Farmers movement against commercial colonialism in India

 Farmers movement is going on in India to protest three new agricultural laws. For years, Indian farmers have been struggling with debt, seeds, fertilizers and drought.

 Even before this, in November 2016, more than 100 thousand farmers of India had left for Delhi. They have been protesting and rebelling for several years. Indian farmers are on their way again. 

This time it was started by the farmers of Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Now news of peasant revolts is coming in various states including Maharashtra.

 According to Indian media, the country's farmers are not doing well. According to a report in The Economist, an average of 12,000 farmers commit suicide in India every year due to various reasons.

 Eighty percent of the country's population is dependent on agriculture. Not only India, every country in South Asia is dependent on agriculture. Farmers-friendly governments were to be formed in all the countries of the region. But the reality is quite the opposite. In every country, farmers are being discriminated.

In Europe, farmers are kept alive. The government took initiative to protect the economy of the farmers through subsidies and incentives. 

The governments of South Asian region are oppressing the farmers from all sides. Farmers of these countries also commit suicide as they are unable to repay micro loans and agricultural loans. 

But never heard of a defaulter who has committed thousands of crores of rupees committing suicide. Instead, notorious debtors are rewarded with high positions in government.

Let's talk about India. Indian farmers claim the new law is not farmer friendly at all. In this law, the interests of corporate organizations have been given priority. 

This will deprive the farmers of a fair price. Under the new law, the government will not be obliged to buy crops from farmers. The government will no longer have control over the market for the crops produced.

 The government-controlled recession will end. Under the mandi system, the Indian government would fix the prices of crops and government agents would buy products from the market to balance production and supply. 

Under the new law, corporates and hawkers will be able to set their own prices and store wares at will. So the farmers are agitating for the repeal of the new law.

The peasant revolt in India can redefine the old relationship between the state and the citizens. 

The tenure of the states of Asia, Africa and South America, including India, is being overshadowed by colonialism. The state has always demanded that all laws be enacted for the welfare of the citizens. 

But citizens are always reluctant to accept it. Therefore, the highway is the last resort for both sides to solve the crisis. 

Farmers and workers took to the streets with tents, blankets and food. The government forces have water cannons, sticks, guns and tear gas.

In France, Ecuador, Bolivia, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Iraq, Thailand, Chile and other countries, there have been movements for some time to prevent income inequality and corruption and to demand political rights. 

Indian farmers are chanting the slogan 'Inquilab Zindabad' (Long live revolution). However, Indian farmers were not allowed to enter Delhi. 

The farmers came prepared in the light of previous experience. Tractors, tents, mosquito nets and food have been on the highway for at least four months. There are two options for Indian farmers.

 To realize one claim. Or going back to the crop field again in compliance with the prison-penalty provisions of the new law.

Farmers are complaining that the new law has tried to tie the hands and feet of farmers in various ways. 

Farmers have been barred from going to court to settle farming disputes. Magistrates will solve it at the local level. Farmers fear, magistrates could easily be influenced by big companies. 

The new law provides for jail-penalty as a punishment for burning crops in the field. In fact, the central government of India has made arrangements to hand over the farmers to the corporates.

Not only in India, but all over the world, especially in the former colonies of Asia, Africa and South America, more or less similar incidents can be observed. 

By imposing various laws and regulations on the farmers and workers, the governments are giving benefits to the big corporates. The government has disputes with locals over new investments in Amazon in Brazil and Ecuador. 

There are also processions and rallies. Various developments have been imposed on India at different times.

Colonial rulers do not differ fundamentally from the current ruling class in terms of behavior. Both groups consider citizens as adversaries. 

During the colonial period, laws were enacted keeping in view the interests of the imperialist countries. Because the ruling class of that time was representative of the colonial power. 

Now laws are enacted giving priority to corporate entities. The current governments are representative of the big corporates.

In fact, our states are behaving like colonial powers. Because the decision about the citizen with the state is not final here yet. In the feudal era, citizens were considered slaves. 

And after the development of capital, the citizens have been transformed from slaves to subjects. But the citizen never claimed ownership of the state. 

So the farmers of Punjab now have to pitch their tents and sleep on the highway considering their own interests. 

Neither the words nor the views of the citizens are heard before the enactment of laws and regulations. I don't know if we have talked to the workers before closing our jute mills. 

The workers were not asked why the jute mills were at a loss year after year. Why are private jute mills able to profit? These questions are not resolved. 

Because, it will reveal the real pride. Instead, it is better to sell the jute mills to private companies.

The ongoing farmers movement in India reminds us of colonial rule. The colonial powers occupied in different countries and divided the government and the people. That division still exists. 

And the state and the citizens have never been able to transform. India, a country of 70 per cent farmers, should not have anti-farmer laws. Colonialism has collapsed here. 

But commercial colonialism has replaced political colonialism. Colonial behavior is still evident. Domestic and foreign multipurpose corporates are controlling the market. 

Local farmers are oppressing the workers in various ways. And the ruling class is supporting this neo-colonialism. And they wants to shut the mouths of the people by beating them with a stick. As did the colonial powers.

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