Thousands of poor farmers have ended their march to India's capital after the government agreed to formulate a new reform policy, providing land rights to them and fast tracking settlement of their land disputes. The protesters from nearly a dozen states set out on a 320-kilometer (200-mile) march from the central Indian city of Gwalior nine days ago under the banner of "Ekta Parishad," or "Unity Council," and planned to reach New Delhi at the end of the month.

An Indian landless farmer waits for the start of the day
An Indian landless farmer waits for the start of the day's march during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India. ? Photo by AP
An Indian child rests with landless farmer women as they halt for the night during the march to New Delhi. ? Photo by AP
An Indian child rests with landless farmer women as they halt for the night during the march to New Delhi. ? Photo by AP
Jan Satyagraha leader P.V. Rajagopal and Indian Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh display documents after signing an agreement in Agra. ? Photo by AP
Jan Satyagraha leader P.V. Rajagopal and Indian Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh display documents after signing an agreement in Agra. ? Photo by AP
Indian landless villagers rest in Agra, about 185 kilometers southeast of New Delhi. ? Photo by AP
Indian landless villagers rest in Agra, about 185 kilometers southeast of New Delhi. ? Photo by AP
Indian landless villagers and tribal people celebrate, thousands of poor farmers have ended their march to India
Indian landless villagers and tribal people celebrate, thousands of poor farmers have ended their march to India's capital after the government agreed to formulate a new reform policy. ? Photo by AP
The protesters from nearly a dozen states set out on a 320-kilometer (200-mile) march from the central Indian city of Gwalior nine days ago under the banner of "Ekta Parishad," or "Unity Council," and planned to reach New Delhi at the end of the month. ? Photo by AP
The protesters from nearly a dozen states set out on a 320-kilometer (200-mile) march from the central Indian city of Gwalior nine days ago under the banner of "Ekta Parishad," or "Unity Council," and planned to reach New Delhi at the end of the month. ? Photo by AP
Indian tribal women dance in celebration. ? Photo by AP
Indian tribal women dance in celebration. ? Photo by AP
A landless rural India woman cheers after P.V. Rajagopal, the leader of thousands of farmers. ? Photo by AP
A landless rural India woman cheers after P.V. Rajagopal, the leader of thousands of farmers. ? Photo by AP
Indian landless villagers pray in the morning in Agra, about 185 kilometers southeast of New Delhi. ? Photo by AP
Indian landless villagers pray in the morning in Agra, about 185 kilometers southeast of New Delhi. ? Photo by AP
An Indian landless tribal villager combs his hair in the morning in Agra. ? Photo by AP
An Indian landless tribal villager combs his hair in the morning in Agra. ? Photo by AP
The villagers listen to their leader speak in Agra. ? Photo by AP
The villagers listen to their leader speak in Agra. ? Photo by AP
An Indian landless farmer dances to entertain the gathering as they halt for the night. ? Photo by AP
An Indian landless farmer dances to entertain the gathering as they halt for the night. ? Photo by AP
Indian landless villagers shout slogans in Agra. ? Photo by AP
Indian landless villagers shout slogans in Agra. ? Photo by AP

Comments (5) (Closed)


Cyrus Howell
Oct 12, 2012 10:59am
Finally. The government had no choice.
Mary Holmes
Oct 13, 2012 03:20pm
Thanks for your info on the land reform march & the excellent photos. I think both people's movements & governments across the world should find inspiration from what has happened in India.
skylark
Oct 13, 2012 04:22am
MOST pakistani or Bangladeshi think INDIA was born in 1947 INDIA WAS BORN 7000 BC ! FROG in a well compares everything with islamic calender & history. 99% pakistani have no idea about " indus valley civilization " !
Sandip
Oct 12, 2012 12:35pm
If there is a will there is a way to get it done. Pen is still more powerful then Gun in India. Proud to be indian.
Ankeet kumar
Oct 12, 2012 01:45pm
it should be done in Pakistan too.