Thursday Hops #21

This week’s Thursday Hops is dedicated to the ongoing farmers’ protest against the recently introduced farm laws. I won’t go into the nitty-gritties of the laws as I’m not really an expert on them. But just think, if the very farmers that these laws are claiming to protect are protesting against them, then there must be something really wrong with the laws.

I don’t buy into the Government’s view that this is a politically orchestrated protest or that the farmers are simple-minded, innocent folks being misled by the Opposition. I mean, the Opposition in India is in shambles right now. There is no way they could have organized such large-scale protests in so many states, and kept it going for such a long time. I believe that this is, by and large, a very natural, organic protest.

Some glimpses from the protest site at Delhi’s Ghazipur border on NH-24.

Let’s pray that the ongoing talks between the government and various farm unions lead to a solution that address all of the farmers’ concerns. And the farmers who have been braving Delhi’s cold conditions are able to return home with a smile on their faces.

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Published by Leena T Pandey

I have been reading voraciously since the age of five when I first discovered the joys of reading. I would lap up anything in print. Unrolling an emptied newspaper cone with one hand, stuffing roasted peanuts in my mouth with the other, all the while devouring the printed content on the cone with my eyes, was one of my first experiences in hedonistic pleasure. In fact, sometimes I feel that I am on an adventurous journey through the secret dreamworld of other people's imaginations, interspersed with occasional visits to my own life to attend events like graduation, first job, marriage, and so on. As a true-blue reader, I think I am uniquely qualified to comment on and critique other people's works of labour. I can tell exactly what puts the average reader to sleep, what sets their pulse racing, and what has them salivating for more. Write to me at

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