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Fields To Streets

Facing a government unwilling to repeal new farm laws, farmers brace for a long haul

Fields To Streets
Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey
Fields To Streets
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2021-01-28T14:08:05+05:30

The Supreme Court, on January 12, suo motu extended its powers from examining legal challenges to  ­legislation to one that can take on the role of ­Parliament and order discussions on contentious laws. A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, stayed the implementation of three new farm laws that have triggered nationwide protests by farmers, particularly at Delhi’s borders, and constituted a four-member panel to deliberate with all stakeholders and submit a report to the apex court within two months. This is, perhaps, the only instance of the apex court staying the implementation of a law without even hearing the parties concerned argue its prima facie constitutional validity. There were ample grounds for discussing the constitutional validity of the three laws, but those who wanted to discuss it, especially representatives of farmer unions, were given no chance to do so.

The majority of unions representing the agitating farmers have rejected the court’s effort at diffusing the crisis that has seen eight rounds of inconclusive talks between ­protestors and the government. The government needed an exit without appearing to back down, and the court ­provided the government just that—all four members of the panel have publicly supported the laws, and the ­government now has at least two months to tire the ­agitating farmers who have been camping at Delhi’s ­borders, braving biting cold, hail and thundershowers.

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