Contrary to mischievous media reports that “All Indian Farmers are up in arms”, it would be more accurate to say that “Rich Punjabi farmers, middlemen and loansharks are up in arms” against agricultural reform.
All the parties supporting these irrelevant protests will lose their vote shares as and when they go for elections. Congress's strong bastion in the name of Punjab slipping out of its hands in 2022 might just be the last nail in the coffin.
The hypocrisy stands exposed when one sees some of the most revolutionary recommendations of the seminal Swaminathan Report viz contract farming, allowing farmers to sell their produce outside Mandis and APMC also being opposed ostensibly for scoring political brownie points.
The current model of wheat and rice cultivation, supported by subsidised electricity and fertilisers as well as the guaranteed procurement by the government at MSP, is not only causing environmental decay but also promoting lazy farming.
यह जश्न मनाने का समय हैं ना कि विरोध करने का समय है, क्योंकि शोषण करनेवाले कभी भी इन सुधारो का साथ नही देंगे, हमे मजबूती से सरकार और किसानों के साथ रहना हैं और साथ ही साथ सामाजिक और आर्थिक रूप से हमारे प्यारे किसानों के सशक्त और संवर्धित मूल्य में और वृद्धि करनी है।
While in the case of a farmer the reform delivered double benefit but the political class faces double whammy, that of losing its captive vote bank that was dependent on its sops and secondly losing the massive income they earned as middlemen between the farmer and the consumer. Either the farmer is misinformed or wrongly instigated, otherwise it is impossible to conceive that any farmer should be actually unhappy or opposed for being given more choices, as to whom to sell their produce.
Under the guise of opposing ordinances, farmers are being made political pawns. Farmers need to understand this. Ordinances do not repeal the existing APMC laws. These anti-social elements are doing mistake by thinking farmers as fools.
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