Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: With a wooden staff in her right hand and a communist flag in the left, a diminutive, 85-year-old woman stood tall in the Azad Maidan sports ground. Kamli Babu, an adivasi (tribal) farmer who works as a farm hand for part of the year, had walked 180 km, covering 30 km each day under the harsh early summer sun, to be a part of Kisan Long March.
A peaceful protest march organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha, affiliated with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), the march began on March 5, 2018, at CBS Chowk in central Nashik with some 15,000 farmers. Over the course of the week to March 12, 2018, their numbers more than tripled as more farmers and agricultural labourers joined in along the route,Destination: Mumbai. Their aim: to get the attention of the state government,Demand: a fairer deal for the struggling farm sector.