It will Usher in a Brighter Tomorrow for Farmers
The Constitution of India begins with the phrase, “We, the people of India,” that signifies people are supreme – 70 per cent of these people are farmers who feed the nation. They were deeply hurt by three farm laws that attempted to reform the agriculture sector by introducing private investment. These laws were unacceptable to farmers as they understood in the light of their collective wisdom that they would be used as weapons of exploitation against them by big, private players. They fought tooth and nail for revocation of the farm laws. The Central Government was adamant to make them acceptable to farmers. They used all tricks and coercive measures. They called farmers anti-nationals, Khalistanis, etc. But that did not bend them.
Farmers fought valiantly. Seven hundred farmers laid down their lives for the movement. Ultimately the Union government surrendered to farmers’ courageous and peaceful fight. On November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised to the nation and proclaimed that all three farm laws would be constitutionally repealed in the winter session of Parliament.
PM Modi has shown his political sagacity by surrendering unconditionally and gracefully to the fighting farmers of the nation on the birthday of Guru Nanakji. He foresaw disaster ahead for Bharatiya Janata Party if he did not step back. Definitely, he learnt from the fate of the erstwhile Left Front government of West Bengal. Had he not bowed to the fighting farmers, he would have perished like former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of West Bengal who had tried to gun down the people’s fight against his unlawful land acquisition drive.
The PM’s unconditional and graceful surrender to the farmers’ community will certainly pave the way to solving the problem permanently and usher in a brighter tomorrow for India’s farmers.
Barrackpore, West Bengal
It’s to Target a Certain Community
There are many urgent matters that need attention in India. However, some of the states like Uttar Pradesh are more concerned about the names of places, and count it as a big achievement if some Muslim-origin name is replaced.
Now, in Gujarat the authorities are worried about non-vegetarian street food. It is understandable if non-veg food is not allowed to be sold or consumed publicly within a certain distance from temples because of religious sensibilities, but to make the same rule for schools and colleges defies logic.
Our religious sentiments get easily hurt in some matters, but we are notoriously thick-skinned when it comes to misusing religion for political propaganda. It is no secret that this is being done to target a certain community. If the authorities are convinced about the rightness of their cause, why not be upfront about it?
Video Conference Not Useful
US and Chinese presidents recently spoke by video conference and conveyed a message about the relations between the two countries but Taiwan is main issue between the two countries. China has already warned US not to “play with fire”; the US has also warned Beijing of stricter action against Chinese companies, which are flouting US laws. US has raised the issue of human rights violations in Xinjiang province where Uyghur Muslim population has been subjected to inhuman treatment.
The White House has called a conclave of democracies in second week of December; more than 100 countries have been invited. China and Russia are part of it. Now the question arises: Will such a conclave really help prevent war. It seems futile to expect such a conclave to add any value to our democratic system and relations between neighbouring countries will improve by this conclave.
Nazeer Ahmed Kazi