The Indian government has brought in three major farm laws that could potentially change the lives of lakhs of farmers all over India amidst the opposition from farmers, especially the farmers of Punjab and Haryana.
They criticize the act claiming the act as anti-farmers, but the government still has managed to pass the bill.
As soon as the bill got enacted and received the required permission from India’s president, the farmers started agitating more aggressively. The opposition parties supported the farmers and merely politicized the movement to pursue their own political agenda.
To date, farmers and the government of India (GOI) had discussed the issue and tied to resolve the issue. Still, the talks remained unfruitful, and the Farmer Organisation called for Bharat Bandh from 8th December onwards.
But if we look at the series of actions starting from SAD’s resignation from Union Ministry to taking this issue to the UN, one can smell fishy.
Firstly, in its Election Manifesto 2019, the Congress Party promised to repeal the existing APMC acts and shown its interest in amending the outdated Essential commodities Act,1955. But the same political party is now instigating the farmers.
Secondly, the movement is mostly restricted to two states: Haryana and Punjab. Punjab immensely prospered post-Green Revolution, and the Punjabi farmers become richer compared to their counterparts belonging to other states. The small landholders will be the primary beneficiaries of this law gets implemented to make Punjabi farmers unhappy.
Blocking two highways and marching to the National Capital brought in required Media attention and sympathy from common people. But one can also notice that no significant farming community protested against this law, excluding few communist unions, whose work is only to instigate Labours against the Government or Industries.
STRAINING INDO-CANADIAN RELATIONS:
The Highly Influential Punjabi Sikh community in Canada is using the Canadian PM as a pawn against the Indian government.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had recently backed the agitating farmers in India, saying his country will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protests. He had expressed concern over the situation—his support to agitating Farmers in India has drawn criticism from Indian netizens and top political brass from the ruling party.
Reacting strongly, India on Friday summoned Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel and told him that the comments made by Trudeau and others in his cabinet on the protests were an “unacceptable interference” in the country’ and these actions, if continued, will have a “seriously damaging” impact on bilateral ties.
UGLY TWITTER WAR BETWEEN CELEBRITIES:
Actors Diljit Dosanjh and Kangana Ranaut were engaged in a war of words over the farmers protest on Thursday; a Twitter spat that began with Shaheen Bagh protester Bilkis Bano but soon spilled over to name-calling, Punjabi identity, the Delhi riots, and even some muscle-flexing over the mother figure.
The famous Singer Mika Singh also expressed his grief on the comments made by Kangana Raut, and many other celebrities extended their support in favor of Farmers.
United Nations take on the issue:
People have the right to demonstrate peacefully, let the” said UN spokesperson” when asked about India’s farmers protest.
When Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, was asked about the farmers” protest at a daily news briefing on Friday, he replied, “As to the question of India, what I would say to you is what I’ve said to others when raising these issues is that people have a right to demonstrate peacefully, and authorities need to let them do so.”
British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi sent a letter on behalf of 35 MPs to foreign secretary Dominic Raab seeking” “an urgent meeting… to discuss the deteriorating situation in Punjab and its relationship with the Centre.”
The sentiment of Khalistani issue – in agitating farmers:
Yograj Singh, a former cricketer, made some unlikely comment “Indira thok di… and openly threatened Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. He gave a provocative speech against Gujaratis while speaking to the agitating farmers.
All the traditional Anti-Indian elements came together to express their unwanted concerns in the Indian law-making mechanism. Yes, there are complications and indifference between GOI and a section of protesting farmers. India is an Inclusive democratic Nation, so it definitely addresses farmers’ issues and strives for their development.
UK’s Labour Party lawmakers are known to take an anti-Indian stance when compared to the Conservative Party. Similarly, the Canadian Prime Minister was closely associated with Pro-Khalistani leaders and working closely with ISI, Pakistan Intelligence agency which works with the agenda to create unrest in India. Now the so-called liberals and self-claimed intellectuals are slowly entering into the protests.
If the current government takes things for granted by not applying its iron fist on Anti-social elements, things will get out of control and lead to Law and Order problems in the National Capital. But at the same time, it should allow its citizens to protest and parallel talk to their leaders to let things normalize in the national Capital.