Drought-hit Tamil Nadu farmers stage nude protest against Modi govt
"Delhi: Tamil Nadu farmers protest nude outside South Block, demanding drought relief fund," reported ANI. Almost 13 years ago, a group of elderly Manipuri women went nude to protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Imphal, the capital city of Manipur. The incident shocked the whole world.
Delhi: Tamil Nadu farmers protest nude outside South Block, demanding drought relief fund— ANI (@ANI_news) April 10, 2017
Since March 14, a group of 80-odd farmers from Tamil Nadu are protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, demanding financial relief as they have lost their crops and savings in the ongoing drought in the state.
The peaceful agitation has brought a lot of attention as the farmers are protesting with skulls said to belong to farmers who had committed suicide in the state. However, the Centre is yet to address the grievances of Tamil Nadu farmers, rue the protesters.
Earlier, on Friday, as a part of their agitation, one of the protesting farmers wore a mask resembling Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The rest of the protesters were seen pleading in front of 'masked' PM Modi.
"We will continue to fight and protest, until our demands are met," said South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association president P Ayyakannu, who is leading the protest.
Recently, the Madras High Court directed the ruling AIADMK government to waive off loans of all farmers in cooperative banks. Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government waived off loans of farmers who owned five-acre of land.