California Sikhs are scheduled to carry caravan and rally in help of peasant protests in India
(RNS) – Sikhs activists in California are holding a COVID-19 aware auto and truck rally in solidarity with farmers in India protesting against new agricultural measures benefiting large businesses on Saturday, December 5th.
The caravan and rally was organized by the Jakara Movement, a non-profit organization inspired by Sikh principles in Fresno.
“The future of Punjab as an agricultural powerhouse and the livelihood of its people remain seriously threatened,” said Rajanpreet Kaur of the Sikh national coalition, which is helping to promote the event.
Kaur said several hundred vehicles are expected to take part in the caravan and rally.
The caravan will gather at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland at noon and drive over the Bay Bridge to the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. You will return to Oakland for a rally at 2 p.m. Pacific time.
Protesters are expected to stay in their cars during the caravan and rally to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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In India, according to the Associated Press, many of the protesting farmers are Sikhs from northern Punjab and Haryana, two of the largest farming states in India.
Farmers fear that the laws passed in September will result in the government stop buying grain at guaranteed minimum prices and companies lowering prices to exploitative levels. Many activists and agricultural experts support their demand for a guaranteed minimum price for their harvest.
CONNECTED: The protests of the farmers against the new Indian agriculture laws follow a long Sikh tradition
Sikh Americans have been an active part of California’s economy and culture for more than 125 years, and many of the 500,000 Sikhs living in the United States can trace their immediate families back to Punjab, Kaur said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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