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India: SAHMAT Statement In Solidarity with Farmers Protest over Farm Bills | Dec 7, 2020

7 December 2020

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SAHMAT
Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust
c/o 36 Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla Lane (Canning Lane)

New Delhi-110001
Email: sahmat8[at]yahoo.com
Tel-23381276/23070787

7.12.2020

We the undersigned members of the artists community and academicians stand firmly in solidarity with the country’s farmers, lakhs of whom are protesting across different states and gathering in strength at the borders of the national capital to express their rejection of the three Farm Acts and the Electricity Amendment Act 2020. These Acts seek to regulate the entire system to promote the corporatization of the agrarian sector and contractualization of farming to benefit corporate investors. Exploiting the surging Corona pandemic, the central government brought ordinances that speedily received presidential assent, and passed the Acts in a completely undemocratic manner and with no respect for the strong opposition of the farmers and workers.

Further, the Acts themselves are anti-constitutional as agriculture is a concurrent subject and cannot be legislated on without the involvement and consultation of the state governments. However, this shocking behaviour is no longer even a surprise with the present government.

Hence we strongly support the demand of the farmers that the three Farm Acts and the Electricity Amendment Act 2020 must be immediately repealed. We support the call for all citizens to observe `Bharat Bandh’ on 8th December 2020.

Vivan Sundaram

M.K.Raina

Ram Rahman

Geeta Kapur

Parthiv Shah

Sohail Hashmi

Madangopal Singh

Indu Chandrasekhar

Veer Munshi

C.P.Chandrasekhar

S. Kalidas

Vidya Shah

Saeed Mirza

Irfan Habib

Jasbir Jassi

N.K.Sharma

Atluri Murali

P.K.Shukla

Zoya Hasan

Shireen Moosvi

Rajinder Arora

Rajni Arora

Aban Raza

Valay Singh

Simar Puneet

Pallavi Gaur

Arushi Vats

Ahmar Raza

Nuzhat Kazmi

Shriyam Gupta

Vishwaraj Mohan

Shatam Ray

Shreya Varma

Maitreyi Sinha

Priyanshi Saxena

Samira Haksar

Shreya Varma

Gopa

Rishabh Arora

Tsering Negi

Kumaraswamy Pashikanti

Deepani Seth

Subrat Beura

Prerna Kapur

Prabhat Patnaik Economist

Utsa Patnaik Economist

Astad Debu Modern Dancer

Prerna Sharma Artist

Gigi Mon Scaria Artist

Aviral Scaria Artist

Sania Hashmi Film Maker

Moggallan Bharti, Academician

Kausar Wizarat Retired Lecturer

Zafar Agha Journalist

Sarah Hashmi Actor

Salman Khan Producer

Rahul Verma Journalist

Anjali Raina Doctor

Jaishree Shukla Photographer

Abhilasha Kumari Academician

Ras Bihari Das retired IRTS

Namita Unnikrishnan

Deepak Sanan Retired IAS

Manohar Nayak Journalist

Sushil Singh Journalist

Puneet Nicholas Yadav, Journalist

Medha Dutta, Journalist

Himanshu Joshi, Travel writer Photographer

Namita Jain, Free Lance Writer, Editor

Vibha Galhotra Artist

Rahul Aggarwal Graphic Designer