How farmers’ protest can be the answer to Satluj-Yamuna Canal disputeDiscussions and sharing arrangement brought by farmers’ collective, uni...How farmers’ protest can be the answer to Satluj-Yamuna Canal dispute
Discussions and sharing arrangement brought by farmers’ collective, unions and other beneficiaries can potentially provide a meaningful solution to the water dispute
Farmer leaders, political commentators and news reporters have said time and again that it is the collective and united effort of farmers from Haryana and Punjab that is keeping the farmers’ protests going since November, on the outskirts of the national capital New Delhi.
On chilly afternoons at Tikri, on the border of Haryana and Delhi, slogans rent the air every now and then. Kisan Zindabad (long live the farmer) and Kisan bhaichara zindabad (long live the unity of farmers) are the most heard.
The bhaichara (brotherhood) here refers to the farmers of Haryana and Punjab who have joined hands to fight the battle against the new agricultural laws they want repealed. Post-independence, this is perhaps the only time the two states are fighting on the same side.
Punjab and Haryana have had a long-standing difference over water, in what is known as the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal dispute. Several stakeholders in the dispute have also brought up the issue in the ongoing farmers’ protests.