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Farm laws conundrum

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Sauro Dasgupta
Sauro Dasgupta
Sauro Dasgupta is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He is interested in reading, writing, public speaking and his writings have been published in many important magazines, journals and newspapers.

The decision of the Government to postpone the implementation of the farm laws soon after a stay order from the Supreme Court has been very disheartening. Now in case the government decides to abrogate of the farm laws, all laws such as abrogation of 370, CAA, abolition of Triple Talaq, etc may be asked to be withdrawn. This will allow dent our resolve towards laws like Uniform Civil Code(UCC) and Population Control Bill (PCB).

All these laws have a purpose- to benefit the most helpless people among the population of our country. Global forces hijacking every protest against the government and laws enacted by the Parliament is not unmissable.

The government must give our people choices to directly do whatever they can to improve their lives. They must be resolute in their commitment to helping our people. The old guards must not be allowed to manipulate our people any further. Now the power must belong to the people alone. Their choices must be respected.

The farm laws don’t permit any anti farmer activity on the part of corporates. The government, after extensive talks with the afrmers, agreed to give harshest punishment to any corporate doing the same. But we need to destroy the oppressive nature of a few middlemen and people like the Badals whose and whose accomplices have held the state to ransom.

Under the new farm laws, MSP would have continued and in fact, farmers could sell directly to government without any intermediary. They could also sell directly to companies like Pepsi and Unilever who have been buying produce from farmers for decades harmoniously.

Politicians and their cronies need to exit from the farmers’ unions and groups and the government must help the farmers unions to come forward with the demands of farmers and must fulfil them all. The farmers are our pride and they need to be helped in every way.

The government should give maximum power to the unions to put forward the demands of the farming community and help in the establishment of cooperative societies for the farmers on the lines of Amul and Mother Dairy. This will bring about an agricultural revolution. Farmers must get a good price for their produce all over the country. Any agricultural distress must be addressed by the cooperatives. The government, at this juncture, should revise the farm laws, following new inputs from the farmers’ groups and the judiciary. The Civil society should also be involved this time. Prominent experts and the Opposition should be thoroughly consulted this time, failing which, the government would be compelled to bring about an ordinance to that effect, which would be temporary and ineffective and therefore, not of any benefit.

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Sauro Dasgupta
Sauro Dasgupta
Sauro Dasgupta is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He is interested in reading, writing, public speaking and his writings have been published in many important magazines, journals and newspapers.
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