Indian diaspora organizations launch rose campaign in support of protesting farmers

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Farmers protesting in India (Image Source: Twitter/Khaled Beydoun)

Over 12 diaspora organizations spread across the world showcased their support to farmers in India and their rightful demands to be heard and for the repeal of the three agricultural laws.

On Sunday, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, a group of Indian diaspora organizations launched a rose campaign called “Love Conquers Hate” in support of the protesting farmers in India. Farmers are protesting against the Indian government’s three controversial farm laws.

According to a media statement, over 12 diaspora organizations spread across the world showcased their support to farmers in India and their rightful demands to be heard and for the repeal of the three agricultural laws. The coalition said: “We would like to express our unwavering solidarity with the farmers in India and to draw attention to their non-violent protest braving harsh weather conditions and repressive measures for over two months.”

The Global Indian Progressive Diaspora based in the United States encouraged people to extend support towards the protesting farmers by tweeting or sending a rose to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On February 10 through a post on social media, GIPD said: “Tweet or send a Rose to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking to repeal farm laws or send a Rose to the Indian Embassy/General Counsel in your respective region to express your solidarity with farmers in India.:” It also included the hashtags, #Rose2Repeal #LoveToFarmers #OneAppealRepeal.”

The coalition also wrote a letter addressed to Indian Consulates as part of its campaign. As per various media reports, the letter said: “We hereby express our unwavering support for the moral perseverance of the brave farmers of India who have continued to struggle since August 2020 for their right to be heard, for food sovereignty and security for all Indian citizens, and for justice across the Indian Republic in their demands to repeal the three Farm Laws – The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.” The coalition added that it invites its media partners and other human rights groups to amplify voices of support to the farmers and a universal call for peace and harmony in India.

The coalition constituted of: 

  • Global Indian Progressive Alliance (GIPA)
  • Hindus for Human Rights-USA (H4HR)
  • Friends of India-Texas
  • Boston South Asian Coalition (BSAC)
  • Dalit Solidarity Forum, US
  • Coalition of Americans for Pluralism in India (CAPI)
  • Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC)
  • Voices Against Fascism in India (VAFI)
  • Young India, Inc.
  • The Humanism Project, Australia
  • Coalition Against Fascism in India (CAFI)
  • Students Against Hindutva Ideology (SAHI)
  • International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India (InSAF)
  • Canadians Against Oppression & Persecution (COAP)
  • Kisan Pizza, UK
  • Alliance to Save & Protect America from Infiltration by Religious Extremists (ASPAIRE)
  • Ambedkar King Study Circle (AKSC)

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