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Mainstream, VOL LIX No 19, New Delhi, April 24, 2021

Appeal to the Union Government and to the Leadership of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha From Concerned Scholars & Intellectuals

Friday 23 April 2021

The long-drawn peaceful movement by the farmers against the three agri-laws, enacted at the time of Covid-19, is the manifestation of the persistent and deep-rooted agrarian crisis and farmers’ distress in the country. In the understanding of the farmers, and rightly so, the implementation of these three laws would not only accentuate their crisis but would also pose a serious threat to their livelihood. Pan India, the movement is getting amazing support and cooperation from the farmers, agricultural labourers, youth and civil society organisations. The Indians settled abroad and members of civil society across the globe are also lending support to this movement of farmers. Globally, India is facing a serious set-back to its cherished values of democratic and human rights. Already India has been declared as one of the world’s least free democracies in the world as is reflected in theFreedom in the World 2020 Report and its ranking has slipped down from the 71st to the 83rd position.

The adamant attitude of the Union Government is causing unprecedented psychological and physical sufferings to lakhs of agitating farmers consisting of women, children, old peoples and youth, who have been camping in the open on the outskirts of Delhi for the last more than 140 days and are facing numerous problems. Their families at home are undergoing a traumatic situation and are living under an atmosphere of fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Already more than 300 persons have died several hundred have suffered injuries and detentions in the on-going struggle and there does not seem to be an amicable solution insight. Camping in temporary shelters at the Delhi borders in extreme winter and scorching heat of the summer is not easy. This reflects the long patience and suffering of the farmers, labourers, women and youth in this protest. Millions of work-days have been wasted as a result of which agriculture and growth of the country is going to be adversely impacted. The on-going movement needs to be understood in the larger human and social context as the standoff is in no body’s interest.

Against this backdrop we earnestly appeal to the Government of India to be fair to the farmers who are providing food security to the nation. The Government is urged to immediately enter into a dialogue with the farmers’ leaders and find an amicable solution in order to end the stalemate. We also appeal to the leadership of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha that they should respond positively to the Government’s invite as and when such an invitation is extended.

