Over the past few weeks, a huge debacle has posted in front of us urging a pivotal moment in the democracy of India. The farmers' protest which began by the end of November 2020 is the main issue we'll be looking forward to in this edition of Life is a Chance.
The basics of this protest emerged from the underlying three acts known better as Farm laws being passed. Since its inception, there's speculation of it going very wrong with the farmers. The three acts necessarily bring changes, and stiff regulations too. Being dubbed as a revolutionary piece of change, the government never expected that revolution could be on them.
The three laws passed by both the Houses, with a good opposition ignored is still under works. The Central government's plans to expand the scope of farm produce and its repercussions are surely a problem now. The three laws open a lot of possibilities, one being the corporate submission. The farmers largely fear the larger involvement of the big businesses to go ahead.
THE THREE LAWS
The first act basically makes the promise of expanding the market to select areas. It initiates electronic trading and also stopping the levying of taxes from state governments. The problem arises with the second and last acts, with the second asking for contract-based farming. This makes a room for a rabble with the corporate rule ultimately. The third act also introduces a regulation on the farming produce. This means that the farm laws, which should've actually increased the farmers' benefit rarely mean that. It is in fact a little more scrutiny on them while deeming to the corporate regime.
THE STORY SO FAR
The farmers' protests are not slowing down, and it's been a month since its supposed beginning. There had been talks for some peace conclusion and step-downs from the Farm laws. There is no guarantee for MSPs too for the farmers and this increases the chance of the mandi system coming to end with the sale outside the APMC body. The farmers, mainly from Haryana and Punjab have started a march in protest to Delhi for repealing of the laws. Moreover, they've set up camp near Delhi borders, peacefully protesting with all they could have. So far, 60 suicides related to this protest have been recorded. Tear gas, police barricading and the sheer fear the government has proposed while interacting with farmers is surely unmissable.
With it being called the largest ever protest, the government had not shied away from talking over a middle ground with the farmers. But, the situation is uninterrupted and completely misinterpreted by every living soul. With the national media channels mostly covering stupid and inarticulate stories, farmers are left with no choice to continue their sole purpose of living. Instagram reels, Facebook groups have joined hands to make sure the fight is alive. But, upper authorities have ensured they dont get a chance by making every step invincible. With opposition parties giving minimal support, the chances for this to take a political curve is not uncarried for. Still, all things considered, the food we eat only is out there due to them, and if we're acting unknown to their voices and causes is a huge shoutout of hypocrisy. Indian government should assure its democratic stand, by standing with the farmers as far as concerned. If the laws are not feasible enough for the public, then it's not a welcome pact.
Surely, the central government led by NDA never expected a public debacle lasting this long enough which has garnered timid attention from other state heads. The republic image of India is under crisis, and this shows the complete lack of government elected by people, for the common public. Instead of giving partial promises on the papers and manifestos, the government and parties should ensure development on good terms for the better of the country, not selected industrialists and capitalists.