I was just watching the news and heard about the farmer protests. Their problem, according to what I heard is - since there are a lot of small farmers, they can not negotiate with big companies who will dictate prices and the small farmers will incur losses (while mandi system has not been removed...it will continue to exist in parallel...MSPs in mandis will likely not change - so the entire argument is a fallacy to begin with but let’s analyze their argument a little and the mentality of people joining these protests).
What I don’t understand is why can’t we use the skills that we use to organize protests a little more constructively? If there are a lot of small farmers, they can come together, form co-ops and become large enough to negotiate prices with big companies. They can also sell their produce directly to common people cutting out big companies from the picture completely. Why don’t they do that? Why do they always look to the govt. for help? Amul, one of the largest dairies started as a coop (it probably is still a coop). Look where it is today.
I feel like we as a people expect handouts, and expect others to come help us (especially the govt) and do our job for us. We are very entitled in a way. My question is where does this entitlement come from? Where does this slave mentality/ mai-baap hame bachao culture come from?
And this culture is deeply rooted in us (myself included). When I first started working here in the US, I expected others to help me with stuff; often to my own detriment. I still sometimes do as that somehow comes naturally to me and I don’t know why. This dependence is really not a nice thing. If we compare ourselves to the Chinese, they’re doers....really they just shut and get the stuff done. We constantly talk, bicker, whine, make grand plans but seldom put our heads down and work and just get stuff done. I don’t get it. Why are we like this? Why am I like this?
How do we transform our society (myself included) so that we are truly independent in our thought and actions...and not some bechara constantly begging for something or the other?