“The India Farmer’s Protest should be making worldwide headlines. But it isn’t. Because everyone would be encouraged to imitate their courage” Dr Julianne Romanello
Not my words. But the sentiment perfectly encapsulated.
National and international media have been heavily censoring what is now being known as the largest peaceful protest in the history of humanity, which took place on November 26, 2020 in India. A staggering 250,000,000 people from various industry sectors stood together in a united workers strike, approximately 20% of India’s population. To put that figure into perspective, that’s almost four times the population of the U.K. and 75% of the U.S. population.
The strike action was in response to the nefarious farm bills surreptitiously passed on 23 September 2020, without debate, during India’s brutal lockdown, in an attempt to pressure the Modi government to repeal the bills. The superficially benevolent bills threaten domestic and global food sovereignty, the livelihood of farmers and accelerate the globalist takeover of the food supply, inextricably linked with Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development Goals.
The one-day stand-off has snowballed into what is now the largest people’s uprising ever seen on our planet. Massive ‘insta-city’ encampments have formed at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders into Delhi, the main protest sites, with an estimated 345,000 farmers and protesters currently encamped – eating, sleeping, washing, praying – in what is now the winter season with evening temperatures dipping to around 0 degrees. With roads and highways completely blocked going into the capital, farmers and cross-industry sector protesters are standing in absolute unity and solidarity, from teachers unions to lawyers unions, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims alike, fighting for their lives and their livelihood. And it’s growing. Thousands more, each day, from all over India, march towards the capital, in solidarity with the Farmers Protests to force the Indian PM to repeal these nefarious Acts. The farmers have vowed to stay for as long as it takes for the laws to be repealed, several months, even years. Forty have lost their lives so far, including counts of suicide.
India, the world’s largest democracy, is currently one month into this unprecedented people’s uprising and alliance around a single issue. In total, it is estimated that there are around 2 million people actively involved around India in protests against the government, to save the country and the constitution.
India’s Corporatisation of food
None of the 500 farmers’ unions were consulted in the passing of the bills, important stakeholders in the policy making decisions who are unanimously standing together in opposition to these farm bills. There have been six rounds of talks with farmer union leaders so far but these talks have been fruitless.
India’s far-right BJP government has been ruling for the elite for the past six years. The richest 10% now own 77% of the national wealth, while over 130 million Indians still live in extreme poverty, an economic gap that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is continuing to widen through his neoliberal project.
The Farm Bills at a glance and what they mean in real terms:
- Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020
- Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance
- Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020
Superficially, these seemingly benevolent laws aim to modernise and liberalise India’s agricultural industry. But they have a nefarious underbelly. Realistically, it will put the power into the hands of large corporations with zero allowance for court intervention to protect violation of contracts and farmer’s rights, pitting peasant farmer against big corp. They are essentially draconian bills to nourish capitalists under the guise of farmer welfare which will eventually give corporations complete monopoly on trade and agricultural produce, extinguishing farmer’s Minimum Support Price (M.S.P.) to further impoverish them which could lead to increase in farmer suicide as well as driving them off their land.
In short these laws will give corporations the power to stockpile, create scarcity and drive prices, to buy low and sell high, potentially leaving ordinary people to struggle with everyday kitchen economics and increasing food poverty, to control land usage and dictate crop cultivation for export, at the exclusion of the domestic market and dictate the bargaining power with peasant farmer’s. This will inevitably affect the food export market.
Monsanto’s absolute control over seed and imposition of GMO crop pan-India will impoverish famers furthermore.
However, the ultimate goal is to displace 400,000,000 from rural areas in India into smart cities. Make no mistake: these bills are integral to the globalist’s Agenda 21 strategy and Sustainable Development Goals they want in place by 2030: for land and food acquisition and the elimination of SMEs of any description, with the populous being beholden to megalithic, monopolistic corporations.
Censorship and fake news
In response to counter fake news, censorship and an excessively pro-government media narrative, Navkiran Natt a young dentist and youth activist has co-founded Trolly Times, an independent ‘truth paper’, its name derived from the trolley: essentially the trailer of the tractor which farmers are currently encamped in, their makeshift homes for the duration of the protest. Navrikan is currently encamped at Tikri and is the “voice of the protest from the protest”. It is becoming one of the fastest growing publications in India. See what she has to say direct from the camp at the Tikri border: https://youtu.be/3PNoygS1BEw
How the world reacts to these protests is instrumental for all of our futures. India is blazing an inspirational trail for other countries to follow suit in protecting worker’s rights and rising up in the face of tyranny. For more information see the interview below for an in-depth panel discussion. Plus further links can be found in the extensive show notes:
Since this post was originally published on 6th January 2020, the 8th round of talks with the government have failed. Farmers sat in ‘maun’ – silence, at the meeting after listening to the government reiterate the same points that were already made across the first 7 meetings. The farmers simply feel they are being played with fruitless lip-service. The Agricultural Minister Tomar hastended to state at the outset of the 8th meeting that the government is willing to negotiate anything EXCEPT repeal of the bills – which is the exact demand of the farmer’s unions. This displays not only the levels of hubris but the magnitude of globalist control over the Modi government. Perhaps Modi knows he has his head on their globalist chopping block? The government have asked for another meeting on 15th January.