New Delhi , DEC 23|| News Desk
India observes National Farmers Day or Kisan Divas on December 23 every year to mark the birth anniversary of fifth Prime Minister Choudhary Charan Singh. Choudhary Charan Singh, regarded as a farmer’s leader, introduced many policies to improve their lives. Historians and people alike frequently refer to him as the ‘champion of India’s peasants.
India has always been considered as an agriculture-dominated country. A rich and resourceful land made it possible for Indians to adopt farming. But poor planning, factors related to population and government’s focus on other industrial sectors made farming unattractive. In the 1960’s, the Green Revolution helped make farming attractive again, especially for the farmers in the northern region.
The government had in 2001 decided to mark Charan Singh’s birth anniversary as Kisan Diwas. Farmers Day or Kisan Divas on December 23 every year to mark the birth anniversary of fifth Prime Minister Choudhary Charan Singh. Choudhary Charan Singh, regarded as a farmer’s leader, introduced many policies to improve their lives. He was born in Noorpur of Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur. He served as the Prime Minister of India between July 28, 1979, and January 14, 1980. People refer to him as the ‘champion of India’s peasants.
Singh was born in 1902 in Meerut. He was from a peasant family and believed in the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’, given by former PM Lal Bahadur Shashtri.
Charan Singh became notable in Uttar Pradesh from the 1950s after he drafted and ensured the passage of revolutionary land reform laws. It was in 1959 when he first opposed then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s “socialistic and collectivist land policies”.
Though India is self-sufficient now with the help of increased food production. However, government’s efforts to boost privatisation have worried the farmers of the country who are struggling with reduced income over the years, resulting in poverty and suicides. It’s time the country listens to them.
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