Earlier in the day, farmers were seen removing their tents from protest sites, signalling the end of their movement.

The government’s decision to accede to their demands has come after prime minister Modi’s announcement last month about the repeal of the three farm laws.

The laws that sparked the protest

The farmers launched the protest on Nov. 26, 2020, against the three farm laws that were hastily passed in September 2020, fuelling worries over a decline in legislative scrutiny. On Nov. 29 this year, the Indian parliament passed a bill without a debate to withdraw the three laws. The laws were passed in 2020 also without a debate.

The protesters believed the laws favour only industrialists like Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, widely perceived as being close to Modi.

They further alleged that the laws have been drafted to facilitate ease of doing business for large corporations, eliminating safeguards for farmers and leaving them vulnerable.

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