‘This has to end peacefully’: California’s Punjabi farmers rally behind India protests

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In northern California, home to a large Punjabi population, residents join backlash against laws ‘shoved down people’s throats’

Sukhcharan Singh grows walnuts in Yuba City, California, about 40 miles north of Sacramento. Like many Sikh farmers in this small Central Valley city, Singh’s thoughts are occupied by the ongoing protests in India.

“I lose sleep over this. When I was there, it was a poor country, yes, but it was a good country,” said Singh, 68, flipping through notes he has taken on the latest news out of India. “Last night I finally slept at 11.30.”

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