“Why are farmers continuing their protests even after challenging farm laws in court, the Supreme Court questioned sharply today after eight people, including four farmers, were killed in violent protests in an Uttar Pradesh district. The central government argued that there can be “”no further farmer protests”” as incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri could not be allowed. Is the right to protest absolute? The Supreme Court said it would examine the question on October 21 and also go into whether farmers have the right to take to the streets when the issue at the core of their protest – the three new farm laws — is in court. In this episode of the Editorial, our Managing editor Mr Sujit Nair shares his take on the matter.
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