Indian women will lead the way By Justice Markandey Katju The agitating Indian farmers are gathered in large numbers on the Delhi border. They held a massive farmers parade with thousands of tractors in support…
Now a large number of people from different walks of life, religious gurus and leaders, Ambedkarite, Bahujan leaders too have joined hand and came out in open support.
In times of great historical crises and transformations, the people have often revealed this marvellous faculty which they have.
The brave Indian farmers have been agitating for over 75 days now on the Delhi border, undauntedly and resolutely facing heavy odds, including cold weather, rain and a crafty opponent, backed by powerful vested interests..
The impact of the government’s policies is now visible. Middle class is getting crushed. Public sector employees, bankers, Insurance companies, all face an uncertain future. Reservation is under the attack and things have crossed its limit.
This sounds a very fine statement, but what if the government has surrendered its sovereignty to the corporates?
This movement, which presently is only for economic demands e.g. remunerative prices for agricultural produce, will later develop into a mighty people’s struggle, which may last for 10-15 years
The farmers insist that the 3 farmers laws be repealed, but the govt seem unwilling to do this, and has said it can only consider amendments. This is unacceptable to the farmers.
Unless India’s farmers’ movement understands and realizes that the caste supremacists are the biggest threat to their movement, the impact of this movement will remain limited to Punjab alone where Sikhs are fighting against this assault of Brahmanical capitalism.
In Mehboob Batcha vs State, 2011 ( see online ) the Supreme Court observed: “Policemen must learn how to behave as public servants in a democratic country, and not as oppressors of the people.”
New Delhi, 01st December 2020. Justice Markandey Katju, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, has suggested a middle ground on the peasant movement. If the government accepts what Justice Katju has suggested, then perhaps…
In Democracy political protests are part and parcel of it. When the government criminalises these protests then they become out of control. Where should people go to lodge their complaints and protests if all avenues are closed?