expected to visit Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat on that day. This will be preceded by blocking of national highway for three hours by 62 farmer unions on June 16.

“Our non-violent movement will continue. But, yes we want to tell people across the length and breadth of this country the pitiable condition of farmers. To this end, we plan to perform shavasana on the International Day of Yoga,” Shiv Kumar, chief of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan was quoted as saying by Business standard.

He also said that the unions are planning to come up with posters of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri with his rallying cry of ‘jai jawan, jai kisan’ (hail the soldier, hail the farmer) and posters of Atal Bihari Vajpayee with his cry of ‘jai vigyan’ (hail science). In contrast, PM Modi’s poster will be accompanied by the slogan: ‘mar gaya kisan Modiji’ (farmers are dying Modiji).

The Opposition has slammed the Centre for not handling the agrarian crisis effectively. Congress lashed out at BJP for making promises of loan waivers but failing to deliver on them. In New Delhi, Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi said a united opposition will demand a special session of Parliament to discuss agrarian distress. Congress also termed the fast undertaken by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as “farcical”.

Farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been protesting since June 1 demanding loan waivers and fixed remunerative prices for their produce. The protest took a violent turn after six farmers were killed in police firing. Since then, farmers in various parts of the country have hit the streets in solidarity. A state unit of Congress will hold protests in Rajasthan on Wednesday. Bhartiya Kisan Sang has also announced that it hold protests across Rajasthan on June 15.

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    S.Suresh
    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm
    It is very sad farmers death during their protest in MP but they (farmers) will reveal their contempt in another day. Yoga gives peace to our mind and body so please change your protest in another day or another method.
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      manu
      Jun 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm
      none of them killed was farmers..and more over ..the video of naxal oriented congress leaders provoking video to set police station on fire is leaked...
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        S.Suresh
        Jun 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm
        11:02 AM (IST), Jun 08 Death of the 5 farmers was due to Police firing. It has been established in probe: MP HM Bhupendra Singh #Mandsaur pic.twitter /71p2LHp6Qx (TOI news). Is it wrong information? Do not protect today corporate favour government. Their first aim is to change our country to One Nation, One Language and One Religion. They do not bother about farmers / poor people / middle cl people.
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      Joykutty Cherian
      Jun 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm
      Come up farmers, you all have been squarely cheated by the present regime. The present regime is only feeding you with false promises.
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        manu
        Jun 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm
        once failed to devide hindus ..next aim is to devide them based on farmer vs govt...tell me how many farmers committed suicide in keranatak and y congress govt. instead of supporting them are giving shadi bhagya to one vote bank comunity..hypocracy. kerala govt. sel farmers/ adivasi property to church machinery ..and you people provoking real farmers by hiding the sin of kerala against real farmers..
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        countk99
        Jun 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm
        Shame on Farmers,
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          Vasant+Nayak
          Jun 13, 2017 at 11:47 am
          This is worst form of politics. International Yoga day is a pride event for the nation. Its a shameful that in the name of farmer agitation they are forgetting national interest and pride.
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            manu
            Jun 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm
            haha..when commie congress can insult indian forces..what better you can expect from them on other pride ...poor farmers they are utilised by agenda based media foreing ngo controlled political/ relegious out fit..
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