Er P L Khushu
Drawing a contrast between then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi approach towards Sikhs in 1984 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach now, National Commission for Minorities chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura has said former chose fifth Sikh master Guru Arjan Dev’s martyrdom day for Army action on Darbar Sahib in June 1984, which led to maximum damage, but Modi has chosen Guru Nanak’s Gurpurab to announce withdrawal of three farm laws. He said that it was more a reflection of his ‘Niyat’ (intent) than ‘Neeti’ (policy). “Prime Minister Narendra Modi could have chosen some other day also for announcing the repealing of the laws, but he made it a point to make this announcement on Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary. None can miss this contrast,” Lalpura said. “This is more a reflection of his ‘Niyat’ (intent) than his ‘Neeti’ (policy). Policy follows intent,” he argued. “Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minster Amit Shah have respect not just for Sikhism but for community also. When the Union government says Prime Minister Modi has special relationship with Sikhs, it is not a political statement but expression of his what he actually thinks,” he said.A big contrast is there in ‘Niyat’ and ‘Neeti’ in politics. If a proposition with a political base ‘Neeti’ (Policy), is applied to the needs and requirements of the people by politicians, it is applicable with a suspect of vote bank politics which divides the communities or people of different religions, thus spreading hate and fear among the masses. Such ‘Neeti’s’ policies for vote bank policies as applied by various political parties having ruled the country in the past be it central or regional, have been a cause for the under development of the country, when the targeted columns of the Indian society have invariably been the poor and the neglected sections of our society. As for as Modi and his government is concerned it is abundantly clear that his cherished aims after assuming the power to rule the country have been mostly with good ‘Niyat’ (Intentions) to ensure that the country grows as a whole along with its people. His main aim and objective as per his and his governments manifesto has been development of the country and its poor people. ‘Sab-Ka-Sath’, ‘Sab-Ka-Vikas’, ‘Sab-Ka-Vishwas’ and now ‘Sab-Ka-PrAyas’. The question arises that is he and his government being allowed to follow this policy of the development of nation by various sections of the political clan of this country that have lost their dynastic ruler ship and the crowns of monarchy to rule this country to their roost. In this regard the farmer’s agitation is one of such examples. Protesting farmers, who’ve been holding a blockade around India’s capital for a year-and-a-half, are in a state of adopting a hard posture after succeeding in getting the NDA to rollback the three contentious farm laws. They should now welcome such a decision of the government with warmth and gratitude rather than playing in the hands of the politicians and the adversaries of Modi and his government, when such sections of our society want Modi and his government to go. Reasons are obvious. Corruption at ruling political levels of the central government dimensions have marginally narrowed down. Erstwhile dynastic rulers are cooling their heels under the shadows of their starving trees of their ill-gotten nurseries. Vote bank politics has got marginalised to a greater extent, except that of the states where non NDA Governments are in power. Development is the slogan of Modi Government when enough of economic development at the grass root levels for the poor and the neglected class of the people has seen the day light. May be that the farmers are right in their agitation and have phenomenal objection to the newly introduced farm bills which as per the protests of the farmers may infringe upon their farming interests along with lax deterrents to their economic status. They have a distinct right to agitate their issues about such laws. Simultaneously may be such protesters are not fully abreast in their assessment of the plus points of the new farm bills, as per expert opinions, yet, it can be presumed that their grievances are genuine, as it is the wearer who knows where the shoe is pinching. But when their main demand of scrapping of these laws have been accepted boldly by the Prime Minister of India, they should now have no point in continuing such agitation of theirs, unless otherwise there is some other ‘Neeti’ (Policy) in continuing with such an agitation with added demands of residual importance except for the asking for the MSP, (Minimum Support Price for their produce), for which the Government of the day has already given several guarantees. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers for the past year, and appealed to the protesting farmers to return home. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government did its best to educate and inform the farmers about the laws and will continue to keep working for their betterment. While apologizing to the nation, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that may be something was lacking in our Tapasya (dedication) that we could not explain the truth, as clear as the light of the ‘diya’, to some of our farmer brothers. But today is Prakash Parv (Guru Purab), not the time to blame anyone. Today, I want to tell the country that we have decided to repeal the three farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the nation. Emboldened, farmers are now on the hunt for more. They will continue their agitation till they get a law to guarantee a minimum support price (MSP) for their produce. Don’t be surprised if the government gives in to more freebie economics. If it is genuine, there should be no objection to it. But will the buzz stop there, probably not? It appears that there is something beyond in their demands which now appears to be unending for obvious reasons of being inimical to Modi and his government at the asking and support of anti Modi factions be it at national or at the international levels. They will probably continue their agitation at the asking of their mentors and political aides on the pretexts of MSP and the like, when their target is the UP elections and a one point programme of all these conglomerates to somehow remove Modi being a big thorn in the feet of some vested interests who are the real mentors behind this agitation, who have lost their arm to loot this country. The climb down is seen by the opposition and even a section of these farmers to have harvested the power of penance to teach the hubristic Modi government that winning in democracy a majority is not that easy. If farm laws were conjured by Modi’s egotism, as per the congress party, then why were so many of their most reformist provisions championed in letter and spirit in its manifesto of elections a few years ago. If congress saw merit in these reforms, why criticize the BJP now that followed suit. What is good for the goose must surely be good for the gander. Modi was handed over a majority to act decisively by India in a hurry to realize its true potential. The voting public had ended the policy and legislative paralysis under UPA, which was further slowed down by coalition compulsions. Modi and his government can hardly be blamed for listening to the peoples mandate and put his hard won majority to its full use for the betterment of the people of this country, like abrogation of Article 370, bringing in CAA, and reforms in the framers sector, to deliver on its promise to double the farmers income by 2023. In this regard it is essential to quote Captain Arminder Singh the Ex-Chief Minister of Punjab, who said that, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision on farm laws has again proven that he listens to public opinion. This year, the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev became even more special with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that the three farm laws would be repealed and the reopening of the Kartarpur sahib Corridor. Any nationalist, any person who thinks about the welfare of our farmer and the agriculture sector will welcome this announcement. It also brings closure to the tumultuous happenings in the months gone by, which have pained all of us. I too would like to pay my tributes once again to the farmers who have shown great courage”. “Prime Minister Modi’s decision has again proven that he listens to public opinion. In his address he outlined numerous steps taken by his government for farmers. There was no conditional or phased withdrawal and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a firm decision. The fact that the Prime Minister himself announced this should not be missed by people. It was easy for the announcement to be made by someone else or even announce it on the floor of Parliament. Yet, this was done without any political considerations of win or loss. To see the Prime Minister’s decision as a ‘climb down’ or ‘weakness’ is not true. In a democracy, there is nothing bigger than listening to the will of the people and there is no bigger democrat than a leader who does that”.Seeing enough reason in the ‘Niyat’ (Intent) of Modi as very good and positive towards the farmers, it is hoped that the real farmers who have suffered a lot due to this long agitation, which also resulted in so many deaths of innocent farmers, apart from the continuance inconvenience caused to the people living around the locations of the agitation due to road blockades either by the police or the agitating farmers, will call it a day, after the Prime Ministers assurance of the withdrawal of these farm laws.(The author is a Chartered ConsultantCivil Engineer, who loves his motherland theUnion Territory of Jammu & Kashmir).
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