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Peasant movement does not become a threat to the security of the country, if the solution is not found on time, then anti-national elements can take advantage


Anand Prakash Maheshwari

There has been a lot of debate on the new agricultural laws of the central government. Many questions have also arisen from this. For example, will the small and marginal farmers be able to put their bets firmly to the mighty corporate world? Will less educated farmers be able to use digital mediums properly? There are many other similar problems as well.

However, many arguments have also been made in favor of the new agricultural laws. In these, more emphasis has been given especially on the issue of protecting the farmers from exploitation. As under no circumstances can the corporate world oust the farmers from their land under the guise of investment. This will be taken care of in the contract between the two. Despite this, farmer organizations are opposing the laws. There is also speculation that the provision of Minimum Support Price (MSP) will be done away with when the new laws come into force. In some areas, the income of big farmers is feared to decrease and they are also creating the most pressure to withdraw the new laws.

Agriculture needs improvement
It is also an important aspect that about 17 percent of India’s GDP comes from agriculture and allied sectors. It also provides employment to about 42 per cent of the people of the country. But even today in most parts, farming is done in the traditional way. Due to this, the potential for risk remains the same. It means to say that change in the agriculture sector is the need of the hour. Now the use of technology in agriculture and land reclamation should be promoted. The crop should be sown according to the demand in the market. The infrastructure related to agriculture will also have to be improved. Farmers will have to provide good transport and storage facilities to sell their crops. This will increase the income of the farmers, as well as reduce the risk of loss.

However, the discontent emanating from the new agricultural laws cannot be ignored as it will ultimately harm the country. It is also a matter to understand that if you want to bring about a tangible change, then first you have to win the trust of all the parties involved in it. To ignore it means to feast on unwanted troubles. Then the matter can get so bad that even anti-national forces will take advantage of it. At this time, many external forces are also trying to break into the internal security of the country through proxy war. In such a situation, by prolonging any dissatisfaction, we are making the work of those who want bad for the country easier. To take advantage of this, sleeper cells will be activated in many ways. By uprooting the buried dead, politics will start on them. An atmosphere of hatred and violence will start to be created through provocative rhetoric.

It is not that all these fears are unfounded. In the past, many movements related to land and farmers were not properly resolved. Therefore, Naxalite elements flourished in the country and that problem remains as it is. Terrorist organizations also take advantage of this and lure poor or less educated people and join them with them. By showing sabjbag to the youth, they cut their roots from the mainstream. This is where our real concern arises and a seemingly simple movement becomes strategically important. Investigative agencies or the media have reported many such cases, which show that terrorist organizations enter the country with the help of local people and carry out the crime. Whether it is infiltration from the open border, or through tunnels. There is also complicity of local people in cases like dropping of weapons from drones.

In many cases, people are also implicated by taking the help of social media. They are tricked and incited to do wrong things. Prima facie it seems that he has done the wrong thing of his own free will, but investigation of terrorist incidents has revealed that in most of the cases outside forces are involved. They make the local people pawn simply to deny that they have a hand in the matter. According to a report, only 9 out of 37 countries in the world war were defeated due to external attack. All other countries were battered by their weak internal security. In situations like proxy war, the role of every citizen becomes important. Every citizen is a soldier without uniform. Similarly, every soldier in uniform is a civilian. Therefore, for the betterment of the country, we have to work together by bridging the gap of mutual distrust and dissatisfaction.

The sooner we understand this, the better. Otherwise, we will all be at a loss. The slogan of the former Prime Minister of the country, Lal Bahadur Shastri, ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ is completely relevant even today in agrarian India. The fact cannot be ignored that most of the jawans come from the farming class.

strategic aspect
Even though this issue is related to agricultural laws, but if the gap of mutual distrust widens, then anti-national elements will not miss to take advantage of it. No multiplication is needed to understand this. Any common citizen with an understanding of history and human behavior can easily understand this.

So far we have seen only the economic and food security aspect of agriculture, but in the current situation its strategic security aspect also becomes very important. Issues like Lakhimpur violence and judicial proceedings on him add fuel to the fire. Therefore all the responsible people should come forward and find an early solution to this problem, so that a normal movement does not become a threat to the security of the country.

(The writer is outgoing DG and Internal Security Analyst, CRPF and BPRD)

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are those of the author.