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The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS: Indian Farmers' Union) is an Indian farmers' representative organization affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.[1] It is one of the well-known Sangh Parivar organization.[2] Under the able guidance of Shri Thengdi, Shri Bhau Saheb Bhaskute as the guiding soul, formed for the first time Bhartiya Kisan Sangh in Madhya Pradesh in 1978 and began its activities after getting the organization duly registered. The first meeting and the registration took place in the Kasera Dharamsala of Hoshangabad District. Next year, Shri Bhaskuteji travelled the entire length and breadth of the Nation and motivated 650 farmer representatives and organized their first conference at Kota (Rajasthan) on 3, 4 and 5 March 1979. In this very conference, an all India organization of Indian farmers named "Bhartiya Kisan Sangh" was established on 4 March by Shri Thengdi. On this very occasion Shri Thengdi declared emphatically and in clear words that this Organization would be a non-political body of the farmers, for the farmers and by the farmers.[3] It has units in all states of India, with nearly 20,000,000 members.,[4] As of 2005, the General Secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh is Mr. Prabhakar Kelkar and President is Mr. Aniruddha R. Murkute.[5]

Stated aims[edit]

According to the website of the organization, the stated aims and objectives of the organization are to "unite and organize" the peasantry for the "betterment of their financial social, cultural, educational, conditions and cottage industrial activity by making available stable avenues of livelihood and survival", "to make available information and other related literature in respect of new innovations, improvements, methodologies" etc. in the field of agriculture and to encourage the farmers to adopt the same", "to emphasis to importance and suitability of age old agriculture technique, methodology and to combine the same with modern inventions so as to have ecological security of fertile soil, adequate water, seeds, cattle, plants and biodiversity", "to collect, experiment, innovate, improve and publicise the centuries old practices and usages in the agriculture field so as to benefit others as well as to protect the same from being patented", etc.[3]


  • On March 2005, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh urged the Government of India to set up a $20-billion fund for the development of agriculture infrastructure in the nation.[5]
  • In 2007, the BKS showed resentment with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat. Dissatisfied with the prevailing cotton prices, it set to lead a farmers' agitation in Saurashtra.[1]
  • On 13 September 2013 Bhartiya Kisan Sangh organized a rally at Ramlila Maidan at New Delhi which was attended by about 150,000 farmers across the country.


  1. ^ a b "Bharatiya Kisan Sangh unhappy with BJP over cotton support prices". Expressindia.com. Retrieved 2 July 2008. 
  2. ^ S. P. Udayakumar (2005). Presenting the Past: Anxious History and Ancient Future in Hindutva India. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. p3. ISBN 0-275-97209-7. 
  3. ^ a b "Bharatiya Kisan Sangh: History". Bharatiya Kisan Sangh. Retrieved 1 July 2008. 
  4. ^ India Today. July 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Bharatiya Kisan Sangh seeks $20-b fund for agri infrastructure". Business Line. 16 March 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2008. 

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Business Standard

Business Standard
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:41:08 -0700

Sangh Parivar organisations such as Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh had been instrumental in the government holding back its decision on allowing field trials for GM crops. There is a feeling within the Parivar that the government is ...
The Hindu
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:55:52 -0700

The Udupi district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh had on September 22 alleged that there were financial irregularities estimated at Rs. 97 lakh in the distribution of compensation to arecanut growers whose arecanut plantations were affected by fruit ...
Deccan Chronicle
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0700

Four farmers, including Bharatiya Kisan Sangh state secretary Jalagam Kumara Swamy, were injured in the incident. The farmers of East Godavari district were agitating as there is inordinate delay in the implementation of farm loan waiver scheme ...

Calcutta Telegraph

Calcutta Telegraph
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:22:30 -0700

Fortunate to be rescued from different places in New Delhi over the past fortnight under Sankalp, a project by Ranchi NGO Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, and supported by international outfit Save the Children, the youngsters, who were all employed as domestic ...
Times of India
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:40:17 -0700

TRICHY: More than 200 farmers on Friday went on a hunger strike near Anna Statue at Chatram Bus Stand here, demanding the state and central governments to declare Tamil Nadu as drought-hit. Farmers from Trichy, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Perambalur ...
Free Press Journal
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:56:15 -0700

When Bharatiya Kisan Sangh apprised the collector of the issue, he inspected the Mandi for three days and issued orders which restrict commission agents in the Mandi. While the farmers advocate the stand taken by the collectors, mandi traders are ...
Hindustan Times
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:54:45 -0700

He first announced that BT Brinjal would soon embark on research trials. Protests from peasant movements and NGOs made little difference till Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) moved in and the trials were suspended. The decision is personally welcome but the ...
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:21:37 -0700

As Firstpost reported, the first sign of the Sangh parivar's intervention in government policy came towards the end of July when the RSS-backed Swadeshi Jagran Manch and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh forced the government to put off field trials on ...

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