From getting whipped to eating grass, mice and more: Tamil Nadu farmers’ bizarre protest for aid

Updated On Apr 30, 2017 09:00 AM IST

For over a month now, Delhi has been witnessing a bizarre protest at Jantar Mantar. The protesters, who are farmers from Tamil Nadu, have used strategies never heard before — from wearing skulls, eating mice, conducting mock funerals to even stripping at Raisina Hill. Adding to their eyeball popping agitation this week, a man dressed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi flogged the farmers with a whip.

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The farmers of Tamil Nadu on Monday ate grass as a symbol of their deteriorating plight, at Jantar Mantar in the national capital. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 30, 2017 09:00 AM IST

The farmers of Tamil Nadu on Monday ate grass as a symbol of their deteriorating plight, at Jantar Mantar in the national capital. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Tamil Nadu farmers stage a protest where they can been seen whipped by a man dressed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Tamil Nadu farmers stage a protest where they can been seen whipped by a man dressed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

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New Delhi, India- April 17, 2017: Tamil Farmer pretending to eat grass during a protest at Jatnar Mantar in New Delhi, India on Monday, April 17, 2017.Around 84 farmers from Tamil Nadu have been camping at Jantar Mantar demanding relief in the face of what is believed to be Cauvery basin’s worst drought in the past 150 years. ( Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times) (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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New Delhi, India- April 17, 2017: Tamil Farmer pretending to eat grass during a protest at Jatnar Mantar in New Delhi, India on Monday, April 17, 2017.Around 84 farmers from Tamil Nadu have been camping at Jantar Mantar demanding relief in the face of what is believed to be Cauvery basin’s worst drought in the past 150 years. ( Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times) (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Tamil Nadu farmers today off their clothes in their demand for a drought relief package. (HT Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Tamil Nadu farmers today off their clothes in their demand for a drought relief package. (HT Photo)

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Farmers from Tamil Nadu display posters of Mahatma Gandhi as they sit on protest. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Farmers from Tamil Nadu display posters of Mahatma Gandhi as they sit on protest. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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The farmers hold up skulls next to a man wearing a mask of PM Modi. (Vageesh Lall/Ht Photo) View Photos in a new improved layout
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The farmers hold up skulls next to a man wearing a mask of PM Modi. (Vageesh Lall/Ht Photo)

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Tamil Nadu Farmers enacts eating a snake as a form of protest as one of them wears a mask with the face of Mahatma Gandhi. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Tamil Nadu Farmers enacts eating a snake as a form of protest as one of them wears a mask with the face of Mahatma Gandhi. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

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A farmer enacts eating a snake as a form of protest as they have nothing to eat due to farm distress. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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A farmer enacts eating a snake as a form of protest as they have nothing to eat due to farm distress. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

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A farmer from the southern state of Tamil Nadu poses as he bites a rat. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
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A farmer from the southern state of Tamil Nadu poses as he bites a rat. (REUTERS)

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Farmers from Tamil Nadu stage a protest at Jantar Mantar by holding living mice in their mouths to demonstrate that they will have to feed on them if the government fails to declare drought relief packages and waiver loans for the farmers from the state. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Farmers from Tamil Nadu stage a protest at Jantar Mantar by holding living mice in their mouths to demonstrate that they will have to feed on them if the government fails to declare drought relief packages and waiver loans for the farmers from the state. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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MDMK party General secretary Vaiko interacts with Tamil Nadu farmers in the face of what has been reportedly called one of the worst droughts in the states. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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MDMK party General secretary Vaiko interacts with Tamil Nadu farmers in the face of what has been reportedly called one of the worst droughts in the states. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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A lady covered her mouth with a black strip of cloth in protest. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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A lady covered her mouth with a black strip of cloth in protest. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Tamil Nadu Farmers With Skulls Of Fellow Farmers Who Committed Suicide during a Protest At Jantar Mantar. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Tamil Nadu Farmers With Skulls Of Fellow Farmers Who Committed Suicide during a Protest At Jantar Mantar. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

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Farmers enact hangings or attempted suicide of other farmers affected by crop distress. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Farmers enact hangings or attempted suicide of other farmers affected by crop distress. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

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