Adani and Ambani should not enter the farmings
Chandigarh: 20th November 2021: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::
The First National Convention of Punjab women Collective began with a one minute silence to women Martyrs at the Borders in Farmers Struggle. More than 500 Women from all over Punjab partipcipated in the Convention
Key Note Speaker Vandana Shiva , congratulating the Farmers Struggle said that this is beginning of our victory , we cannot rest. Our real enemies are not Adani or Ambani but Monsanto , Rockfeller , Amazon and her is why ? The liberalisation of the seeds industry and the arrival of the gene giant Monsanto, has resulted in frequent crop failures, huge expenses for pesticides and high level of debts for the farmersWe cannot afford the Monsanto technology for India as most of the farmers will be wiped out. The seed exchanges among farmers has been a topic of discussion in the government but the government has been hijacked by corporations, Globally, the world's top 10 seed companies control one-third of the 23-billion-dollar commercial seed trade and account for 44 percent of sales.
What does digital agriculture entail? For starters, it entails the introduction of a digital surveillance system. So far, Shiva’s organization has managed to prevent Gates from introducing a seed surveillance startup, where farmers would not be allowed to grow seeds unless approved by Gates surveillance system.
The data mining, Shiva says, is needed because they don’t actually know agriculture. This is why Gates finances the policing of farmers. He needs to mine their data to learn how farming is actually done. This knowledge is then repackaged and sold back to the farmers. It’s evil genius at its finest.
Through his funding, Gates now also controls the world’s seed supply, and his financing of gene editing research has undercut biosafety laws across the world. As explained by Shiva, the only country that doesn’t have biosafety laws is the U.S. “The rest of the world does because we have a treaty called the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety,” she says.
“While he created the appearance of philanthropy, what he’s doing is giving tiny bits of money to very vital institutions. But with those bits of money, they attract government money, which was running those institutions. Now, because of his clout, he is taking control of the agenda of these institutions. In the meantime, he’s pushing patenting, be it on drugs, vaccines or on seeds.”
Taken together, Gates ends up wielding enormous control over global agriculture and food production, and there’s virtually no evidence to suggest he has good intentions.
Navsharan Kaur, feminist researcher said the the PM could npot see the women on broders even in is address did not acknowledge the presencae and particpation fo womwn, From Kitchen to Fields to the borders women have been fighting been invisible for media and our PM Modi . Women had ton fight for decades for a domestic violence at ,,, its the responsibility of state to protect women. If women want to work there is no safe workplace or safe transport , we fought .. and got sexual harassment at workplace act. Referring to Anti CAA protoest she said there too women led and here too women made the difference to the whole movement .
Punjab has 30 % of dalit population and there is caste it ahs not disappeared we need to acknowledge and fight it together
Dr shiva said , 'Today, when survival is at stake, when the claws of fascism, neo-capitalism and neo-colonization are spreading all across, there is a need to go beyond our ideological differences. Aa new ideologyhas emereged from farmers movement that persisitent , peacefuld emands will move the state.
Giving another example she said Within the movement, we formed a Mahila Suraksha committee to ensure the security of women protestors. Also, to strengthen women participation in the movement and enlighten it with a feminist perspective.
In 2013, there were riots between the Jats and Muslims in Muzaffarnagar, but today if you look at the delhi border -all of them are together in this struggle for dignity. The slogan, ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isai aapas mein hai behen bhai’ has actually come alive. A new political forum like Jan Sansad has come into existence which challenges the valuelessness and undemocratic practices in electoral politics.
The movement with this unprecedented strength can be compared to the freedom movement that could drive away the British imperial forces. We just need to keep that flame alive. As long as the flame lives, even in the heart of a few, the movement will continue to thrive.
The niece of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Gurjit Kaur congratualting punjab Women collective said this is agood beginning of all women coming together now this should actually roll over nationally, Punjab women being an example for the nation
Dr Kanwaljit Dhillion convenor Punajb Women Collective concluded by announcing the demands of the the Convention
1- The BSF extension in Punjab should be stopped immediately
2. Adani and Ambani should not enter the farmings because the farming belongs to farmers not to corporates.
3- The farmer laws should be taken back in the upcoming winter parliamentss ession till then , the farmers will not leave delhi borders.