If you are an Indian, you might have heard that few months back our government signed an agreement with ASEAN nations permitting them to export their goods to India. This was done to be part of the ongoing globalization.
Have you given a thought on what all ways would it affect the common-man? The farmers of our country?
Our beautiful state Kerala, is going to see the worst effects of it, since a number of products produced in Kerala feature on the list of the ASEAN agreement - these items include pepper, rubber and coffee.
Will the farmers who already face hardships, be able to withstand the competition from ASEAN countries?
The CPIM had launched a protest against this agreement.
They organized a state-wide human chain on Oct 2nd. Needless to say, it was a huge success. Despite the rain, almost 30 lakh common people participated along with leaders including our CM and CPIM party general secretary.
Myself and dad also formed links of the chain & together We all took oath against the agreement and to protect our farmers. The main slogan was ‘ASEAN trade agreement to be dumped in Arabian Sea’.
But, then is anybody bothering to follow up on the same?
Well .. after that, one day, I read in news paper that central government have agreed to provide compensation to all farmers , for any loss incurred due to the agreement.
With the current state of affairs, would the needy people receive the well deserved reimbursement?
Would the central or state government including the leaders of the human chain take any measures to ensure it ?
Does the public who affirmed the protest be sincere to the pledge we have taken?
Finally, after all the hype and publicity, what does the poor farmer gain?
Let us see wait and watch the effects of the treaty which will be effective from Jan 2010!!