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Farmers Protest: 'Faith tells us not to be passive viewers of social inequality, says Buddhist Monk

Chintu Das
Chintu Das
Buddhist Monk

Near the Ghazipur exhibition platform, Buddhist monks have set up a shelter to extend their help to the farmers’ dissent. The monks, who guarantee to be unopinionated with deep roots in the agricultural culture, showed up back in December before the centres’ crackdowns heightened. The blockades, trench, concertina wires, closures, and nonstop police observation following the January 26 brutality, have reinforced their determination to support the campaign.

While leaders and members of other religious groups and trusts have demonstrated their fortitude by moving in and out of the dissent locations, the Buddhists have remained powerfully positioned. One is enticed to ask what the devotees of Buddha's lessons have to do with the ranchers' fights. Is it accurate to say that they are here to overcharge a typical reason for some time? 

It's hard to see how the involvement of monks has affected the cause religiously or strategically. The hesitant monks say the protesters are sheared of any caste, social or ethnic allegiances as they ease them into a dialogue.

While it's to a great extent a farmers' protest they say, religious gatherings and independents can "stir aggregate public activity for the benefit of everyone." To them, Buddhism has praised peacefulness yet not non-obstruction. In the event that they are OK indicating their dedication at the special altar, they should in the streets, as well.  

"In Ghazipur, an aged monastic stated, "Religion tells us not to be silent observers of perceived injustices. "There is no ideology for farming, and we only agitate for the right to liberty and prosperity." The monks have given a positive message despite not really being aggressive activists on the roads and public squares: non-violent activism is as important to Buddhist learning as mind and body practice is. It's essential to ignite progress at the grassroots level just by turning up.

At prayer halls and healing facilities, the monks believe the participation of divine figures has enhanced religious traditions. So here, too, the battle for structural reform may be overloaded. For Buddhist monks, outside overt intervention, the controversial farm laws that influence all parts of society ought to be questioned. They want to save sentient beings as "peace activists" from misery created by the commercialisation of farming and the depletion of the religious links of farmers to the earth. 

Over the recent decades, the commercialization of agriculture has advanced astonishingly," a monk from Etawah said." "This is a shared reaction to the suicides, injustice, abuse and economic instability of farmers faced by those explicitly or implicitly involved in farming." In reaction to these increasing disparities at the community level, a few of the monks, who have adopted religious practice, believe the demonstrations have sparked a modern culture of love by opposition.

Their solidarity is expressed in verbal and emotional support for demonstrators who engage in dharnas and tractor marches, camp in the cold, or participate in artistic efforts. "Some other monk added, "If someone is manhandled by the authorities, say, it tends to see a religious leader keep him occupied and compliment him for his courage before the paramedics or physicians come. 

Given how inter-faith activity has become one of the lines of defense of protests by farmers, Buddhist monks have also helped Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims organise languages and provide other material resources for demonstrators and marginalized people, such as humanitarian supplies. 

One of several monks said that religious leaders could provide people with body safety by providing lessons at the demonstration sites on spiritual wellbeing and therapeutic assistance, and support in times of medical crisis, considering how many of the sites are being barricaded off or granted restricted access to first aid.

The monks always want to look towards distress instead of backing away from it at a moment when the sacred tradition of lending credibility is declining across the world. They hope that their continuing presence would not only rejuvenate the demonstrations, but would also inspire more faith leaders to pursue new alternatives to societal issues. 

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