Kisan Diwas (Birthday of Chaudhary Charan Singh) : National Farmers Day or Kisan Diwas is emblazoned on December 23 every year in the remembrance of India’s very great fifth Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. During his tenure he introduced many policies to ameliorate the life of Indian farmers. He followed the famous slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ given by the second Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri. The famous ‘Kisan Ghat’ in New Delhi was built in dedication to Chaudhary Charan Singh as he used to be highly involved with the causes related to famer’s communities in the north.
Kisan Diwas (Birthday of Chaudhary Charan Singh)
Farmers are the spine of Indian economy as 50% of our population is engaged in agricultural activities. Whether a tuxedo pack tycoon or a roadside indigent, both struggle day in day out to have meals that support functioning of their respective bodies and that meal is possible only when farmers pay their blood sweat for everyone.
India is bonded by sentiments. The soldiers on the border protect it from external enemies and farmers play the role of internal soldiers keeping in check the food grain, vegetables and fruit supply chain to every part of the nation. They are respected next to God but in today’s time the scenario does not favor them. It’s been three months they are protesting against the three Farm Bills that were passed by the central government without even considering their opinion. These bills are an adaptation of foreign measures that proved to be a failure in many western countries. Even in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, these are enforced since 2006 and this ensue leads to misery to farmers of these states. This forced ‘annadata’ to surround the country’s national capital when his voice was unheard for three months.
Media seems to have forgotten their role of informing the citizens and questioning the government’s functioning. Nowadays, people are being questioned and labelled as anti-national or threat to national security if someone tries to raise their voice against the government. Democracy is taking the shape of Dictatorship with the passing time. On prime time, news channels are presenting farmers in the most derogatory way possible refuting the reality that farmers are in jeopardy of losing their lands. They believe the laws are meant to dilute the MSP regime, which in turn will result in reduced crop prices.
The BJP-led government is of the opinion that farmers are being misled by the vested interests and opposition parties and the three farm bills will help in bringing private investment to the farm sector, assist the farmers in selling their production to whomever they are willing to send and loosen the hold of APMC ‘mandis’. After many rounds of table negotiations with central agricultural minister Narendra Singh Tomar and various other leaders, nothing came out to settle the situation and farmers called for a hunger strike to repeal all the laws. Government’s efforts to boost privatization have worried the farmers who are struggling with low income issues over the years, occasionally in poverty and suicides. It’s time the government listens to them.
At this time, the farmers day comes as a major thing that needs to be celebrated to promote the efforts of farmers and aware the government and people aware of the same.
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