ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Punjab’s Peasant Movements

Past and Present

Pagrhi Sambhal Lehar to Samyukt Kisan Morcha: A Century of Punjab Kisan Struggle 1907–2021 by Ronki Ram, Chandigarh: Unistar, 2022; pp 129, `595.

The repeal of the three farm laws marks the victory of one of the longest struggles of peasantry in the age of neo-liberal capitalism in ­India. It is a significant milestone in the history of pro-people social movements in many respects. First, it has boldly challenged the authoritarian–corporate nexus that desires to bring the agriculture sector and, in a way, food sovereignty under the control of corporate capital. Second, it has set an example for other social movements that aim to push back neo-liberal forces. Last but not the least, the victory of peasantry over the anti-peasantry laws is a major setback to the unregulated growth of imperialism that seeks to control the production and distribution system of food and land use in the third world countries. In the light of these facts, the significance of the book under review lies in the attempt by its author to historically contextualise the 2020–21 peasant struggle. The aut­hor’s att­empt to draw parallels between the 2020–21 peasant struggle and major peasant agitations of the 20th century in Punjab brims with insight and telling details.

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Updated On : 3rd Jun, 2022
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