The farmers’ movement in Madhya Pradesh spread rapidly from one district to another, despite the lack of a central leadership, through the canny use of photos, videos and texts on social media platforms. One hand on the tractor wheel and the other on the phone ready to tweet. That was the instruction given to the protesters, many of them youngsters who defy the stereotypical image of the traditional Indian farmer.
They are tech savvy, own smartphones and used Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to spread information and gather people for the protests. According to police officials in Mandsaur, the centre of the protests, around 80 per cent of the protesters fall in the 16-30 age group.
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