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Tuesday, 30 November 2021 2.52 AM IST

Decision out of realisation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement on Guru Nanak Jayanti that he has decided to withdraw the three agricultural laws passed by Parliament once again convinced every citizen of the fact that India is a democratic country in every sense. India has a limit for dictatorship. Any party or leader that goes beyond that will fall by the wayside. Those who look at history objectively will realize that it is in some communist countries that it is delayed. It took Indira Gandhi an emergency and a subsequent fall to realize this. Modi realized it a little earlier because he was an expert. This is the first time in the last seven years that Modi has pulled back a decision. It is not correct to portray this as a knee-jerk reaction. The fact that the people are the largest centre of power, regardless of the majority in Parliament, gives the impression that the Central Government has begun to learn some lessons.

Given the signs of being defeated in by-election, the ruling party does not need much political insight to realize that the fate of 2024 will also change if the picture changes in the elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, early next year. It can be said that the Center was motivated to withdraw the agrarian laws by the realization that it would not take long for the BJP to lose UP and the Aam Aadmi Party to come to power in Punjab.

It cannot be said that all the three laws were brought to destroy the living conditions of the farmers.

The rules allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country at high prices, avoiding intermediaries. But that is not something that can be done in the Indian context. Laws that do not suit the Indian context are being implemented here in many departments. For instance, large penalties in the motor vehicle laws could be unaffordable to an ordinary Indian even if he works for ten years. Those who are born in cities and study abroad and reach the post of a minister may feel the need for all such laws. But the common man will take note of the fact that the condition of the Indian streets and the new rules are not compatible.

75 years after independence, the question remains unanswered as to whether you, who are formulating modern laws, have done at least half of what you have to do for the people. Gas subsidies are almost non-existent, following in the footsteps of developed countries. The impact it has had on ordinary people is immense. When all this is seen and corrected without any struggle, the people will start liking the Prime Minister and others without any party affiliation. With good intentions

Many of the laws that are being introduced are becoming a burden to the common man and to the advantage of monopolies

The biggest demand of farmers is the support price for all their produce

The strike began on November 26 last year under the leadership of the United Kisan Morcha, a coalition of 40 farmers' unions. In a few days, the strike would have been a year old. The peasants did not allowthe political parties to join the struggle. Farmers from Punjab and elsewhere came with tractors to challenge the government. The initial reactions of the government and the intervention of the police led to more people joining the strike.

The government thought that the strike would end when it was over. After that it was thought that it would die down when the corona spreads. None of this happened. They were huddled on the roadside when they were stopped at the borders of Delhi. Farmers from different states used to come and go there.

Any strike that goes beyond a certain limit can lead to many acts of violence. Some destructive forces will infiltrate into protestors to create problems. Meanwhile, the central government received an intelligence report that old Khalistan militants were operating among the militants. Farmers' leaders said it was an attempt by the Center to blackmail the strike. There is no point in blaming only the protesters for this. The government did not show the political wisdom to take the present decision earlier and not to prolong the struggle. Meanwhile, the incident in Lakhimpur literally cut off the central government. The peasant struggle has tarnished India's image even in the international arena. The former Punjab Chief Minister left the Congress and joined the BJP. This also prompted the ruling party leaders to realise many things.

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