Modi is still silent? Angry farmers demolished 1,500 signal towers, and Asia’s richest man suffered heavy losses
India’s peasant protesters have been in the cold wind and blocked the highway around the capital Delhi for a month. Since the arrival of the winter cold wave in mid-December, dozens of protesting farmers died due to the cold, and some protesters threatened to commit suicide. There have been several cases of taking poison and shooting themselves. The successive deaths of farmers cast a big shadow over this protest. But Modi remained unmoved. He also told the protesters that the three agricultural reform bills he introduced would never be revoked .
Peaceful protests and suicides are not acceptable. Recently, farmers The protesters became increasingly desperate, and some irrational farmers began to plunge into violence. According to Al Jazeera, more than 1,500 signal towers in Punjab in northern India were damaged. It is understood that there are 9,000 signal towers in the area. According to local officials, farmers have fallen into complete anger in opposing Modi’s agricultural reforms.
According to some farmers protesting leaders, India’s new law will introduce private companies to take over the agricultural market. A group of large Indian groups such as Reliance Telecom and Adani will become the biggest beneficiaries of this agricultural reform. , They will be the main players to carve up India’s agricultural market.
For a long time, Indian farmers have been regarded as Indian More than half of the 1.3 billion people are farmers, but the plight of Indian farmers is worrying. A 2018 report by the Indian government showed that more than half of India’s farmers are in debt life.
From 2018 to 2019, more than 20,000 farmers committed suicide in India. The main reason for these farmers’ suicide was debt. This shows how difficult the situation of Indian farmers is. Indian farmers worry that private companies will eventually exploit farmers and make their situation more difficult.
The signal tower destroyed this time is the facility of Reliance Telecom. The Punjab State where the incident occurred is the heartland of Indian agriculture and is known as the”Granary of India”. After the incident, the local farmers’ union stated that they did not play any role in the sabotage.
According to local officials, the fiber optic cables of telecommunications towers have been cut off Some generators were also stolen. According to a source, as of last Sunday, more than 1,400 signal towers have been damaged by sabotage, and more than 150 have been damaged on Monday. Videos of Reliance’s employees being driven off the telecommunications tower and chased are widely spread on social media.
Punjab’s chief minister, Amaridel Singh, said that violence may alienate the protesters from society, which will harm the interests of agricultural communities.
Reliance Telecom, whose interests have been seriously damaged this time, is owned by Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in Asia. The company has not yet commented on the sabotage. Affected by the sabotage, local mobile phone services have been severely affected.
In addition to destroying Reliance Telecom’s equipment, the protesters also blocked This is one of the largest edible oil warehouses in Punjab, which is understood to belong to the Adani Group, another large group that will benefit from agricultural reforms.
A farmer who participated in Monday’s protests said that their voices against reforms are being heard by more and more people. The farmer named Darwin said that they had a relationship with the Delhi border. The farmer brothers stood together and they called on people to resist Faithfulness and Adani. Davind stated that many protesters were involved in the destruction of the faithful signal tower.
The violence that broke out on Sunday is pushing Indian farmers’ protests to a new climax. With ineffective communication with Modi, violence has become a new way for Indian farmers to voice their anger. The Modi government may be able to temporarily control the protests in New Delhi, but how can he prevent violence like Punjab?
The victim of this violent activity is Mo If he continues to fail to respond to the demands of farmers, such violent actions will continue in the future. At that time, even if Modi can still sit still, his capitalist friends may not be able to sit still.