26 January, the 72 Republic Day of India witnessed a disgraceful violent farmers’ protest.
About ( Farmers’ Protest)
- The Red Fort, a symbol of Independence was all captured by the protesters.
- Forcefully flags of various religious groups hoisted beside the Indian Flag.
- Rioters climbed the poles and roof-tops of Red Fort, de-symbolizing the essence of Republic Day and Independent India.
- It is all considered as a way to raise voice against the -‘ The Three Farmers’ Bills. Despite the fact that the protests were in different parts of the nation. The one in Delhi ignited a violent scenario.
A long ongoing peaceful protest by farmers turned into chaos upsetting the nation. The protest received nationwide support. Then, what went wrong?
Read about the farmers’ protest: Farmers protesting against the Three new Farm bills 2020
The Farmers’ protest was pre-decided. It received permission from the Police Department. The leaders of the Farmers’ Union promised ‘A Peaceful Rally of Tractors‘. After the Republic Day Parade, the farmer’s protest was supposed to receive security. In short, to protect a peaceful protest from external forces Police were all prepared.
- The agreement was to carry a Tractor Rally that will be limited to the 3 areas of – Ghazipur, Sindhu, and Tikri Border.
- Also, assured that it will be after the Republic Day event.
- Both sides agreed on not entering Delhi, the nation’s capital.
- Altogether, they promised to maintain a peaceful agitation against the Three Farm Bills.
- Following the ongoing peaceful protest, the farmers received permission. The officers confided in the claims of the Farmers’ leaders.
The Real Scenario
The farmers started the protest prior to the decided time. Later, the farmers diverted their route to the capital. Instead of taking right turn,the farmers diverted left from Sanjay Gandhi and Nangloi Border.
When interrupted, the farmers broke the barricades and drove tractors over them. The crowd yelled ‘Delhi Chalo‘ slogans.
Initially, the ITO (Income Tax Office), Red Fort, Police station were attacked. Majorly, the crowd grew out of control at Mukbara, Chawk, Nagoli.
The Police personnel tried to control the mass. However, they turned out in huge numbers and even started beating the police officers. The farmers used swords, bamboo sticks, and various other dangerous weapons to threaten and hurt the security.
- The police personnel stood unequipped. As they weren’t prepared for any such violent attacks. Additionally, they stood arrested with instructions not to counter-attack. Only negotiations seemed a remedy. However, negotiations didn’t work and the clashes between police and farmers escalated.
- Finally, the protesters reached the Red Fort, claimed the poles, and hoisted their religious flags. They even reached the roof-top to embark their voice against the black- laws. They even attacked the officers trying to control the acts of violence. After hours of violence, the tractor rally was called off.
- The worst occurred when the crowd attacked the women officers.
- The Red-Fort: Most importantly, the symbol of a democratic and independent nation received disrespect by the unfaithful actions of its own citizens.
- Infrastructure Damage: Stunts performed severely damaged the infrastructure of the Capital.
- Injured Police Officers: The police officers even suffered serious injuries. A few protesters and officers died during the violence. However, it is not clear how many.
- Sentiments of the citizens: The sentiments of the citizens within the Nation have affected the patriotic sentiments of the citizens.
Lately, to neutralise the situation-
- The police used Tear gas and even Laathi charged on the uncontrolled crowd.
- The Centre issued a travel advisory.
- Rapid Police Force was deployed.
- There is now an internet ban in the protest- sensitive areas to ensure the blockade of misleading information.
- High-level talks are going on at Amit Shah’s residence.
- Undoubtedly, the actions of the protesters have left unreckoned consequences.
Since the start, the farmers’ protest has received immense support. Still, the farmers went against the sentiments of the fellow- citizens.
The Sanyukut Kisan Morcha has denied any involvement in the entire situation. Sanyukut Kisan Morcha is a union of farmers. They called it the actions of external forces. Hence, naming it a political conspiracy. Whereas, other side suspected it a –Khalisatni involvement. Contrarily, the farmers have said the entire scenario an exaggeration and blamed media for it.
Important to note is that it is not the first time that the farm laws and farmers’ agitation made headlines. Previously, Arvind Kejriwal faced house arrest, when supported the farmers’ protest.
The opposition leader, Rahul Gandhi even tweeted and opposed the destruction of public infrastructure. Although, asked to revoke the three farm laws.
Read about the farm laws: The new Farmers’ Bill, 2020 -Is it Beneficial or Harmful?
Although, not every farmer was a part of the violent actions. Yet, one bad fish can spoil the whole pond. Citizens across the nation condemned the violent attacks on the integrity of the nation.
Importantly, Internationally the reputation of India will hamper. Earlier, a similar scenario in the US Capitol was seen. It is very shameful for a nation to see its national essence getting disrupted.
The protest has not stopped yet. Perhaps, it could worsen within days. Moreover, estimations are that more tractors and protestors are heading towards Delhi.
Nonetheless, disrespect to the National Flag can never be accepted in any circumstances. A day commemorated for the establishment of the nation’s laws. Consequently, the protest might lose its significance and support. The government and the Farmers’ leaders, both sides are facing questions of negligence.
Author: Mansi Goel
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