Bringing pop star Rihanna, porn star Mia Khalifa and teen climate activist Greta Thunberg into the pertinent farmers’ issues can be a part of an international campaign to damage India’s reputation. But how can it be? Lakhs of farmers across the country are fighting for their cause. Their stir has continued for over two months in adverse weather. All three foreign names tweeted something that caused furore forthwith.
If the world is a global village, this sort of foreign fallouts cannot be unusual. In this regard, what actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha has spoken deserves utmost interest. Our great country as Allama Iqbal has penned down, “sadiyon se raha dushman daurey zama hamara, ye hasti kya hai mitti nahi hamari” (There must be something special that we still exist despite the whole world against us.)
The farmers are protesting the centre’s new farm laws, claiming that they endanger their livelihood by allowing large corporate firms to bully them. They also fear the loss of the MSP side by side. This is what they think is black, a shade undeniably. It does not contain the purity of white. Even our Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar still remains confused as he has not realised what is black in the new farm laws and how are farmers seeing black in three farm laws?
He has been reiterating time and again about it. His wavelength does not match with the farmers’ wavelength. So long as the frequency does not align with the confusion, it cannot be conceivably over and out. He had repeatedly asked the farmers which provision in the laws was “black” since these were being called “black laws,” and further he wants to tell them that he asked the farmer unions: what is black in the laws so that he can try to correct it. How can the clouds over black be dispersed?
An MP said that the farmers only demanded an increase in MSP under the dome of democracy. This has all been continuing for the past over two months. Where the nails are strewn down the road, the farmers approach with soil and sampling of marigold to convey a soft message, not of rock for brick. They were planting a yellow flower (marigold) as if sprinkling flowers where nails have been laid.
The whole of confusion revolves around the tricky equation if a-a=b-b then does a=b? In this equation, a denotes govt and b is corporate, then a equals to b. But the farmers were inquiring how could it possibly be? This confusion arises because of missing the fact that while applying functions on the two sides of an equation we are only allowed to move forwards and not backwards. Farmers are determined on the repeal of the farm laws.
They feel like following Lala Lajpat Rai who protested British laws and was severely lathi-charged during a protest in Lahore on October 30, 1928, though the farmers are staging a protest against their government.