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85-Year-Old Wheelchair-Bound Farmer Among Protesters at Singhu Border

Masihuzzama Ansari | India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI—Farmers demanding repeal of the three Farm Laws passed by the Parliament in September this year have got a unique supporter in an 85-year-old senior citizen amnd a farmer by profession who has pledged his support to the ongoing farmers’ movement against corporatisation of agriculture.

Identified as Amarjeet Singh, the wheelchair bound octogenarian reached Singhu border on Nov 8 where protestors were raising slogans against PM Narendra Modi-led government for its anti-farmer policy and open embrace of rich businesspersons for furthering corporatisation of agriculture in India.

Amarjeet hails from Ludhiana in Punjab and is currently ailing from various diseases. One can distinctly see the toilet bag hanging onto the wheel chair but his grit and determination knows no bounds. He is assisted by two of his sons who brought him to the protest site. He says that he will return home only when the “black laws” passed by the central government are taken back. His passion for protest defeats the very selfish and pro-rich agenda of the BJP government.

“This black law will have to be rescinded by the Modi regime as it is anti-poor and anti-farmer. I will continue protesting against this draconian law till it is withdrawn as per the wishes of the people,” he told India Tomorrow.

At Singhu border, one can find several examples of old men, women and children facing all the ordeals to ensure that their rights are granted by the government. All the  protesters are unanimous that the government stands defeated before the farmers and it is just a short time before the announcement is made to the effect.

It may be recalled that farmers are protesting against the central government since the past fifteen days for against the farm laws called “anti-farmer”. The farmers have refused to budge from their positions even as the central government has sealed all the entry points to the capital and used force to quell the peaceful protesters which has angered the protesting farmers.

Both the state and the farmers are loggerheads with each other. The farmer representatives held several meetings with the centre but it did not result in resolving the imbroglio. Farmers have expressed their desire that they are prepared to stay put for next six months on the roads in the capital till their demands are met by the Modi government.

(Translated from Hindi by Nadeem Inamdar)

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