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Angry Punjabi farmers burn effigies of Modi, Ambani and Adani on Dussehra

An effigy of Narendra Modi, Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani set alight by protesting farmers in Amritsar, Punjab. Source: AAP Image/EPA/RAMINDER PAL SINGH

In this week's newswrap from Punjab, listen how its farmers' anger over the agriculture laws reflected in their Dussehra celebrations, PM Narendra Modi's exhortation to the nation to light a 'diya' in honour of the soldiers defending India's frontiers and more.

Angered by the Centre's three new farm laws, farmers across Punjab marked Dussehhra this year by replacing the traditional effigies of Ravan with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those of Kumbhkarn and Meghnad with Reliance Industries' Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani and Adani Group's Chairman Gautam Adani.

These effigies were later set ablaze to express their displeasure with the Modi government's decision to pave the way for replacing the traditional aarhtiya (middleman or commission agent) with corporate giants like Reliance and Adani for procurement of their crops.

Never before has a prime minister's effigy been burnt in India on Dussehra. 

Meanwhile, during his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' radio address to the nation, PM Modi urged the people that while celebrating the upcoming festivals, they should keep the soldiers in their thoughts who won't be able to join their families this festival season.

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