As 2020 draws to a close and I – like so many of us – reflect on the year gone and the year approaching, I feel compelled to write about a cause I have been following for the past few weeks.
There are currently hundreds of thousands of farmers protesting in Delhi, India and millions of people across the World for the retraction or reform of the Indian agricultural bills that were passed in August 2020. The bills essentially deregulate how produce will be traded by opening up the national market to private corporations to buy directly from farmers without any established pricing structure. The bills introduce a change that is certain to be exploited with small scale farmers – 82% of the 70% of rural households that depend on agriculture for their survival are small scale – facing the risk of losing their livelihoods.
This is a matter close to my heart. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am indebted to my ancestors for enduring the hardships of farming as it gave my family the opportunity to move from India to the United Kingdom to build a future. I see this passion in each farmer that has gone to Delhi to protest. They are protesting for more than equality. They are protesting for the future of their children.
I have donated £563 to a trusted organisation that is supporting the farmers in this fight. This donation enables me to meet my target. This donation enables me to help the Indian farmers meet theirs. This donation enables me to close 2020 by still living the values I will continue to live by next year.