IT employees and workers are no longer disconnected from larger movements in the country. On 25 September, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee called for a nationwide protest against three new bills on agriculture passed by the government undemocratically through Parliament.
These bills herald an era of the complete subordination of Indian agriculture to imperial interests. Increasingly, these interests are represented by large technology companies whose interests are contradictory to that of peasants and agricultural workers. As technology workers, we deplore this subordination. As aware citizens, we strongly condemn the Central Government’s disregard for democratic processes and its policies designed to help its cronies. We reject the monopolisation and corporatisation of agriculture. The agricultural sector needs an overhaul, but not in this manner – not in the interests of large corporations both Indian and foreign, which are opposed to the interests of the peasantry as a whole.
Members of the All India IT and ITeS Employees’ Union (AIITEU) joined the protest against these farm bills in four locations – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. We stood with the protesting farmers against the government’s moves to ruin the agricultural sector. We are certain that increasing such worker-peasant solidarity will help our joint fight against the crushing of our rights at the altar of big capital.