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.
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.
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.
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