This Friday morning, on the auspicious day of Guru Nanak Jayanti, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India announces the government’s decision to withdraw three farm laws that were being protested by farmers. The protest by the farmers which started in November 2020, has finally succeeded.
On 19th November, Friday at 9 am, the PM of India addressed the nation and announced the government’s decision on the farm laws. Modi said that the government has decided to withdraw all the three farm laws which are being protested by the farmers since last year. He also said that the laws were made for the betterment and benefit of the farmers but despite their best efforts, they failed to convince a section of them.
Just months before the Uttar Pradesh and Punjab election on the occasion of the birthday of Guru Nanak Ji, the founder of Sikhism, Narendra Modi chose to make this important announcement which would bring joy for the farmers. As the festival of Guru Parv is celebrated mostly in Punjab, the Prime Minister requested all the protesting farmers to return to their homes and celebrate the festival with their families and make new beginnings. The Prime Minister also said, “Whatever I did was for farmers. What I am doing is for the country.”
Further Actions to be Taken
Narendra Modi declared that the government has decided to complete the process of repealing all three laws in the Parliament session starting at the end of the month. Though the farmer union protesting against the ‘Farm Laws’ accepted the decision, but Rakesh Tikait one of the leaders of the farmer union refused to return. He said the protesters will wait till the laws are repealed in the Parliament session starting on 29th November.
Addressing the nation. https://t.co/daWYidw609
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 19, 2021
Reason for the Protest
The BJP government came up with some farm laws which were meant for small and medium-level farmers’ benefit. The government framed these laws intending to remove middlemen for improving farmers’ earnings by selling anywhere in the country.
However, the farmers and the opposing parties referred to it as ‘black laws’ and said that the new laws will lead to unfair competition without any guaranteed price for their production. The farmers accused the law as they do not want to be at the mercy of corporates. They blamed the BJP government for taking the three laws to Parliament without making a discussion.
About the Protest
Since the government came up with the new farm laws, thousands of farmers from states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting outside New Delhi since November 2020. The protest was for taking back the three laws made by the government. Throughout the year there were several rounds of meetings and talks between the farmers and the government, disruptions in Parliament, and petition hearings at the Supreme Court but the protest did not stop.
Reaction on Social Media
As soon as the speech of Narendra Modi ended, the opposition party Congress’ leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Farmers’ satyagraha has defeated arrogance. Congratulations on this victory over injustice.” Whereas, former CM of Punjab, Amarinder Singh thanked PM Modi and requested the central government to continue working for the development of Kisan by making a tweet.