Farmers on the Move

The Story of How Kisans Organized in Maharashtra

Ajit Navale

Translated by Medha Kale

Introduction by P. Sainath


New Delhi, 2022

Language: English

235 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

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In March 2018, 40,000 farmers, overwhelmingly Adivasis, marched 182 kilometres from Nashik to Mumbai, across hill and dale, in blistering heat. Mostly barefoot, some with bleeding feet, these farmers had converged on the megapolis under the banner of the All-India Kisan Sabha to berate their government for its many betrayals of their demands. The farmers won the hearts and sympathies of an often apathetic and unsympathetic urban population which was moved by their heroism, dignity, and determination in the face of overwhelming odds.

While the Kisan Long March is relatively better known, the long history of organizing that preceded it is not. For instance, most people outside Maharashtra are not aware of a historic strike by farmers the previous summer. Nor are most aware of the long history of kisan struggles in Maharashtra, going back over a century.

Farmers on the Move is a rare and valuable account of the dogged, persevering, and creative tactics and strategy that went into organizing kisans. Full of ups and downs, hopes and heartbreaks, it is a moving story of human tenacity and the triumph of the spirit.

Ajit Navale

Ajit Navale is a doctor by profession. He is the General Secretary of the Maharashtra state unit of the All India Kisan Sabha and was one of the main leaders of the Kisan Long March.

Medha Kale

Medha Kale is Translations Editor, Marathi, at the People’s Archive of Rural India.

P. Sainath

Palagummi Sainath (born 1957), one of India’s best-known journalists, is the founding editor of People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI). He was The Hindu’s Rural Affairs Editor till 2014. Previously, he worked at Blitz and United News of India. He has lectured and taught at various institutions, including the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Sainath is the author of the bestselling Everybody Loves a Good Drought. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including, in 2007, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Two documentary films on his work, Nero’s Guests and A Tribe of his Own, have received over 20 international awards.