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Modi Must Bite the Bullet: Punjab/Sikh Rich Farmers Agitation Has Propensity to Lead to Anarchy

An senior air warrior and political observer who has the pulse of the region and can sense a change when it comes.

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Introduction

The Indian press and the Congress, supported by the left have a vested interest to bring about the downfall of the BJP government. It has been writing about the farmer's agitation which is ongoing for the last four months. It is being spread that this agitation has the support of the entire country. This is a lie and as Dr. Gobbles said, "a lie repeated a hundred times become the truth." Two inalienable facts come out; the first is that this agitation is confined only to the farmers from Punjab and some adjoining districts. Secondly, this agitation is spearheaded by rich farmers only, who have come in tractors and luxury cars and staying in luxury tents with TV and Internet. The poor farmer is not represented here as he neither has the money nor the time to come and waste on an agitation like this. Tractors cost anything from 8-25 lakhs of rupees and the very fact that hundreds of tractors are there shows the affluence of the men agitating.

The farmers and the government have had at least 13 rounds of talks but no headway is made as the farmers are insisting that the three laws passed by the Modi government be scrapped. They have also not heeded the call of the Supreme Court and are now insisting on a parade with tractors on Republic day. They are sitting on the arterial roads to Delhi and a very explosive situation is created that could strangulate the city.

Basically, the rich farmers do not want any change in the law for the simple reason they want to monopolize the entire trade from the small farmer to enrich themselves.

The agitation

Agitation in a democracy per ce is not bad but when agitation is there to either overthrow the government or to discredit it and receives funding from groups who have sworn to overthrow the Indian state, the matter becomes serious. Intelligence input has been received that funding for this stir is coming from Canada and England where a very large number of Sikhs have settled.

The farmers are not bothered that there is a Parliament or a Supreme Court and are continuing their one-point demand. In case the Modi government gives in to this demand, there is every chance that other groups will raise similar demands and the central government will come under siege. Narendra Modi is sitting on the horns of a dilemma and he must decide what to do. The government has been treating the agitators with kid gloves when they do not represent the entire mass of Indian farmers who number almost 600,000,000 and are very happy that the laws have been passed.

The question is whether a militant minority can speak on behalf of a docile majority. The same thing is happening even in America now. The attitude of the farmers can be gauged from the fact that in meetings with the government they refused to have lunch with the minister's detailed for the talks and insisted on bringing their own lunch and eating.


Last word

At this juncture, one can compare India and China. Jawaharlal Nehru committed the cardinal blunder by opting for the Westminster type of government and democracy as it exists in England. It is unsuited to Indian tradition with the result that China has wiped out poverty while in India 40% are still below the poverty line and 50% of the women are anemic and hundreds of thousands of children for lack of protein have stunted growth. I feel sad when I write this, but that is a fact, and matters are compounded by agitations for personal gain. Narendra Modi should have cracked down on the agitation three months back and by now everything would have been settled but by trying to pander to the rich farmers, he has allowed the horse to escape from the stable and now I do not know how this problem can be solved.

All I can say is, that what is happening is a dangerous portent for the future of India, where agitators do not respect the government, the Supreme Court, and the law. In such a situation what is to be done? Modi has now to bite the bullet, otherwise, he will be damned before history as a man who unleashed forces that devoured the nation

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 23, 2021:

Thank you Sankhajit, for sparing time and commenting

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 23, 2021:

Vanita, glad you commented. All right-thinking Indians must be worried about this agitation by the Punjab farmers and it's about time Modi cracked the whip.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on January 23, 2021:

very well said...

Vanita Thakkar on January 23, 2021:

What you have written is the concern of lakhs of Indians. This agitation in the name of farmers' concerns seems to be a very dangerous plot in disguise to overpower the Indian Government. Let us hope and pray that the situation remains under control.