The Farmer's Protest Is Also A Workers Movement.

A Worker in india

  • Many workers belong to marginalized castes, which has unimaginable social repercussions.
  • Caste based discrimination, violence, sexual assault, lynching are common news headlines in India, not including the cases that don't even make the news.
  • Income inequality in India is at an all time high. It would take 941 years for a minimum wage worker in rural India to earn what the top paid executive at a leading Indian garment company earns in a year (Oxfam).
  • Many agriculture workers are landless farmers or laborers.

A worker's movement too

  • The farmers protest is also a workers protest
  • Many of the hashtags and slogans include representation of workers
  • This has been powerful against the Modi government's playbook of divide on basis of religion, caste and class
  • The government, under PM Modi and BJP (ruling party), has been dividing people to further their fascist agenda, slowing dissolving democracy
  • The BJP government has encouraged intolerance and caste based violence has increased; perpetrators often roam free while those protesting the crimes and exposing the government are put in jail

The Opportunity cost

  • Workers are not physically present in the protest in the capacity that they should be
  • Many work as daily laborers and survive payment to payment so they cannot afford the opportunity cost of missing work to be present in the protest at Delhi
  • They also do not have as many methods of transportation as the protesting farmers, since many do not own vehicles
  • Lastly, they do not have many disposable family members who can join the protests while others hold down the fort at home
  • Additionally, many farming protestors belong to higher castes / class and exist in the same system that knowingly or unknowingly oppresses people of marginalized castes

The New farm bills

  • Once agriculture is privatized in India, many workers will be jobless as the small farmers they supported will have to cut costs and payroll to survive
  • Laborers will also be replaced with machinery, adding to increasing unemployment
  • A large movement of Dalit rights activists is to advocate for one third of communal land in each village for Dalit communities to do co-operative farming and live a life of dignity. This model is not sustainable in the face of large corporate takeover of agriculture industry.

Political and Social will

  • It is important to question the political and social will of India
  • At what point do you pause economic and business development to focus on creating employment, equitable healthcare and improving social determinants of health for all citizens?
  • Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age as well as the complex, interrelated social structures and economic systems that shape these conditions (CDC). The health and prosperity of a society is interrelated. We must stop to reconsider our priorities.

at what cost do we get richer? how much wealth is enough? when do you pause to look at suffering around you? When do you stop and unlearn capitalism, caste system and nationalism?

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