Rajasthan Farmers Shun the Ideas of Protests, Supporters Slam the Opposition for Inflammatory Comments
Madhya Pradesh, a state that once enjoyed several accolades and accomplishments in agriculture, including the Krishi Karmaan Award, is now experiencing massive protests and agitation. Raising question on state policies, MP farmers protested against the government, expressing concern over on-ground implementation of state agriculture policies. Things worsened when five farmers were killed by the Madhya Pradesh police, in an attempt to control agitation. The news spread like a forest fire in the country and farmers from neighboring states joined the farmer protests, but not Rajasthan.
Despite tension and hostility prevailing in other states, India’s biggest state that harbors agriculturists from 36 different communities remained silent in this regard. The contented demeanor of Rajasthan farmers is a direct outcome of productive state policies—a courtesy of Rajasthan government.
Though a state farmer body—Kisan Mahapanchayat was planning a ‘dharna’ (massive farmer protest) and ‘Mandi Bandh’ in Pratapgarh district, Rajasthan farmers sided themselves from this protest. The president of all India Kisan Sabha was intending to meet farmers in Sawai Madhopur, Tonk, Bundi, Kota, Ajmer, Bhilwara and Chhittorgarh to plan the future course of action.
Nevertheless, the farmers of Rajasthan, rather than involving themselves with controversies, decided to focus on their professions. Why? Because, they seem to be satisfied with what they have in their plate. It’s not an unknown fact that Raje-led BJP government had focused more on the rural regions of Rajasthan in last few years.
From Jal Swavlamban (MJSA) to Annapurna Bhandars and Rasois, Bhamashah to Deendayal Patta Vitran and Gramin Kalyan Shivir, subsidy on modern agriculture and distribution of soil health cards and Kissan credit cards (KCCs), the government had given preference to farmer interest at each step. The efforts showed colors, when Rajasthan came up as one of the progressive agricultural states in India. Today, the state reaps the benefits of its agricultural output.
Rajasthan leads in the production of citrus fruit varieties, olives, oilseeds, spices (mainly coriander and cumin), garlic, onion and chilies. The state is the second largest producer of milk and has the largest population of goats. All these achievements result from collective efforts of farmers, corporate companies, public agro-marketing units and the government.
Taking advantage of this situation, a few politicians like the former CM Ashok Gehlot tried to add fuel to the fire. Nevertheless, the Rajasthan public quashed their efforts while the government was busy defusing the situation. Confidence and optimism—Rajasthan farmers seem to adopt these qualities soon.
With a newfound attitude, the farmers of Rajasthan tread on the road to development, undeterred by inflammatory statements and negativity. The farmers are no longer a scapegoat for political gains. Time and again, they’ve proven themselves as a valuable asset to the government, an asset that is cherished and protected by the government, as well!