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One Year in, the Struggle of Indian Farmers is Set to Intensify It’s been 12 months since the three controversial Farm Laws passed, and the protesters are yet to be heard, even as the state cracks down on their movement.

Colin Todhunter

It is now one year since controversial farm bills were passed into law in India in September 2020. The three bills and the subsequent legislation have triggered a massive 15-month farmers’ protest that has attracted worldwide attention and support.

Farmers, farmers’ unions and their representatives demand that the laws be repealed and state that they will not accept a compromise. Farmers’ leaders welcomed the Supreme Court of India stay order on the implementation of the farm laws in January 2021 which remains in effect. However, based on more than 10 rounds of talks between farmers representatives and the government, it seems that the ruling administration will not back down.

In November 2020, a nationwide general strike took place in support of the farmers and in that month around 300,000 farmers marched from the states of Punjab and Haryana to Delhi for what leaders called a “decisive battle” with the central government.

But as the farmers reached the capital, most were stopped by barricades, dug up roads, water cannons, baton charges and barbed wire erected by police. The farmers set up camps along five major roads, building makeshift tents with a view to staying for months if their demands were not met.

Today, thousands of farmers remain camped at various points on the border. They have been there for nine months throughout the cold, the rain and the searing heat. In late March 2021, it was estimated that there were around 40,000 protestors camped at Singhu and Tikri at the Delhi border.

On 26 January, India’s Republic Day, tens of thousands of farmers held a farmer’s parade with a large convoy of tractors and drove into Delhi.

In September 2021, tens of thousands of farmers attended a rally in the city of Muzaffarnagar in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Hundreds of thousands more turned out for other rallies in the state.

These huge gatherings come ahead of important polls in 2022 in UP, India’s most populous state with 200 million people and governed by Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the 2017 assembly polls, the BJP won 325 out of a total of 403 seats.

Speaking at the rally in Muzaffarnagar, farmers’ leader Rakesh Tikait stated:

We take a pledge that we’ll not leave the protest site there (around Delhi) even if our graveyard is made there. We will lay down our lives if needed but will not leave the protest site until we emerge victorious.”

Tikait also attacked the Modi-led government for:

…selling the country to corporates…We have to stop the country from getting sold. Farmers should be saved; the country should be saved.”

Farmers’ leaders are now calling for a nationwide general strike on 27 September.

Police brutality, the smearing of protesters by certain prominent media commentators and politicians, the illegal detention of protesters and clampdowns on free speech (journalists arrested, social media accounts closed, shutting down internet services) have been symptomatic of officialdom’s approach to the farmers’ struggle which itself has been defined by resilience, resoluteness and restraint.

But it is not as though the farmers’ struggle arose overnight. Indian agriculture has been deliberately starved of government support for decades and has resulted in a well-documented agrarian – even civilisation – crisis. What we are currently seeing is the result of injustices and neglect coming to a head as foreign agricapital (facilitated by the government’s farm laws) tries to impose its neoliberal ‘final solution’ on Indian agriculture.

A year on from the farm bills being passed into law, readers can access my articles on the farmers’ struggle here (bottom of the page), which discuss the significance of the farm legislation, who is behind these laws, who will benefit and who will lose out.

They also describe the implications for cultivators and the more than 60% of the nation’s population who rely on agriculture for a living as well as the health, social and economic consequences of displacing an indigenous agrifood system with one dominated by global players.

The farmers’ struggle represents a battle for the heart and soul of the nation and its future.

The illustration that accompanies this article was created by artist Isa Esasi and is based on a photograph by Ravi Choudhary, a photojournalist with the Press Trust of India (PTI), which went viral in November 2020. The original image showed a paramilitary policeman raising his baton and about to bring it down on an elderly Sikh farmer.

Despite claims that the photo was ‘fake’ and attempts to discredit it, not least by Amit Malviya, head of the BJP’s IT cell, India-based Boom, which describes itself as “an independent digital journalism initiative with a mission to fight misinformation”, tracked down Sukhdev Singh, the farmer in the photograph, and interviewed him. The farmer was targeted by two security personnel and he sustained injuries to his forearm, back and leg.

Colin Todhunter specialises in development, food and agriculture and is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal.

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Antonym
Antonym
Sep 28, 2021 9:49 AM

The Hindu, September 14, 2021 : Data | Most farmers sold to private traders in 2019, new survey data shows
Between 2013 and 2019, the share of agricultural households (HHs) that sold their produce in APMC mandis reduced sharply, while those that sold their produce to private traders increased significantly. Data show that a majority of the farmers were unaware of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) programme and procurement agencies. Among those who were aware, a significant share did not sell their produce to procurement agencies due to lack of infrastructure. More importantly, the share of households that were aware of MSP but did not sell to procurement agencies because they received better prices was negligible.
etc.

So who is protesting and for what reason? Mostly Sikhs for other anti-Modi reasons?

Edwige
Edwige
Sep 27, 2021 11:07 AM

Uttar Pradesh with its massive population has almost no covid cases despite 95% of the people being unvaccinated.

Not a story the MSM and their short-lived concern for India and “too many bodies for the funeral pyres” seem bothered to report.

Antonym
Antonym
Sep 29, 2021 11:59 AM
Reply to  Edwige

95% of UP doesn’t read /see Western fearmongering stories in the English media, so they are not scared. Their lives are anyway hard already – no snowflakes.

