What the fate of these Delhi farmers tells us about new farm laws

Delhi farmers, land, DDA
Farmers within Delhi are complaining that they are not getting loans, MSP or other benefits | Image - Eunice Dhivya

Unlike the much-romanticised lush green fields of paddy and mustard, life in Jitendra Yadav’s village, Jhuljhuli, in southeast Delhi smells and tastes every bit like the polluted capital city—acrid.

As protests against new farm laws continue at Delhi’s borders, Yadav and scores like him feel one need not go far from the national capital to see the sufferings of farmers that successive governments failed to take into account.

Not too far from the political chaos on display inside and outside Parliament, farmers on the city’s fringes are struggling to make sense of the urbanisation that is shrinking their farmlands.

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