Farmers protest morphs into an ugly political agenda, thanks to some enlightened twitterati
Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan – this war cry from India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri came at a time when the country’s territorial as well as food security was in danger. This happened in 1965 when India was fighting a dual battle. It was attacked by Pakistan and there was an acute shortage of foodgrains in the country. Today, 53 years later, we are yet to find sustainable solutions for these two burning issues. Our borders are continuously threatened by the neighboring powers and our farmers are out on the road protesting against the depriving policies of the state. The ones who are satiating the hunger of the millions are walking with blistered feet to demand for the rights they deserve. The “Sea of Red” in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan bore testimony to the fact that our agrarian infrastructure is in a creaky state of disrepair and some urgent measures need to be pursued to make this country a farmer-friendly one.
This occasion, which should have ignited some serious debates about the state of agriculture anarchy in the country was trivialized by some twitterati as merely a political propaganda.
I am the part of CPI(M) IT cell and yechuri told me that this Maharashtra Farmer protest is orchestrated to deviate media attention from humiliating Tripura defeat and failed intolerance narrative. He also told me to tweet somethng in favour of BJP/Modi to camaflouge among Bhakts
— Squint Neon (@squintneon) March 12, 2018
— Md Asif Khan (@imMAK02) March 12, 2018
Commander: We have lost all the elections. Ab kya karein?
Chief: Farmers rally. Violence. Anarchy. Protest to get higher prices for vegetable, pulses
Commander: Farmers got higher prices. Ab kya karein?
Chief: Protest against rising prices. Anarchy #LaalSalaam
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) March 12, 2018
— Mohandas Pai (@TVMohandasPai) March 12, 2018
Excellent excellent optics by the Left on the farmer march. No one can do romance and heartstring tugging better than the Left. Those coordinated Instagram ready shots of tired feet and broken slippers were genius.
Protest is a performance!
— Pratyasha Rath (@pratyasharath) March 12, 2018
The left may have lost Tripura and Lenin toppled, but the power of ideas cannot be defeated electorally as visible in this ground up farmer's protest, many carrying hammer and sickle flags.
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) March 11, 2018
Question for those tearfully cheering the #KisanLongMarch as if revolution was at the doorstep: Would you hail the protest as a ‘deprived farmers’ rally’ if they, in a non-BJP state, were to carry saffron flags instead of red?
Or would you then call it a ‘saffron show of power’?
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) March 11, 2018
Someone writes column criticizing BJP.
Vivek Agnihotri: Salla Urban Naxal.
Farmers march to Mumbai to protest.
VA: Huh, Urban Naxals.
Movie Critic gives one star to Hate Story, Chocolate.
VA: Salla Urban Naxal.
Wife prepares Tinde for Lunch.
VA: When did you become Urban Naxal
— Jet Lee(Vasooli Bhai) (@Vishj05) March 12, 2018
Dangerous hidden agenda of the left exposed. In the garb of standing up for rights of the farmers, they're attacking Hindu temples. There is much more to this so-called #FarmersProtest than what meets the eye. Wake up!! #MahaFarmersMarch pic.twitter.com/rqj7KbqXED
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) March 12, 2018
Some of the jokers in our Parliament and outside need to learn lessons from the farmers in Maharashtra: even protests can be decent and done with care for others. Not like louts…
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) March 12, 2018
These tweets show how even the most serious of issues are seen with politics-tinted glasses in our country. Though politics is a powerful weapon to bring positive change in any society, in our country it is often misused to further a particular political party’s shallow objectives. It is high time, the countrymen learn to identify real issues as they are – on their face value instead of degrading them by mish-mashing them into a political game of wins and losses.