Rakesh Tikait on a tractor/Photo courtesy-Twitter

OPINION: Violence during Tractor Rally weakened farmers’ movement against New Farm Laws

On 72nd Republic Day, Delhi witnessed something which was uncalled for. The national capital of India witnessed violence, clashes between Delhi police and farmers, at many places. The planned Tractor Rally of farmers turned violent. On one hand, we were witnessing India’s might at Rajpath. On the other hand, news of cops-farmers clashes started pouring in!

As per reports, 300 cops were injured and one farmer died when his tractor turned turtle.

Meanwhile, a video of Bharat Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has also gone viral. His short speech seems quite double meaning to me. I won’t say anything more about the video clip. See and judge yourself. The video seems to be made before 26 January, Republic Day.

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Has Rakesh Tikait’s action weakened the farmers’ movement against Modi Govt’s New Farm Laws?

On Tuesday evening, following the violence, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called off ‘Kisan R-Day Parade’. SKM, an umbrella body coordinating the agitation, asked farmers to return to their respective protest sites.

On Wednesday, a leading group spearheading the farmers’ agitation, has said that it is withdrawing from the stir.

“We can’t carry forward a protest with someone whose direction is something else. So, I wish them the best but Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan is withdrawing from this protest right away,” said Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (RKMS) and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) leader VM Singh, according to news agency ANI.

Violence during Tractor Rally has definitely costed this movement dearly! A peaceful Tractor Rally would have been much more impactful.

Now, the entire country’s opinion seems to have divided about the farmers’ movement with many terming violence, wrong.

What’s more? The focus seems to have shifted from “farmers’ protest against Modi govt’s New Farm Laws” to “violence by farmers in Delhi during Tractor Rally”.

We must understand one thing-The moment a movement turns violent, it not only loses popular support but also gives chance to the government to attack it and take advantage out of it. That’s why Mahatma Gandhi stressed on non-violence and was able to kick out a mighty force like the British from India.

A movement thrives on two rules- (a) popular/mass support and (b) not giving any ammunition to the regime to break it/divert it. Alas! This recent violence has just exactly failed these two rules!

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About the author: Anurag Sason is journalist with more than 7 years of experience in mainstream journalism. He has worked in newspaper, news agency, electronic media and digital media. Presently, he is working as Senior Editor-News in Likee app. He tweets at @AnuragSason

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