What does 2021 remind us of?
Dr. Shamshad Hussain K. T
What does 2021 remind India of? The success of the Indian Farmers’ Protest is the major incident that India witnessed in 2021. Though the government decided to repeal the three farm laws on 19th November 2021, the farmers union demanded that the central government’s policies be farmer-friendly and ensure a Minimum Support Price. They haven’t trusted the Prime Minister’s vow and wanted him to convene a special parliament session to repeal the farm laws. Almost 500 farmers’ organizations participated in the protest under the coordination of Samyukt Kisan Morcha. The farmers didn’t retreat when they were stopped at Delhi and mass arrests took place. The protesters were so dauntless that they wanted the authorities to meet them for the discussion at the place they decide. The protests give us insights on several issues. They continued the struggle when the government agreed to meet some of their needs and tried to repress them by arresting the leaders. The Farmers’ Struggle gained public attention worldwide and the Central Government was forced to repeal the bills. Farmers are producers of food and they feed us through their hard work. Who else can dissent from the fascist government better than them?
The suicide of Baba Ram Singh as a protest against the government, the letters written in blood addressing the P. M., the intervention of the Supreme Court by staying on the laws, the support of popular icons like Pop singer Rihanna Fenty, Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg, etc. were crucial involvements in the Farmers’ Protest. The NDA government realized that the farmers cannot be defeated and the plans of counter-protesters too failed. Even though the protest had several martyrs, this more-than-a-year-long struggle for rights is the major achievement of 2021.
The biggest losses of 2021 are the deaths of eminent personalities namely, the politician K. R. Gauri Amma, Malayalam actors Nedumudi Venu and Rizabawa, Hindi actor Dilip Kumar, and Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui. K. R. Gauri Amma succeeded in her political career and continued in it till her death. She has left the familial bonds for her ideology and the political institution. Though Rizabawa acted in more than 150 movies and is popular among the Malayali audience, it is a harsh reality that the Malayalam film industry failed to explore his acting potential. Coming from a theatre background, he was not cast in good and variant roles in Malayalam. But his physique and body language on the screen changed the perception of the villain roles in Malayalam cinema. Nedumudi Venu was a veteran actor noted for his versatile roles in South Indian movies. The characters portrayed by Venu outlive the actor himself.
The demise of the Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui who was acclaimed for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis strikes painfully. The dubiousness of his death continues although he was a leading journalist for Reuters. The nationalist hailers weren’t much interested in knowing the truth albeit killed by the Taliban. But people from different parts of the world who are acquainted with his works raised their voices demanding a proper elucidation on his death. The most heartrending experience of 2021 was the image of the public and the notable figures paying tribute to his death.
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