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Indian’ Farmers Protest, Challenging Modi Government
2021-11-23

  Modi said in his speech: "Today, while I apologize to the villagers, I also want to say with a sincere heart. Maybe our efforts are not enough to explain the truth to some farmers like lighting a lamp." Mo Di called on farmers to end the protests and return to their hometowns.

  On September 20 last year, the Indian Parliament passed a series of bills to relax crop price controls, which aroused strong dissatisfaction among Indian farmers. The main concern of Indian farmers about the agricultural reform bills is that these bills do not mention anything about the “minimum support price”. If the system is abolished, big Indian companies will set prices for agricultural products, putting farmers at a more disadvantaged position. Since November last year, Indian farmers protest has continued to be held with large scales in different locations on the three farm bills introduced by the Indian government.

  The Modi government’s decision has been mixed in India. Thousands of farmers gathered on the main roads around the capital New Delhi that day to celebrate Modi's "bend". Rahul Gandhi, leader of the Indian National Congress, said that the "non-violent resistance movement" of Indian farmers forced the arrogant government to bow its head. However, Anil Ganwat, the head of a farmers' union in western India, said that this was an "unfortunate decision" based on political considerations.

  A united front organization of farmers’ unions formed by several farmers’ unions issued a statement on the 20th, stating that obtaining legal guarantees for a fair minimum support price is an important requirement for farmers. It said: "For several years, farmers in our country have been fighting for a legally guaranteed and cost-effective minimum support price for all agricultural products, and farmers protest has been held across the country."

  The United Front Organization of the Farmers’ Union stated that it requested the cancellation of the Electricity (Amendment) Act to exempt farmers from penalties related to Delhi’s air quality regulations, but these requirements have not been met.

  The organization’s statement lashed out at the government because it remained silent on the deaths of more than 670 protesters. The organization stated: "The Modi government refuses to recognize the cost of its stubborn and selfish behavior to the protesters' lives. The families of these martyrs must be supported by compensation and employment opportunities. The parliament should pay tribute to the martyrs and erect a memorial in their name.

  According to the organization, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh and Madhya Pradesh have "hundreds of false cases" against farmers protest, and these cases should be unconditionally dropped.

  The organization reiterated that it called for the arrest of Ajay Mishra, the Minister of State of the Ministry of the Interior. His son Ashish Mishra was charged in the violence in Le Kimbul Keri, which resulted in the arrest of three farmers. Seven people inside died.

  The organization announced that it will continue to implement all planned protests.