Sharad Joshi began his fight for farmers’ rights in the late 1970s. It was his genius in articulating the real cause of the persistent distress facing farmers that inspired lakhs of farmers to take up the fight against government interventions in agriculture.
One of the prominent and long-time supporter activist of these andolans is Shailaja Deshpande. For more than 35 years now, she has continued the fight for farmers’ freedoms across Maharashtra. Listen to her experiences here and let us know your thoughts in comments.
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