- Kisan Andolan instigated by new farm bills in India
- Supreme Court fails to support farmers in their quest for MVP
- Farmers continue to remain in protest as more and more people join their walk of revolution.
When the givers of the nation had started protesting all over the country, it became a matter of concern for every Indian citizen. It is common news that farmers no longer receive their Minimum value of purchase or MVP from the local market in return for the products they grow throughout the year. The prices of basic farm commodities like potatoes, onions, and eggs are rising so rapidly for the middle-class sector but this has no significance for the farmers of India. This has been the beginning of the rage that instigated the Kisan Andolan.
Events Leading Up To Kisan Andolan
The Indian farmers were already agitated about the lack of prices that they were not receiving for their hard efforts. This was finally topped by the new farmer’s bill which was implemented in the mid-year session of 2020. The bill has focused on privatizing the local mandis which kept the local farmers alive.
The farmer’s bill has further imposed that a third-party vendor will be responsible for selling the products of the farmers. This will pave way for corruption and it is assumed that farmers will suffer more under this regime.
The Beginning Of Kisan Andolan
After the government failed to listen to the pleas of the farmers, Kisan Andolan began full-fledged. The farmer unions from different parts of the country, especially from Western Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab came together to build their own ground of protest at the Delhi border. Lakhs and lakhs of farmers came together to show their solidarity against the farmers’ bill. The events started in early August and reached a peak during the month of November.
The Kisan Andolan had many demands but the main one included the repealing of the farm bill before it achieved legal status in India. The protesters increased in number when farmers from different parts of the country came to know about the Kisan Andolan. The government still ignored the requests of the farmers and as a result, the movement started to close up on the national capital of India.
Support And Against
Surprisingly, most netizens of India failed to support the cause of Kisan Andolan to a great degree. Events deteriorated as the march of 26th January took place. A fake image was circulated in social media that a farmer took off the national flag of India and tied their own flag on the pole. However, as soon as the true fact was discovered, people started to align themselves with farmers. Students from different parts of the country visited the Delhi-Ghazi border to support the farmers.
Many foreign celebrities and human rights activists began to speak up for the farmers of India and celebrated their protest against a bill that might cost their lives. By now, many of the protesters have also lost their lives. It is to be seen whether the government shows sense and repeals the act or not.
Kisan Andolan or Farmers’ Revolution is an important step in the economy of a country like India which is based on agriculture. Farmers are the lifeblood of the nation. The Supreme Court must consider their stand when they pass the final law. Anarchy will prevail if the providers of the nation face discrimination in their warning rights. However, the present government is not that sensitive to the needs of its people. Let us wait and see if this situation will be different from the protests of the past or not.
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