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Sep 26, 2021 4:08 PM

The Reshaping of Global Agriculture: The WEF Agenda Behind India’s Modi Government’s “Farm Reform”
By F. William Engdahl
Global Research, February 16, 2021
 
Excerpt: “The central role of the Gates-Rockefeller AGRA in the UN 2021 Food Systems Summit, the major role of the WEF in the world “food systems” reset, and the pressures in recent months on the Modi government to implement the same corporate agenda in India as in Africa, are all no accident. It sets the world up for catastrophic harvest failures and worse.”
 
The Reshaping of Global Agriculture: The WEF Agenda Behind India’s Modi Government’s “Farm Reform” – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Joe Van Steenbergen
Joe Van Steenbergen
Sep 27, 2021 1:31 AM

We were warned but, despite those warnings, we walked passively into the WEF’s new dystopian world where we “will own nothing and [still] be happy”. Well, if WE own nothing, that means TPTB own EVERYTHING, and WE will RENT everything from THEM. Nice gig if you can get it, don’t you think? Pity the Indians; their sovereign government, like all sovereign governments around the world, are now owned and controlled by the WEF, IMF, Bill Gates, et. al, and the citizens’ concerns, those “useless eaters,” will be cannon fodder.

mgeo
mgeo
Sep 27, 2021 8:58 AM

The outbreaks of locusts in East Africa, “stem rust” in wheat (that spread from Africa to West Asia, India and China), “African” swine fever (that spread west to east across Asia, bird flu, etc. are all natural and have nothing to do with the altruistic imperial biolabs.

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Sep 26, 2021 2:56 PM

If readers wish to understand the current situation in India, refer to the past “policies” of the East India Trading Company. >

Excerpted from: History of the Company 

“The East India Trading Company, otherwise referred to as the East India Company or abbreviated as EITC, is a joint-stock company and megacorporation formed for pursuing and monopolizing trade with the East Indies and the Caribbean.
The East India Company traded mainly in cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, saltpetre, tea and opium. The Company was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I on December 31, 1600. Shares of the Company were owned by wealthy merchants and aristocrats.
The government owns shares, but still has indirect control over the entirety of The Company. The Company eventually came to rule large areas of India with its own private armies, exercising military power and assuming administrative functions.
The EITC is supported in defense by the British Royal Navy and the British Royal Marines. The EITC also has its own fleet, which has come to be known as Beckett’s Armada, named after the Company’s former head, Lord Governor Cutler Beckett.” [End quote]

Complete Page: The East India Trading Company | British Empire Wiki | Fandom

Some things change, other things, not

mgeo
mgeo
Sep 27, 2021 9:03 AM

Today, we have “private contractors” plundering and mass-murdering, with no official link to the Empire or GloboCap.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 26, 2021 11:03 AM

It helps to try and simplify matters. What we are experiencing here is a big shakeup by the company/ the state/ the ruling class or whatever you want to call it. It is an organisation which is, if not completely unified, then certainly far more centralised than has been made out in the incessant propaganda that advertises this “Western diversity” image which is now revealed as a lie. This shake up is not revealed as what it is i.e. a mechanism whereby to consolidate power under siege i.e. under an impending crisis. And since this cannot be openly admitted, the manoeuvre has to be spun as the covid narrative. That’s basically it. Thus all the stuff about variants, vaccines, vaccine inequality etc. is just a noise by which to implement the plan which aims at this restructuring of – well everything.

Pig Swill
Pig Swill
Sep 26, 2021 11:47 AM
Reply to  George Mc

It’s a revolution of the big business model. An economic and social engineering operation to roll over the old model of control (money is control) to the new model of control (money is credit, credit is control). The new model of control is going to make micromanagement look like a kids play date.

It pushes the button to get the pellets.

It’ll be borg-like. But most of the world seems fine with it.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 26, 2021 9:44 AM

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-58694304

“Global Citizen Live: Ed Sheeran, Lizzo and Billy Eilish feature in 24-hour concert
Ed Sheeran, Lizzo and Billy Eilish are among stars taking part in a 24-hour concert to raise awareness of climate change, vaccine inequality and famine.”

Note the order of priority.

Also note the frequency of mention:

Climate mentioned once.
Famine mentioned three times.
Vaccines mentioned eight times.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 26, 2021 11:29 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Having perused this a little more, I’m sorry for by levity. It’s utterly repulsive – a lavish spectacular supposedly to tackle world poverty (yes – that old one! As if the world’s poverty could be put right by those who cause it!) but which acts purely as an advert for the sheep dip shit in the syringes. And there they all go – the rock start millionaires flouting their “radicalism” decked in the outfits of court jesters.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 26, 2021 11:30 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Admin please rescue me from spam. I’ve got one here and my previous one disappeared.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 26, 2021 8:40 AM

If you ever had the feeling that media output is coming to increasingly resemble a movie then here’s the ultimate proof:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/sep/25/greta-thunberg-i-really-see-the-value-of-friendship-apart-from-the-climate-almost-nothing-else-matters

This isn’t so much a news report as a power point presentation. It opens with slow fading in-and-out word transitions:

Little Greta appears eyes closed and covered in oil:

Greta Thunberg has spent three years raising the alarm on the climate crisis

The oil drips lower:

Her mission could end up saving the world

One of her eyes opens:

It’s already saved her

After which, hagiography: 

…still elfin-like and earnest; still quoting the climate science with fastidious politeness; and still with that curious mix of pessimism (we’re doomed if we don’t act) and optimism (we can avert catastrophe if we do).

Yup she’s our gal right enough!

