Thousands of Indian farmers blockade Delhi highways Though Hundreds of Millions in support of Government
An Australian Journalist James Oaten has supposedly written from New Delhi that thousands of farmers in India have put on a show of defiance, blockading several major highways near Delhi for hours on Saturday, in response to controversial farming laws and harsh police tactics that led to the suspension of internet services and sedition charges filed against journalists.
However what he has deliberately failed to report that hundreds of millions of Indians which includes millions of farmers in most of the other States of India, are fully supporting the Indian Government and the three farm laws passed by the Parliament of India.
As per Oaten’s report, the three-hour blockade, called “chakka jam”, was carried out amid a heavy security presence, with concrete barriers and razor wire erected near protest camps to try and prevent a repeat of the violence witnessed on January 26, India’s Republic Day.”Our movement remains peaceful and it will continue till we will get back our rights,” 50-year-old farmer Kishan Singh said.
The whole of India by now is fully aware as to how much peaceful was the protest on 26 January. No wonder the “CHAKKA JAAM “ was not even noticeable in rest of India.
Actually only a miniscule number of farmers and their supporters who are totally misinformed, are angry at government reforms that seek to deregulate the agriculture industry and give private enterprise a much greater ability to enter the regulated wholesale markets and deal directly with farmers.
These same farmers from Punjab state have been living with the “ draconian” farm laws passed by the Punjab State Government in 2013 and now are protesting when these laws have been repealed and replaced by new Central laws. This is all due to heavy influence of the middlemen called the “ Adhatiyas“. These chaps buy actual farm produce at a good price along with fictitious ones form the farmers and then sell these as their own farm produce at much higher prices earning in crores. However These fake “farmers “ thereby evade both GST and income tax. With the black money they then take more farm lands on lease from the farmers and pay them well. They also get farm labourers from UP and Bihar who do the cultivation and the actual farmers get money without working. Every one is very happy. However now the new amended laws are proving to be villains as they will stop the FREE LUNCH for every one.
Saturday’s protests were also sparked by the death of former Melbourne resident Navreet Singh. This has been duly reported by the Australian chap but Oaten should have also enclosed the video shots of Navreet Singh driving his tractor like crazy into the barricades.
Protester Navreet Singh died at the rally amid the chaos. The 25-year-old was studying at university in Melbourne for three years with his wife but returned to India in 2019 as he could not get his study visa extended, his grandfather told the ABC.His wife is still in Melbourne continuing her studies.”He wanted to work and settle in Australia,” his grandfather Hardeep Singh Dibdiba said. “His wife is still in shock, unable to talk.”
As per the media video Navreet was killed when his tractor flipped after deliberately hitting a barricade and CCTV footage released supports this statement.
A post-mortem report, prepared by three doctors at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh, said the death was due to “shock and haemorrhage as a result of antemortem head injury” sustained during the crash. But Mr Singh’s supporters and family members have alleged the 25-year-old was shot, something Delhi Police have strenuously denied.
Police saud reports of shooting death are false and cited the video.
Footage of Mr Singh’s body has been circulated deliberateky on social media, and the family say it shows what appears to be bullet wounds in his neck and behind his right ear.The family have received the post-mortem report but have also requested an X-Ray scan but were told this is not possible. Mr Singh’s body has been cremated.
Saturday’s blockade, which ended without any major incidents, was also in response to concerns over the state of Indian democracy following the suspension of internet access at protest sites and criminal charges filed against journalists and media outlets.
Authorities rightly switched off the internet on Saturday at three major protest camps.
“This does not happen in a democracy,” farmer Parmender Singh told the ABC. “It’s a dictatorship.”
So both Parmender Singh and the Australian ABC wish that such protests should turn into a assaulting mob ( with help of inciting messages on the Social media) and the police us forced to open fire to protect the rest of the non protesting citizens and their properties. This with loss of life the ABC vision if democracy will be fulfilled.
Rest of the World should know that we know how to govern ourselves and we will not let our democracy to be held at ransom.
Farmers rallied in New Delhi on January 26 for Republic Day.
Farmers and their supporters have been camping outside the national capital for months, but the mostly peaceful protests took a violent turn in January after thousands of protesters broke police barricades and stormed the capital, making their way to the historic Red Fort.
Tractors were used as battering rams and to plough through police lines.
The Republic Day rally was held to protest plans to deregulate the agriculture industry.
At least eight journalists who tweeted or reported false allegations have since been placed under police investigation, including former TV news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai,a well known anti Government anchor, senior editor Mrinal Pande, and Caravan reporter Vinod Jose, with the threat of sedition charges now looming. YES the Law will now takes its course and if found guilty they all will be punished. No journalist has the right to spread falsehood.
An independent journalist was also arrested during the protests and criminal proceedings have also been launched against senior Opposition MP Shashi Tharoor.
Police accused the journalists of “misreporting” and “spreading disharmony”, but the journalists have challenged the police action in the Supreme Court.
Senior journalist Jyoti Malhotra, who is the national and strategic affairs editor at The Print, said it was “like using a rocket launcher to kill a fly.” ……but flies will not stop buzzing.
Well Jyoti Malhotra, the Courts will soon decide what us right and what is wrong. There should be no problem on that.
As per International media, India’s rating on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index has slipped in recent years from 27th in 2014 to 53rd in 2020. These chaps should know that Indians do not require any certificate from any Rating Agency as such and at least not on DEMOCRACY.
After the violence in central Delhi, the government imposed an internet blackout in areas where protesters had gathered, a move authorities said was to stop further unrest.
The internet was switched back on after condemnation in India and abroad.
“You are completely cut off from the world without internet,” farmer Ashish Rana told the ABC.
Greta Thunberg, Swedish national, though clueless about the Indian farming laws, tweeted in support of farmers who have been protesting since late 2020 on the outskirts of Delhi. She got paid a handsome amoi t for this.
A US pop star Rihanna, too tweeted a message of support for the farmers’ movement, followed soon after by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg who shared a document detailing how people across the world could amplify the movement. Who are these two, unknown to more than 95% of the Indians?
Delhi police have since launched an investigation into the document’s authors, stating it promoted further unrest.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement saying “sensationalist social media hashtags” were “neither accurate nor responsible”, and cricket great Sachin Tendulkar tweeted “external forces can be spectators but not participants.”
The government of India has rightly threatened legal actions against Twitter after it restored previously suspended accounts, including those belonging to journalists and current affairs website the Caravan. Such entities cannot be permitted to defy legal orders of the Government. Rather they should be thrown out of India unceremoniously, we cannot permit the rise of a new EAST INDIA COMPANY.
The agriculture reforms would erode the role of large, “captured mandis” wholesale markets, and more easily allow private buyers to deal directly with farmers. Though farmers would be free to chose between the Mandis and the private firms.
The government maintains the laws empower farmers, giving them the ability to choose what they grow and who they sell to, as well as attract much-needed private investment into the sector.
The Government maintains the laws empower farmers, but thousands of demonstrators say otherwise.. Though million others support the Government.
These protesters do not represent the vast majority, with most of the outrage centred in the well-off foodbowl states of Punjab and Haryana. This is a “ paid “ protest no doubt.The latest amended laws would help the farmers to earn more for their products and still lead to lower prices even for the Consumers, particularly as the middlemen in agriculture will get regulated fully.
The laws would also allow private businesses to pay more to the farmer for his produce, and sell it to the Consumers at much more reasonable rates.