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October 11, 2012
Poor farmers end march to India's capital

Thousands of poor farmers ended their march to India's capital on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 after the government agreed to formulate a new reform policy, providing land rights to them and fast tracking settlement of their land disputes. The protesters from nearly a dozen states set out on a 320-kilometer (200-mile) march from the central Indian city of Gwalior nine days ago under the banner of "Ekta Parishad," or "Unity Council," and planned to reach New Delhi at the end of the month.

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In this Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 photo, an Indian child rests with landless farmer women as they halt for the night, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India. Thousands of poor farmers ended their march on Thursday to India's capital after the government agreed to formulate a new reform policy. AP / Kevin Frayer
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A landless rural India woman cheers after P.V. Rajagopal, the leader of thousands of farmers, signed an agreement with Indian Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, in Agra, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian tribal women dance to celebrate after their leader P.V. Rajagopal, signed a land reform agreement with Indian Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, in Agra, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian landless villagers and tribal people celebrate after their leader P.V. Rajagopal, signed a land reform agreement with Indian Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, in Agra, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian landless villagers pray in the morning in Agra, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Indian landless villagers rest in Agra, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Rural Indians, including landless farmers, rest during an overnight halt of the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi near Agra, about 200 kilometers (126 miles) from New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Rural Indians, including landless farmers, charge their mobile phones as they halt for the night during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi near Agra, about 200 kilometers (126 miles) from New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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Rural Indians, including landless farmers, shout slogans and raise flags during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi near Agra, about 200 kilometers (126 miles) from New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. AP / Manish Swarup
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A landless Indian farmer woman carries her child and marches during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian landless farmer smiles for the camera as the group stops for the night during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers march during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 photo, Indian landless farmers march during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmer women prepare for the day's march during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmer women listen to a leader speak during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers rest before starting the day's march during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian landless farmer waits for the start of the day's march during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmer women wait their turn to take a wash as they halt for the night, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers eat a meal before starting the day's march during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian landless farmer boy rests before another day's march during the "Jan Satyagraha," near Agra, India on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers gather around a fire early morning after a night's halt, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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An Indian landless farmer woman dances to entertain the gathering as they halt for the night, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers stop for the night, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers dance at a gathering as they halt for the night, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers watch a performance by a fellow protestor as they stop for the night, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers rest by the side of a road as they halt for the night, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers dance as they halt for the night, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Indian landless farmers stop for the night by the side of a road, during the "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, near Agra, India on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. AP / Kevin Frayer
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Participating rural Indians, including landless farmers, rest on a road after resuming their "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, in Morena, India, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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A sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, sings and dances along with rural Indians, including landless farmers, resuming their "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, after an overnight halt near Morena, India, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Elderly women and children climb onto a truck carrying supplies as rural Indians, including landless farmers, resume their "Jan Satyagraha" march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless, after an overnight halt near Morena, India, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Members of India's rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, take part in "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior, India, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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A member of India's rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, dries her cloth at a halting point during "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior, India, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Members of India's rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, rest on the divider of a road at a halting point during "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior, India, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Members of India's rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, sleep on a road at a halting point during "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior, India, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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A man carries a child on his shoulders as members of India's rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, take part in "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior, India, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Members of India's rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, take part in "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior, India, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri
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Members of India's rural communities, including the landless, poor farmers and the tribal community, take part in "Jan Satyagraha," a march to New Delhi, to highlight the problems of India's landless in Gwalior, India, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. AP / Altaf Qadri

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