Washington Posts slams Modi regime for coercive Policies

Indian farmer’s rejects gov't proposals, protests further escalated


Prominent international daily the Washington Post has criticized the Modi led BJP government for its abrupt and disruptive measures reminding it of popular will.

In an opinion piece, the paper gave a throwback to government’s act of abrogation of Kashmir’s special status in August last year and currently the farming laws which have triggered agitation by farmers.

The paper writes that farmers’ protest is a reminder to the Indian government that consensus has a value and no government can rule without will of the people.

In India, farmers protesting against new farm laws rejected the federal government’s proposals and threatened to intensify their demonstrations by blocking main highways connecting nearby cities to national capital.

Addressing the media today (Wednesday), farmers unions’ representatives announced that their protests would continue till Monday.

The farmers said new farm laws are detrimental to their interests and enacted to favour the big corporates.

On the other hand, senior leaders of Opposition parties, including Indian National Congress, Nationalist Congress Party , Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India-Marxists, met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to immediately withdraw the farm laws.

Later, briefing media, INC’s lawmaker Rahul Gandhi said these laws should be withdrawn as they were passed in Parliament without consulting the farming community.

Today is the 14th consecutive day of the farmers’ protest. As many as six rounds of talks between agitated farmers and the federal ministers have remained inconclusive.

In India, leaders of eleven opposition parties including Congress have assured full support to farmers in their protest against unjust new agriculture laws introduced by Modi government.

Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury and other leaders have also endorsed call for complete lockdown, Bharat Bandh tomorrow.

Thousands of farmers are continuing their sit-in demonstrations for 12th consecutive day today in New Delhi against the new legislation

The negotiations between farmer unions and government will resume on Wednesday to resolve the deadlock.



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