Farmers’ parade in Delhi on the Republic Day has been a sad story. It was a disappointment and disadvantage to the farmers ; pain and sorrow to the people affected ; farmers’ case for the repeal of the Farm Laws look gloomy and even lost ; rewards to none but stress and anger to all those who supported their cause.
What happened :
The parade was virtually an unjustified assault on the capital city of India and its valued democratic norms. Assaulting a policeman fatally, media, and some common people were the end points.
The parade was about the nearly 120 minutes of fear and insecurity of people when the capital city was almost on the verge of a siege.
The parade was a scene of not just the disturbance but the expression of anger and emotions by people who are frightened by the assault.
The man who climbed the Red Fort dome to mount and wave a flag will remind the military men of the assault course for improving skills and strength but what this man did in this instance is a crime.
For today’s children who are more engaged and aware politically, witnessing these events on TV will make them stop heeding to the descriptions of our freedom struggle and the toil experienced by our patriotic freedom fighters. They will refuse to believe what it would have been like then.
It will be different for any common man to really process what went wrong on this Republic Day evening and how to judge our Democratic institutions and Law enforcement tomorrow, the day after, and still later.
What the parade achieved :
The parade embarrassed the Government, people of India, and even the international community while precipitating inadequacies and possibly shame to the farmers.
Events of the parade impaired the goals of the farmers at least in the short term.
Arguing their case has been weakened by the flow of disturbances that happened during the parade.
About 41 unions have been involved in staging the protests, it is learnt. The events of the parade proved clearly the deficiencies and inadequacies of their leaders in effectively controlling the proceedings and they are now virtually compelled to wage a battle against the very same shortcomings.
The consequences glaringly reflect the flouting of social norms and values of a peaceful parade even while satisfying the personal norms of the antisocial elements supposed to have intruded itself in the parade.
The outcome of the parade will be continuation of the wrangles between the farmer leaders and the Government over the issues of settlement combined with a possible legal wrangle over the death of a policeman.
A critical evaluation of the parade by common people will have nothing to record in terms of any concrete benefit to the society or the overall usefulness of the parade itself.
The parade for sure made it big in the media for all the wrong reasons diminishing the scope of any swift settlement.
The identity of the farmers in general suffered a major setback with a possible breakdown in talks of negotiations at least temporarily.
The parade actually blew the Farmers’ chances of winning the support of co-farmers nationwide.
Instead of the usual goal of such parades in accending new insights and ideas, this has actually caused a hurt that will possibly take a long time to heal.
The farmers’ parade on this day cannot be called ” normative”. The parade in Delhi on the Republic Day itself is not a good idea and one that could have been avoided given the contentious nature of the negotiations on Farm Laws. Instead of lending potency and a sense of well being to the farmers it only showered weaknesses and unhappiness in the end. Farmers have to brace themselves for a long and tough negotiating process now.
” Dieu avec nous”
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – 9.59 p.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” Setting up of a committee to investigate how it happened will be the immediate action from the authorities now “