05 October 2020

Throwing all pretence of parliamentary rules and decorum to the wind, the Centre decided to pass agricultural Bills without the required votes in the Rajya Sabha, reports Sabrangindia. The Centre had decided to pass three controversial agricultural Bills in the Rajya Sabha despite lacking the required number of votes on September 20. This act of the ruling BJP completely affronts the essence of democracy and disregards Parliamentary rule and procedure. Incidentally, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare had admitted to the agrarian crisis on September 18 when it said that more than 10,000 farmers, cultivators had died by suicide in 2019. This is part of the staggering 42,000 suicide deaths in the informal sector in that year. With the new “reforms” things are likely to just get worse  The three Bills in question are the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill which had received widespread condemnation from farmer’s Unions for their pro-corporate policies. The world over, in all countries, barring one, price security for farmers’ produce is always provided for by Government, not by companies, which only buy cheap to sell dear and earn huge profits.                                                                                                                                      

In retaliation to the government decision, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee has called for an all-India farmers’ protest on September 25. The organisation intends to launch a massive resistance against the three Bills/Acts, the New Power Bill 2020 and the steep hike in Diesel and Petrol prices. Moreover, they also demanded that the Central Government pass the two Bills proposed by AIKSCC for “Karja Mukti, Poora Daam” (Debt relief, Full Price.). According to this call AIKKS has decided to actively mobilize the peasantry to take up this challenge and has called for making the Bandh call a success. The peasant organizations are getting ready for a long struggle until this corporatization of agriculture is reversed.

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Kabeer Katlat

The Communist movement in India has a history of almost a century after the salvos of October Revolution in Russia brought Marxism-Leninism to the people of India who were engaged in the national liberation struggle against the British colonialists. It is a complex and chequered history.