Well, it all started in the name of safeguarding the interests of the farmers. In India, a country with teeming millions, farmers are treated as holy cows. They are praised as ‘Annadatas’ and considered above any criticism.
After the introduction of the farm laws that are intended to release the agriculture sector from the clutches of the license permit raj and enable them to sell their produce anywhere to anyone, the farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, took to the streets.
Most of these farmers don’t even know what the farm laws are. They just fell into the trap of misinformation and anti-government rhetoric. The Islamists and the Leftists, who form part of the tukde tukde gang, added fuel to the fire by giving legitimacy to the misinformation campaign.
The misguided farmers started moving in large numbers towards Delhi on the pretext of organizing protests. They pitched tents, blocked roads, and demanded the complete repeal of the farm laws. Though they participated in the negotiations with the government, at no state they manifested any willingness to settle their grievances in a peaceful manner. They resorted to blackmail and issued threats.
Leftists, Islamists and Khalistanis, sensing an opportunity to create trouble, landed there like vultures and started instigating them to go on a rampage. They hatched conspiracies to trigger violence and were salivating at the prospect of bloodshed on the streets of Delhi.
It appears that they choose Republic Day, a national festival to implement their sinister designs, and gave a call for a tractor parade on the day. The so-called farmers, mounted on their monster tractors, entered Delhi in large numbers to indulge in violence and vandalism.
They brandished swords, sticks and brutally assaulted the on-duty policemen. They even tried to run over the police with their tractors. They reached the red fort and successfully hoisted the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh holy flag. Though the leftists, Islamists, and their cohorts in the media tried hard to convince the people that no Khalistan flag was present over there, the video footage that emerged later showed clearly that the rioters not only insulted the national flag but also waved flags that looked strikingly similar to the Khalistan flag.
When many people suspected that the Leftists, Islamists and Khalistanis, on the pretext of farmers’ protests, hatched a conspiracy to create unrest with an intention to bring the government to its knees, nobody believed. Instead, they heaped abuse on the people who suspected such as eventuality.
Now, all their worst fears are coming true. When farmers from only Punjab and Haryana took to the streets, many people wondered whether farmers are present only in those two states. When the silent majority are working hard in their fields welcoming the farm laws, why the so-called farmers from Panjab and Haryana raised a hue and cry about the laws?
The massive arrangements that were made to pave the way for long protests also brought the kind of funding these people received. The Khalistani terrorist organization Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) plunged into action and played a lead role in inciting the protestors. They even announced a cash reward to anyone who manages to hoist the Khalistan flag on the ramparts of the Red Fort, and Khalistani rioters fulfilled their desire.
Now, things are increasingly apparent that the so-called farmer protests are a refined version of Islamist protests at Shaheen Bagh that happened after the union government promulgated the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The inexplicable bonhomie that is building between Islamists and Khalistanis is indeed ominous. During the Shaheen Bagh Islamist protests Khalistanis ran langar, and the Islamists, as a reciprocation, distributed food at the ‘farmer’ protest sites. It is to be noted that many Sikh gurus, who manifested the highest standards of valor and humanity, were tortured to death by the Mughals for giving protection to Hindus and for refusing to convert to Islam. It is indeed surprising that the radicals in the Sikh community forgot their history to gang up with the Islamists.
Given the sensitivity of the issue and the potentially incendiary conditions, the union government handled the situation in a very careful manner. The Left-Islamist-Khalistan trio wanted bloodshed on the streets of Delhi so that they can instigate people against the government to cause instability in the country. The so-called farmers thoroughly exposed themselves and people started understanding their true intentions.
Against the backdrop of the widespread violence and vandalism in the streets of Delhi, the Government must harden its stance and outrightly reject any demand for the repeal of laws. Making laws is a democratic prerogative of the government and no one has a right to use highhanded methods to pressure the government to roll back the farm laws. The farmers are also entitled to protest peacefully. But at the same time, they don’t have any right to block roads, issue threats, hold tractors rallies causing inconvenience to the public, and indulge in violence and vandalism.
The so-called farmers’ protest, after the violence and vandalism that were witnessed on Republic Day, lost its credibility. All the so-called farmers must go back to their villages and resume their farming if they are really farmers. Even the government must come up with a plan to evict the so-called farmers if they continue to cause inconvenience in the name of protests.
Ever since the BJP government came to power, they are not able to thwart the evil designs of the Islamists and radical Left, causing a lot of inconvenience to the people of Delhi. The government should buck up and formulate suitable strategies to thwart any attempts to disturb peace and tranquility in the capital city.
The ceaseless violence that is perpetrated by the Islamists, Leftists, and the Khalistanis started sending alarm bells across the nation. The people with nationalist inclinations must become more vocal now to oppose the evil designs of these dangerous elements. Otherwise, the growth story of India will get derailed and the livelihoods of the people will be in peril.