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‘I cannot be intimidated’: Time magazine cover features women leading India’s farmers’ protests

Per the story, the women stated they were disappointed that they were considered to be "mere care workers providing cooking and cleaning services at these sites", and not "equal stakeholders"

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
March 5, 2021 12:30:43 pm
India's farmers' protests, Time magazine international cover, women farmers, farmers' protests, indian express newsTitled 'On the Frontlines of India's Farmer Protest', the cover shows some 20 women at the Tikri border on the outskirts of Delhi. (Photo: Twitter/@TIME; designed by Gargi Singh)

Ahead of International Women’s Day, the American news magazine Time, for its March edition, has featured some women leading India’s farmers’ protests on the international cover page. Titled ‘On the Frontlines of India’s Farmer Protest‘, the cover shows some 20 women at the Tikri border on the outskirts of Delhi.

The article has been titled “‘I Cannot Be Intimidated. I Cannot Be Bought.’ The Women Leading India’s Farmers’ Protests“, and it talks about how, since November 2020, thousands of farmers have gathered at different sites on the outskirts of the national capital to demand the repeal of three agricultural laws, and how in January 2021, the Chief Justice of India had asked lawyers to “persuade elderly people and women to leave the protests”.

 

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“In response, women farmers — mostly from the rural states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh — scrambled onto stages, took hold of microphones and roared back a unanimous “No!”,” the story by Nilanjana Bhowmick reads.

Per the story, the women stated they were disappointed that they were considered to be “mere care workers providing cooking and cleaning services at these sites”, and not “equal stakeholders”. “Why should we go back? This is not just the men’s protest. We toil in the fields alongside the men. Who are we—if not farmers?” one of them was quoted as saying.

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In another social media post, Time magazine stated that “a gender-rights activist from Haryana, Sudesh Goyat has been at the Tikri protest site since the very beginning, helping mobilize women and organize for Jan. 18 to be recognized as Women Farmers Day”.

 

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