Hard to give it a perfect description but a mission abort or tactical retreat comes to my mind over the Modi government’s difficulty with the new agriculture laws. If not a complete surrender, it can be termed as a setback, which is really tragic because these laws might really turn out to be bold and helpful for the farmer, then causing any harm.
In our view, here are the seven main reasons why the Modi-Shah BJP has failed to convince the farmers. The days of silent approach towards incremental reforms are way behind, leaving no options for an easy escape. This is the reason it is important to find out what went wrong with an idea, which was a positive predicted but reflected negatively.
Keeping in mind all the back and forth that is going on between the protesting farmers and the BJP government, here are some reasons why the Modi government is withdrawing the agriculture laws:
- Unacceptance over the fact that Narendra Modi doesn’t hold the same magisterial influence on public opinion in a non-Muslim state up in the north as he does in the Hindi hub.
- Due to this unacceptance, they never found the need for a local ally, which is why the Akalis were discarded so disrespectfully. There is a comparison between the Sikhs of Punjab and the Hindus of Assam, who will vote for Narendra Modi despite marginalizing their well-known regional party and take away its leaders.
- Understanding subtleties is something the Modi-Shah BJP’s heavily lacks. They do not understand the Sikhs. They do see them as Hindus, yet consider them different for their clothing.
- The Modi-Shah government never acknowledged the Left-wing influence amidst the Punjab peasantry, which has a history earlier in the 20th century even before Bhagat Singh. The Sikhs have a tradition of community mobilization which is very distinct. Add to that the Left-wings political perception and organizational skills, you will know what Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal face in every session.
- It is not a ‘walk in the park’ to tell these farmers of the green revolution states, who have been producing surpluses, under which generations have thrived, seems to be broken and can be fixed with just three laws. The combination of all these issues is the reason why the Modi Government didn’t bother to market the reform ideas earlier.
- Using force against the Sikhs isn’t the way to deal with them, nor treat them like they are Muslims. Also, questioning their patriotism is worst, and when you use force, the entire country protests. And treating them like Muslims, well if their rage is right now a boulder, this will turn them into a mountain. Or maybe the Sikhs being Sikhs, they’ll take you for a laughing stock while the rest of the country wonders what is wrong with you.
- And lastly, contempt for Indian history, which is what the Modi government symbolizes. Modi and Shah’s BJP presumes that the history of the Republic only started getting written in 2014 and all that was before wasn’t worth learning.