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Victory for the farmers: Modi repeals the agricultural laws

After a year of protests, the farmers have a reason to celebrate

Victory for the farmers: Modi repeals the agricultural laws

After a year of protests, the farmers have a reason to celebrate

Victory for the farmers: Modi repeals the agricultural laws

After a year of protests, the farmers have a reason to celebrate

Victory for the farmers: Modi repeals the agricultural laws

After a year of protests, the farmers have a reason to celebrate

After over a year of protests, India’s farmers have finally been heard.

In the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on the morning of Friday 19th November, Narendra Modi announced that the government would revoke the three new farm laws that have been the cause of so much agitation over the past year. The laws are due to be officially revoked in Parliament by the end of this month.

Modi said that the laws had been introduced with “pure intentions”, and regretted that he had not been able to convey the potential advantages to the farmers.

“Our government has been working for the interest of farmers, and will continue to do so in future,” said the Prime Minister.

He did not mention the way the laws had been rushed through, without consultation with the opposition or with any farmers’ groups, despite the fact that over half of India’s population works in agriculture. He did not mention that the BJP government’s economic policies have so far failed to provide alternative employment, or assistance to farmers who are already struggling and burdened with debt.

But the farmers know they have won an unprecedented victory, and shown that it is still possible for the voice of the people in India to be heard. On the streets, where some have been camped out for months on end, there were celebrations and chants of ““Kisan Ekta Zindabad” (“Long live farmers’ unity”).

The protesters have resolved to wait until the laws are officially revoked by Parliament – and then they can finally return home.

At the same time, opposition parties have celebrated Modi’s climb-down. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi declared it “a win against injustice”, and Mamata Banerjee posted on Twitter: “My heartfelt congratulations to every single farmer who fought relentlessly and were not fazed by the cruelty with which @BJP4India treated you.”

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