Over the last four weeks landless low caste peasants and indigenous folk have embarked on a protest march to Delhi. They walked 200 miles (325 km) to demand that the Indian government address their lack of access to land and water.
According to the BBC there were about 25 000 marchers.
Police, however, intervened and stopped the marchers from reaching the parliament buildings today. The marchers intended to stage a protest for land reform in front of the parliament buildings in New Delhi.
The BBC reports that:"They are calling for a national authority to oversee land reform and a system of fast track courts to deal with the long delays in resolving land disputes."
Many of the marchers also complained that they have not been included in India's "economic boom".
See video of the march from the BBC here.
This post also appears at Indigenist Intelligence Review.
The BBC reports that the Indian government "says it will set up a panel on land reform to meet the demands of landless farmers and indigenous people."
Protest leader, Bharat Bhushan Thakur, said in the same report, "Our demands have been met. We are fully satisfied, now that the rural development minister came here and made the announcement."
There is no timetable for meeting demands but the Rural Development Minister, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, has indicated that demands will be met soon.
This is heartening news and ongoing evidence that street struggle is alive and well in India.