Pepsi – New legal guidelines will create new landlords: Medha Patkar
On the Delhi-Ghaziabad border, because the protesting farmers braved rain and bitter chilly on Saturday, activist Medha Patkar and BKU chief Rakesh Tikait shared the make-shift stage on the Delhi-Meerut flyover to deal with them.
Talking to The Hindu, Ms. Patkar mentioned the fundamental paradigm behind the three acts was “corporatisation of agriculture.”
“They will create new landlords. The laws give concessions to the agents of corporates,” the veteran of the Narmada Bachao Andolan mentioned.
Corporates as brokers
On the presence of brokers within the present system, Ms Patkar mentioned the current system has its checks and balances however the brand new legal guidelines would introduce the brokers of huge corporates as official brokers.
Referring to the current battle between Pepsico and Gujarat’s potato farmers, Ms. Patkar mentioned, “The freedom to stock and hoard will mean farmers would not get their due price. They will be forced to move from food crops to cash crops. So, the new laws will not affect food procurement but also food production. The mechanisation of agriculture would affect the employment of farm labourers.”
Lauding the unity of objective among the many farmers throughout States, Ms. Patkar mentioned totally different farmer teams have come collectively for the larger trigger.
“There may be differences on some issues but when it comes to the common minimum programme, we are all united. The government and a section of media are trying to divide by invoking China, Pakistan, and Khalistan but they will not succeed,” she mentioned.
She mentioned the federal government had reservations about speaking to some teams, including, “They might not be present during the meeting with the ministers but they are very much part of the alliance.”
On what could be taking part in on the federal government’s thoughts, Ms Patkar mentioned they had been testing the farmers. “But now farmers are testing the government,” mentioned the co-founder of the Nationwide Alliance of Individuals’s Actions.
Uniting labourer, proprietor
The activist mentioned the protest had introduced these combating for the proper of farm labour on the identical web page because the owner-cultivator.
“This is how the movements take shape. They (owner-cultivator) are not as big as Ambanis and Adanis. In our calculation of Minimum Support price, everybody’s share has been taken into account but the government doesn’t want to bring the MSP into the legal framework,” she mentioned.
Describing the protests as peaceable, Mr .Tikait, nonetheless, underlined that it will be important for farmers to wield each jhanda and danda (flag and stick).
“We don’t want to make it complicated. In 1966, when the MSP regime was introduced, a farmer could buy 10 grams of gold after selling three quintals of wheat. Make it possible and we will go back home,” he mentioned.
The supporters are coming to phrases with the ideologies of various teams. “For the bigger cause, we are protesting under one flag,” mentioned Meghraj Solanki of the Bulandshahr unit of the All India Kisan Sabha. “At the Ghazipur border where farmers from different districts of western U.P. are assembling, we have given the command to Mr. Tikait,” he mentioned.