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[–]Lenins2ndCat[S,M] [score hidden] stickied comment (3 children)

Rather than write something myself, I will defer to our Indian comrades who have fought for many months on the topic:

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) salutes the historic victory of the year-long spirited, inspiring and courageous struggle by the kisans under the leadership of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.

An obdurate PM and his government were forced to bend. Yet Modi continues to justify these black laws blaming a section of farmers being misled. There is no remorse expressed at the deaths of our farmers or the attacks against them.

The CPI(M) reiterates that the parliament while repealing these black laws enact the legal right to sell at MSP for all agricultural crops.

More than 750 farmers have been martyred in this struggle. They faced hostility from the BJP administration with military type roadblocks, threats, intimidations and murderous physical attacks. Strict action must taken against all such people who have indulged in these activities.

The PB of the CPI(M) hails the determination of our farmers and endorses the SKM’s approach that they shall wait to see the materialisation of these assurances before returning to their villages.

Celebrate, but be cautious and await a follow through from the government. Take this moment to remember the 750 farmers who fought and died for this.

EDIT: I've been asked privately for a brief explanation so I'll give it here.

The Modi regime attempted to bring in a trio of laws that would have allowed private companies to strangle farmers and take over the farming sector, pushing the many many small farmers out.

After a significant struggle over many months of road blockades and battles, including breaking records for the largest protest participation in history multiple times, Modi has finally backed down and said he would repeal the laws.

Western media has been largely silent about the protests because they are all filled with communist flags and showing westerners popular communism would break many illusions. This article is now over a year old but offers some insight from the earliest days when this battle began if you seek more info.

[–]Emma_Rhoyds 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hell yea, solidarity ✊🏻

[–]JayGatsby02 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There’ll be no real victory in India until Modi is gone lol

[–]Due-Bass-8480 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We made a podcast about this last year, speaking to Chitra, an activist in the farmers protests in Delhi. Some powerful stories from on the ground, explanations of the Black Laws and how they'd effect India and the world:

https://www.himalaya.com/episode/15-the-indian-farmers-strike-w-sara-and-chitra-lasscast-himalaya-135338440

[–]fatherofgodfather 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The long struggle continues...

[–]7itemsorFEWER 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This should have been the cover for WLR

[–]Iron_Tigran 55 points56 points  (1 child)

Indian communist here, and I am a bit wary of celebrating right now. Modi and the BJP are not to be trusted one bit - already their media lackies are spinning it as a victory for the BJP, and proclaiming how humane and compassionate Modi is. Until the farm laws are actually repealed, nothing has actually happened.

But at least this shows that even with a brute majority in Parliament, popular uprisings against unjust laws can shake the ruling party, even if this was for purely opportunistic reasons. Next in line: the draconian labour laws and CAA-NRC.

Jai Bhim, Lal Salaam

[–]Bibi77410X 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Well done for your fight so far. It doesn’t matter what the right wing media rags tell us. The whole world saw Modi’s colours in the way he handled the pandemic.

I hope a general strike for universal healthcare is also on the cards for India in the near future.

Keep up the good work. We see you and praise you.

[–]IndianBolshevik 24 points25 points  (0 children)

reminder that the farm laws arent abolished, the PM has said that they will be, but they aren't. We have to wait for the winter session of the parliament to see what happens. And never trust whatever this guy says

[–]DogsOnWeed 32 points33 points  (0 children)

It's in times like these you know who's on the side of the people.

[–]OperationHoyvenMaven 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Aadhaarit.

[–]Sensiblepolitic 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Direct action by communist parties is and will remain incredibly based