But “(d)espite the climate crisis deepening by the day, Greta Thunberg has learned how to be happy.”

Phew that’s a relief!

Now a bit of identification programming:

Like the rest of us she has retreated from the world over the past year and a half, but she has used her time to good effect – to grow up.

Well we’ve all “grown up”. We’ve all come to “accept our responsibilities”!

After which – the life of Greta! Expect a biopic soon. But then again, perhaps the Hollywood blockbuster is a thing of the past? Perhaps this new power point lark is the way to go?

someone
someone
Sep 26, 2021 9:04 AM
Reply to  George Mc

post literate puerile imagery as if its making some form of political statement.

The level of communication is little above 5 year old picture drawings and rainbows.

Electronic imagery in media are just literal point and think concepts.

Everywhere I go its the same childlike imagery, puerile non-music in every shop, in cars passing, NPC messaging in the news, self hating entities in masks happy to deface themselves . I am being drowned in vomit in every public space aimed a destroying any vestiges of culture or thought.

Gods I hate these NPCs and their mindless drooling.

Pig Swill
Pig Swill
Sep 26, 2021 11:56 AM
Reply to  someone

Most of the Gov advice materials in Australia online or wherever are cartoons. Cartoon drawings of people in masks with no eyes. Or they are cartoon drawings with no face. Just things. Everything is a cartoon. Or animals are used.

I saw a billboard from a company called “Specsavers” (selling glasses, frames etc). The ad was of a man in a nice pair of glasses…but he was fully masked. Just normalized.

If you’re sane…it’s nightmarish going anywhere among the public. It’s just creepy.

Johnny
Johnny
Sep 26, 2021 9:46 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Climate change sceptic George?
Better tell that to the tens of billions of trees, forest creatures and insects burned alive over the last four years in Australia, the US west coast, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Siberia.

As for Greta, she’s just another victim of MSM exploitation.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 26, 2021 9:54 AM
Reply to  Johnny

If you agree with the climate change thing then you must cheer on Greta. She’s doing her bit!

Johnny
Johnny
Sep 27, 2021 7:58 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Fame corrupts by magnifying the ego.
It certainly messed with Michael Jackson’s head.

rubberheid
rubberheid
Sep 26, 2021 7:07 PM
Reply to  Johnny

that’s not climate change – its a fukt up planet, moreso from agribusiness et al, habitat destruction and pollution. very real.

greta’s an anointed cunt like them all.

Hsuan
Hsuan
Sep 26, 2021 1:28 AM

And now we have this …

Scientists studying whether it’s possible to grow, eat mRNA vaccines
https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/scientists-studying-whether-it-s-possible-to-grow-eat-mrna-vaccines-1.5591098

Pig Swill
Pig Swill
Sep 26, 2021 11:58 AM
Reply to  Hsuan

Apparently they were doing this over a decade ago. They were growing vaccines in bananas for Africans. Not sure if the project was greenlit back then. Probably yes, on the down low. But yeah, this stuff has been talked about long ago.

Hsuan
Hsuan
Sep 26, 2021 6:31 PM
Reply to  Pig Swill

didn’t know that. But I’m not too surprised.

May Hem
May Hem
Sep 25, 2021 10:54 PM

More disruption in supply chains is coming …..

According to this report, places with low vaccination rates may see an increase in some sales.

the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage is expected to cost the global automotive industry an estimated $210 billion in revenue in 2021.

“everyone had hoped that the chip crisis would have abated more by now, but unfortunate events such as the Covid-19 lockdowns in Malaysia and continued problems elsewhere have exacerbated things,” said Mark Wakefield, global co-leader of the automotive and industrial practice at AlixPartners.”

Semiconductor chips are vital components in new cars and widely used in infotainment systems, as well as in basic parts such as power steering and brakes. An average vehicle may have hundreds of semiconductor chips.

General Motors President Mark Reuss said this week that the chip supply was coming from places where Covid-19 vaccination is low, “so there’s some volatility there … we really need to get the vaccination and protocols into those plants, which we’re working very hard on.

My reliable, simple car is now 21 years old. Like me, it contains no chips.

https://www.rt.com/business/535608-chip-shortage-auto-industry/

les onlines
les onlines
Sep 25, 2021 11:32 PM
Reply to  May Hem

We had a horse & buggy. His name was ‘Mr Chips.”

May Hem
May Hem
Sep 26, 2021 2:05 AM
Reply to  les onlines

Some of us may be going back to horses and buggies. Few cars, roads not maintained. But plenty of drones I guess.

Edith
Edith
Sep 26, 2021 3:01 AM
Reply to  May Hem

It will all be contrived by blackrock. Possibly part of the climate agenda. China has a heap of electric cars they cannot sell…wonder where all the chips for those came from?

les online
les online
Sep 26, 2021 5:15 AM
Reply to  May Hem

Claims of “shortages” about to happen have been occurring for MONTHS. Are they just part of the psychological War being waged on us ?
One recurrent one is about the dearth of shipping containers, and how their shortage is really going to stuff us about. So:1.. Did they suddenly stop making them (thus creating a “scarcity”) ? 2.. Or did they stop re-using them ? 3.. Has the Very Low Wage countries massively produced so many goodies for our Christmas Stockings that all the available containers are tied-up/in transit ? 4.. Are “illegal Migrants” hijacking them for use as luxury homes ? 5.. Is it The Bermuda Triangle’s fault ?
(One noticeable shortage is of sunspot activity…The Grand Solar Minimum… It’s causing a Big Shortage of Sunny Days in Sydney… though
some claim 5G radiation is impacting The Weather too.)
It’s not natural for our species to be crammed together in high-densities. It is stressful (though we’ve mostly become unconscious of the Constant stressfulness of everyday living). Stress = Dis-ease causation.. “News” of possible / impending shortages add to our daily stress. Is there a psychological war being waged on us ?

