What very ordinary people can accomplish is proved once againIt is a day to remember. It is a day when seemingly humble farmers have won;. The manner in which the huge numbers of farmers from Punjab and Haryana mobilized themselves in the heat and the rain and in the biting cold and battled it out for almost one year, is one lesson that cannot be missed.
Protests in a very peaceful way are always welcome. Despite the many odds against them, the agitation by the farmers has effectively demonstrated the power of the people. It has demonstrated the power of democracy.
What we can feel proud, as Indians, is the fact that when people feel that their livelihood is threatened, when their pride is attacked in some way or the other, they will raise in revolt. In fact, the organized sector employees have become very quiet over the past three decades, with the onset of the IT revolution. Since the use of IT is so widespread, every single Indian has embraced it and since IT is always associated with the most advanced technologies, the common man is brought into the "system" as we understand it, and the trade unions have become silent.
But farmers are a different lot. They do not have big trade unions. The entire lot of farmers have united as one. We should feel proud for the victory of democracy.