Neither good for farmers nor for the country!’
India’s profile is rising internationally. India was earning some good grades in the International diplomatic circuit. The time has come to heal some wounds that are troubling. One major irritant is the prolonged farmer’s agitation that has caused so much destruction and much violence. We refer to the Punjab and Haryana farmer issues.
Of course, the Prime Minister has the prime responsibility to resolve this already complicated political, social and economic sector. Yes, farming and agriculture are the very basic economic issue of India. India as we have always been saying that India is basically an agricultural economy, though as such we are already a strong economy. With a widening manufacturing country, now the defense and strategic sector also receiving high priority, the world has changed. And India is no exception to this international trend. India politically is a big democracy, why the world’s big democracy and this gives India multifaceted advantages to take our place and play our role with extraordinary responsibility.
So far so forth. Yes, the country under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has acquitted well all through his tumultuous days. Having displaced the long-ruling Indian National Congress is of course not easy for many sections accustomed to the rather a sort of laid back “politics as usual” type of all contradictory politics with no democratically elected Congress president nor an electorally elected Prime Minister, we thought that this was the type of Indian dynastic politics that India has evolved.
Came Mr.Modi from Gujarat like thunder and he shook up the old edifice and replace it with an elected alternative democratically elected government that was a novelty in so many senses. Here is a replaced government that has both elected party president and also an elected Prime Minister. This must-have become a new norm and it has. This novelty is troubling so many sections of people, more importantly even the progressive sections.
But difficult to consume the environment which of course lacks some other internal democratic features and yet we have a government on the go. So far taking a broad view and even with a sympathetic view, we have to concede that, India under the leadership of Modi has performed well both on the domestic and international front. The recent international opinion poll has put Modi on the top of 13 international leaders including Joe Biden, the American President and it is a great honour and recognition for India and in this day and time, we have to shed whatever reservation we may have on Modi rule.
Now, coming to some basic issues, the farmers’ agitation is prolonging for long and it is no good for anybody to let it go on indefinitely. It has now become Mr.Modi’s personal predilections. That is holding the issue live!
The PM by one stroke can withdraw the controversial laws for another day, right?
Why not? What is preventing Modi to hold on? A sector of people who are India’s brave farmers who are looked at in a dispassionate manner is after all have no vested interest in politics and that too in any narrow party politics. The authorities have stayed the farm laws. For the time being and that means for the indefinite future.
So the Prime Minister can declare openly that his government doesn’t take any particular view and in the so long pending issues the government needn’t stand any issue of prestige and only in the larger interest of the well-being and future of Indian agriculture the government must withdraw the laws and invite the farmers for a final face-to-face. Goodbye to all the ugly past and a hopefully bright future.
Such a magnanimous gesture from the PM would surely find a positive response from the faint community as well. Let us hope such gesture and a breakthrough put an end to this very sad and tragic past which saw so many s deaths and destruction and also the shameful conduct of the agitators, of course only the very misguided ones, who indulged in hoisting the flag on the historic Red Fort.
The Indian PM’s role now has widened on the international front and India’s many enemies would be only disappointed by the PM’s timely gesture on the farmers’ prolonged agitation and the ugly memories. We have to call an end to this bad chapter and give a real moral boost to our brave farmers everywhere in all parts of the country.