(NB: notice the timing of Australian state governments insisting truckies must be vaxxed to cross state borders – disrupting the flow of fresh Spring fruit & veggies to southern city markets. Friday 24 September’s UKColumn lent credibility to the idea that both the sudden concern for truckies health, and
concern for Melbourne’s building tradies health, were deliberate provocations.
The latter – an occasion for the state to show off why the dole is kept below the poverty line. Our taxes were spent on all that RoboCop gear, and we were shown the weapons we can expect to be used to whip us into line..(notice how the robots with the guns posed for the teevee cameras.)

Edith
Edith
Sep 26, 2021 11:13 AM
Reply to  les online

Yes it was pretty obvious that they have coopted in special forces or mercenaries for those efforts in Victoria….those guys were far too keen and relaxed about pointing guns at civilians to be ordinary police….and yes no doubt a good demonstration of what it to be expected in the rest of the place before long….

where oh where has my old Australia gone? Even in the days of protests in qld I don’t remember the Cops being quite that crazy….Danny boy is making BJ Petersen look mild in comparison…

and yes I too felt there is an amount of stir the possum going on to create more angst etc….gets the vax mob all excited about those nasty non vax mob…disrupts supply so someone must be to blame …..and never forget we have a fed election that may be held soon ,…so agendas will get increasingly distorted…

les online
les online
Sep 26, 2021 11:30 AM
Reply to  Edith

South Australia, too, has an election bearing down on it. Notice they too wanted to vax the interstate truckies, though covid has given the Crow Eaters a wide berth. The pollies are playing state against state with covid. I expected that with all the stranger danger-keep yer distance stuff, Aussie Rules might have reverted to the original rules of “Play The Ball, Not The Man”, but, no, that’s not exciting enough for teevee fans. And you’re right.
old Bjelky-joe would really not recognize the place, especially how easy it is to “feed the chooks” these days…

DaveMass
DaveMass
Sep 26, 2021 2:57 PM
Reply to  les online

And most building workers are out in the open most of the time?
At least until windows and doors go in?!
Fresh air, sunshine. Best remedy for convid…

Anne
Anne
Sep 25, 2021 5:42 PM

The agenda as we all know is to take away power of real people natives groups,So we will be as one no tribes no groups of people thinking for themselves.Look what they are doing to Romany people,They build sites so they can’t spread around and travel.American Indians reservations.It’s all part of the plan other minority groups pushed more and more into the city’s.It’s same world over tribes groups outside the box getting herded into a society they do not understand.If your on the outside your a threat.Much like us dissidents the ones that go against the narrative,All I can say is keep it up my friends stay strong you are right they are wrong that’s why we’re a threat.

Howard
Howard
Sep 25, 2021 4:46 PM

Here’s a link to something regarding Monsanto’s Roundup which, I’m sure, at some point either will impact or has already impacted Indian farmers.

Cancer Patient Lawyer Spars with Monsanto Scientist in California Roundup Trial – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

SteveK9
SteveK9
Sep 25, 2021 4:20 PM

A brief one-paragraph characterization of the farm bill(s) would have been helpful. The link goes to an article, which links a dozen other articles. Please help your audience that may not want to commit a large amount of time to understand the basics of what is involved.

mgeo
mgeo
Sep 26, 2021 8:38 AM
Reply to  SteveK9

Colin covered that in earlier articles. This one tells you the government has not managed to bury the issue.

someone
someone
Sep 26, 2021 9:25 AM
Reply to  SteveK9

A brief summary is like most other legislation from the last 20 years:

“More shit for you.”

gordan
gordan
Sep 25, 2021 3:35 PM

the british where most certainly not the first to use the stick on the indian.
the technique was whoever refined a great deal with visionary like
more port more sherry mr churchill.

best stick craft requires a slight flexing in the structure as
one does not want to break bones of the worker
the gmo crops need processing and all hands on deck
the stick should be used for corrections only bones
should only be cracked with audience and as community warning.
rome requires this
all citizens of civil society must understand
stand under
policy is policy the rules of the game very few sui juris today
a new world has come into view
no room for sovereign freemen passengers

children of gaza normalcy
eisenhauers open air prisons for the world
Morgenthau Plan for all
barbera lerner spector un people movement policy
rita katz zion image news loop perceptions
medication time medication time

everything bayer standardized for easy consumption
brave most certainly but nothing new
the view forward is clearing and by that we can now see how the world was really forged and raped pillaged.

in old law books humans where defined as monster
the police and the army have to follow policy
the beatings must continue
for rome wills it

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Sep 25, 2021 2:40 PM

Life in India [ the worlds oldest democracy] for the masses is what the future will look like within a generation in North America as unregulated immigration and populations continues to ramp up. A result already in evidence in most of Britain outside of the Utopian compounds/estates the British elites inhabit.

Ian
Ian
Sep 25, 2021 2:14 PM

All men are created equal, yet some adorn the mantle of power and believe that gives them the “right” to use violence on others in order to dictate their view and interests, be it in India, Australia, US, or UK. That is the definition of tyranny.

