It has been nearly impossible to have a clear stand on the farmer protests for me.
Being so distant from the ground means that either I will deal with abstract ideas (editorials, experts) or anecdotal evidence (from friends, others working with a certain group of farmers)
There is a free market libertarian in me who believes that markets overall are wiser than any individual / state actors in matching supply-demand dynamics. (Some Gurucharan Das)
The violation of the spirit of democratic process (consulting various stakeholders, giving space for opposing views and reaching consensus as far as possible) seems to be present. On the other hand this is a government that we have voted with staggering majority.
And at the level of heart, emotions and morality, the suffering borne by farmers is impossible to ignore. If in the Delhi winters people are willing to suffer so much, they are likely to be anticipating much more suffering from the laws. Even if this is a small minority, it can’t be ignored. (Some P Sainath)
Where do I go from here?
It is yet another sense-making failure for me.
Hence in a broad, general cliche I can hope that some consensus gets reached (a mandavli) that eventually is the victory of democracy in its spirit and the protection of the weakest sections of the society.
When in such confusion, it is best to move to Gandhiji’s talisman and see what will this step do to the poorest and most marginalized. It is great to move to “Satyamev Jayate”
But what do you do when truth itself is so contested and Truth (with a capital T), our shared Truth is so hard to arrive at?