Farmers continue to protest! India’s government cut off the Internet to respond, modi broke the silence and criticized the protestors for “insulting the country”
[Hu Bofeng, special correspondent of global times in India] Indian farmers are still protesting against the new agricultural bill. India’s interior ministry cut off Internet services in several areas around the capital as protesting farmers went on a one-day hunger strike in the outskirts of New Delhi on January 30, local time, Reuters reported. Indian Prime Minister modi said on January 31 that the impact of the Red Fort in New Delhi caused “insult” to India.
Photo: Indian Prime Minister modi. Photo by Sheng Jiapeng, China News Agency
According to the report, the Indian interior ministry said on January 30 that Internet services at three locations where protests took place in the suburbs of New Delhi had been suspended until 23:00 local time on January 31 to “maintain public safety”. Reuters said that the Indian government often cuts off Internet services in places where they think there will be riots, but the move is still unusual in the capital.
Indian farmers protested the new agricultural law for several months, and peaceful demonstrations turned violent recently. Modi broke his silence, saying that the actions of the protestors on National Day (Republic Day) were “insults to the country”, which was also shocked and sad. According to India’s “express” on January 31, modi said in a radio speech on the same day: “on January 26, the Indian flag was insulted in New Delhi, and the whole country felt sad about it.” He stressed that the government is committed to promoting agricultural modernization, while implementing many policies in this direction.
According to the global times, 11 rounds of negotiations have been held between the Indian government and the protesting farmers. However, due to the firm attitude of both sides, no constructive consensus has been reached. According to the times of India, Prime Minister modi presided over an all party meeting on January 30, promising that the government’s proposal to suspend the implementation of the three new agricultural bills for 18 months remains valid, stressing that the government will continue to solve the problem with an “open attitude.”. However, many protest farmers’ leaders did not pay for this. Instead, they asked the government “why not simply repeal the bill”, criticized the government for taking actions such as cutting off the Internet, and called on farmers to maintain a “peaceful way of protest”.
India today website reported on January 31 that protesting farmers held a hunger strike on January 30 on the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death. Farmers in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and Bihar also expressed their support on that day. According to the report, a new round of negotiations between the government and protesting farmers may be held on February 2, but Punjab farmers are driving more than 700 caravans and tractors to New Delhi to join the protest on January 31, and the future situation is still not optimistic.