The real pandemic is that once such abuse of power starts, like a cancer, it never stops growing and metastasizing.

Could you even imagine a world, as we have today, only two years ago? It is difficult for most Western people to realize that these Indian farmers are really fighting on the front line of a disease which is infecting everyone.

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Sep 25, 2021 5:00 PM
Reply to  Ian

Clearly a lie. All men are NOT created equal . Those willing to fight always dominate those who are not . The great human herd is instinctively aware of that fact as our hierarchies always demonstrate.

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Sep 25, 2021 11:42 PM
Reply to  Ian

The entire notion of one person having power over another is wrong to begin with. Once we, the majority, are done with believing in such power, we will be free.

Howard
Howard
Sep 25, 2021 1:36 PM

Neoliberal globalism will do one thing which the insane and clinically stupid power structure seeks above all but which will utterly destroy both them and the world: it will bring humanity to a standstill.

This, in their fetidly insane minds, is a good thing, a goal more desired than life itself because it will insure their forever rule. To the insane, absolute rule over corpses is preferable to no rule at all.

A dead world is easiest of all to rule. Kill everything and nothing remains to challenge your power. The madman’s ultimate Utopia.

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Sep 25, 2021 5:01 PM
Reply to  Howard

Worked for Stalin and Mao not so much for Hitler , if the 20th century is any example ?

Corarden
Corarden
Sep 25, 2021 1:27 PM

Great article and thanks. Regarding that photograph, there is always a group happy to brutalise their fellow countrymen for a wage, like that Ozzie Policeman who looked like he was dressed for urban war ( the gun, body armour,and helmet were not fake btw ) said ‘I get paid for doing this’. It really is that simple. If there weren’t people willing to do the bidding of our so called masters, this couldn’t happen. I’ll wait for somebody to tell me the footage of the policeman in Melbourne was fake, or indeed that the picture of the farmer above about to get brained is fake ( ‘he doesn’t look scared enough, there is no motion blur, it is too well framed’ etc). I honestly don’t know why I’ve been so concerned this last eighteen months. It was all fake. Even my apprehension must have been fake as it was caused by something fake. And World War 3 will be fake, so there is nothing to worry about apparently.

Pig Swill
Pig Swill
Sep 25, 2021 1:15 PM

I’ve read some pretty whack stuff about Indian farmers and how they are on the hook with Monsanto and such conglomerates. These peasant rural farmers literally believe there’s no place in India they can run to where mafioso thug farmer bosses wont find them. What a world. India’s a big place. For grain. Grain.

Brian Sides
Brian Sides
Sep 25, 2021 12:27 PM

I am reminded of the 1984-1985 Miners Strike in the UK. My brother in law in South Wales was amongst those striking. They were striking to save there jobs. A job so hard most would not want it. But to them it was there living. They lost after a year on strike and all the mines closed.
The strikers may be determined . But they do not have unlimited resources. The government do have almost unlimited resources. They can set one part of India or one set of workers against another. They can use bribes , promises threats and the law. They can control most of the media.
I do not think strikes will work. They need to organise internal markets , find loop holes in the system. subvert the system. Make the imposed system not work.
They need to think and be creative. Demanding your masters listen seldom works.

peterpaul
peterpaul
Sep 25, 2021 1:22 PM
Reply to  Brian Sides

I think you’re describing a body of men who do not exist in the numbers as they did then, now in the UK. Not just down the mines. That spirit and comradery has been successfully smashed. Probably why such an attack, as is happening now with this pandemic, would not be attempted for fear of failure, as sure it would; though this isn’t national but global. Although we did/do experience AIDS (for me a forerunner to the Covid-19 depopulation agenda). I also don’t believe the miners were striking for purely selfish reasons as the personal compensation or redundancy payments were rather generous. Plus of course the violence for being a scab had a persuasive inclination to fall in line. Their demands seemed to be for the necessary inward investment and reinvention of industry needed to replace the closing of the pits throughout the UKs mining towns and villages. Not just in South Wales. This never came but chronic poverty and heroin did.

Of course the smashing of union representation and all those ‘left wing commies’ needed to be taught a lesson, also a driver in its strategy and to repay the humiliation of Ted Heath (the winter of discontent); prime minister/sailor who enjoyed taking young boys on sailing trips out on the open seas. Whether they came back to shore or not was irrelevant and of no concern. Sadly, the ability of workers using collective bargaining to bring the boss man to the table is a long, long lamentable memory, even longer in the USA.

One can only hope for the unique and difference in society that is India can overcome this attack on the farmers and their living as the strategies wrought on the anglo nations then will just be repeated without consideration for the differences in cultures. I don’t hold much hope unfortunately.

peterpaul
peterpaul
Sep 25, 2021 3:12 PM
Reply to  peterpaul

The ‘winter of discontent’ was accurately under James Callaghan with Harold Wilson before him both Labour Prime Ministers (1974-1976/1976-1979). The point I was trying to get over was that the 70s were rife with lots of problems culminating in 1978-1979. Heath (1970-1974) also needs to be held responsible for many of the societal decay during the 70s culminating in the last years of that decade. Kind of got my point muddled a bit, blinded for my accuate hatred for tories.

Molinos
Molinos
Sep 25, 2021 4:45 PM
Reply to  peterpaul

The 1970s was the decade of sabotage. Sabotage from the Marxist left and the CP working to “Smash the British State” and bring workers out on strike for the most trivial of issues. And sabotage from the bosses. A member of the House of Lords asked why the disastrous Austin Allegro car with its square steering wheel had been dubbed the”Flying Pig” by management before it had left the drawing board. And why was British Rail a shadow of its French and German state equivalents?

