The Parliament of India has passed 2 crucial legislations on 20th September 2020. Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 were passed by the Rajya Sabha a few minutes ago.
The Bills had a smooth sailing in the Lower House (Lok Sabha) where the government enjoys clear majority but witnessed heated exchanges with unpleasant ruckus in the Upper House (Rajya Sabha) where the government depends on opposition support. The Bill was opposed by the Congress Party, Trinamool Congress Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena and some others but the government managed to get the Bills passed. The Congress party organized rallies against the Bill in Punjab, parts of Haryana and UP and Delhi calling the Bills anti-farmers. The truth is otherwise. Read on:
What a silent revolution! What a coup de maître! Prime Minister Narendra Modi has carried out another surgical strike and a bloodless coup d’ etat. The kulaks have responded with coup de main. In a clean sweep the real farmer has been liberated from the stranglehold of the powerful kulaks.
Recall the farmers’ historic status: serf, robot, begar! They were simply labourers- serf to their Lords & Ladies, unpaid labour or robot and working without payment called begar, which for the first time was abolished by the Constitution of India but soon acquired new form under the kulaks claiming to be farmers and cornering every government scheme for welfare of farmers.
All that the working tilling sowing harvesting farmers got was a small quantity of chanaa-chabenaa to say it metaphorically and some dope (liquor, opium, charas etc) while the kulaks became Crorepatis, as agricultural income is exempt from Income Tax and kulal-politicians proclaim to be only either farmers or social workers.
Many of the Indian kulaks had extended their empire to foreign countries buying 1000s of hectares of land and even islands.
These kulaks manipulated democracy, rigged elections using money and muscle power and became MLAs/MPs/Sarpanch, chief minister or minister and manoeuvred to alienate the poor farmers of their land which they acquired for “public purpose” and millions of them came to own big “Farmhouses” i.e. properties worth Crores in every state in India.
They don’t do any farming in the farmhouses themselves but act like absentee landlords engaging poor displaced farmers and cultivate inter alia weed, opium for exclusive parties and other commercial activities evading taxes.
Reforms in the agriculture sector were overdue.
It is time to restore the land under more than 1 million such farmhouses to the poor displaced real landowners.