26
May

Farmers Protest: Six Months

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 181

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Six Months

Greetings on Buddha Purnima!

Today, the farmers protest completes six months on Delhi’s borders. In Panjab, the protests started even earlier – beginning October 2020.

Through adverse weather conditions, peak winters and untimely rains, peak summers and storms, through the second wave of the pandemic, through incidents of January 26th and many more subsequently, through internal differences, the farmers and labour, the women and men, the old and young, have held their position against the apathy and inefficiency of the government.

Today marks six months of their tenacity and perseverance.

The Sangh is clever and indulges in lies but does not have the above qualities and has hence has been defeated until now in all its efforts to dismantle the protests. The government knows no governance, wants to sell India – not only land but defence, power, space, railways, mines, our retinas and finger prints, you name it – and so acts arrogant and uses arms of the state to bully citizens to hide its incompetence.

Yet, the clock ticks. The protests have become the largest and longest sites of resistance in independent India.
The general idea is the protests are against new Farm Laws and for legalisation of MSP. That is true. While those remain the goals, it is the process through which they have come up that fascinates me. How various sections of society come together, churn and join in resistance, how political consciousness grows.

The protests are showing that atmanirbhar – self reliance – is not a fancy term for the government to hide its failures but a call to preserve the sovereignty of the nation. The question the protests are asking is: when we can produce our own food, feed our own people, why can’t the government help with better procurement and distribution instead of selling out the agrarian sector to crony capitalists?

There is no doubt in my mind that protests – based on langar and sewa – are a space from where the hegemonic narrative of religious supremacy has been challenged. The protests have given us a model to challenge the Sangh, to fight Hindutva, to reclaim democracy. They have shown a way of considering people not through the prism of religious identity, but within frameworks of gender and caste, through work relations – kirrt.

The next stage of the struggle is until August 15. As the devastation of the pandemic decreases, let this sense of kirrt grow across the nation. Whatever be our kirrt, let us look at what is going on around us and evaluate it in terms of our means to earn an honest livelihood. Let that help us decide if the government is good or bad, if it is benefits us or diminishes us.

Considering the BJP formed government this day seven years back and has brought the nation to ruin, the farmers have declared today a Black Day. May we practise truth and non-violence.

 

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