Tarlochan Singh, an elderly farmer, summed up the mood, saying: 

“It is not merely about a few legal infirmities in the laws. It is the philosophy of governance that will trigger a national crisis, a situation that will widen the conflict between the rich and the poor...
If this direction is not changed, we may be heading for civil war in this country. We have to understand the nature of the threat first; it is not about legalese, it is about life.”
“Everybody is going to be affected — the small businessmen, the agriculture workers, the consumers. We don’t need governments, courts and committees to tell us what our pain is.

Why is the government doing such a favour that will endanger our lives?
None will move from here until the laws are repealed.

The government can fire on us, unleash tanks or do bombarding from fighter planes. We die or defeat this government.”
Asked what would happen if the leaders strike a deal with the government and decide to give up, he said:

“It is not possible now. You must have a very low-grade moral fabric to strike a deal with the government on this issue. Our leaders aren’t like that.”
The movement had crossed the phase when compromises were possible.

It is a unique mass movement which has acquired a life of its own. It is controlled by the collective spirit now.
“We know the worth of the government’s assurances. The Prime Minister says the corporate entities will pay higher rates than the MSP. We are fighting for the lowest benchmark — give us legal guarantee of MSP. Good for the corporates also.
What is the problem in creating safeguards for the farmers? Don’t give us subsidies, no cash… just ensure MSP. Doesn’t the Prime Minister know how much is the dues of sugarcane farmers despite repeated assurances?”
Jathedar Baba Mohan Singh, who was overhearing the conversation, gave his final verdict:

“The Prime Minister and the Supreme Court judges should come here and see the truth. This is a people’s movement. Farmers ensure nobody goes hungry in India...
That’s why every Indian, cutting across region and religion, is supporting us.

We are here till this bekaar sarkar withdraws these bekaar laws.

Our langar has continued for 550 years and we are determined to serve the farmers here for as long as they continue the struggle.”
Farmers' protest: why courts don’t matter any more

At Singhu and Ghazipur borders, it is about life, not legalese

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The 56-inch strongman who does not have the courage to face India’s farmers.

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Take Excise Duty alone, it is still 119%

But lazy bumps at @INCIndia says it is 69% 🤣🤣

For @INCIndia, since you don't read @NH_India, I leave you the link here on the article published in your daily

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When #BJP leaders claim that revenue from #fuelprices is used for welfare schemes, they are being economical with the truth.

What is more, the share of states from tax on fuel has steadily gone down

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Also no reservoir systems has endless capabilities, like all other things in the universe.

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