‘I can’t be intimidated’: Time magazine cover features women leading Indian farmers’ protests


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Ahead of International Women’s Day, the American news magazine Time, for its March edition, featured some of the women leading Indian farmers’ protests on the international front page. Entitled ‘On the front line of the Indian farmers’ protest‘, the cover shows about 20 women at the Tikri border on the outskirts of Delhi.

The article is titled ““I can’t be intimidated. I cannot be bought. ‘ Women lead Indian farmers protests“, and he tells how, since November 2020, thousands of farmers have gathered at different sites on the outskirts of the national capital to demand the repeal of three agricultural laws, and how in January 2021, the chief justice of India had asked lawyers to “persuade the elderly and women to quit the protests.”

“In response, the women farmers – mostly from the rural states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh – rushed to the stages, grabbed microphones and yelled a ‘No! Unanimous, we read in the story of Nilanjana Bhowmick.

According to the story, the women said they were disappointed to be seen as “mere caregivers providing cooking and cleaning services at these sites”, not “equal stakeholders”. “Why should we come back? It is not only the protest of the men. We work in the fields alongside the men. Who are we, if not farmers? one of them was quoted as saying.

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In another social media post, Time magazine said that “a women’s rights activist from Haryana, Sudesh Goyat has been on the Tikri protest site from the very beginning, helping to mobilize women and to be organized on January 18 so that it is recognized as the Day of Women Farmers “. .

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