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PUNE: Eminent novelist and essayist Arundhati Royon on Saturday got here out in help of the farmers who’re agitating on Delhi borders, and stated the new farm legal guidelines which they’re opposing will assist solely the company sector.
Speaking at Elgar Parishad, a conclave, right here, Roy additionally slammed the BJP governments on the centre and in states over points equivalent to anti-conversion legal guidelines and lockdown.
“It is very important for us to stand by the farmers,” the Man Booker award-winning author stated.
“The new agriculture laws will break the backbone of the farm sector and give the control to the corporates,” she stated, alleging that the Union authorities was making an attempt to discredit the agitation.
Roy referred to arrests of a number of Left-leaning activists together with Sudha Bharadwaj below the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act following the December 2017 Elgar Parishad in Pune.
As within the the case of ongoing farmers’ motion, there have been makes an attempt to discredit the Elgar Parishad and the activists related to it by terming them as ‘city naxals’, she alleged.
All the jailed activists must be launched instantly, she demanded.
“During the lockdown when lakhs of people lost their jobs, the wealth of industrialists grew by 35 per cent,” she charged.
She additionally blasted the BJP-led Union authorities for asserting lockdown for coronavirus in March final yr with solely 4 hours’ discover, calling it an “ambush”.
Criticizing the ordinances issued by BJP-ruled states to penalize ‘fraudulent’ spiritual conversions, Roy stated many Muslim youths and households have been focused below the garb of those legal guidelines.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting since late November at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that these legal guidelines would pave the best way for the dismantling of the minimal help value (MSP) system, leaving them on the “mercy” of massive firms.
However, the federal government has maintained that the brand new legal guidelines will deliver higher alternatives to farmers and introduce new applied sciences in agriculture.

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