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Farmers Agitation: Attempt to Overthrow the Modi Government by Extra Constitutional Means

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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Background

In 2019. Narendra Modi was voted back to power with a thumping majority. The Bhartiya Janta Party won a big majority, the like of which had not been seen for the last 30 years. The opposition led by the leftists and the Congress was completely nonplussed. They wondered where they had gone wrong. The result was so devastating for the opposition, that no party won the minimum number of seats required for their leader to be classified as leader of the opposition.

The only way they could dislodge the Modi government was by extraconstitutional means. As per their think tank, they thought that mass scale agitations backed by money power would draw the attention of the world to the policies of the Modi government and the government could collapse.

This started with agitation against the Citizen's Amendment Act(CAA) and the minority community was instigated to start this agitation. They blocked the roads leading to Delhi for weeks and ultimately this lead to instigated riots which peaked during the visit of US President Donald Trump. The idea was to discredit the Modi government. The attempt failed and ultimately many of the rioters were shot. The agitation slowly petered out. Trump shrewdly stood by Modi.

The operation led by the Italian Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi again thought of starting an agitation on the farm laws. The government had passed three farm laws with an idea to streamline agriculture which has been grossly neglected and create an all India market for the farmers. I

A whispering campaign was launched that the Farm Laws would take away the rights of the farmers and the land would be given to the industrialists. It must be noted that the same laws were propagated by the Congress party when it was in power in the center but now they thought it expedient to oppose them.

The farmers from the northern state of Punjab, where the Congress party had a hold and their chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh were able to galvanize Sikh farmers to start the agitation.


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Ground report of the agitation

As I was in Singapore, I requested one of my friends to go and have a look as to what sort of agitation was going on. He duly paid a visit and conveyed to me that the agitation was more like a country fair and most of the farmers are treating it as the picnic. He also informed that most of the people agitating were well to do with cars and tractors and luxury tents have been set up. Free food was being given to everybody and generally, the aim was to put pressure on the Modi government.

The government has called for talks and eight rounds have been gone through. Despite the government agreeing to most of the demands of the agitators, the farmers are insisting on a one point agenda that the three farm laws must be scrapped. There is no rationale behind this demand as many economists and even the political parties earlier had agreed that the agriculture sector needed to be streamlined. Obviously, there is someone behind this agitation and thousands of dollars are putting in to sustain the agitation. After all, you cannot sustain the agitation without money.

Another point that needs emphasis is that the farming community which is agitating represents just 5 to 6% of the entire farming population. The balance of 90% of farmers spread over the states of Bihar, Assam, and other states of India are not concerned.

Recently I saw an Astro channel headed by Kapoor and he has given his version also about what is going on during the agitation. He has confirmed that it is the rich farmers who are behind this agitation and surprisingly as per Kapoor whiskey and high-end brands of alcohol are freely available. He has also pointed out that the opposition led by the Congress and the leftists do not want any solution to the farmer's problem and their aim remains to discredit the Modi government


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Last word

Where does the Indian republic go from here? This agitation and earlier agitation by the minority community against CAA is setting a dangerous precedent. It means any law which is passed by parliament has to be abrogated just because a minority starts violent agitation. In that case, there is no need for parliament if everything is to be decided on the streets.

So far the government is treating the agitation with kid gloves. The government was also criticized for its soft approach to the earlier agitation by the minority community against CAA, which ultimately led to rioting and deaths. This agitation also can suddenly get out of control as farmers have already decided that on Republic day on 26 January, they will be taking out a tractor parade. It is worth noting that this Republic day, the chief guest is Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, and perhaps the aim is once again to show the Modi government in poor light.

The government must keep in mind that the agitation by the Punjab farmers is not the French revolution. There is a need to bring in force to disperse this rich crowd. If the government fails to break this agitation and takes a soft approach, it will mean opening a hornet's nest and one can be sure that other communities, sects, and castes in India will conclude that everything can be achieved by agitation. This will set a dangerous precedent.

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 04, 2021:

Thank you Peggy for commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 04, 2021:

It is sad to know that democracy in India is having problems, as is ours in the U.S. Despite losing the popular and electoral votes, the current White House resident is still not accepting defeat. It does not bode well for the balance of his presidency, his legacy, or democracy in general. I hope that things improve in the days ahead for both countries and the people living in them.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 04, 2021:

Pamela, thank you so much for commenting. Yes, you are right there is a lot of unrest in both democracies India and the United States. People are not ready to accept the election results.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on January 04, 2021:

Thank you, Osman Ghazi, for commenting.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 04, 2021:

The events happening in India sound very similar to the recent events that have happened in the United States. The rich finance the aggitation, which I find abhorent. There is so much unrest around the world recently.

I'm not sure what the end game is for your government since it sounds like they are not addressing the problem very well, at least where the rich farmers are concerned.

This is a very interesting article, MG.

Osman Ghazi on January 04, 2021:

Nice hub

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