The Supreme Court on Tuesday 12 January stayed the three controversial farm laws and formed a four member committee to require over negotiations with the farmers and “solve the problem”.

The four members are:

Ashok Gulati: Agricultural economist

Bhupinder Singh Mann: President, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Mann)

Anil Ghanwat: President, Shetkari Sangathan

Pramod Kumar Joshi: International Food Policy Research Institute

It seems that each one four of those committee members have spoken or written in support of the farm laws and this has made may people question the impartiality of the committee.

Ashok Gulati, as an example , has hailed the farm laws and even compared them to the 1991 economic reforms. consistent with him, the laws are a crucial step towards getting “agri markets right”.

Bhupinder Singh Mann, who heads his own faction of the BKU, is one among the few farm union leaders to possess begin in support of those measures

“Reforms are needed so as to form agriculture competitive. But there should be safeguards,” Mann had said.

Farm groups under the banner of All India Kisan Coordination Committee (AIKCC), which is chaired by Mann, met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in December and expressed their support for the new laws.

Anil Ghanwat, who heads the Maharashtra based Shetkari Sangathana, has been speaking out against the demand for repealing the laws. Instead, he has involved amendments to deal with farmers’ concerns, which is additionally the position the goverment came to occupy.

Ghanwat had also suggested a short lived stay the laws, which is what the SC has now done.

Pramod Joshi had written a piece of writing in financial express during the negotiations between the Centre and farm unions, during which he had praised the govt for its “positive response” and accused farmers of “changing goalposts”.

Already, the farm unions co-ordiating the protests at Singhu border and Tikri border have said that while the respect the supreme court, they will not meet the committee appointed by it.

The composition of the committee, may only vindicate the protesters’ suspicions.

According to farmers’ rights activist Ramandeep Singh Mann, “Supreme Court has formed a committee on the farm laws, which has Ashok Gulati in it. he’s a known supporter. Then there’s Bhupinder Singh Mann, this is often all wrong. We don’t accept them. we’ll return (from the protests) only the laws are repealed”.

Agriculture economist Devinder Sharma shared a couplet from Mirza Ghalib, hinting that the committee’s work are going to be a foregone conclusion.

According to author Amaan Bali, who has been following the protests from once they began four months ago in Punjab, “It was an eyewash. Farmers unions were right in distancing themselves from it (the SC proceedings)“. He says that each one four committee members are “known supporters of the government’s policies”.


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