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BJP MLA beaten, his clothes torn apart by protesting farmers in Punjab

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Malout, Punjab: BJP’s Abohar MLA Arun Narang was Thrashed, beaten and his clothes were torn apart by protesting farmers at Malout in Punjab.

Narang, the BJP MLA from Abohar, was in Malout, along with his supporters to address a press conference. 

First the farmers threw ink at him. He was soon rushed into a shop nearby by police but when he came out, he was attacked brutally by the mob that went berserk and a handful of cops present there failed to control the situation.

After some time, somehow the police managed to push the MLA inside a shop, pull down the shutter and quell the mob but not before the victim MLA’s clothes were completely torn apart.

Actions against Uighur minority: Trudeau stands exposed after refusing to meddle in China’s internal affairs

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Justin Trudeau

New Delhi/Ottawa: The entire Trudeau Cabinet abstained from voting on 22nd February when the Canadian House of Commons voted in favour of a Conservative motion that underscored China’s actions against the Uighur minority in its western Xinjiang region. The contention of the Motion was that the Chinese actions against the Uighurs met the definition of genocide as spelt out in the 1948 United Nations Genocide Convention.

266 of the 338 MPs voted in favour of the motion.

The motion passed by the Canadian Parliament accuses the Chinese government of committing genocide against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims. It also calls on the government of Canada to formally take a stand that China is committing genocide, and would go for a joint response against it with the U.S. and other allies. The motion is further aimed at mounting pressure on the international Olympic Committee to shift the 2022 Winter Olympic Games out of Beijing.

While Cong Peiwu, the Chinese Ambassador to Canada, denounced the vote as meddling in China’s internal affairs, the entire Trudeau Cabinet abstained from voting.

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau was the only cabinet minister present in the House. When it was his turn to vote, he said that he was abstaining on behalf of the Government of Canada. 

What should be marked is that it is the same Trudeau, who has chosen not to interfere in China’s internal affairs, was rather loud mouthed in extending support to the agitating farmers in India. He had also announced that he would be there “to defend the rights of peaceful protest”. It is an entirely a different storey that soon thereafter he was bending over backward -as if his spine was made of rubber -when he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone to seek a large consignment of COVID vaccines from India.

“Farmers’ crisis”: How the Leli (gang) would respond to this

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I am still not clear about the issues involved in the Farmer’s agitation. So, I asked a friend of mine, who besides engineering is a farmer from Abohar – Fazilka region of Punjab. Now, after retirement he is a full time farmer. – Francois Gautier

We are inviting the Leli (Left-Liberal) gang to join the debate on the “farmers’ crisis. To set the ball rolling, Newsroom24x7 is reproducing from social media what the farmer from Fazilka, Punjab, told Francois Gautier 👇

“I have been actively farming for almost two decades now and I have witnessed many things happen at APMC’s.

I have seen classifications of C grade grain miraculously change into B grade grain.

Similarly I have also witnessed the weigh bridge weigh in the empty truck at 39 tons and the full truck at 55 tons and later found that the unloaded truck weighed 43 tons at another weigh bridge.

Yes I know, you know what I know. Yet, let me tell you more about what you may already know.

There are over 30,000 registered adtiyas in Punjab.

These 30,000 employ another 300,000 sub agents or sidekicks or people who wouldn’t have made it into doing anything anyplace were it not for the patronage network of these 30,000.

There are only 1500 farming villages in Punjab.

330,000 / 1500 is about 220 people on average per village doing the work of middlemen.

Why is this the case?

It’s a long story but someone needs to begin talking about this at some time.

We had a food shortage and a ship to mouth existence until the 1970’s.

Norman Borlaugh pioneered a variety of wheat which gave 10 X the yield but needed 3X the fertiliser.

The Punjab was chosen as the battleground against hunger. Enterprising Sikh farmers worked hard to Create what we know as the green revolution.

Since there were huge shortages. Laws were made which didn’t allow for stockholding or selling at farm gates.

Essential Commodities Act
APMC Act (farmers were compelled to sell only at APMC’s to licensed traders – remember license permit quota Raj?)