Signatories

Sr. No. Name Designation and Address
1 Shri Som Pal Shastry Former Minister of State for Agriculture, Govt. of India and Ex-Member Planning Commission of India
2 Shri TKA Nair IAS (Retd.) & Former Chief Secretary Punjab
3 Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar Former Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad
4 Dr. R. Radhakrishna Chairman and Honorary Professor, Centre for Economics and Social Studies (CESS), N.O. Campus, Begumpet Hyderabad
5 Dr. Baldev Singh Dhillon Vice Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana, Punjab
6 Dr. Neera Chandhoke Distinguished Fellow Centre of Equity Studies, Delhi, formerly Professor Department of Political Science Delhi University
7 Dr. KS Aulakh Former Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana
8 Shri Ashok Arora President, Supreme Court Lawyers’ Conference, Ex Secretary Supreme Court Bar Association
9 Shri Rajinder Singh Cheema, Senior Advocate Punjab and Haryana High Court and Supreme Court & Former Advocate General, Punjab
10 Dr. MS Mallik IPS (Retd.) Former DGP Haryana
11 Dr. D. Narasimha Reddy Professor of Economics (Rtd), University of Hyderabad
12 Dr. Biswajeet Chatterjee Former Professor and Head Dept. Of Economics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
13 Dr. Sucha Singh Gill Former Director-General of CRRID and presently, Senior Professor and Research Coordinator (Honorary), CRRID, Chandigarh
14 Dr. Ajit Kumar Singh Former Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Sector O, Aliganj, Lucknow
15 Shri Gurdial Singh Pandher IPS (Retd) & Former DGP, National Security Guards
16 Dr. Ranjit Singh Ghuman Professor of Eminence, GNDU, Amritsar and Senior Professor of Economics, CRRID, Chandigarh
17 Dr. Kamal N. Kabra Former Professor of Economics IIPA, New Delhi & Ex-
Malcolm Adiseshiah Chair Professor, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi
18 Shri Devinder Sharma Veteran Journalist & Food Policy Analyst
19 Dr. Arun Kumar Malcolm S. Adiseshiah Chair Professor, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi & Former Professor, JNU
20 Dr. R.S. Bawa Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, Punjab & Ex-President, Indian Economic Association
21 Dr. Kuldeep Kaur Dr BR Ambedkar Chair, GNDU, Amritsar
22 Dr. Ravi Srivastava Former Prof. & Head, CSRD, JNU, New Delhi
23 Dr. Harish K. Puri Former Prof. & Head, Dept of Political Science, and Dean, GNDU, Amritsar
24 Dr. Dipinder Singh Retd. IAS & Former Secretary, Government of Punjab
25 Dr. Ronki Ram Sahid Bhagat Singh Chair Professor and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh
26 Dr. J.S. Samra Ex-Chief Executive Officer (NRAA), NITI Aayog, Government of India
27 Dr. Chaman Lal Retd. Professor JNU and Ex-Dean Language Faculty, Panjab University, Chandigarh
28 Dr. Surinder Kumar Former Professor of Economics, MDU, Rohtak
& Former Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow
29 Shri Satnam Manak Senior Journalist and President Punjab Jagriti Manch
30 Dr. Jagmohan Singh Former Professor & Head, Deptt. Of Computer Science, PAU, Ludhiana
31 Shri PPS Gill Veteran Journalist & State Information Commissioner, Punjab
32 Umendra Dutt Executive Director, Kheti Virasat Mission, Punjab
33 Dr. Kuldeep Singh Former Professor & Head Dept of Political Science, GNDU, Amritsar
34 Dr. Kanwaljit Kaur Gill Professor of Economics (Rtd.) and & Former HoD, Deptt. Of Distance Education, Punjabi University Patiala.
35 Dr. Amarjit Bhullar Department of Economics, University of Northern British Columbia
36 Dr. Surinder S. Jodka Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
37 Shri Ravinder Singh Brar Former President, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union
38 Shri Joginder Singh Toor Senior Advocate, Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh
39 Professor Bawa Singh Ex-Vice Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, Government of India
40 Dr. Birinder Pal Singh Professor of Eminence Department of Sociology & Social
Anthropology Punjabi University, Patiala
41 Dr. Rajinder Chaudhry Former Professor of Economics, MDU, Rohtak.
42 Dr. Sukhpal Singh Principal Economist, PAU Ludhiana
43 Dr. Amar Singh Azad Director, Centre for Holistic & Environmental Health, Kheti Virasat Mission, Punjab
44 Dr. Parminder Singh Former Professor & Head, English Deptt., GNDU, Amritsar
45 Dr. Kesar Singh Bhangoo Professor of Economics & Dean Social Sciences
Punjabi University Patiala
46 Dr. Jagrup Singh Sekhon Former Prof. & Head, Dept of Political Science, GNDU, Amritsar
47 Dr. Ranvinder Singh Sandhu Former Professor & Head Sociology, GNDU, Amritsar
48 Dr. BS Sohal Former HoD, ENT Deptt. Govt. Medical College and Rajindra Hospital, Patiala
49 Dr. D.K. Madaan Professor & Head, School of Social Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala
50 Shri Sarbjit Dhaliwal Veteran Journalist and Social activist
51 Dr. Jaswinder Singh Brar Professor of Economics, Punjabi University, Patiala
52 Dr. Sukhwinder Singh Former Professor of Economics, Punjabi University, Patiala
53 Dr. Ramnik Mohan Former Associate Professor (English), All India Jat Heroes’ Memorial College, Rohtak
54 Dr Sukhvinder Singh Johal Associate Professor, CRRID, Chandigarh
55 Dr. Kuldeep Singh Assistant Professor of Education, Punabi University Patiala
56 Dr. Arun Mitra ENT Surgeon & Senior Vice President Indian Doctors for Peace& Development
57 Shri BS Dhillon President, Punjab Electrical Industries Association
58 Amrik Singh Dhillon Col (Retd.)
59 Dr. Simranjit Singh Bains Associate Professor, Lyalpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar
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