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Farmers call off agitation

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New Delhi: After Parliament formally repealed the new farm laws, the protesting farmers ended their protests on Thursday 9 November 2021.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha has accepted the Union government’s proposal and called off its agitation. 

Earlier on Thursday, received a letter from Centre with promises of forming a committee on MSP &withdrawing cases against them immediately.

The protesting farmers on Thursday night announced that they would “celebrate” their victory and return home on Saturday- the 380th day of their protest.

Dialectics of historic change and ruling BJP

Ramesh Tamiri

History does not move in a straight line. It has its own ways to move, at times straight, on other times circuitous. Mere change of ruling party does not mean change of regime. 

Though political power is a basic requisite, regime change demands that new dispensation should have vision for desired change and also instruments to do it. When the basic institutions remain same, no change is possible. CAA, Farm Laws or further changes in Kashmir are enough examples. 

Two things are important for bringing change: 

  1. 1. Hegemonist politics to create a legitimacy for change. 

2. Change in institutions and harmonisation of power centres within the ruling party. 

It is anybody’s guess how much change does present BJP wants. Some things happening are good and some disturbing. 

Retreat on Farm Laws may be a good tactics but has damaged the image of BJP among its core supporters. 
Unless it does something extraordinary on other fronts it can only go downhill. 

There are two things that are presently propelling movement for change – 1. Hindu resurgence for changing anti- Hindu set up, and 2. Dynamics of building a modern nation- State. 

Hindu resurgence can only be sustained over a period of time if there is a critical mass to sustain it. This means building new narratives on economy, history, Politics, national security, foreign relations, culture, etc. 

In next 5 to 10 years there will be substantial change. 
Intellectuals and ideas will have a critical mass to influence change. 

New politics will emerge. This politics will shape institutions and create legitimacy for change. 

New politics will also create momentum for positive engagement with Muslims.lt will force Ashrafi elite to abandon communal identity politics in favour of secular integration. That will also create a positive ecosystem within Muslim community for Reforms and modernisation. 

Slow pace of history can not be a cause for rejection. 
Change is inevitable. ln the process, BJP will reinvent itself and a new opposition party will emerge that will not oppose bipartisan consensus on critical issues.
 


The author Ramesh Tamiri is an expert on Kashmir history and affairs. Once this lane (in photo) used to be the one leading to his house in Shivpora Ram Munshi Bagh.
His house was adjacent to this one storeyed house but it can not be seen in this picture.
His house was fraudulently grabbed in 1996. After 3 years of court case not much came out of it. The house went for distress sale in 1999.
A few months back a three storeyed house has come up on the site of Tamiri’s house.
Samiti says he “live s in an India where irony is victims of genocide are dubbed as Zionists when they call for restoration of their houses built with hard-earned money”.

PM Narendra Modi announces decision to withdraw all three agricultural laws

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New Delhi: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Friday 19 November announced that his Government has decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, the Government will complete the constitutional process to repeal the three agricultural laws.

The PM was addressing the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. He expressed happiness that after a gap of one and a half years, the Kartarpur Sabih Corridor has now reopened.

The Prime Minister said “I have seen the challenges of the farmers very closely in my five decades of public life, that is why, when I was given the opportunity to serve the country as Prime Minister in 2014, we gave the highest priority to agriculture development and farmer welfare”.

The Prime Minister said that four prong measures of seeds, insurance, market and savings were taken to ameliorate the conditions of farmers. Along with good quality seeds, the government also connected the farmers with facilities like neem coated urea, soil health card and micro irrigation, he said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that many initiatives have been taken for the farmers to get the right price for their produce in return for their hard work. The country has strengthened its rural market infrastructure. “We not only increased the MSP, but also created a record number of government procurement centers. The procurement of the produce made by our government has broken the records of the last several decades”, he said.

The Prime Minister said in his Government’s great campaign to improve the condition of the farmers, three agricultural laws were brought in the country. The objective was that the farmers of the country, especially small farmers should be strengthened, they should get the right price for their produce and maximum options to sell the produce.

The Prime Minister said for years, farmers of the country, agricultural experts of the country and farmers’ organizations of the country were continuously making this demand. Earlier also many governments had brainstormed on this. This time also there was discussion in Parliament, brainstorming took place and these laws were brought up. In every nook and corner of the country, many farmers’ organizations welcomed and supported it. The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to the organizations, farmers and individuals who supported the move.

The Prime Minister said that the Government brought these laws for the welfare of farmers, specially small farmers, in the interest of the agriculture sector, for a bright future of ‘gaanv-gareeb’ – village-poor, with full integrity, clear conscience and dedication towards farmers. He continued, “such a sacred thing, absolutely pure, a matter of farmers’ interest, we could not explain to some farmers despite our efforts.

Agricultural economists, scientists, progressive farmers also tried their best to make them understand the importance of agricultural laws”.

In the spirit of holy Gurupurab the Prime Minister said that today is not the day for blaming anyone but a day to rededicate to working for the welfare of the farmers.

The Prime Minister announced an important initiative for the agriculture sector. He announced the formation of a committee to promote zero budgeting based agriculture, to change crop pattern as per the changing needs of the country and to make MSP more effective and transparent. The Committee will have representatives of the central government, state governments, farmers, agricultural scientists, and agricultural economists.

Postscript: A post on social media perfectly sums up the issue.

We quote: “Modis repeal of 3 laws was Mary Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake” moment. If the farmers want to live on govt handouts and behave like destitute and don’t have any self-respect, vision or will to compete at global level its their choice. When one was in school 70% economy was agrarian now its just shy of 30%. As far as one goes farming is an activity that can be fully automated. The 20cr farmers who do not understand this are just putting their and their families future in peril.”

Why allow British Parliament to meddle in the internal affairs of India

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New Delhi: After the Indian Ministry of External Affairs had issued a strongly worded  statement defending the new farm laws introduced by the Modi Government as “reformist legislation” aimed to help the agriculture sector and blasted the vested interest groups abroad for fanning violence in India through the farmers protest , the British Parliament, on Monday 8 March 2021, went ahead and discussed a petition on India’s farm laws, farmers’ agitation, human rights and freedom of press.

Taking strong exception to Britain meddling in the internal affairs of India on the pretext of defending human rights and peaceful protest, India’s Foreign Secretary even summoned the British High Commissioner and conveyed strong opposition to the “unwarranted and tendentious discussion on India’s agricultural reforms in the British Parliament.

The petition that was taken up for discussion in the British Parliament  urged the Indian Government to ensure safety of protestors & press freedom. It asserted that the Government must make a public statement on the farmers’ protests & press freedom.

Besides the Indian Foreign Secretary’s stiff message to the British envoy in Delhi, even the Harrow East member of British Parliament Bob Blackman has come down heavily and questioned the locus standi of British MPs to discuss Indian farm laws and the farmers’ protest in British Parliament.