As an assurance to the farmer for his hard work. Minimum Support Prices were guaranteed.

No matter what the quantum. Sarkar would pick it up and provide farmers with a minimum amount as compensation per quintal or ton as the case maybe.

Getting money out of the sarkari treasury is a muck filled process. Thus was born the breed of middle men who walked the corridors of bureaucracy, government and worked corrupt sarkari babus.

political patronage networks flourished.

220 : 1 is the ratio of middlemen to a single village in Punjab today.

This business got integrated backwards.

Corruption was professionalised.

For instance, I have in my circle of influence or immediate family, folks who own very large tracts of land. (100 acre plus holding).

The thekedar comes and takes the theka of growing on the land. For those unfamiliar with the word, Theka it’s also referred to as contract. I know there are grumblings about corporates contracting with farmers directly now. I also know why. You should too.

Anyways; to cut a long story short.
Plenty Farmers do, not much except receive their due at the end of each cropping season.

What is grown?
What grade or quality?
For how much is it sold?
Would it have fetched the similar price in the open market?
Where is it sold?
How is it sold?
Who’s the end beneficiary?
Does anybody consume it or does it go to waste?
Was there a better way to do what’s being done?

All the above is none of my business or yours.

As long as you receive your cheque.
Why do you care?

The Jamkhedkar committee meanwhile reports that over 40% of the grain acquired under MSP by FCI is either unfit for consumption or is simply wasted.

All Told, One out of every Two kilos acquired is wasted.

Years of perfidy have today given birth to this.

MSP has ensured that there is no necessity to seek profitable enterprise.

It’s also given birth to the patronage networks which survive off the sarkari teat and refuse to breakaway.

It’s given rise to a political class which thrives and survives of being Specialist Corrupt Thugs.

There was no sunset clause on this. Nobody foresaw a time of surplus production on food grains.

Result; all other states such as Haryana, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan & MP all produce surfeits of Grain. They also have their own MSP mechanisms which have proliferated and created similar political patronage networks.

Since more is acquired at Mandis in Punjab. Remember the central government promise. Grain from UP and or Bihar also finds its ways into the mandi system of Punjab.

The trucks being under weight and over paid for and the grades changing are common place practise, you can go for a few days to the mandi and figure out how to make a killing by doing this. I don’t advise it, this is what the system is current day. I advise, Try doing truthful clean work. It’s more fulfilling.

Soon enough, you’ll also be one of those “know it all’s” in the mandi who doesn’t talk to others. After all information is power.

All this is paid for by you dear tax payer.

The annual bill for this is approximately 8 lakh crores.

Why don’t the farmers grow something else.
Something more profitable.

If I’m being paid for doing precisely nothing.

Why bother with competing.

Where is the incentive to compete?

I would rather go and picket the roads leading into Delhi to ensure that the existing system isn’t threatened.”
Quite a racket ! What a shame.”

भारत बन्द से किसानों का भला नही होगा

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हम सभी अपने को कृषि विशेषज्ञ, अर्थशात्री, परमज्ञानी बन तरह-तरह के सुझाव देते रहते हैं, संसद में कानून बनाते रहते हैं और किसानों के हित के लिए झंडा लेकर छत पर चढ़ चीखते रहते हैं । यह सिलसिला स्वाधीनता के बहुत पहले से चला आ रहा है। जरूरत है सभी कृषि से जुड़े मुद्दों पर समग्र दृष्टि से विचार किया जाय। इतिहास से भी सबक लेने की आवश्यकता है। यूरोप में औद्योगीकरण के आरंभिक काल मे किसानों की स्थिति और किस प्रकार लाखों-लाखों किसानों का दो विश्व युद्धों में नरसंहार हुआ। कैसे रूस में किसानों की बलि चढ़ाई गई। अमेरिका में 1930 की महामंदी और कैसे किसानों की परिस्थिति और कृषि के क्षेत्र में वहां सब कुछ बदल गया। चीन का भी उदाहरण सब के सामने है।

