Indian PM Modi annuls controversial farm laws which triggered mass protests

15:24, 19 November 2021
Indian PM Modi annuls controversial farm laws which triggered mass protests Photo: Zulkarnain/ Look Press

Indian farmers have held demonstrations for a year regardless of recording dozens of victims killed by unfavorable weather conditions and COVID.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repealed three controversial farm laws followed by a year of protests among agricultural workers.

The announcement was made on Friday on the occasion of Guru Nanak Gurpurab – one of the main holidays of the Sikhs community which compose a considerable part of the protesters.

“Despite several attempts to explain the benefits to the farmers, we have failed. On the occasion of Guru Purab, the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws," Modi said in a speech diffused on TV.

The decision appears unexpected as India’s government has earlier said that the laws were for the farmers’ good and authorities had no intention to cancel the initiative. Besides, the government has not negotiated with the farmers’ representatives in recent months.

Skeptics suppose that the repeal is caused by the upcoming elections in the states of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh – home to many of India’s farmers.

The annulled laws implied loosening the country’s trade rules, price setting, and supply storing, introducing, in fact, the free market. The government said that the laws would protect the smaller farmers.

However, the protesters argued that the projects would weaken them and that they will not be able to control prices and will be dependent on buyers. They highlighted that the previous system functioned properly and they did not want it to be changed.

Farmers all around the country are celebrating the decision.

According to the BK union which participated in organizing the actions, around 750 deaths have been reportedly recorded since the start of demonstrations.