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Greed for greater notoriety by foreign celebrities from the farmer’s protests

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Born in village Kotah (Saharanpur), Vijendra Agarwal, left India in 1973 after Ph.D. (Physics) from IIT Roorkee but always remained connected with his roots. A researcher in Italy, Japan, and France, he came to the US in 1978. He served as faculty and academic administrator (Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice Chancellor, and Dean of the College of Science and Engineering) in several universities, and an Executive Fellow in the White House S&T Policy during Clinton administration. Following his voluntary retirement in 2014, he and his wife co-founded a US-based NGO, Vidya Gyan, to serve rural India toward education, health, and empowerment of girls and overall development. An Indian at heart, his passion for writing has no boundaries. This includes policy, politics and people, and social/cultural activities promoting community engagement. Currently, he is the Brand Ambassador for Times of India and frequently blogs on Linkedin on various topics.

The largest democracy is once again under attack by anti-national elements in the name of “peaceful” protests under the guise of farmers which is allowed under Bharat’s constitution. The irony is that many protestors are not the farmers who plow the fields. They are the commission agents and traders/hoarders of agriculture products. They oppose the new Bills because their monopoly is threatened which allows the farmers (a) to sell their product anywhere to anyone, (b) to store inventory, and (c) make contracts and transfer risk to any businessmen even before a crop is harvested.

Put it differently, the new Bills empower the farmers to determine their own destiny and not be constrained. But the protesting “imposter farmers” backed by the opposition political parties do not want to free the farmers from the shackles of their monopoly. In fact, the farmer need not accept these provisions and continue to be marginalized by these middlemen if they wish.

As late as February 5, the Agriculture Minister asked in Rajya Sabha about the objectionable items in the Bills. But neither the elected representatives nor the so-called leaders protesting in the name of farmers have offered a list because there is not much to object about. Reportedly, the paid protestors and spectators are feeding the frenzy in mass protests. The unfortunate attacks on January 26 were, at least in part, carried out by non-farmer anti-national elements who are opposed to one-India. What a tragedy?

Adding insult to the injury, the protests are now being exploited by celebrities like Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Rihanna of the United States, and Justin Trudeau of Canada backed by pro-Khalistan Sikhs. What do they know about farming and the plight of farmers in rural India leading a comfortable life with most Western amenities? Let us review who they are and why they are meddling in India’s affairs?

Greta Thunberg earned fame as a young environmentalist raising her voice about why we as individuals and the nations are not doing enough to protect our environment. Her assertions are justifiable. But her support for the farmer’s protests has no validity except short-term notoriety in social media. If anything, she should discourage such protests because the large crowds needing food, shelter, and amenities come at the cost of increased air pollution and carbon emission. To the best of my knowledge, she does not belong to a farming family and Sweden allows farmers to decide their destiny with a free market economy i.e. allowing farmers to sell their products to anyone, anywhere, any time.

A rich and famous entertainer and businesswoman, Rihanna, got notoriety being politically connected with Mai Lassiter on her Board who fundraised for Obama. She herself campaigned for Hillary Clinton and thus networked with George Soros who lists Modi as one of the dictators. A highly serendipitous way for Rihanna to jump in the fray of protests in India. I surmise it is happening at the behest of Soros who is determined to cause political upheaval in India. Rihanna perhaps knows nothing about farming, including how food gets from the farm to her kitchen table. Who knows if she is in cahoots with Soros for money and/or also aided by the Islamist group(s) who cannot stomach Modi succeeding in moving Bharat’s thriving democracy and development forward? The Islamic organizations like CAIR have poisoned the minds of numerous City Councils in having passed ill-gotten resolutions condemning legitimate laws like abrogation of Article 370 and freeing Kashmir from the crutches of corrupt politicians and family dynasties.

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau opposes the Farmer’s Bill to lick the feet of pro-Khalistan Sikhs who are his vote bank and a few in his cabinet. I characterize Trudeau as a misguided leader with little standing among the world leaders and not popular at home. As Prime Minister, he should know better and behave more responsibly; what moral authority he holds to meddle in the laws passed by the Parliament? Does he realize that India’s global standing under the leadership of Modi is not to be reckoned with? I surmise that a large percentage of Indians settled in Canada including Sikhs are Modi supporters and thus his vote bank politics may come to haunt him in the future.

I mentioned only three foreign elements who, I believe, may have not read the Bills but are opposing to satisfy their greed for additional social media exposure, financial rewards, and/or political gains. I wish, they had rather embraced India’s longstanding yoga and meditation to calm their human greed. Let it be a strong reminder to anyone outside or inside that the united Bharat is on the move and determined to raise farmers’ income and free them from the shackles of middlemen. Bharat wholeheartedly welcomes foreign direct investments (FDI) but not the foreign destructive ideology in her internal matters as clearly spelled out by Modi. I am confident that it is just a matter of time before the current protests will meet the same fate as did the Shaheen Bagh protests a year ago.

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agarwalvj
agarwalvj
Born in village Kotah (Saharanpur), Vijendra Agarwal, left India in 1973 after Ph.D. (Physics) from IIT Roorkee but always remained connected with his roots. A researcher in Italy, Japan, and France, he came to the US in 1978. He served as faculty and academic administrator (Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice Chancellor, and Dean of the College of Science and Engineering) in several universities, and an Executive Fellow in the White House S&T Policy during Clinton administration. Following his voluntary retirement in 2014, he and his wife co-founded a US-based NGO, Vidya Gyan, to serve rural India toward education, health, and empowerment of girls and overall development. An Indian at heart, his passion for writing has no boundaries. This includes policy, politics and people, and social/cultural activities promoting community engagement. Currently, he is the Brand Ambassador for Times of India and frequently blogs on Linkedin on various topics.
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