The Centre Miscalculated Farmer Rage And Frustration -KC Singh
Farmers' protests over the hurriedly passed Farm Bills in the Lok Sabha's monsoon session have been brewing since September. The union government made half-hearted attempts to engage their leaders, failing initially when farmers' representatives objected to being received by bureaucrats and not the concerned minister. The distrust level worsened after the Akali Dal's sole cabinet representative, Harsimrat Badal, resigned. Most saw it as the Akalis belatedly trying to retrieve their falling credibility amongst their core rural base.
The present "invasion" of the capital by farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh is the latest chapter in a face-off that the Modi government had taken lightly. Although a complete volte face by Delhi is not easily achievable, statesmanship and an empathetic assessment of factors driving rural rage is still possible.
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NDTV, 28 November, 2020, https://www.ndtv.com/opinion/understanding-the-rage-and-frustration-of-farmers-2331284?fbclid=IwAR3lzmrBnFHzK5vdiRkiJh7CmW2L_clUSGstzqoILysr5zPU15a2foCY8eA