New Delhi: India saw the peasant power to its maximum with over tens of thousands of farmers atop their tractors breaching the police barricades, facing baton-beating and tear gassing, entered Delhi to press for repealing the recently formulated agricultural laws and hoisted a religious flag on the ramparts of Red Fort which is the venue for the national flag unfurling every year on the country’s independence day.
About 90 police personnel were injured at the different venues of rampage which, unfortunately, took place on a day when the country was celebrating its 72nd Republic Day and its military parade was being witnessed by India’s President, Prime Minister and other political luminaries.
The Indian intelligence agencies failed in assessing the complexion of the situation that turned ugly and Delhi police, on the other hand mishandled the tractor-convoy when they diverted from the permitted parade route.
While the miscreants among the agitators cannot be pardoned for defiling the flag pole, the government is equally responsible for the stalemate that has stretched over 62 days.
The agitators turned violent outside the Delhi police headquarters when the police tried stopping them for having deviated from their permitted tractor parade route. The clash between the two followed with a few of them overturning the government-run public transport buses and some sped their tractors to mow down the personnel of the law enforcing agencies.
Chettrpal Singh from a rural belt off 100 kilometres away from Delhi told The Taiwan Times that the ‘real’ farmers were not advocating violence but some wayward people had started it. A farmer, Hardeep Singh, said that it would be difficult for the Prime Minister Modi and his men to win the next elections if he failed to roll back the agricultural laws that were favourable to only two top business tycoons in India.
The government will grapple long enough to find out if there was any foreign backing to this agitation while the Indian media will churn out misleading stories for people to believe that the violent protestors were members of the terrorist group of Indian state of Punjab.
Simply said, the spotlight will now be the sourness of the farmers who adopted violence instead of talks that could open the doors for an amicable solution.