As hundreds and thousands of farmers from many states protest against the new farm laws from their hometown, a whole lot of them have reached the national capital for physical protests. The protest took an ugly turn with a scuffle between the Delhi police and the protesting farmers. But later on, they were allowed by the Delhi government to protest peacefully at the Burari ground, in North Delhi. The AAP-led Delhi government also arranged for food for the protesting farmers.
The peaceful protest turned into a scuffle
At first, several farmers tried to enter Delhi from different checkpoints. They tried to break barricades and gather largely on the protest ground. Farmers from the major states that include Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, etc. joined in congression to take part in the protest. As they were not maintaining rules, the Delhi police tried to overpower them by using water cannons and tear gas, they also lathi-charged a few. This scuffle led to the injuries of several farmers, who also pelted stones at the police at one point of time. The situation is now controlled as they have been allowed to protest peacefully on the Burari ground of North Delhi by the Delhi government.
Slogans, speeches, langars, drum beats…. The protest site witnessed a lot
Slogans such as “inquilab zindabad” and “Dharti Mata ki Jai” are being heard from the crowd alongside speeches and drum beats. Many of them sang the chorus of “hum honge kamyaab” and also danced to the beats. Also, some members of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti started singing the chorus “Chahe Kuch Bhi Karlo Hum Badhte Jayenge”. The Bangla Sahib Gurudwara also arranged for langars to feed the protesting farmers and the Delhi government also made arrangements for food.
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How the new farm law can affect the framers
The three new farm laws that has been passed by the government makes way for big corporates to hold account of the produce of the farmers, limiting their “minimum support price” to a stake. The new law would not allow middlemen to take hold of the farmer’s produce and they would have to sell those crops individually. Social activists, Medha Patkar who was present on the protest ground said, “The unprecedented unity of the farmers will put pressure on the government to withdraw the three anti-farmer acts”. It is yet to be seen what reform this protest brings out.
The Policy Times suggestion
- The hands that feed us must not face such brutality in the forms of either laws or police scuffles. They must be provided with all safety measures even if they want to protest.
- The police must only ensure that the covid protocols are maintained well. They should provide protection to the protesting farmers rather than lathi charging or using water cannons and tear gas.
- The government must look into the fact to reform the new farm laws that would ensure the farmer get the “minimum support price” for their products without having to be under the “mercy” of the corporate beasts.