December 23, 2020 (New York, NY) – As up to a million farmers in India continue protesting the Modi government’s radical and inequitable deregulation of the agricultural industry on the outskirts of Delhi, the Sikh Coalition continues our work to stand in solidarity and amplify the voices of the farmers. Though our work is focused here in the United States, we stand with our Sikh siblings in India who are grossly impacted and are leading these protests.
In the past month, the #FarmersProtest has continued to grow as more groups within India and around the world stand in solidarity with the demonstrators from Punjab, Haryana, and elsewhere. Several rounds of talks have yet to produce the full repeal of the three farm laws that protestors on the ground have demanded. Global attention has helped to further signal to the government that violence--which they initially used as a response--against the protestors will not be tolerated. However, the Indian government must also denounce and should not tolerate threats made against farmers by politicians and nationalist leaders inciting violence as it can and has led to deadly violence against protestors during the course of other peaceful protests in India.
Therefore, it remains more critical than ever that the Indian government knows the world is watching events on the ground. You can take action today to stand with those protesting for their work, their dignity, and their freedom in three key ways:
- Fill out our simple form to send a message to your members of Congress, urging them to denounce India’s undemocratic response to the protest.
- Use this draft resolution language to approach your local, county, state, or federal government officials and ask them to stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest. These also serve as helpful talking points.
- Share this email with your family and friends so they add their voices to the growing chorus that is calling for action.
In addition to the initial letter
from members of the American Sikh Caucus, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ, and the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee) has now also sent a letter
to Indian Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu. It is essential to keep up our advocacy efforts to encourage more members of Congress to speak out.
In the meantime, the Sikh Coalition is still working to ensure that this issue receives coverage in the U.S. media. We were proud to arrange multiple interviews and provide background information for this NBC piece
by Claire Wang, and the Sikh Coalition interviewed with both NowThis News
and JUS Punjabi’s Ajj Da Mudda
last week. We also continue pitching this story to other national-level reporters and outlets, as well as supporting individual sangats as they publicize various solidarity rallies and caravans across the country. You can see all of our updated work on this topic on our website here
and across our social media channels.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.