31
Jul

Farmers Protest: Cloak and Dagger Government

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 248

Toll 548

Cloak and Dagger Government

Right from when Samyukt Kisan Morcha got together last November. Right from when they presented their four core demands, we all knew them. They are repeal Farm Laws, implement MSP on all crops, withdraw Electricity Ordinance, do not bring in the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Law.

Yet, when the government met SKM on December 30, 2020, and stated it will not focus on Electricity Ordinance and Air Quality Management Law, those two original demands fell out of the discourse. Though nothing was written or signed, everyone took the words of the Agriculture Minister as a commitment.

Though, of course, we should have known better. This government constantly tries to misinterpret the wordings of laws, articles of Constitution, all the time goes back on its words, made jumla into a viable Manifesto point, why would it stick to a verbal commitment? Yet, the nature of the protest, its dynamics, it wear and tear over 8 months, kept us from mentioning the Electricity Ordinance and Air Quality Management Law again and again.

Yesterday, as I started looking at activities at Singhu and other borders, I learnt that the Electricity Ordinance was listed to be presented as a Bill in Parliament. But this government is such a shape shifting entity that in an open democracy, when norms of disclosure of items in the Parliament must be followed so all members can do their homework, it indulges in proxy war.

Yesterday, it did not bring in the Electricity Ordinance but while Opposition was demanding debate on government use of Pegasus spyware, it quietly sneaked in The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2021.

We all know NCR air is polluted. We all support NCR cleaning up its air. But a law in NCR that applies to Haryana, Panjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh? What kind of a law is that when multiple panels have conclusively proved that industrial pollution in NCR is the main reason for pollution? One of whose most contested items is related to paddy stubble burning in Panjab and the fine levied on farmers is up to Rs. 1 crore and/or jail up to 5 years.

Just so tired, exhausted by the cloak and dagger acts of this government. Yet, that is what the government wants – to tire us so we stop resisting. No, that will not happen.

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