As Chancellor Dennis Healey claimed in his autobiography the whole going “cap in hand” to the IMF to plead for cash was a Treasury con: the country did not need IMF money, but he realized too late in the day.

The whole plan was to get the country into a state the media could portray as dysfunctional to bring the bankers back to a position of dominance they had not enjoyed since the 1920s in the US and 1945 in Britain. So enter architect Milton Friedman and Thatcher and Reagan.

And yet for the ordinary folk there has never been a better decade in their lifetimes. Wages were great, working conditions excellent, live bands in pubs, foreign holidays, sports cars, even yachts would you believe.

NickM
NickM
Sep 25, 2021 6:41 PM
Reply to  Molinos

I believe it because those were the years we studied, got jobs, bought a house and brought up our family. The end of the 70s were the end of the common peoples’ Forty Glorious Years after the War.

George Mc
George Mc
Sep 25, 2021 7:54 PM
Reply to  Molinos

I grew up in the 70s and can vouch for the far greater ease, security and freedom possessed by the general population than for any later time. (Simon Jenkins’ disgusting smear campaign notwithstanding.) However, I don’t want to drift into a rose tinted past here. For me aging from 8 to 18, it was a comfy period but I know my father wasn’t happy in some of the jobs he held. I also see the 70s as a rather complacent time – even stultifying. (Granted this may be purely my personal recollection.) Things seemed a bit too easy. And when folks have an easy time, they get lazy and let their guard down.

John Pretty
John Pretty
Sep 25, 2021 8:12 PM
Reply to  George Mc

I’m not sure about that.

There were constant strikes and spiralling inflation.

And the Troubles.

I can’t say I miss the militant unions.

NickM
NickM
Sep 27, 2021 7:24 AM
Reply to  John Pretty

Pretty deeply brainwashed with Thatcherism. One of her Blue Rinse Brigade?

Edwige
Edwige
Sep 25, 2021 9:54 PM
Reply to  Molinos

Healey was a Bilderberger and, according to John Coleman, on the Committee of 300.

Did you ever notice how Healey always got favourable media coverage, even from outlets on the opposite end of the supposed spectrum? He also introduced monetarism in 1978 before Thatcher got into power.

NickM
NickM
Sep 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Reply to  Edwige

True. I liked Healey’s public persona which was spread by media, including an amateur photographer magazine; it said, he used an old camera, and I thought, just like I do! The beginning of controlled opposition backed by good PR, which led to New Liebour?

mgeo
mgeo
Sep 26, 2021 9:07 AM
Reply to  Brian Sides

In all countries, miners are at the bottom of the totem pole. Apart from lung diseases, a mine collapse that traps them occurs every few years. Even those working with raw sewage are safer.

NickM
NickM
Sep 27, 2021 7:34 AM
Reply to  mgeo

“Onverskrokke” (Unafraid) was the motto of Afrikaaner miners under the Rand.

Charlotte Ruse
Charlotte Ruse
Sep 25, 2021 12:08 PM

“People’s movements and civil society groups say the United Nations Food
Systems Summit is a platform for consolidating corporate control over food and agriculture, and perpetuating neoliberal food systems that wreak havoc on the lives of small food producers, who supply 80% of the world’s food.”
https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/protests-global-corporate-food-empire-united-nations-world-economic-forum/
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/09/25/synthetic-fake-meat.aspx
https://open.spotify.com/episode/2zpOa3ipazI5SDt0XOzp0Y?si=W3QAA87pSP6hw6IdYS9p9g&utm_source=copy-link&dl_branch=1

Paul Vonharnish
Paul Vonharnish
Sep 25, 2021 4:02 PM
Reply to  Charlotte Ruse

Thank you Charlotte Ruse for pointing out the fact that corporate control of food supplies is the issue at hand. Revoke all corporate charters (see Maritime Rule) and the majority of the world’s problems are revoked as well…

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Sep 25, 2021 5:08 PM
Reply to  Charlotte Ruse

Your numbers are [ deliberately? ] misleading . Small producers do not produce 80% of the worlds food. In fact profit driven multi-nationals like Monsanto are what has driven population increases since the end of WW2.due to overproduction of food and various attempts to control the markets such as reducing the numbers of mass produced cash crops to around 6 in the west .

NickM
NickM
Sep 25, 2021 6:52 PM
Reply to  Jim McDonagh

“We found that farms < 2 ha (5 acres) produce 30-34% of the worlds food and < 50 ha (750 acres) produce 62–66% of the world’s food, which is near Herrero’s estimate of 18% and 56%, respectively (as in Herrero et al. (2017)

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211912417301293

They also found that farms above 1000 hectare (2,500 acres) produced less varied food and wasted more of it.

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Sep 25, 2021 7:35 PM
Reply to  NickM

Fun with statistics that are meaningless in this setting ?Indian and Chinese small farmers are disappearing at a far faster rate than those in the US as production , populations , and arable land limits are reached and and rural, urban, and suburban merge on the Internet if not in reality .
The Fabian goal of 3 acres and a cow is no longer possible .

mgeo
mgeo
Sep 26, 2021 9:51 AM
Reply to  Charlotte Ruse

The situation in USSR was similar. The huge collectives were hopeless. Workers focused on the small plots they had been allocated.

