Posters of the Delhi Riots accused appearing in the Farmer’s Protest

The stir by Farmers is seen as an opportunity against the Government by the Opposition as well as some anti-nationalist' organizations.

The farmers mainly from Punjab and Haryana are protesting against the Modi Government’s three “Farm Laws” outside the National Capital. December 10 is observed as the International Human Rights Day. So, taking advantage of this the leaders from opposition parties started talking about the accused who are in jail due to some anti-national activities. They started distributing pamphlets with the images of Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, and the other accused in the Delhi Riots case and also of the accused of the Bhima Koregaon case.

The Framers along the Tikri Border on Thursday started to protest for their release. The crowding of farmers for protesting in sympathy with various accused was organized by BKU Ekta Ugrahan which claims itself to be a Farmer’s organization.

The stir by Farmers is seen as an opportunity against the Government by the Opposition as well as some anti-nationalist’ organizations. The Opposition is leaving no stone unturned to belittle the Government. The slogans in support of Khalistan were also raised by some groups that are present within the protests and now BKU Ekta Ugrahan is exploiting these opportunities to garner support for these accused, some of them who are accused of orchestrating riots in Delhi that took so many innocent lives and others who want to assassinate the current PM of India.

Jhanda Singh Jethuke, senior vice-president of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) had earlier said, “We will celebrate International Human Rights Day at Baba Banda Singh Nagar, near Tikri border, to raise our voices for the release of intellectuals and human rights activists. Demand for the release of these prisoners has been raised constantly throughout the agitation. Modi government is running a Fascist agenda. On one hand, it is promoting Adani and Ambani and on the other hand, it is pushing intellectuals and activities into jail. Around two dozen activists have been booked under UAPA for Bhima Koregaon and instigating Delhi riots”.

The ongoing impasse between the Farmers and the Government does not seem to end soon but now it is taking a very different and dangerous turn. Shockingly, this stir is utilized by some opportunists and powerful groups to encourage anti-India sentiments.

The visuals of Thursday of the protestors singing and reciting poems in the praise of the accused have emerged proving that this news is not fake. CEO of Niti Aayog, Mr. Amitabh Kant has remarked that bringing “reforms” in India is a tough task because we have a soft democracy. Though his remark might seem distasteful to some he has spoken the truth.

The Right to Protest in India is being vehemently misused to fuel the sentiments against the ruling Government. The Government is time and again saying that it is ready to accommodate all the demands of the Farmers but they are stubborn on just one demand and that is to repeal these laws. The right to Protest undoubtedly is an important fundamental right guaranteed by our Constitution but it should not be used to claim Human Rights for those who don’t believe in its concept.

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Pragya Mishra

Senior columnist with interest in economy and government policies.

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