Farmers Won The Farm Laws Battle Against Modi Govt.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the contentious farm laws Friday is being seen by many as a historic victory for the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) — the umbrella body of farmers’ unions that had been leading the agitation against the legislations since they were passed in September last year.

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इन शहीदों की कीमत पर सरकार ने किसानों की मांगें मानी है। इनका बलिदान कभी नहीं भुलाया जाएगा।।

  • Leadership - The leaders of the SKM are being credited as the biggest reason for the success of the agitation. In June 2020, when the Modi government passed the ordinances that served as the laws’ predecessors, 32 farmers’ bodies joined hands to oppose them. The leaders of the organisations, although divided for years, united for a common cause and stuck together through the agitation.

  • Apolitical and non-violent -

    Even though many of the leaders had political affiliations, and some like Chaduni have even fought elections in the past, it was decided that no political leaders will be allowed on the stage at the Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders.

    The decision was stuck to even when it seemed that the agitation might die down without active political support. Any politician who tried to even address the supporters from nearby stages were stopped.

    Volunteers from among the supporters were put on rotational duty to manage proceedings on the stage and ensure that no political or radical speeches were made.

  • Mass support

    After the movement reached the Delhi borders and took on a national character, it received an overwhelming support from across the country. Punjabi NRIs too extended support to the movement. Apart from the huge financial help that poured in for the agitators, supporters provided logistics like langar (community kitchen), beds, tents, medicines and clothes for the protesters.

    The maximum support came from Haryana and people from the state joined the agitation in full force. Haryana villages near the protest sites ensured an unbroken supply of milk and daily rations to the protesters.

    NRIs in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK held rallies and road shows in support of the farmers agitation and the slogan “no farmers no food” became an international catchword for those supporting their cause. “Today’s victory would not have been possible had the people in India and NRIs not come out in open support of our agitation and we are most thankful to them,” said Rajewal Friday.

    The agitation also got huge support from Punjabi singers and actors, a large section of Bollywood, sports stars and international celebrities like activist Greta Thunberg and pop star Rihanna, who spoke up in favour of the farmers.

    The movement was supported by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Sikh and non-Sikh politicians in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.

    The media team of the agitation played a major role in generating support on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Working with the tagline #farmersprotest the social media team not only managed to spread information and generate awareness about their cause, but also countered campaigns launched against the farmers.

  • Future course

    Prime Minister has not said anything on the nearly 700 farmers who have been martyred in this struggle,” he added.

    In its statement, the SKM said the “central government’s obstinacy is responsible for these avoidable deaths, including the murders at Lakhimpur Kheri”.

    The SKM will take note of all developments, hold a meeting soon and announce further decisions, the statement added.

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Article source : The Print

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