Rajkamal Singh: "When Modi govt came to power, farmer protests increased 700% — the 3 bills are its result." The Print

Political Science Graduate Student, Rajkamal Singh, publishes on op-ed in The Print discussing the farmers protests currently sweeping India. 

When Modi govt came to power, farmer protests increased 700% — the 3 bills are its result

Prior to 2014, Indian farmers mostly organised small protests at the state or local level. Modi govt’s inactions on its promises made farmers go national.

RAJKAMAL SINGH 25 September, 2020 8:32 am IST

In the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, Narendra Modi promised to increase farmers’ income. Yet after coming to power, his government did little towards this promise throughout its first tenure. Recently, however, the Modi government passed three “historic” bills purported to alleviate the woes of India’s farmers. The decades-long crisis faced by farmers has suddenly captured the interest of those at the helm of affairs to the extent that it has become a major point of contention between the BJP’s allies, even causing cabinet member Harsimrat Kaur Badal to resign. Why is it then that farmers’ issues have only now become part of the legislative agenda of political parties?

Data collected by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on unlawful assemblies suggests that there was an unprecedented rise in farmers’ mobilisation during the first two years of the Modi government. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of farmers’ protests rose from 628 to 4,837 — a whopping 700 per cent increase.

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