Farmers across the country observed a year since the passage of the three controversial farm laws and 10 months since their protests began against them on September 27, 2021 with a ‘Bharat Bandh’. Here, farmers sit in protest at the Ghazipur border crossing between Delhi and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Photo by Vikas Choudhary / CSE
Farmers from Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the joint front of farmer unions as well as trade unions, organisations of youth and students and political parties, held joint protests. Here, members of SKM sit in protest at Ghazipur, which is on the National Highway 24. Photo by Vikas Choudhary / CSE
The response at Ghazipur was not much. However, the bandh was total in states like Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Bihar, according to SKM. All kinds of institutions, markets and transport were closed in these states from 6 AM to 4 PM. Photo by Vikas Choudhary / CSE
There were reports from both, Punjab and Haryana, of national highways, state highways, link roads and railway tracks being completely blocked, bringing road and rail traffic to a halt. In other states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, the shutdown evoked a mixed response. Here, two protestors sit near barricades put up by the administration at Ghazipur. Photo by Vikas Choudhary / CSE
Leaders of the SKM declared the bandh a success and as having nailed the “lie of the government’s propaganda”. Here, a journalist gives a piece to camera from atop a tractor at Ghazipur. Photo by Vikas Choudhary / CSE
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