Farm regulation repeal: In UK diaspora, one chorus: a choice in time might’ve saved many lives

The Indian diaspora group within the UK, particularly Sikhs and Punjabis who’ve been constantly supporting the farmers’ battle in India financially and in any other case, expressed satisfaction over the choice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal the controversial agri legal guidelines, however some say it ought to have come a lot earlier and tons of of lives might have been saved.

Supreme Sikh Council UK secretary common Gurmel Singh Kandola “cautiously welcomed” the announcement to repeal the agri legal guidelines. “We now await to see when the Parliament formally takes the laws off. The guaranteed MSP (minimum support price) remains a key outstanding issue. Huge price has been paid by the agricultural workers particularly the Sikhs — over 700 have died and huge hardship is being endured by the protestors. Several hundred are tied up in legal processes on trumped up charges. Many diaspora Sikhs have been vilified for providing humanitarian aid to the farmers. The government now also needs to withdraw the charges in good grace and enter into constructive dialogue with the farmers representatives,” Kandola instructed the Indian Express.

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Sanjay Jagatia, Chair of the Hindu Think Tank UK (@HindusinUK) stated “it was heartening” to listen to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announce the repeal of the three controversial farm legal guidelines. “Thousands of farmers have been camping at Delhi’s borders since last November and many have died from heat, cold and Covid, as a result. We hope that the protesting farmers will now call off the protest,” stated Jagatia.

“The farmers didn’t deserve to be so mistreated and they have made enormous sacrifices to preserve their way of life. Given their valiant struggles, I am glad that the controversial farm laws have been repealed,” stated Slough MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who had raised farmers’ challenge within the British Parliament. “Sections of media and establishment busy labelling farmers and those standing in solidarity with them as ‘terrorists and separatists’ may well want to apologise,” he added.

Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma stated, “I am pleased to see that the Indian government has listened to the citizens and is rethinking the farm laws. It is right for the Indian government to propose changes to the country to modernise systems, but some may go too far too fast. As someone who was born in India, I want to see the country thrive and go from strength to strength, and I look forward to the UK and India collaborating on ambitious international agreements.”

“This hugely welcome news is a huge victory for the farmers and families who protested against them and sacrificed so much,” tweeted Seema Malhotra, MP from Feltham and Heston.

Gurmail Singh Malhi, president of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall, the most important Sikh gurdwara in Europe that has helped organise big demonstrations and fundraising in assist of the farmers and even took half in COP26 protests, welcomed PM Modi’s announcement to repeal these legal guidelines, however added “had the decision come in time, a huge loss of life and resources could have been averted.”

Ghadar International’s Salvinder Dhillon, a vocal group voice for socialism, stated, “The struggle should continue till the repeal has actually been implemented. The labour and trade unions should learn from this farmers’ movement and their long-term fight has to go on till they get power to make their own decisions.”