On the morning of November 19, local time, Indian Prime Minister Modi delivered a speech to the whole country and decided to repeal three agrarian reform bills involving farmers’ interests. Modi called on farmers to end the protests and return home.
Farmers account for about 70% of India’s population. In the 2019 general election, Modi’s Indian Party successfully won more farmers’ votes and was re-elected by an absolute advantage.
Just the second year after the election, Modi’s government forcibly passed a series of agricultural reform bills aimed at introducing private capital into agricultural product purchase and sale.
Many farmers believe that this move seriously harms their interests. In order to save their livelihoods, a large number of farmers held protests despite the risk of the epidemic and demanded the repeal of the relevant bills.