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Tuesday, February 9 2021


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We are aware about shramjeevi (workers), buddhijeevi (intellectuals). A new breed has taken birth. They are the ‘andolan jeevi’. You will find them at the protests of lawyers, students, workers and farmers. Sometimes behind the curtain and sometimes in front of the curtain. This is a gang. Such people need to be identified. These andolan jeevi are all parasites.

That’s the Prime Minister coining a bizarre term for one of his favourite bogeymen: the anti-national. The farm unions’ response: “Farmers would like to remind the PM that it is andolans that have liberated India from colonial rulers and that is why we are proud to be Andolan Jeevi.”

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The arrest of Nodeep Kaur

The TLDR: The factory worker shot to global fame when Kamala Harris’ niece Meena tweeted: “23 yo labor rights activist Nodeep Kaur was arrested, tortured & sexually assaulted in police custody. She's been detained without bail for over 20 days.” It helped draw attention not just to Kaur, but also the plight of workers in the Kundli Industrial Area (KIA) on the Haryana border—and their growing solidarity with the farmers who are close by at the Singhu protest site.

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