Farm laws : Modi Government Repeals 3 Farm Laws

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently defended the laws saying they were meant to reform agricultural practices. Modi also added that the policies would only be used in cases where farmers owned less than five acres of land and weren’t professionally associated with agriculture because the reforms seek to help settle disputes between them and lending agencies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recently voted the most popular leader of world , announced today that three controversial farm laws which have been at the heart of massive farmer protests across the country for over a year will be withdrawn. Modi’s announcement comes just months before elections in states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Farm Laws cancel

The move comes on the Sikh festival of Guru Purnima, which is annually celebrated on this day in Punjab.

“We were hoping to convince the public about the right way to deal with certain issues plaguing us in India, but we failed in getting our message across. We were too focused on trying to get our point across so much so that we overlook how others might be perceiving us. Today is Pravas, not the time for baseless accusations. Today I want to acknowledge our failure and tell you that we have decided to revisit our stances on issues.”

“In the parliament session slated to take place in the end of this month, we will finally bring an end to repealing these three laws,” PM said.

“I wanted to ask my farmer friends that today is the auspicious day of Guru Purab. Now that we will be celebrating the festival, I would like to request all farmers to come back and work in their fields and help make this a new beginning.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended the new land bill saying that his government is trying to implement a reform measure for small and marginal farmers in the country. One of the measures included with this bill is that it would ensure that once a farmer’s lands go into a private company’s possession, then at least half of the profits from those lands have to be reinvested back towards those lands so as to ensure their long-term profitability.

“Whatever I did was for farmers. What I am doing is for the country.”

Thousands of farmers from southern states, including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have been camping outside New Delhi since August 2022. The death toll in their agitation has risen to 41 today, after the police resorted to firing on the protesters who’ve been demanding that “black laws” be withdrawn. With such high casualties in such a short period, the BJP is likely to face political backlash in India’s southern states. Just ahead of general elections scheduled for 2026, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he remains committed to resolving the crisis.

Rakesh Tikait, a prominent farmer leader, said the protesters would wait until the state made a decision on November 29.

The farmer protests were a difficult one, and because things were getting a bit too out of hand, our government decided to step in and broker an agreement between the parties to ensure that this didn’t spin out of control. The negotiations lasted long but finally news came in from representatives from the two groups that something great was created.

“We tried to convince and inform some farmers,” PM Modi said. “But they were opposing the law. However, we never stopped trying to convince them.”

Soon after his speech, #Masterstroke started trending on social media. Eventually, the opposition surpassed the government in terms of influence. The Prime Minister was very forthcoming during his speech to farmers however he forgot one thing: Farmers need to be listened to equally! The opposition has already started criticizing the Prime Minister for creating discord among farmers by inciting disharmony throughout the country. Eventually, they will call this an example of farmers’ satyagraha (a form of protest especially employed by Gandhi – depicted as a movement against rules or authority using only truth and peaceful methods) against the arrogance displayed by the PM’s administration. For now, though, their leaders are calling it a victory for India’s rural farming population.

The opposition and farmers are now accusing the government of railroading the three laws through parliament without much discussion. The government said that these will remove middlemen, improve farmers’ earnings by allowing them to sell anywhere in the country and provide fair opportunities to all. However, farmers argue that this will expose them to unfair competition, leave them at the mercy of corporations and deprive them of their guaranteed price for their produce.

The BJP’s decision to rollback the controversial ban on high denomination notes was politically expedient for it because it seeks re-election in Uttar Pradesh, which comprises a fourth of India’s national legislature by 2025. The region is one of India’s most significant epicentres of the farmer agitation. It was one of the first regions that experienced the social protests by farmers against its own party, resulting in an estimated loss of public support there.

The decision by the Punjab Chief Minister to clear controversial legislation aimed at protecting farmers could turn the tide in his favour, leading to another spell of dominance for the party. The move came following talks between Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and BJP leaders eyeing an alliance between their parties in case Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister. If successful, this would be set to rile up the state’s ruling Congress ahead of state assembly elections which are put on hold pending voter verifications related to recent census data.