State control over every input market hinders farmers from innovating and improving their lives
On 9 June , the Shetkari Sanghatana, a farmers’ group in Maharashtra, marked its protest against the government ban on genetically modified (GM) crops by planting Bt brinjal and HT cotton. The first farmer satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi was in Champaran, protesting against an oppressive government that took away farmers’ choices and forced them to grow a crop (indigo) that increased their food insecurity and financial stress. Unfortunately, not much has changed over the century except the colour of the oppressors. Now, farmers must fight against their own, as the Indian government denies them their right to choose and innovate.