Charlotte Ruse
Charlotte Ruse
Sep 26, 2021 10:43 AM
Reply to  mgeo

It appears small farms were productive until financial speculation kicked in. Hedge funds gobbled up huge swaths of land and in the case of Monsanto purposely destroyed a farmers ability to produce crops without being chemically dependent on expensive deleterious products.

And now in the US Gates owns 242,000 acres of farmland making him the largest private-farmland own. Let me guess, this will not bode well for future food supply chains, unless we become accustomed to eating a diet of “make believe food.” Maybe, if populations are jabbed enough with GAVI vaccines they’ll be transformed into a “new species” which exclusively survives on poison.

NickM
NickM
Sep 27, 2021 10:34 PM
Reply to  Charlotte Ruse

Liquid money is the problem. A small family could survive on 3 acres (1 hectare) and some livestock to which they have property rights, but trade for goods they cannot make for themselves requires a fairly universal medium of exchange.

When money breaks down, townsfolk travel to the countryside to barter their household goods for food.

When money is good, townsfolk need to be reminded that country people are not poor: they just do not have much money.

Financial predators like Gates and the rest of the Rockefeller clan should be cut down to size by taxes on wealth, regulation of unfair competition and punishment for conflict of interests.

Charlotte Ruse
Charlotte Ruse
Sep 28, 2021 12:31 AM
Reply to  NickM

“Financial predators like Gates and the rest of the Rockefeller clan should be cut down to size by taxes on wealth, regulation of unfair competition and punishment for conflict of interests.”
I can’t wait for that to happen; we better not hold our breath.

NickM
NickM
Sep 28, 2021 8:19 AM
Reply to  Charlotte Ruse

a Propos viability of small farms, perhaps this remark by a social-minded economist:

Michael Hudson Recently demolished high-rise buildings in certain cities are where the Chinese had planned for what they thought was going to be a rural exodus to the cities; but the rural exodus didn’t occur. Right now, China is focusing once more on rural development. China is primarily a still a rural economy, a village economy. Most people don’t realise that. But the fact is that much of China is rural. To live in Beijing, you have to have a permit lest the city becomes even more overcrowded than it is now. They’re having to focus again on the rural areas because these have recently lost priority to factory areas”.

https://thesaker.is/chinas-fortune-cookie-crumbles-michael-hudson-and-renegade-inc/

Charlotte Ruse
Charlotte Ruse
Sep 28, 2021 9:12 AM
Reply to  NickM

China’s experiencing a real estate collapse effecting more than 30% of its economy. Many apartment complex projects are “uncompleted” and “never” will be finished. “Evergrande” is on the verge of collapsing and this is pretty interesting: “Australians most at risk if Chinese property giant Evergrande collapses with more than $400billion of debt it can’t repay.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10031543/The-Australians-risk-Chinese-property-giant-Evergrande-collapsed.html

What’s also fascinating is how Australia on the one hand is buying nuclear subs from the US, but with the other hand is heavily invested in China. Maybe, that explains why the Australian government is “replicating” China’s authoritarianism. The world has gone mad and quite despicable.

Hudson, is a Sinophile who holds a visiting professorship at one of China’s Universities, so although I agree with much of his economic theories, I’d be sceptical about his analysis of China. I personally, don’t understand why the Left has this romanticized view of a capitalist dictatorship. That being said, COVID has disabused me of all things collective.

Johnny
Johnny
Sep 25, 2021 12:02 PM

Another prescient voice from the past, the poet WH Auden:
Our apparatniks will continue making
the usual squalid mess called History:
all we can pray for is that artists,
chefs and saints may still appear to blithe it.

Patrick L.
Patrick L.
Sep 25, 2021 12:21 PM
Reply to  Johnny

History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

  • Stephen to Mr Deasy, in James Joyce’s Ulysses, 1922.
Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Sep 25, 2021 5:10 PM
Reply to  Patrick L.

“History is of Ages past unenlightened shadows cast , down through all eternity the screaming of humanity ” Donovan

Patrick L.
Patrick L.
Sep 25, 2021 10:41 AM

Thanks for this. God bless those farmers for their courage.

So many people are ignorant of what’s happening beyond their own borders. If the BBC and the rest of the mass media reported honestly on India, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany or any other country, no one could doubt that a global technofascist coup is in progress.

Xavier
Xavier
Sep 25, 2021 12:47 PM
Reply to  Patrick L.

Not a coup. There is no change in TPTB. What is going on is a global metamorphosis – long built up to (engineered by TPTB). If you do enough research (given plenty of pervasive clues) you’ll understand what’s going on.

The only ones who’ll have a chance of understanding are those who’ve at least understood that taking the jab/test/mask is a bad idea.

Howard
Howard
Sep 25, 2021 4:07 PM
Reply to  Xavier

Taking even a longer approach, the whole of humanity has been leading up to this – which is why those who pooh pooh the notion that we are indeed living in the “End Times” have not connected the dots.

A process begun thousands if not millions of years ago toward ever greater control of resources by ever fewer people has a default expiration date. That date is when the process is complete and everything – all living entities and all resources – are controlled by this cadre of maniacs.

We stand right now but a hair’s breadth away from that expiration date.

NickM
NickM
Sep 25, 2021 9:53 AM

Great cartoon. It applies also to “us” the proles in Australia and similar “Western” countries, who do not wear turbans.