यहां मैं एक संस्मरण सुनाना चाहूंगा। इटली में जब पिछले 3-4 दशक पूर्व खेती घाटे का सौदा हो गई तो वहां गाँव से शतप्रतिशत युवा शहरों की ओर पलायन कर गए। एक बार 20 साल पहले जब में उत्तरी इटली के एक गांव में एक सभ्रांत किसान के निवास भोजन के लिए गया तो उन्होंने बताया क्षितिज तक जो लहलहाते खेत दिख रहे है, वे उन्ही के हैं । मैने उनसे पूछा कि रविवार का दिन है सभी भोजन के लिए बैठे हैं तो उनका वयस्क पुत्र कहाँ है, इस पर उन्होंने बताया कि वह तो आज फैक्ट्री ( इटली में छोटे वर्कशेड को भी ‘fattory’ -फैक्ट्री कहते हैं) जो कि घर के पीछे ही है, वहां मोटर की आर्मेचर वाइंडिंग में व्यस्त है। किसी भी तरह आज उसे यह काम पूरा कर ग्राहक को मोटर देनी है। इसपर मैने उनसे पूछा इतने विशाल खेत के आप मालिक हैं तो बेटे को अलग से काम क्यों करना पड़ रहा है, तो उन्होंने जवाब दिया: “हमारे खेत पर काम करने के लिए मेरे दो हाथ ही काफी हैं। मेरे बाद तो सब बेटे का ही है पर अभी तो उसे खेती के अलावा और भी कौशल में निपुण होकर आर्थिक रूप से आत्म-सम्पन्न होने की आवश्यक्ता है”। इसी के साथ मैने देखा इटली में एक महत्वपूर्ण नियम। वहां हर साल चाहे वह गांव ही क्यों ना हो, हर व्यावसायिक केंद्र चाहे वह हॉटेल, रेस्टोरेंट हो या कोई दुकान हो, वहां के कानून अनुसार सभी के लिए आवश्यक है साल में एक बार सारे पर्दे बदलना व भवनों को नए सिरे से रंग करना। इस प्रकार, वहां लगातार, गांव-गांव, अलग-अलग माल की मांग और आपूर्ति होती रहती है, और साथ ही साथ कौशल-केंद्रित कारीगरों को व्यवसाय के साधन भी उपलब्ध रहते हैं। यह सब जब श्री शिवराज सिंह चौहान पहली बार मुख्य मंत्री बने तो मैंने उन्हें बताया था। इस पर उन्होंने हामी भरते हुए कहा था कि गुणवत्ता आधारित शिक्षा, कौशल विकास और आर्थिक ढांचा सुदृढ़ करने की दिशा में प्राथमिकता से पहल की आवश्यकता है। यह बात भाजपा के नेतृत्व में केंद्र में 2014 में NDA शासन आने और उनके द्वारा कौशल विकास की नीति के क्रियान्वन के अनेक वर्ष पूर्व की है।

पाठशाला जाते इस बालक का यह चित्र मध्यप्रदेश की राजधानी भोपाल के समीप एक गांव के बाहर लिया गया था। चित्र © ललित शास्त्री

इस परिप्रेक्ष में देखिए, भारत मे पीढ़ी दर पीढ़ी जोतने वाली भूमि, अर्थात खेत, विभाजित होते जा रहे हैं, और किसानों की बहुत बड़ी आबादी (जो तेजी से बढ़ रही है) ऐसी है जहां कृषक परिवारों की औसत खेतिहर भूमि का आकार सिमटता जा रहा है और उनके (marginal farmers) लिए खेती जीवन निर्वहन का अब माध्यम हो ही नही सकती – फायदे का सौदा तो बहुत दूर की बात है।

इन सभी बातों और इसके अलावा भी हर जुड़े विषय एवं दूरगामी परिणाम को ध्यान में रख, राजनीति से ऊपर उठकर, कृषि नीति बनाने कि और उसे अन्य क्षेत्रों (सेक्टर्स) के साथ एकीकृत करते हुए क्रियान्वयन की आवश्यकता है। मुझे पूरा भरोसा है नरेन्द्र मोदी सरकार इसी दिशा में आगे बढ़ रही है।