India passed 3 Farm Bills unconstitutionally in September 2020. The government supports the bills with false rhetoric, hiding the detrimental effects the bills have on its growing economic, cultural, environmental and political crises, while simultaneously cracking down on dissent with police brutality.
In January of 2021, the Supreme Court of India suspended the unconstitutional farmer’s laws passed in 2020 for 18 months.
While the rest of the world watches and protests continue to erupt, one may ask themselves what the actual reason for this halt may be. According to the court, the suspension was enacted in wake of the coronavirus; additionally, they fear that peaceful protestors may eventually use violence to combat the government's decisions within the last year.
Although these fears only convey a fraction of the truth regarding the situation, it is true that India has suffered greatly from the pandemic and protests. As of now, hundreds of thousands have died from the deadly virus, and mass gatherings of protests do not help the spread of the pandemic. Furthermore, the unrest between the government and farmers around the nation has resulted in suicides, deaths, and other health conditions.
Despite these issues being valid, many people believe that the real reason for the suspension of the bills is to disband demonstrations and protests that are shedding light on the corruption of the BJP. In fact, farmers have stated that the committee responsible for conversations and grievances within the community represents Modi’s agenda, rather than wanting the best for the nation.
With terrible working conditions and increasing financial struggles for farmers, it is doubtful that the Indian government will fulfill the wishes of the farmers before these bills become implemented.