It’s almost the end of the year and it is time to bid adieu to 2018. The year has been quite an eventful one, jam-packed with action, movements, protests, debates, elections and many more. “Rewinding 2018” is a humble effort of HW News to throw light on all such incidents that made headlines in every sphere of life in 2018.
Here are protests and movements that rocked India in 2018:
Kisan Long March:
The 35,000 farmers who marched all the way from Nashik to Mumbai to thank for this. The farmers who were upset with the state government’s policies decided to walk 180 kilometres to make the government listen to their demands. The Kisan Long March was organized by the All India Kisan Sabha which affiliated with CPI(M).
The next day, a delegation of the farmers met the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis taking up their demands. After the meet, Fadnavis in a press conference told the media that the government has accepted 90% of the farmer’s demands and the government will implement them within the next six months. Following the assurance, the farmers called off the protest and returned to Nashik.
Bharat Bandh by Dalit organizations:
On Monday, April 2, several Dalit Organizations took it to the street to protest the recent amendment by the Supreme Court in the SC/ST act. The vigorous protest that ensued took a violent turn killing as much as 10 people from the states of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Gujarat etc. The centre filed a review petition in the Supreme Court, however, the Court turned down the petition filed by the Centre.
Bharat Bandh by Anti-reservations activists:
The General category and OBC members in Madhya Pradesh called for a Bharat bandh in protest against the Parliament passing an amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act that overrode a Supreme Court order diluting it. As upper caste groups continue to protest against the Act that provides protections to the SC and ST community, several states took precautions to prevent the situation from deteriorating. Nearly 35 upper caste bodies called for a Bharat Bandh in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. In Madhya Pradesh, Section 144 was imposed in 10 districts.
Delhi Kisan March:
Thousands of farmers from across the country converged in Delhi on November 29 for a two-day protest rally to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.
Farmers, from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other states marched on four different routes in the national capital, starting at three major railway stations Anand Vihar, Nizamuddin and Bijwasan and at Sabzi Mandi. All the marchers poured in at Ramlila Ground in the heart of the city by evening. Farmers from Delhi, Punjab and Haryana started coming in by 10:30 am.