During the 2014 summit for the social movements,  the idea of creating an anti-eviction network was mooted.   The network would ensure the coordinated resistance when an incident of farm evictions occurs and affects the members of the network.   In the light of this plan, it was important to define what constitutes eviction.   For the farm dwellers and farm workers,  eviction is perceived in terms that are broader than the legal definitions.   Legally,  eviction covers the narrow reality of being expelled from the farm land without notice and without legally acceptable grounds.  The perspectives of the farm dwellers and farm workers are broader, covering the conduct of the farm owner that make the living in the farm unbearable.

In terms of this perspective,  the following incidents were also identified as evictions that need to be resisted through the network:

  • the farmers refusing the farm dwellers to bury their dead on the graveyard in the farm,
  • the arbitrary deprivation of the access to water (with the farmers at times switching off the water without notice),
  • the arbitrary blocking of paths leading to the villages of the farm dwellers,
  • the farmers refusing the farm dwellers to have a school on the farm,
  • interfering in the farm schools and making it impossible for the school to operate effectively and the restrictions on the visitors to the farm dwellers.

The members shall come to the aid of others when such incidents as listed above occur.   The logistics to enable this to happen are still being worked out.   The social movements are also concerned that the equity share scheme being proposed by the government could spark an increase in the farm evictions.   Hence, the need to develop a network for non-violent resistance to farm evictions.