The Indian government has announced it will begin to repeal three highly unpopular farm laws that prompted a year of protests and unrest in India.
"On November 19, 2021, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, '[W]e have decided to repeal all three agricultural laws.' The prime minister was referring to the three agriculture laws that were rushed through the parliament in 2020. During his speech to announce the rollback, Modi told the farmers that they 'should return to [their] homes, fields and to [their] families. Let’s make a fresh start.' At no point did Modi admit that his government had passed laws that would negatively impact the farmers, who have spent a year protesting the laws thrust upon them… The farmers have not left their protest encampment despite Modi’s statement on November 19. 'They will stay put until these hated farm laws are actually repealed by [the] parliament,' [Farm protest leader] Dhawale told me. 'And also, until their other demands are… [met]. All over the country, there is jubilation that one part of the battle has been won. But there is also [a] determination to see that the other just demands of this struggle are conceded.'"