December 7, 2021

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Repeal of farm laws: Amid the joy of victory, a sense of loss & disruption

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Repeal of farm laws: Amid the joy of victory, a sense of loss & disruption
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Repeal of farm laws: Amid the joy of victory, a sense of loss & disruption
Repeal of farm laws: Amid the joy of victory, a sense of loss & disruption

MEERUT/AGRA: Farmers in parts of western Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Uttarakhand burst into a moment of joy in their villages and towns following PM Narendra Modi’s decision to take back the three farm laws. Jaggery and laddus were passed around as ragini songs rang out around tractors and people danced to the beats of drums. But after months of protest, fatigue had sent it, lives were lost and disrupted. Celebrations at many places were muted.
While Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Naresh Tikait welcomed the Centre’s decision and demanded a law on MSP, several farmers of the region were cautious. “It took a year for the government to tell us this. Farmers suffered a lot and they didn’t deserve this kind of treatment,” said Manveer Huda, a farmer in Shamli. Another farmer, Naveen Pradhan, from Meerut, said, “A huge burden is off the shoulders of farmers. But they paid a heavy price to achieve this. We’ve sacrificed hundreds of our brethren during the year-long agitation. The government should not try to take credit for this so-called ‘benevolence’. It was their mistake and they had to rectify it.”
Rakesh Dhankad, from Meerut, said that the farmer’s stature has nowincreased. “This move was taken out of poll compulsion,” he quipped. “People know our worth.”
There was recognition, too, of the importance of Friday’s announcement. BKU’s Gajendra Parihar said, “We welcome the decision. On Guru Nanak Dev ji’s birthday, we are now on the threshold of victory – of truth and patience.”

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