Women leading the Indian farmers’ protests make it to the front cover of TIMES magazine

In the hopes of forcing the government to repeal three agricultural laws, numerous Indian farmers have been protesting outside New Delhi since November. The protests had to face a lot of opposition and violence by the police and online attacks by supporters of the BJP.

Farmers gather as they take part in a nationwide general strike to protest against the recent agricultural reforms at the Delhi-Haryana state border in Singhu on December 8, 2020. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP) (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The TIME magazine had its front cover showing the strong women participating in these protests, and the March 15-22 edition of the magazine also has an article with details about the protest.

The TIME spoke to an older woman aged 74 in the protest who spoke about how the government asked women and the elderly to return to their homes. However, the woman spoke bravely, questioning why they should go back when they toil in the fields beside the men. She further said that they should be identified as farmers too.

‘I can not be oppressed; I can not be intimidated. I can not be bought’ is what these women have been fearlessly telling the government.

This bold step by the TIMES is worth appreciation as international stars such as Rihanna had been under a lot of criticism and were even threatened for tweeting in support of the Indian farmers. Many are appreciating TIMES for highlighting the struggles of Indian farmers.

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