As yoga enthusiasts across the country were engaged in International Yoga Day celebrations, workers of Bharatiya Kisan Union performed ‘shavaasana’ — or the corpse pose — at NH-28 on Wednesday to protest against the killing of farmers in police firing in Mandsaur. Protesters stretched out in an attempt to emulate dead bodies or ‘shav’.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in yoga celebrations in Lucknow along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, farmers under the banner of the Bhartiya Kisan Union performed ‘shavaasana’ on the Lucknow-Barabanki Highway.
“Hundreds of farmers performed ‘shavasana’ on Lucknow-Barabaki Highway near Safedabad between 9 am to 11 am as part of our protest today,” BKU spokesperson Alok Verma told PTI. A similar protest had been organised by farmers on the Lucknow-Sitapur Highway.
Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district had become an epicentre of farmers’agitation after five protesters in Piplia Mandi were killed in police firing. The farmers in the state had been protesting from June 1 demanding loan waivers and better crop prices.
Farmers across the country used this non-violent mode of protest to attract government’s attention towards their plight. “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,” Shiv Kumar, chief of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan was quoted as saying by Business Standard on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Congress party workers, too, performed shavaasna outside the Bhopal party officer to protest the Mandsaur deaths. Madhya Pradesh’s Congress president Arun Yadav told news agency ANI they performed the shavaasna to draw government’s attention towards the “miserable” condition of the farmers.