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Farmer’s Protest or COVID spreader

After a hustle of around three months, India managed to recover from COVID-19’s deadly second wave, but still we are not completely out of it. In this situation where we have our central government trying hard to bring down the infection spread and improving medical facilities on one hand, simultaneously, on the other hand, we have people who find themselves immune from this deadly virus, and for them, this is nothing serious but a joke created by Modi government.

These second type of people are none other than the farmers protesting continuously on Tikri and Singhu borders against newly passed Farm bills even after SC suspended the agricultural laws for 18 months, neglecting the matter that India is going, through a difficult situation of COVID-19 second wave. The central government tried its best to resolve all the issues of these protesting farmers by conducting around 11 rounds of talks but the farmers are still unsatisfied. Even the Supreme Court of India tried to resolve the deadlock over the new laws by giving a proposal to set up a joint committee but this proposal put forth was rejected by the protesting unions. The so-called farmers are now seeking to do violent protests because according to them this is their democratic right to show their resistance against the government, irrespective of the fact that India is observing a surge of COVID cases.

A union of 40 farmers, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has announced a nationwide protest named ‘Resistance day’ on May 26 to mark six months of protests at the national capital’s borders, amidst this virulent second wave thousands of farmers will march to Delhi from Punjab and Haryana to show their support with farmer leaders.

“On May 26th, 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the oath of the office as the Prime Minister of India. On completion of 7 years of PM Modi led government on 26th May 2021, and also on completion of six months of our protest, we will observe a Black Day” said SKM leader Balbir Singh Rajewal.

“We will protest in villages, cities, and on the Delhi borders. It will be a show of unity. We will be conducting it by wearing black turbans, dupattas, or clothes. Farmers will direct black flags on their rooftops, tractors and burn effigies of the Modi government in every village. We will observe the protest by maintaining social distancing and other COVID norms” said Dr. Darshan Pal, member of SKM and president of Krantikari Kisan Union.

 Real or Agenda-driven protest?

Amidst all this chaos the most valid question arises that whether this protest is really for genuine demands and small and poor farmers or just an agenda-driven protest?

The answer to this question is simple that this is purely an agenda-driven protest, if these farmer unions are genuinely worried for farmers they would have tried to resolve their issues in a proper peaceful manner, they would have solved in the meetings held between the government and the unions. They don’t even have trust in SC’s joint committee. The only thing they want is violence and hooliganism, the glance of which was shown on 26th January 2021. This time when the nation is suffering deadly infections like COVID, Black fungus, and many more they could’ve postponed their protest instead of forcing the crowd to gather in villages and putting their lives at risk.

Now, who is behind all this chaos? is a question that is still unanswered. However, during this resistive action of farmer unions, our opposition parties are busy seeking political opportunity in this as well. 12 opposition parties on Sunday issued a press release in support of the SKM’s involvement in nationwide protest.

The statement was signed by party leaders Sonia Gandhi of Congress, H.D. Deve Gowda of Janta Dal-Secular opportunities, Mamata Banerjee of Trinamool Congress, Sharad Pawar of Nationalist Congress Party, Uddhav Thackeray of Shiv Sena, Hemant Soren of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, M.K.Stalin of DMK, Farooq Abdullah of J&K National Conference, Tejaswi Yadav of Rashtriya Janta Dal, Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party, D. Raja of Communist Party of India and Sitaram Yechury on behalf of CPI-Marxist.

At present when the national capital is already witnessing a tough time due to infection spread and lack of medical necessities as Kejriwal led government badly lagged to manage the situation and put Delhi under lockdown for around one month, this protest is going to hit hard the national capital but Mr. Kejriwal is still shamelessly backing this protest. Is Kejriwal assuring the safety of Delhi? Is he worried for farmers or this is only for making political ground for the party in Punjab?

Parties like Congress, SP, CPI has only one aim since 2014 that is to deteriorate the image of PM Narendra Modi led government and for this agenda, they can put the lives of innocent citizens in danger.

In this situation when we have many dangerous infections to fight, our opposition political parties are busy fighting the central government instead of cooperating with them in this fight. They are seeking political chances in this grim situation of infection surge by supporting a dangerous crowd of protesters. This is very shameful of opposition parties and farmer leaders that they are busy spreading their political propaganda amidst this virulent situation where every normal citizen is contributing his/her part to stop the spread of this deadly virus. This is nothing other than vulture diplomacy.


DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author

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