Replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in the Upper House of Parliament, Modi highlighted measures by his government for the welfare of farmers. He quoted former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the need for reforms in the farm sector and said Congress should take pride that Modi had to do what the former Prime Minister wanted. Modi said since 2014 his government has initiated changes in the agriculture sector aimed at empowering the farmer.
Modi said that the minimum support price on the agri-procurement will continue. He also hit out at those behind the protests, saying a new “breed” of agitators has emerged in the country who cannot live without agitation and the country should be beware of them.
In the last few years, a new community has emerged: ‘Andolan Jeevi’. They can be seen in every agitation. We need to protect this country from such people, who are actually ‘parjeevi’ (parasite).”
We need to identify ‘Andolan Jivi’ who are parasites, feasting on every agitation. We have to guard against a new FDI – foreign destructive ideology: PM
Actually, Modi is pointing to the trend that some well-known names are trying to destabilise his government by raising one issue or another and they are also vitiating the peaceful environment in the country. Sometimes they are seen with an extremist students’ movement while on other occasions they ask women to lead protests. At times they are behind labour unrest while now they are orchestrating the protest that farmers are carrying out and with this, they are trying to set the whole country on fire by inciting violence.
Modi had this inkling beforehand. When he was chief minister of Gujarat, he wanted to complete the Sardar Sarovar Dam project in time, which had been hanging for decades. But the biggest obstacle in the completion of this dam was the movement called Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save Narmada Agitation), which on occasions asked the tribal people to oppose it and then on other occasions it took the matter to the court to delay it. The agitation was led by Medha Patkar and it was said that she is carrying out these protests on the directions of foreign powers so that the work on the dam could be stopped. On many occasions, the people from this movement were involved in violent agitation.
Now the same Medha Patkar is also seen in the farmers’ agitation. As is obvious, Modi must have remembered those times two decades ago when the dam project was under the dark shadow of Narmada Bachao Andolan. Modi had great difficulty in pulling this project out of the mire of the protests. And after it was completed, he also finished the Statue of Unity project in Kevadia within a few years. After the completion of the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a symbol of the country’s unity, the same tribal people are now reaping the benefits of development. And it was Medha Patkar who was telling them that the completion of the dam had nothing to do with their development and that’s why she tried to stall the project too, by hook or by crook.
Medha Patkar, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, etc, are among the most visible faces in all the protests against the Modi government. They have nothing to do with farming. The PM was actually pointing towards such people who are relevant only because of these agitations. Modi indicated that these people have a history of aiding protesters against several regimes in the past. When Modi coined the new expansion of FDI, he had in his mind the names of all those people and elements who are inciting the agitating farmers from foreign soils and are fomenting communal strife in the country. As expected, Modi could not have come up with a better descriptor for them. He wanted to warn the people of this country against these individuals who want to destabilise the country. He wanted to say this to his supporters who have sent him in power with their valuable votes in record numbers.
Modi made it amply clear in the Rajya Sabha that the agitation that is going on in the name of farmers is actually not in the interest of farmers and is against the interests of the country too. As far as farmers’ interests are concerned, the PM has shown his commitment towards them through Kisan Credit Card, Soil Health Card, Crop Insurance Scheme, PM Kisan Nidhi Yojana, Kisan Rail Yojana, Kisan Pension Yojana, and other initiatives.
The PM targeted even those parties who are trying to create an anti-Modi atmosphere in the country in the name of the farmers’ agitation, be it the Congress, the Left, or Rashtriya Lok Dal. In this connection, he cited the words of Chaudhary Charan Singh which he had said about small farmers and also quoted Dr. Manmohan Singh’s remarks on the necessity of an all-India agriculture market. He also said that Lal Bahadur Shastri had started the Green Revolution and even that programme was opposed by the Left parties, as they are doing now. As far as the interests of poor farmers are concerned, they are going to be benefitted from the new farm laws, and if it is so, why this opposition to these laws, Modi asked.
The PM has made his position clear. The government is very serious about the farm laws because they are in the interests of the farmers. The government is ready to discuss the issue but it will not bow before any agitation or dharna. If any problem crops up because of the laws, the government will do a course correction, and Modi has assured the farmers about this. But he has made it amply evident that his government is not going to be pressured into changing its position by a ruckus inside Parliament or outside of it. It is not afraid of agitators and is not worried about the explosive ideology of ‘FDI’. He said that the real FDI is being received in record quantity and that too despite the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the country by foreign powers.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said some people are agitating just for the “sake of protest” against the Centre’s farm laws, which reflects their “vested political intent”.
The movement has importance in India’s democracy but what happens when the agitators come out to defile the holy movement for their own benefit? The work of ruining the holy agitation of the farmers has been done by andolanjeevis and not andolankaris. Therefore, it is very important for the country to differentiate between the two,” he added.
“To use the agitation to demand the release of Naxalites, terrorists behind bars by showcasing their photos is to defile the movement,” he said.
He added that there is a new type of agitation — of creating fear through strange reasoning. “That’s the difference between the andolankarta and andolanjeevis,” he said.
