It would be deeply hypocritical of me to accept this honour while continuing to be vocal in my commitment to anti-racism and understanding the deep and unsettling race issues the British empire has built into the foundation of our country and many others.
That’s activist Gina Martin rejecting the highly prized Order of British Empire— which is among the annual honours handed out by Queen Elizabeth each year. The number of ‘refuseniks’ is rising and has more than doubled over the past nine years. The total this year: 68. OTOH, that’s only 27% of 2,504 on the honours list. The rest were only too happy to get a medal from an empire that has long ceased to exist.
The ongoing face-off in Delhi
The TLDR: As both sides get ready to talk again today, the farmers are digging in, and the government is refusing to budge. We look at the state of play in the kisan vs neta battle in Delhi.
The basic deets
At noon today, the government will once again sit across the table from 35 farmer unions. This is the second round of negotiations. The discussion held on Tuesday ended in a stalemate.
What the farmers want
Upping the stakes: The farmers have now doubled down on their core demand. One of the prominent union leaders said at a press conference:
“Our demand is non-negotiable. We want the three laws repealed immediately… We will give our written objections, and we will sit for discussions one, two, three, four days but as long as our demand is not met, we will intensify the struggle here and in the rest of the country. The other borders of Delhi will be sealed as well, and the city will be even more choked.”
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