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Farmers gear up for Tractor Rally on Republic Day

In the middle of this controversy, on the 26th of January, when the country will celebrate its Republic day, Farmers are gearing upon for a tractor rally on three borders of Delhi, namely, Singhu border, Tikri border, and the Gazipur border.

After almost a dozen rounds of talks, the feud between the Center and Farmers does not seem to end. The last round of talks was concluded on Friday and has yet again yielded no results. The Farmers did not give in to the idea proposed by the Government to put the newly elected Laws on hold for 18 months and are firm on their demand for the complete repeal of these laws.

In the middle of this controversy, on the 26th of January, when the country will celebrate its Republic day, Farmers are gearing upon for a tractor rally on three borders of Delhi, namely, Singhu border, Tikri border, and the Gazipur border. This step comes after the Supreme Court denied banning the rally.  After a long and fierce negotiation process with Delhi police, the three routes were identified and permission was given to conduct the proposed Kisan Tractor rally

But the Kisan Unions are not happy about the granted permission as they wanted to cover the Ring Road but were granted only conditional permission by the Delhi Police.

No matter what the government says, or tries to put on a brave face but no one can contest that the present crisis is making them seem weak and making the Farmer’s movement stronger. The tractor rally is a symbolic gesture of the same, and the panic reactions of throwing investigative agencies on the Farmers also symbolize that the government is running out of options and time.

In the midst of all of this, there are no two ways about it that this time of the year near Republic day is always a very sensitive time for the capital. It will be a tough task for the farmers and the enforcement agencies to take out the rally in a peaceful manner and in a safe environment. There are already some unauthentic reports of the Khalistan movement, but nevertheless, it is the right of the Farmers to protest peacefully and the law enforcement agencies cannot make an excuse of national security every time, just to muscle down someone’s right to express themselves. It will be interesting to see, how the government, the enforcement agencies, and the Farm union leaders will coordinate among themselves, to avoid any sort of mishappening and make the 72nd republic day as auspicious as this great country deserves and the one on which every citizen of this country is proud of.

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Pragya Mishra

Senior columnist with interest in economy and government policies.

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