Rajasthan farmers half-bury themselves as a mark of protest
No buses burnt, no railway tracks destroyed or cars put to fire but their message remains loud and clear. Scores of farmers from Rajasthan buried themselves neck-deep in the ground to protest against the land acquisition by the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA). Using this unique way of protest, these farmers are getting noticed without causing any harm or loss to the society. The people of the country are raked with a clear intention of getting their voices heard.
Farmers in Ninder village near Jaipur, half-buried themselves in order to show their grief over the government’s negligence on Wednesday. While protesting, ‘Samadhi Satyagraha’ a farmer told ANI "The government has not provided any help to us yet. Farmers' health is suffering. No one is listening to our plight. The government is showing the negligent behavior”. The JDA has been acquiring agricultural land for a housing project.
This idea of burying themselves is the result of their helplessness. These farmers have been trying various methods to raise their concerns for over 5 years now. The JDA had allegedly acquired 1300 acres of land in 2011 leading to these protests.
On the other hand, Dalit men in India chose an exceptionally amusing way to establish disapproval. They are twirling their moustache and posting selfies on social media with a hashtag #RightToMoustache after two Dalit men were beaten up by members of the Rajput community.
Despite the ongoing struggle, these farmers decided to peacefully protest not leading to any kind of violence. Though, their unconventional yet harmless protest has made up to the headlines, no action has been taken by the government until now.