Eastern Times ,New Delhi : Farmers’ protests at Delhi’s Borders, led by Samyukta Kisan Morcha have completed 6 months of their historical struggle. The scale and style of the protests is unprecedented and is centred around farmers’ demand for repeal of 3 anti-farmer laws brought in by the Central Government last year, and farmers asking for a statutory entitlement for all farmers to remunerative MSP.
The day was marked as a Black Day for Farmers, with lakhs of citizens expressing their resistance against the government in numerous ways including in social media. Multiple hashtags in support of the movement trended from the morning itself in social media platforms.
At the protest sites like Singhu Border, Tikri Border and Ghazipur Border, effigies of the Modi government were burnt, other than black flags hoisted on trolleys and tents. From across India, visuals have arrived of farmers and their supporters expressing their solidarity with the protesting farmers, and anger against the BJP government. Lakhs of Indians responded to the call put out by SKM by wearing black, hoisting black flags on their homes and vehicles and in assembling in small groups to burn effigies of the BJP government.
Buddha Poornima was also celebrated on this holy day, and non-violence was emphasised as the key value and principle of the ongoing movement. This movement will become victorious on the same path of non-violence and peace that has been its norm throughout the past six months.
Places like Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Ramanagara, Belagavi, Dharwad, Bangalore and other locations of Karnataka; Kurnool, Anantapur, Visakhapatnam, Krishna district and other places of Andhra Pradesh; Amravati, Nanded, Nandurbar, Nagpur, Sangli, Parbhani, Thane, Beed, Sholapur, Buldanha, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Satara, Palghar, Jalgaon, Nashik, Mumbai and other places in Maharashtra; Begusarai, Vaishali, Purnea, West Champaran, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Siwan, Jehanabad, Ara, Bhojpur, Patna and other places in Bihar; Bareilly, Sitapur, Benaras, Balliyan, Mathura and other places in Uttar Pradesh; Sivaganga, Dharmapuri, Tanjore, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Karur, Chennai and many other places in Tamil Nadu; Jhunjhunu, Bharatpur, Shri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh and other places of Rajasthan; several places of Himachal Pradesh and terai region of Uttarakhand; every district of Punjab and Haryana; Rayagada and other places of Odisha and Kolkata and other places of West Bengal, Anantnag in Jammu & Kashmir, places in Tripura and Assam all witnessed lakhs of farmers and others mark the Black Day in various ways.
Today, the protest sites at Delhi’s borders saw the numbers swell significantly, with thousands joining the protest. The Modi Government is warned yet again that farmers are not going to retreat from this agitation until their demands are fully met.
As the days and months go by, their resolve is only growing stronger, and their support base only expanding. The government can deploy its various repressive tactics, but cannot hope that the farmers will just go back home empty-handed.
At Singhu Border, the day began by marking the holy occasion of Buddha Poornima. It was after this that the protestors went to hoist black flags on their tents, trolleys, cars, tractors and temporary structures. Effigy-burning was taken up in several locations after this, accompanied by sloganeering. Tikri Border also got strengthened by thousands more reaching the protest site today. Local people also joined the protestors and extended their solidarity.
At Ghazipur Border, farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand as well as Himachal are joining in greater numbers. At Shahjahanpur, farmers from Haryana and Rajasthan resolved to strengthen the morcha together.
Well known freedom fighter and a staunch supporter of the current movement, Shri H S Doresamy breathed his last today, at the age of 104 years. In his lifetime, not only did he actively take part in India’s independence struggle, but fought for justice and equality and rights of the marginalised in independent India too. Shri Doresamy represented a very progressive voice in the country, and Samyukt Kisan Morcha mourns his demise and pays respectful condolences.
Senior journalist of Dainik Tribune in Sonepat, Shri Purushotham passed away today, after being unwell for a few days now. He had regularly covered the ongoing movement with great sensitivity, and presented the voice of farmers to the general public through his stories.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha expresses its sincere and heartfelt condolences on his demise.
Even though the farmers’ agitation has had to continue for 6 long months so far with many hardships including the martyrdom of more than 470 farmers so far, with the protestors prepared to continue for however longer it takes, the determination and resolve of the farmers remains strong and firm. Government of India can choose to remain unwise in stretching this longer without resolving the demands of the farmers, but this would be at its own loss, and at the expense of BJP’s supporter base.