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Rustics Reject Serfdom

Agrarian India has raised an existential issue. Let’s address it.

Rustics Reject Serfdom
Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey
Rustics Reject Serfdom
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2021-02-12T13:42:09+05:30

The Supreme Court has stayed the farm laws. The government is offering an 18-month ­moratorium on its ­implementation. However, the farmers are not budging or backing down. The protests sites are, in fact, attracting larger crowds. The more the government tries to ­browbeat farmers by misusing the State’s coercive instruments, the more the ­resistance would grow and the fire spread.

There is clearly a breakdown of trust. Agrarian India no longer trusts the government and other institutions of the State, which face the gravest challenge to their ­legitimacy as the hollowing out over the past six-and-a-half years has left them ­bereft of credibility. And the manner in which politicians have been hooted and ­virtually chased out from the protest sites should make them reflect on their social standing if not trustworthiness.

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