The deepening agrarian crisis and it's catastrophic impact was discussed the National level Seminar on the Peasantry in Colonial and Post-Colonial Punjab at GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar. The seminar was organized by P.G. Department of History and was sponsored by Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.
Dr. Sucha Singh Gill, a renowned economist as the Chief Guest and Dr. Harbhajan Singh Deol, Former Chairman Minority Commission, as the Guest of Honor, were extended a warm welcome by President S. Manjit Singh Gill, Secretary Dr. S.S. Thind, Principal Dr. S.S. Deol and Dr. Baljit Singh.
Dr. S.S. Deol, Principal, brought forth the plight of farmers in his introductory address. He said that the high incidence of farmer's suicide and the rising frequency of farmers' agitation are the symptoms of deep malice prevalent in our system. He sought a solution for revival of this sector from within the society. The Chief Guest Dr. Sucha Singh Gill, by quoting various notable economists threw light on the contributing factors from the past that led to the death peasantry as the economies transcended towards industrialization. He pointed that it just takes one generation for the peasantry to fade away. The agrarian crisis should not be confined to farmers alone and it should include farm labourers and rural artisans. He suggested a cooperative effort and a strong pro-peasant leadership to break the vicious cycle. Guest of Honor Dr. Harbhajan Singh Deol urged the present society to learn from the past experiences and quoted that revolution in not exported, it is created.
Dr. Sukhpal Singh from PAU, in his keynote address shared his insights from the survey conducted over the past years regarding farmer suicides in Punjab. He highlighted that a farmers' plight is full of woes and exposed to risks from prices, demand, weather and whims of policies and regulations. He said that for farming to be made profitable, the terms of trade must favour the farmers. This is possible only through harmonious forward and backward linkages. Dr. Sukhdev Singh Sohal, Professor (Retd.), GNDU, drew contrast over the Punjab Peasantry in prosperity and debt. He questioned whether Artificial Intelligence would prove to be a bane or boon for this sector.
President S. Manjit Singh Gill contributed by taking the initiative for providing free education to any family of this region facing dire situation due to dependence on agriculture. The evening session was chaired by Prof. Bawa Singh who is closely associated with various farmer revolutions. Sir Ganga Ram Kheti Model and Social Models were discussed during this session. In the end, Dr. S.S. Thind, Secretary, gave a vote of thanks and summarized the proceedings by pointing out the inevitability of migration from agriculture to other sectors but through education and social cooperation this chronic problem is surmountable. The College magazine 'Gurusar' was released on this occasion. The stage was conducted by Dr. Sohan Singh.
The occasion was also graced by Dr. Sarabjit Kaur, Principal College of Education, Dr. H.S. Brar, Registrar, Dr. Gurjit Singh, Panjab University Regional Center Kauni, Dr. Jasbir Singh, PU Chandigarh, Dr. Balwinder Pal Singh and Prof. Amritpal Singh.