Citing several examples, Modi said it is for the first time he heard of a new logic in opposing the reform being undertaken by his government.
“I heard a new logic of why there is a new law that no one has asked for. This is not compulsory. So the question of asking and giving does not arise,” he said. “In the past, no one had demanded anti-dowry, anti-triple talaq laws, rights for daughters in property, right to education, construction of toilets… a progressive society demands it and hence the laws.”
Opposition when in Power were thinking to bring the same bill, now they are opposing, they know that in both the houses they can only make the noise as they don’t have the numbers.
Why this farmer leadership is adamant?
It seems, they understand the example of Arvind Kejriwal How from an agitation he became a Hero and now a CM. So that can be the ambition of this Farmer leadership.
Offering the Olive branch, and not accepting the same gives a clear indication, that the people there don’t have a motive for the good of farmers. They think after this demand MSP bills, then demand a reversal of article 370, then demand a reversal of CAA, then demand every reversal, so these people are now exposed and the Government of India is moving on the right track.
The agitation is led by 35 farmers’ unions – 31 among them from Punjab alone, and the rest from Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Some 10 farmers’ unions, including eight from Punjab, have political affiliations.
While six farmers’ unions from Punjab are affiliated to various Left organizations, the other two are with the Akali Dal. Two more farmers’ outfits outside Punjab owe allegiance to the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress. The presence of several political party-backed outfits may complicate negotiations as they have their own ideologies, demands, and methods of protest.
The affiliations of the protesters are political and there are political parties that are interested in the protest to continue and the fake farmers are playing along as pawns.
Every day narration of protest is changing and goalposts are being shifted by farmers. Now protestors are demanding the release of Anti-CAA protestors and other undertrials.
On Dec. 19, Rajat Sharma on India TV had given some very good documentary evidence against the people who want to destabilize the country in the name of fake farmer’s agitation. These are the criminals, urban Naxals and mao’s followers who have no respect for the legal and constitutional acts. The names are mainly of leftists from Punjab, although initially Capt Amrinder Singh and Congress leadership with Akalies were the initiators of the farmers movement but now, it is hijacked by lefties and tukre-tukre gang backed by leftist Kejriwal and company. It is in the interest of the farmers to stop the agitation so that the plan of the anti-social and anti-national gang would not succeed in the future.
Who are the main Andolan Jivis?
Main Andolan Jivis are RaGa and team, Ravish and team, Swara and team, Yogendra Yadav and team, Kanhaiya Kumar and team, Kejriwal and team.
RaGa and team:
With their tweets, pop star Rihanna and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg drew attention to the farmers’ protest that has been continuing since November. The team of five members is using social media tools to battle misinformation and drum up support. Their posts enraged the Indian government but infused new energy into a small team behind the online clout of the agitation.
Rihanna, the fourth most followed celebrity on Twitter with over 100 million followers, took to the micro-blogging site and shared a CNN news article about the farmers’ agitation.
Following the suspension of the internet, international celebrities like pop singer Rihanna, adult star Mia Khalifa, lawyer-author Meena Harris, niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, and environment activist Greta Thunberg spoke up in favour of the protests.
Actors Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, and Swara Bhasker, filmmaker Onir, actor Arjun Mathur and others criticised the show of solidarity by the big stars towards the government. These are newcomers in the group of Andolan Jivis.
Ravish and team:
Ravish Kumar is an Indian journalist, author, and media personality. He is the Senior Executive Editor of NDTV India. He hosts a number of programs including the channel’s flagship weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log, Ravish Ki Report and Des Ki Baat. In his prime show and other programs, he openly defends Andolan Jivis, saying that constitution has given them a right to protest. They have already started a protest on social media against Modi for naming them as Andolan Jivi.
Kanhaiya Kumar and team:
The Delhi Police filed a first information report against the ‘pro-Khalistan’ creators of a ‘toolkit’, which was shared by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and others on Twitter in connection with the farmers’ protest, alleging it aimed to wage a ‘social, cultural and economic war against the Government of India’. Following this, famous student leader-turned-politician Kanhaiya Kumar tweeted his support to the climate activist — Greta Thunberg.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal:
Kejriwal is a pioneer in this category. He does protest even when he is in power. Three days after the violence at the farmers’ tractor rally jolted Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), wrote a tweet in support of the agitation and also sent his ministers to assess the situation at different borders of the national capital.
Yogendra Yadav and team:
Yogendra Yadav, the president of Swaraj India, which appears to be the world’s smallest political party. He has friends in the media and is well-connected far-left elites. By virtue of his organisation, he represents just himself. However, he pretends that he represents general groups of people (farmers, students, or women) and whatnot. And the same Yogendra Yadav is present on every issue from the Bihar election to Delhi riots to agriculture in Punjab, to CAA, to article 370. Yogendra Yadav and Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who is also a leader of Swaraj India, truly fulfill the criteria of ‘Andolan Jivi’.
Let there be any Andolan political or apolitical, the duo will be available.