Farm Laws and Their Withdrawal: What Do You Need To Know?
Farm Laws and farmers' protests caught the attention of the media channels in every respect. This protest is considered as one of the longest movements that has happened in Independent India. Started in Punjab, the laws were passed in September 2020 which gradually spread to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Later, it raised eyebrows of the entire nation when it reached the capital of the nation - Delhi.
How Farmers Managed to Continue the Protest for Almost a Year?
There are a number of reasons that let the protestors keep going. Out of all, unity stands first. All the leaders of the farmers were strategic in their approach while following the rule of togetherness. Despite Republic day violence, the farmers still remained united under the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha.
The financial support carried the agitation forward
The movement needed a steady source of finances. For this, they made collections from the villages. In fact, the biggest union of farmers known as Ugrahan BKU in Punjab followed the system of collecting funds. The president of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC), Satnam Singh Pannu confirmed that after rabi and kharif harvest, the funds were collected twice a year. Concurrently, the monetary support by the artists and NRI’s helped in constructing the toilets, shelters and digging borewells.
Effective Communication gathered the flock
The farmers came to know about the three farm laws 2021 through social media. They made a group on What’s App to gather the masses. On 26th January, the police tried to vacate the site, yet the farmers mobilized thousands of people at the site overnight. Simultaneously, the farmers' unions got immense encouragement by the singers, artists and social media warriors. Clearly, the communication led more people to connect with the movement.
Repeal of the three contentious farm laws
On the occasion of Gurupurab, the prime minister Narendra Modi withdrew the three contentious farm laws on 19th November 2021. In reaction to which some farmers perform havan, while some lit candles at the Singhu border. However, the cabinet approval is likely to be announced on Nov 24 where farmers will decide their future course on Nov 27th.
This movement has taught us that nothing is above the masses wishes. The opinion leaders and decision makers need to consider the will of the people and pass laws accordingly. India lost more than 700 people in the wake of this movement. As a result, the prime minister has to show political profundity to the farm laws.