KISAN DIVAS – A DAY OF RECKONING & TESTING PATIENCE OF PROTESTING FARMERS IN BITING CHILL
The National Farmers Day in India is also known as Kisan Divas in Hindi.
Farmer’s Day also known as Kisan Divas in Indian terminology is celebrated every year on 23rd December, on the birthday of the 5th Prime Minister Of India, Choudhary Charan Singh, who was also acclaimed as farmers’ leader since he had large following among the farmers.
Often, the political leaders both at the helm of affairs of government as well as in opposition always demonstrate their commitment publicly on this day to the farmers knowing well that there is a huge vote bank in this class and they cannot be annoyed .
Despite all tall talk of promises, the agriculturists and economy based on agriculture in India is in cross roads today which is vouched by presence of lacs of protesting farmers on Delhi borders trying to convince the power corridors that all is not well with Kissani-Farming and the new Farm Bills will spell disastrous consequences further for them .
Farmers fear corporatisation of agriculture if the bills are implemented, which they think will leave them at the mercy of the wealthy corporates and they will not be getting remunerative price on their produce from them. They also fear loss of land to the corporate.
The farmers’ fears are not unfounded since there is no guarantee of Minimum support Price in Farm Bills, which farmers now ask far.The present Government at the centre is trying it’s best to demonstrate that not all the farmers of India are with protesting farmers who are mainly from Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan.
Centre is not serious in listening to farmers and using delaying tactics and farmers are consolidating position every minute by roping in all farmers’ organisation across India.
To counter governmental propaganda they have started their own News Portal ‘Trolley Times’,’Kisan Libraries’ and now their own ‘Digital Kisan Platform-for extensive use of Zoom,Twitter,Facebook and other social media operating all from their Tents on roads. .
Already, the world statesmen/media have taken a serious note of Indian Government’s indifference and have spoken boldly in favour of protesting farmers.
Better, Indian Government gauze the situation in right perspective and sincerely assuage the farmers sentiments before it is too late to avoid further chaos in the country. Government should be held responsible for all this mess in which farmers as well as commuters are suffering as Bills have been passed in haste without discussing the modalities of bills pre hand with farmers as it discusses with industry class before passing any legislation for them.
Centre must stop shattering economy of Punjab furthermore, as industry has already been crippled in agitations forced on Punjab’s farmers.
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Opinion by :
(Brij Bhushan Goyal )