We will drink urine on Saturday and eat human feces on Sunday if our PM does not heed us and solve our problems, said the Tamil Nadu farmers on Friday who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar. They really kept their word when they drank urine on Saturday which must have been a protest that has no precedence and puts not only the government but also the whole country to shame.
For those who don’t know, Tamil Nadu farmers have been protesting for over a month in unconventional forms. They, unfortunately, could not get the attention of the national media as much the IPL gets, they have been protesting with:
- Skulls of those who allegedly committed suicide;
- Stripped naked in the hot sun;
- Bitten mice and snakes;
- Held mock funerals.
A 65-year-old farmer Palanichamy said ” If only our “PM Modi would meet with us and hear us out” who was protesting at the site.
Who does the government care for? If not for farmers. While it may be shocking to know that the government gives tax credits and incentives to capitalists that cost Indian exchequer over 2 lakh crores per annum. We have the class such as of Vijay Mallya who owe banks thousands of crores rupees and get away conspicuously with so much audacity. Whereas farmers commit suicides for a measly loan amount of 10,000 rupees at times.
People wonder if farmers are exempted from ” Sabka Saath, sabkha Vikaas”? In the last two years, the gap between haves and have-nots is increased from 49% in 2014 to 58% in 2016. On the other hand, the poorest 10% have seen a decline in their earnings by 15%.
It’s about time the citizens wake up and stand in support of our farmers who are the backbone of the country.