Comparing the hand-draw cartoon version with its photo version below, I have a question. I noticed that the policeman in the cartoon is wielding a thick wooden club, patterned on the wooden truncheon of the old fashioned British Bobby. But the modern semi-military policeman in the photo, with his flak-jacket and combat helmet, is wielding a much more slender club.

My question is: Does anyone know what these modern Euro-Cop batons are made of?

The reason I ask is that I live in Israel, and Palestine (like India) used to be under the British Raj, so their police used to be armed with thick wooden truncheons like British Bobbies. However, Israel’s brilliant prime minister, General Itzhak Rabin, realized that one could inflict more serious bruises and break bones more easily if thick wooden batons were replaced with slender iron rods, civil police for the use of.

NickM
NickM
Sep 25, 2021 7:02 PM
Reply to  NickM

I notice that Gordan at 3.35pm has indirectly commented on the question: Rule with an iron rod or bamboo lath?

“Best stick craft requires a slight flexing in the structure, as
one does not want to break bones of the worker.

The stick should be used for correction only; bones
should be cracked with audience only, and as warning.”

Edwige
Edwige
Sep 25, 2021 9:26 AM

Still think one-/all-seeing- eye symbolism is a fantasy or a delusion or might be true but can’t really be sure?

https://dumptheguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/sep/25/greta-thunberg-i-really-see-the-value-of-friendship-apart-from-the-climate-almost-nothing-else-matters

Xavier
Xavier
Sep 25, 2021 12:58 PM
Reply to  Edwige

So where did you see the eye symbolism in that article?

NB What is the ‘all seeing eye’ or ‘eye in the sky’ symbolic of?

Guenonsbitch
Guenonsbitch
Sep 25, 2021 8:59 PM
Reply to  Edwige

oh wow, not only the one eye but the black goo! If you have ever followed KJ Osbourne’s Scariest Movie Ever he just did a video on the black goo. Pretty creepy. I’m sure Vigilant Citizen will also be all over this.

Geoff
Geoff
Sep 25, 2021 9:25 AM

If only the same spirit was in evidence here in this shithole (UK)

jubal hershaw
jubal hershaw
Sep 25, 2021 9:22 AM

I keep wondering why no one ever expresses curiosity about the psychology of the state’s bully boys. The state’s enforcers are not all psychopaths, no more than are all politicians, priests, and corporate managers…
And they’re not all sadists, though the glee they evince after having whacked or clubbed some peasants, or piled brutally and heavily onto a ‘protester’ suggests otherwise…
Are prison guards really mean bastards, or it it all the prisoners fault ?

NickM
NickM
Sep 25, 2021 9:55 AM
Reply to  jubal hershaw

Good question. We are all sinners, real or potential, Lord have mercy on us.

Ian
Ian
Sep 25, 2021 2:32 PM
Reply to  NickM

Rubbish! we all are given the “freedom” to decide to be sinners. Lord give us the grace to suffer the ignorance of those who cannot realize their own freedom or responsibility…..

NickM
NickM
Sep 27, 2021 7:38 AM
Reply to  Ian

“Our Father, do not put us to the test”. — Lord’s Prayer

rubberheid
rubberheid
Sep 25, 2021 2:13 PM
Reply to  jubal hershaw

nnnah.

They are not police or prison guards, they are paid gimps.

We lost any semblance of “vocation” decades ago; we lost meaningful “police” when they became global corporations.

fuck da polis/military/NHS/council etc etc, they are all certainly in it together with their paymaster general. Pick a side and all that, seems 99.99999% do not, or only do when it affects them personally.

These types might not be worth having, ’cause there is your next cohort of evil selfishness.

Good ones??? they’ve all be refused, retired, harassed and bullied into submission.

ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR and all their contractors.

Howard
Howard
Sep 25, 2021 4:12 PM
Reply to  jubal hershaw

It used to be jokingly said in my community – at the time a small rural community, now a suburban nightmare – that if the cops weren’t cops, they’d be the criminals.

There’s still something to be said about homespun wisdom.

ImpObs
ImpObs
Sep 25, 2021 9:14 AM

Seems the current ‘fuel crisis’ in the UK is wholey manufactured by the media…Cui bono?

It turns out the Road Haulage Association has been lobbying the Gov for months to relax EU visa rules so they can use cheap labour, to no avil. This culminated in a meeting with the Cabinate Office 9 days ago in which BP’s head of retail passed in confidence “two thirds of normal forecourt stock levels required for smooth operations” and levels were “declining rapidly”.

This was leaked to the media, and hey presto, panic buying causes the ‘crisis’ that until this point had been a logistics problem that they managed well enough for months without that pressure.

Thus, says the Telegraph,
the timing has fuelled suspicion that the leak is more to do with low
politics and a lobbying campaign for looser visa restrictions, to bring
in more drivers and bring down soaring costs.

http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=88107

It’s as if they want to break the system in as many places as possible in the run up to the “Great Reset” to give the ‘financial collapse’ more credibility.

Johnny
Johnny
Sep 25, 2021 8:22 AM

Thanks for keeping us up to date on the plight of those poor folk Colin.
We can only hope that their courage goes viral (pardon the pun).
We don’t need any ‘fake photos’ in ‘Marvellous Melbourne’. The brutality of the stormtroopers has been caught on cameras everywhere.

Irresponsible and proud
Irresponsible and proud
Sep 25, 2021 8:40 AM
Reply to  Johnny

Their struggle is our struggle. It’s a picture from the future, or a possible future, which cannot be allowed to realise.

NickM
NickM
Sep 25, 2021 9:56 AM

Or from our actual present.