When will the protest end & What are farmer’s demand?

Farmers got permission to hold peaceful protests at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Delhi but Punjab farmers refused to go there and demanded protesting at Jantar Mantar.

BKU Ugrahan, the largest Kisaan union in Punjab, said that they will not go to Nirankari Ground and will sit on the road of National Capital till the time permission is not given for doing protest at Jantar Mantar.
Meanwhile, farmers protest from different parts of the Nation like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand are marching toward Delhi to join the” Delhi Chalo” March.

Delhi, Haryana border has been sealed and heavy police is deployed. The farmers who are opposing the three Central farm laws stayed put at the Delhi border for the third consecutive day. The government had allowed thousands of farmers to enter in Delhi after the serious clash between farmers and policemen. Police used tear gas and water cannon and lathi to block their march from Haryana.

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Farmers Life and Death

A multi-layer police barricade has been arranged, sandbag wall, barbed wire fences and trench in the middle of the road. These are the few obstacles that farmers are facing during their procession. Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had to face water cannons and tear gas shells on their way to the national capital. Farmers are very angry because of the obstacles placed in their work to National Capital.

All India Kisaan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a group of 600 farm Unions have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to provide safe passage to Ram Leela Ground Delhi.

The sole motive behind the Agricultural bill is eradication of middlemen and gaining access to the end consumer directly. Until now the control of deciding the prices rested in the hands of middlemen robbing farmers off the exact revenue. Moreover, it the former process encouraged black marketing of the agricultural product.


Why is the farmer agitated?

It may seem beneficial from a government’s point view, but, farmers fear that due to consumers bargaining ability they may lose out on the incomes. Also they feel they may not get the benefit of the Minimum Support Price Scheme. The real challenge is negotiating with the end consumer. The corporates have seasoned bargaining power over the farmers. Local mandis are the only source of revenue for them although the proposed bill gives them the flexibility to choose the market they want to cater to.

What were the consequences of the agitation?

In light of this entire confusion, the farmers from the states of Haryana , Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh started marching towards Delhi. After their pleas were ignored by the state governments, they urged the public to conduct a protest under the slogan “Chalo Dilli”. They faced water cannons, tear gas and lathi charge from the Delhi police.

Farmers got permission to hold peaceful protests at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Delhi but Punjab farmers refused to go there and demanded farmers protesting at Jantar Mantar. Simultaneously , farmers from states like Uttarakhand and Bihar have also started moving towards Delhi. Delhi borders have been sealed by the authorities to avoid any more influx.

Multi layered barricades, sandbag walls, barbed wire fences are a common sight on the roads of Delhi in order to keep situation under control. All India Kisaan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), a group of 600 farm Unions have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to provide safe passage to Ram Leela Ground Delhi. Many farmers resorted to violent attacks at the security personnel damaging the barricades.

What Canada had to say?

Canada’s Prime Minister clearly stated his take on the matter by supporting the farmers. He contradicted his former views because earlier he felt Indian government’s support towards its farmers should be withdrawn. Few years back he was noticed saying that both Canadian farmers and Indian farmers must be on the same footing according to him. Now changing his view, he opposed Indian government’s bill. India’s response to this reaction from the Canadian government has been stern due to the fact that India’s exact situation is not visible on the surface. There are much more complexities being looked into before coming to a conclusion.

What do the farmers want?

First and foremost farmers want a written assurance regarding application of MSP ( Minimum Support Price) regime to enable farmers to get the basic livelihood which they feel is in danger if companies take hold of the entire produce. Along with the first , they want the government to withdraw the Three Farm Laws proposed in the parliament.

Who is right- Farmers or the Government?

Government is trying to work towards the benefit of the farmers whereas according to farmers these new laws will lead to corporate dominance. The government is working towards the betterment for all and if given ample amount of time , things seem to be falling in place in the near future. Farmer’s flexibility and more options to sell anywhere and everywhere around the country is undoubtedly are considerably positive steps towards overall development. Otherwise, farmers have only been oppressed by the middlemen.

Not just that, there is a huge possibility a huge percentage of the people participating in the protests are middlemen themselves because this step by the government is largely going to affect their bank balances. Therefore, looking at one side of the story regarding the plight of farmers protesting will not be wise enough. Onlookers and the stake holders need to weigh the pros and cons in details to make the situation better for all.

When will the farmers protest end?

Farmers are adamant that they will peacefully protest in the capital city until their demands are met. Once the demands are fulfilled they will hopefully proceed to their respective states restoring peace across the country. Although the Indian government is resistant towards repealing the newly introduced laws, farmers are determined to get their demands met.

What are the latest updates about the ongoing farmer’s protest in New Delhi?

1. Thousands of farmers walking with tractors carrying food and essential items had tried to enter Delhi from multiple borders. Barricades have been fixed on the Delhi Border many wrapped in the wire and grave trenches dug up near Delhi border.

2. Farmers have got a six months ration with them, they have said they will go back when we will get rid of the three black agriculture laws which are against the farmers.

3. Few protesters are camping at the ground near Delhi amid heavy police presence. Farmers said their protest will continue till the black laws are not withdrawn they are here for the long haul”

4. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who has personally backed protesters is personally monitoring the arrangement of the ongoing protest. Aam Admi Party has tweeted about this event Delhi minister Satyendra Jain and Raghav Chadda have been instructed to arrange foods and other items on-site. Local AAP MLA has been instructed to provide tenting items and food facilities.

5. Some of the farmers protesters have complained about the lack of food facilities at the protest venue. There are no arrangements at the protest venue. No arrangement for even toilets. They tried to go to a gurudwara but police did not allow them.

6. Delhi police requested to turn nine cricket stadiums into temporary jail to detain protesting farmers but it was rejected by Aam Aadmi Party government.

7. Central Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar meanwhile has requested farmers to end the protest. Government has announced to discuss issues related to new farm laws, they have been invited to discuss on 3rd December. Government has appealed to stop agitation given the incising of the coronavirus and winter.

8. The farmers are protesting against the three laws which are bringing reform by doing away with the middle man and improving farmers’ earnings by allowing them to sell their product according to their wish. The opposition parties and farmers allege that the laws deprive the farmers of guaranteed by Minimum Support Price for their produced goods and leave them at the mercy of the corporate sector.

9. Farmers from All over India, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Kerala are marching toward Delhi to protest in the Ram Leela Maisan for the months.

10. Delhi police have refused to permit protesters and farmers are not ready to go back without any assurance from the Central Government. The Kisaan Morcha has written an open letter to the Prime Minister in which they asked for negotiation and a site where farmers can assemble.

Conclusion

Police have used brutal force against peaceful protesters although the new farm law is immoral and farmers want assurance about Minimum Support Price. The Central government has not mentioned about MSP in the new farm law through agricultural law and Essential Commodity Act has been amended.

Government has said that they are setting a free and fair platform for the farmers in which they can sell or buy the product but the reality is sooner or later farmers will be the puppet of corporate sectors.

Our country has always been called farmer’s country. A country whose “HEROES” have been farmers and the soldiers. And now that farmers voices are no longer being heard, rather their voices are being pressed down, are we still the same country? Farmers have been treated so inhumanly, being thrown tear gases, do our farmers really deserve to cry? And will the tear gas be more effective than the pain in their hearts?

Our farmers are crying without tear gases. They have been fired with water cannons, will it be more painful to them than the pain of losing their rights or the thought that in future they will be mere puppets of corporates? Our farmers are the spine of our country. No matter what we do, a body without a spine can never walk straight.

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