Ludhiana, June 8, 2017: BKU Chief S.Bhupinder Singh Mann has sent a strongly worded open letter to PM Narendra Modi on the farmers’ distress, killing of 6 farmers in MP and reminding him of his promises.
He has sent copies of this letter to President of India, , President of BJP, Chief Justice of India, RSS Chief, AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Ministers of MP, Maharashtra, UP, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, TN, Kerala and others.
The text of the letter is as under, which is self explanatory:
Dear Mr. Prime Minister
You will remember the famous lines from Ramayna.
रघुकुल रीत सदा चली आई
प्राण जाए पर वचन न जाई
The most important learning from Ramayna is to always keep your words as taught to us by Raja Dhashrath and Bhagwan Shri Ram.
Raja Harish Chandar gave away his kingdom, sold his family and agreed to be a slave- all to fulfil a promise he had made to the sage Vishwamitra. Raja Harish Chander fulfilled his promise in Kashi. Co-incidentally you are the PM by representing the parliamentary constituency from the same place.
When Aurangzeb took an oath on Quran and broke his promise to Guru Gobind Singh ji, Guru Sahib wrote a Zafarnama to Aurangzeb:
Ki een marad ra zareb itibar nest
chi qasm-e Quran ast yazdan yakest
"There can be no trust in a man who Sears on the Quran and One God, But values not the holy oath and is false to his Given word."
Hamun mard bayad shvad sukhnwar
Na shikm-e digar dar dahan-e digar
"Men must speak the truth, the truth living in their thoughts, Not have a promise on their lips, And a lie in their hearts."
Today no one even remembers where this Mughal Emperor was laid to rest.
I have written the above to highlight the importance of “Vachan” (Promise) in our culture and society.
You have always claimed and portrayed yourself as a righteous and a proud Hindu.
I am deeply pained on the killing of six farmers who were protesting peacefully in Madhya Pradesh. It is a clear cut murder of Indian Citizens who have right to protest given by the Constitution of India. Farmers in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab and other states also are protesting for their legitimate rights.
I have full information from my associate organizations in these states, who were part of the protests, that rogue elements were infiltrated by the State Governments in this Kisan movement to create violence which would give handle to Government to use brutal force. This is shamefully criminal.
What are the farmers protesting for? The farmers are reminding you of your promise that you made in your manifesto 2014. You had promised that the farmers will be paid 50% above the cost of production and waiver of debt in line with your promise in UP during elections. In case you have forgotten the manifesto I am attaching a copy for your ready remembrance.
You had made another promise to the farmers of the nation in your Independence Day speech from Lal Quila that you will double the farmers income. It appears that you have also forgotten this promise as well.
I really wish that you have a memory for your promises as legendary as your 56 inch chest.
Instead of fulfilling the promises and listening to the protesting farmers you chose to issue two full page advertisements in newspapers by spending crores of rupees just to make false claims on achievements in agriculture and cover up your failures.
I was shocked to see statement from your party president Amit Shah that the BJP Government is already paying 43% higher than the cost of production. This statement is a mockery on crores of Indian farmers who are in deep distress and thousands of farmers have committed suicides. I have extended open challenge to Shri Amit Shah for a debate on cost of production. He is purely relying on calculations done by pseudo economists who make these calculations sitting on laptops in air conditioned offices.
These calculations are far from reality which is the primary reason for high debt and suicides.
I am willing to offer 5 acres of irrigated land to any of your economists for two years in which they can have four crops. I challenge them to do agriculture and show the amount of profit made from these 5 acres in two years.
Mr. Prime Minister, I write to you because I am pained on the killing of 6 farmers. If it is जय जवान for our soldiers, why it is मरे किसान for the farmers who are toiling to feed the nation; yet he himself is hungry, deprived, distressed.
Mr. Prime Minister, you will agree that a man is judged by how he keeps his promise.
Bhupinder Singh Mann
Hon’ble Prime Minister, India