hese days protests are rocking the length and breadth of India. The protestors are demanding the repeal of three new farm laws. The farmers’ unions rejected the proposal of trip new farm laws and said they would intensify their agitation until the government accepts their demand, even the farmer leaders have announced an India-wide agitation on December 14, and threatened to block the Delhi-Jaipur highway by December 12.
Almost half of Punjab, Haryana erupted in protests from last few days. On Tuesday national capital border saw a bit of violence after police used tear smoke shells. True to its image, Majority protested in a peaceful way.
A large section of the society sees new farm laws as a bias towards farmers, and there are genuine feelers who are in support of farmers. Even separately, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had said at a post-Cabinet media briefing that the government is sensitive to the concerns of farmers as he expressed hope that ongoing deliberations with them, which he termed a “work in progress”, over the three agriculture-related laws will yield some results soon.
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There is a place quite unaffected by all this. The place is to the northern most point of India, it is Kashmir.
In Kashmir the protests are sporadic, almost negligible. Kashmiris have peacefully accepted the fact that the issue belongs to the mainland India and should be solved amicably.
Traditionally also, Kashmiris are known for their non-violent temperament and welcoming nature. It is quite amazing that in some sections of the India media Kashmiris are shown as violence-mongers which is not the case.
Time has come when Indian media has to be holistic in its projection of Kashmir and Kashmiris.