By Justice Markandey Katju
”Let the sleeping giant sleep, for when he awakes, the world will tremble“.
The above statement, attributed to Napoleon, was regarding China, but the same can be said regarding India today.
With its huge population of 135 crores, and its large pool of technical talent and immense natural resources, India was till now, like Kumbharna, a sleeping giant, an underdeveloped country, which was often kicked around by powerful nations.
But the ongoing farmers agitation, which has overcome the main hurdle to our progress, our division and disunity on the basis of caste and religion, which was shamelessly exploited by our crafty politicians to polarise our society and spread caste and communal hatred for vote banks, has been shattered. The farmers have united us, keeping our selfish politicians at a distance.
The main credit for this historical achievement goes to our brave Punjabi farmers, who by their indomitable spirit, undaunted by all obstacles, undeterred by all trickery, unflinching in their determination, and steadfast in their resolve, have shown the way to farmers in Haryana, UP, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradedh, south Indian states and elsewhere in India, and also to the industrial workers, patriotic intellectuals, and others.
I was earlier despondent about whether the sleeping giant will ever awake from its deep slumber and shake the world, whether we will ever get over our disunity, because of which all progress was lying stalled.
But now my spirit has revived, and I am now confident that in 10-15 years India will be radically transformed into a mighty, highly industrialised, and prosperous country, which is its rightful place in the comity of nations.
We have still a long, arduous, march ahead of us, but the correct beginning has been made
The credit for all this must go to the great Punjabi farmers.
Long live the Punjabi farmers!