The life of democracy lives in the people. People’s life rests on basic needs like air, water and food. Nature has got free air and water. But, everyone has to struggle for food. That is why it is said that if there was no stomach, we would not have met anyone. Now let us see this simple thing on the national plank of India. What is most important for people?
Farmers have been on the border of Delhi for the last two weeks in protest against the government agrarian reform laws. It is difficult to predict how much longer the movement will take. The protesting farmers feel that they are less profitable and more disadvantaged by the new laws.
That is why all three agrarian reform laws are adamant on putting waste in the basket. At the same time, the government feels that the new agriculture laws will change the picture of farming in the country. In such a situation, the question arises that where is the problem? Are the high-profile ministers of the Modi government not able to explain their point to the farmers or the distressed farmers. If the farmers got angry, then who would have to bear the maximum brunt of it?
Food security is necessary for national security
The biggest priority of the Modi government is national security, but the security and sovereignty of any nation depends to a large extent on its food security. In India, with a population of 130 crores, about 60 percent people are dependent on agriculture and agriculture accounts for about 17 percent of the country’s GDP.
Farmers of India grow so much grain with their sweat, that they do not have to look at any other country. Our farmers make India completely self-sufficient in terms of food grains and vegetables.
Last year, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar gave a statement in Parliament that the highest earning farmers in the country are Punjab, Rs 18,059 a month. At the same time, Bihar farmers are at the bottom, earning only Rs 3,358 a month.
Meaning, farmers in Punjab earn five times as much as Bihar farmers. After hard work day and night, farmers of Punjab earn Rs 602 daily, while farmers of Bihar earn Rs 112. In such a situation, if we think honestly, the position of the highest-earning farmers is also worse than the employees at the bottom of the government department.
Just think, if farming will not be a profitable deal for the farmers, then how long will the fields with the tag of a donor continue to sweat and sweat? Why will farmers keep their next generation connected to agriculture? In such a situation, if 50 percent of the farmers also turned away from farming, it would endanger the country’s food security.
May India have to look to other countries to meet its grain needs? But, there is also a truth that in the current situation, a big change in the methods of farming is the need of the hour.
There is a need to increase the yield per hectare. In such a situation, the government should try to make policies for the farmers according to their mood. In a jolt, such reforms should be avoided which raise doubts in the minds of the farmers of the country.
New Age of Nationalism
If the farmer runs a plow in his fields and ends the hunger of the country, then the young man gives protection to the border by sacrificing his life. The Modi government wants to cultivate both farmers and soldiers in its New India. In this episode, 16 December will be celebrated as the Golden Victory Year.
On the same date in 1971, the Indian army had defeated Pakistan badly and 93 thousand soldiers of the enemy army surrendered. The Modi government is preparing that a torch will be sent in all four directions, which is being called the Flame of Glory.
Indian Army vehicles will carry the Flame of Glory to every city and village in the country where the birthplace of Ranbakur was in 1971. Events will be held in the 1971 City of Knights. The work of honoring and saluting the knights will continue till December 16, 2021.
This campaign of Modi government will further strengthen their nation-first agenda. This initiative will make the army of those soldiers who are in the Vanaprastha Ashram of their life retiring from the army.
The 1971 war-fighting knights and their next generation will also feel how much their father, uncle, maternal grandfather or grandfather sacrificed in strengthening the country. Even from a political perspective, Modi will not be able to oppose this nationalist stream of government even by opposing it. At present, the biggest challenge before the Modi government is to win the trust of the farmers.
For the strengthening of the world’s largest democracy, the number of soldiers who bleed on the outskirts are necessary, as many farmers as well. In such a situation, the government should make an effort that farmers should not be a bit disappointed in getting the right price for their crop and respect for the soldiers. Because, without the strong participation of both, the idea of a strong democracy and a lofty republic is meaningless.
(These are the personal views of the author)