Agrarian Reform and Farmer Resistance in Punjab Mobilization and Resilience
This book examines different dimensions of farmer agitations in Punjab, India. It situates the 2020–2021 farmer resistance movement within the wider context of India’s post-independent development trajectory and provides a thorough analysis of various aspects of the farmers’ movement in India.
The volume contextualizes Punjab’s history of farmer resistance, organization and mobilization strategies, the globalization of the movement, ways of both sustaining the movement and building resilience. While providing a critical understanding of the three farm laws introduced in India in 2020, the book looks at how they may impact farm operations and livelihoods in the post-Green Revolution period and evaluates strategies of inclusive mobilization for gathering support and sustaining the movement both within India and abroad, with special focus on the role of the Sikh diaspora. Essays in this volume also discuss the participation of women in the struggle and how their experience has the potential to transform gender relations both at home and in the public sphere.
Integrated, comprehensive and concisely written by well-known experts, this book will be of interest to those involved with Punjab’s social, political and economic history, and students and researchers of food and agriculture in developing countries, peasant and social movements, Indian federalism and role of diasporas as non-state actors.
Introduction to Agrarian Reforms and the 2020–2021 Farmer Resistance: A Momentous Morcha
Shinder S. Thandi
Part I: Historical, Literary and Comparative Perspectives
1. Agrarian Resistance in Punjab: Contextualizing Farmer Protests at the Gates of Delhi in a Historical Perspective
2. Kisan Protests in Punjab 1907–2021: A Literary Lineage of Resistance
Prabhjot Parmar and Amandeep Kaur
3. A Tale of Two Punjabi Peasant Agitations: Comparing 1907 and 2020–2021
Sukhdev S. Sohal
4. From Disunity to Unity: Organization, Mobilization Strategies and Achievements of the Recent Farmers’ Movement in Punjab
Sucha S. Gill
5. Contemporary Farmers’ Protests and the Legacy of the 1980s: Changes in Ideology, Class Coalitions and Political Structure
Virginia Van Dyke
Part II: Dimensions and Dynamics of Reform, Resistance and Resilience
6. Farm Laws, Federalism and Farm Protests: Challenges for Punjab
7. ‘Modernist’ Teleology and Futures of Agriculture: Making Sense of the Punjabi Farmers’ Movement of 2020–2021
Surinder S. Jodhka
8. Reforming Agricultural Markets for Agrarian Transformation: Potential Implications of Repealed Farm Acts for Punjab
9. Mera Pind, Mera Sabhyachar, Mera Virsa: Understanding Sikh Diaspora Support for the Punjab Kisan Morcha
Shinder S. Thandi
10. Enhancing Visibility, Extending Solidarity: Women’s Participation in the 2020–2021 Farmer Protests