lørdag 6. februar 2021

What life is like in Indian farmers protest camps on Delhi's outskirts

On a key highway into India's capital, men are doing their laundry in washing machines set up under a makeshift tent. Just three months ago, this six-lane expressway was a busy thoroughfare for commuters and large trucks bringing supplies into New Delhi. Now, the traffic has been replaced by an almost 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) stretch of supply stores, a medical department and a library -- all part of a colorful, bustling hamlet of tents that's been home to thousands of farmers for months.

In November, farmers infuriated by new agricultural reforms drove in tractor conveys from around India to set up multiple blockades at the city's borders. This camp at Ghazipur on the border between Delhi and the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh is one of three major temporary settlements on the outskirts of the capital. Almost everyone here is from neighboring Uttar Pradesh, but farmers at other camps have come from states including Haryana and Punjab -- the latter is known as the "bread basket of India" due to its large food production industry.