They persisted for more than 40 days, enduring the harsh Delhi weather and many other odds, and now their efforts have borne fruit. The Tamil Nadu farmers who had been protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi for the last six weeks, have called off their strike after meeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami, who assured them that their demands would be looked into at the top level and on priority.
It may be recalled that the farmers were unique in their protest, as they utilized different techniques almost every week to get the attention of top authorities. First, they protested using begging bowls and the skulls and bones of farmers who had died due to poverty. On another day, some of them had gone naked and there was also a time when they had worn women’s clothes. Recently, they also drank their urine to show their desperation.
After calling off their strike, the farmers said that if their demands are not met by May 25, they will resume their strike. The various demands made by the famers include a Rs. 40,000-crore drought relief package, farm loan waiver and setting up of the Cauvery Management Board by the center. It may be recalled that Tamil Nadu is facing its worst drought in 140 years. It recorded only 60% rainfall last year.