Farmer Protest Safety and Press Freedom

Farmer Protest Safety and Press Freedom

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pavneet Kahlon started this petition to Indian Government

What does the word “farmer” mean to you?

According to the dictionary, the word farmer is defined as a person who owns or manages a farm. It is a person engaged in agriculture, raising living organisms for food or raw materials. From this definition, try to comprehend the words “manages”, “owns”, and “food”. These three words underline the existence of a farmer. Farmers grow good for everyone, for everyone to have food on their tables. The farmers own and manage their land per harvesting and other factors. Then the questions arise, why can’t farmers have the right to protest against any laws? Why are farmer’s voices not heard? I am mentioning about the Indian’s largest peaceful protest of farmers. The farmers are peacefully protesting against the three laws issued by the Indian government. These three laws are Farmer’s produce trade and commerce bill, Farmer agreement of price assurance and farm service, and Essential commodities bill. According to the Indian government, these three laws are to benefit the farmers to create a system where farmers can sell their product outside of APMC market yard also known as ‘mandis’ to give farmers the right to enter into a contract with the agribusiness firms, wholesalers, exporters, and/or larger retailers, to bring price stability by bringing in private investment. Then why farmers are protesting these three laws? According to the farmers these laws will give big companies the freedom to stock commodities. It will help big companies to dictate over the farmers. The farmers are worried about the MSP (minimum support price) as it changes frequently and it may lead to end of MSP. The farmers may lead to exploitation by private companies. Most importantly, the farmers will have no freedom of choice of their land and produce. In order to protest themselves and their lands, the farmers are protesting peacefully in India. They are protesting so their voices can be heard by the Indian government. The Indian government is silencing the voices of farmers by cutting water supplies, electricity, internet access, and they have planted spikes on the road so farmers won’t be able to walk on their path to protest. The peaceful protestors are stopped at Delhi’s borders with police brutality, water cannons, and tear gas so they won’t be able to move forward toward the capital of India; Delhi. Besides these shameless acts by the Indian government, there are numerous human rights that are being violated. There are unlawful arrests of protestors and family members, journalists have been arrested and detained, and borders were created around Delhi to deny entry to its own citizens. The Indian-owned media is spreading propaganda of farmers by calling them terrorists. How can the media call the farmers “terrorists” if they are protesting for their land and rights? How can the media call them “terrorists” if they are providing food to every human present in this protest including the police officers? Police forces were ordered by the Indian government to stop the farmers from entering into the capital yet the farmers fed the officers. The Indian-owned media is spreading negative images of farmers yet they were not covering when the farmers are uniting, protesting peacefully, and supporting each other to move forward. The Indian-owned media can try their best to cover the negative perspectives yet the positivity of this protest is arising even bigger. This protest includes every culture, religion, gender, and age because we all are combined with one word “Farmers”. This is the world’s largest peaceful protest in history to show courage, humanity, peace, calmness, and endurance.   

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