Boris Johnson’s Hilarious Response to India’s Farmer Protests

Asmita Karanje

UK PM’s response to India’s farmer protests shows how little concern he has for issues pertaining to other nations.

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Forget being briefed by his cabinet, when a member of the parliament from the opposition party tries to explain the issue, Boris Johnson doesn't listen.

"Many were horrified to see water cannon, tear gas and brute force being used against farmers peacefully protesting in India about #FarmersBill2020. Everyone has the fundamental right to protest peacefully. But it might help if our PM actually knew what he was talking about!
The world is watching, issue is a huge one with hundreds of thousands protesting globally (including in London, reported on by BBC) and the usual Boris Johnson bluff and bluster heaps further embarrassment onto our nation. Absolutely clueless! So disappointed with his response." - Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP

If he would have paid attention to what the minister was saying, he would have understood the issue has got nothing to do with Indo-Pakistan relations. Unfortunately, his standard response to such questions gave away his diplomacy tricks.

India's farmers are protesting against the new farm laws which would take away protection that guarantees them a minimum price popularly called the MSP - the minimum support pricing. While the government has repeatedly said that the new laws would not remove the MSP, the farmers have lost trust in what the office-bearers have to say. Their promises are as hollow as their execution plans. We have seen it during demonetization and implementation of goods and services tax, and very recently the COVID relief measures. The common man doesn't trust the government. Why should they?

The government is notorious for being hand-in-glove with the big corporates. The FMCG companies would largely benefit from these farm laws by being able to source directly from the farmer. A poor farmer cannot negotiate with these multi-million dollar businesses with deep pockets. And that poor farmer have realised this before it happens. Some also fear that these corporates might even confiscate the land they own. The government's close affair with the businesses is not hidden from the masses. They can see through the cheap tactics of BJP-RSS.

While the comman man protests and suffers, Modi is busy laying the foundation for a new parliament building. He has clearly shown us what his priorities are. So when the PM of our country himself doesn't care, what more can we expect from any other leaders specifically not the conservative right nationalists like Boris Johnson.

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