For 20 Days, Stan Swamy, 83, Has Been Asking For A Straw And Sipper
That’s an NDTV headline and our quote for today. The story is no less telling. StanSwamy is a highly respected 83-year-old tribal activist with Parkinson’s disease. Since his hands shake, he needs a straw and a sipper to drink. But these were confiscated when he was arrested two months ago, and since held without bail. Earlier this month, he was forced to go to court to ask that these be returned. The court gave the National Intelligence Agency 20 days (!) to respond. Their response: We don’t have it, ask the jail. The court has therefore rejected Swamy’s request. His lawyers have been forced to file a fresh motion to secure the return—of a straw and a sipper.
A massive ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest
The TLDR: Tens of thousands of farmers are marching toward Delhi from Haryana and Punjab to stage a gargantuan protest against the new farming laws. The Union government is using every trick in its book to stop them. We explain why the farmers are angry, and the current state of this faceoff.
Who are these farmers?
The ‘Delhi Chalo’ march was launched by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM)—an alliance of 31 farmer and trade unions. The aim: to protest the new farming laws passed by the government in September. Most of them are marching from Punjab and Haryana. The plan: To enter Delhi and stage a protest at Jantar Mantar or the Ramlila Maidan.
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