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Farmers Agitation: A Fresh Appeal To Mr. Prime Minister

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I heard your full speech today addressing the Indian farmers and your interaction with some farmers, which was widely telecast. In your speech, you said several things, but I am referring to only one of them.

In your speech, you said that you were willing to talk to even those who oppose your government and its actions. This is indeed a welcome development and displays statesmanship on your part. Indeed, in a democracy, this is what it should be.

Hence, as a follow up to your speech, may I suggest you to invite the leaders of the farmers’ organisations that are presently agitating, for unconditional talks on the farmers’ issues, including the question of whether the three recent farm laws to which the farmers are objecting should be repealed, at the earliest.

This move on your part is absolutely essential if the present deadlock between the farmers and the government is to be broken. Your speech today was indeed welcoming, but to alleviate the apprehensions in the minds of the farmers, you must follow it up with the step I have suggested, otherwise, it will be only treated as platitude and demagoguery, and the impasse will not be resolved. Time is running out, and with the huge gathering of farmers at the outskirts of Delhi, any unfortunate incident of violence is possible unless the deadlock is resolved soon.

So I humbly appeal to you to rise to the occasion and immediately invite the farmers’ leaders for talks, and this time directly with you, not just your Ministers. The whole country will salute you for this magnanimous gesture.

Markandey Katju

Written by Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju is the former Chairman, Press Council of India. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Press Council of India, he served as a Permanent judge at the Supreme Court of India.

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