Sunday, 4 June 2017



We are all aware that a group of about 100 farmers from Tamil Nadu have been protesting in Delhi for a month now, to get the government to meet their various demands, which include a Rs 40,000 central drought relief fund and pensions for old farmers who can no longer tend to their fields. In its essence it is the longest continuous demonstration in recent times and is organized under the protection of police and the consent of the state. It is contained and unlikely to descend into chaos, One thing that cannot go unnoticed is the extent to which these people are ready to go, to capture the media and the public's attention- the agitators are , however, well aware that their protest has to be suitably dramatic for media consumption.

The leader, P Ayyakannu sets the benchmark by chanting “If they put us on the train back to Tamil Nadu, we will pull the chain. If they beat us, we will jump off the train. We will stay here till our demands are met or we die.” That's just the beginning. They  have come heavily prepared with props, skulls and mice and snakes, and have been pulling off one desperate act after another, almost daily. The sheer amount of theatricality and drama ranges from bizarre to spine chillingly shocking. The farmers started off with eating dal and rice off the streets. Then they moved on to perform angapradakshinam – rolling prostrate- on the street at Jantar Mantar . Things began to heat up when they staged suicides and conducted mock funerals. In the next act, they shaved off half their moustaches and beards. This still got no attention, they went extreme and stripped in front of the Prime Minister’s office, standing with mice in their mouths. And finally, things took a rather scary turn when they s hung human skulls around their necks, which they claim belong to farmers in their state who committed suicide because of mounting debt.

But we don't understand this- is the media just covering the drama and sensation? Has the original cause for protest been forgotten? As days pass and things are getting more and more disturbing, the actual motive behind this event is at the risk of being forgotten. Irrespective of whether that is indeed the case, by now, the protest has taken on farcical proportions. The performance seems to have become the point of it. To sum things up, a photographer from a daily newspaper who has been covering the farmers’ protest regularly, said: “My editors don’t want to write about the issue, they just want dramatic photographs.”. Let's hope that this is not what's going to happen. 

-Aswitha Balaji                                                                                                                                            Blogger                                                                                                                                                      NanSei Nilam 

NanSei Nilam- how it began

NanSei Nilam- how it began. 

It was on the 21st day of January, two best friends decided to dedicate their time towards helping our farmers- the pride of our country. 

As the crowd chanted " WE WANT JALLIKATTU", we noticed a small group of old people carrying placards with slogans stating a completely different situation. Intrigued by it, we approached towards them and questioned them about it. Their faces were wrinkled and they looked dehydrated. We offered them some biscuits and water. They claimed that they had been fighting for people to understand the situation of the farmers in Tamil Nadu for more than 48 hours in the Marina beach. 

Being from the city of Chennai, we were not completely aware of the situation. 

We looked at each other surprisingly and shocked that we were unmindful about the happenings. We immediately Googled about it and researched as much as we could. Shocked by the information, we felt nothing but sympathy for them. 

That's when Prasanna uttered the words " Lets do something. As much as we can. Even if its just the two of us." We knew our biggest strength were our friends and the social media. We began circulating messages and noticed that a lot of people were interested in our ideas. 

The first few months were busy. We had over a hundred people contact us and show their support. We held meetings to encourage more people to join our cause and give suggestions. 

Today, we are a strong team of 66 people apart from the volunteers. We work everyday to promote and gain support from the public. We want as many people to learn about the situation of the farmers and help as much as they can. 
Today, we are content. 

Today, we will make the world a better place to live in. 

- S. Shruthikka 
(Co- founder) 
NanSei Nilam