Farmers have called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Wednesday in protest against the new agricultural laws. There are many similarities between the Farmers’ Movement and the Shaheen Bagh protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) from December to March last year.
In fact, several protesters have claimed that Shaheen Bagh was inspired by the protest.
The natural instinct
Like the Shaheen Bagh protests, the peasant movement began spontaneously and a large number of people joined the protest against the newly enacted agricultural laws.
Some of the protesting farmers reached the Delhi border to launch their strike, and their strength is growing day by day.
Perceptions against new laws
The CAA protests were against the fear that the new law was against Muslims. There were fears that a large number of Muslims would fail to prove their citizenship and be expelled from the country. The Narendra Modi government has also raised the possibility of such anti-Muslim laws.
Similarly, farmers fear that the new law will eliminate the minimum support price and that agriculture will be taken over by corporations. While the government denies that there is any such provision in the law, the farmers are not paying attention and are continuing their agitation.
The failure of the government
Whether it is the Shaheen Bagh protests against the CAA or the ongoing peasant agitation, the government seems to have been slow in resolving the crises. It failed to convince him of his point of view.
The limited nature of protests
Shaheen Bagh protests began as police took action against Jamia Millia Islamia students, blocking the road by residents of Okhla area to protest against the CAA. Slowly and gradually, the people of the nation’s capital and neighboring states joined the movement.
Similarly, the peasant strike was protested by a small number of Punjabi people and some of the people of Haryana on the Delhi border. However, they include people from states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The movement is likely to grow with each passing day.
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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his concern over the plight of farmers protesting against Guru Nanak Jayanti. He called on the Canadian High Commissioner to reiterate his support for the farmers. “Canada will always stand up for the right to peaceful protest anywhere in the world. We are delighted to move towards escalation and dialogue,” he said.
Protests to support farmers have also taken place in the UK.
The Shaheen Bagh protest drew eyeballs from some abroad. Islamic countries have voiced their concerns about the situation that will result from the protests.
The Role of Women
Women were at the forefront of the Shaheen Bagh protest. He was instrumental in the long-running confrontation with the government. The men would have taken a back seat if the men took control of the protest.
Initially, the peasant strike saw the presence of fewer women. However, as time passed, their numbers began to grow. Many women came from Punjab to support the men.
Banner-free movement
The Shaheen Bagh protest did not take place under any particular banner. It drew its name from where it took place.
Similarly, the farmer strike has not taken place under any banner so far.
Opponents of the BJP
The farmers’ strike has received the support of most parties that are politically opposed to the BJP and Prime Minister Modi. The Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party, the Left parties, the Sharad Pawar-led NCP and others have supported the agitating farmers.
The Shaheen Bagh protesters were also supported by the same side.
Prolonged protest
The Shaheen Bagh protest, which began on December 14, 2019, ended on March 24, which lasted nearly three months. The kitchens were in place for the protesters to cook.
The peasant movement may be heading in that direction. If the government does not find an early solution to the problem, it can be a long time. Some protesters have claimed that they are ready for a long war and come with six months of rations.

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