Gurudwaras In Delhi Join Hands To Support Farmers In Their Quest For A Better Tommorow

The green color of our national flag is dedicated to the farmers who fulfil the most basic need of humanity which is food. But even farmers have some basic needs that need to be fulfilled and when the government failed to fulfil the simplest of their needs, they were forced to stand up for their rights and make sure that no  farmer has to suffer the problems that have led to their deteriorated condition. Altogether, they wanted their two demands to be fulfilled; the farmers' freedom from indebtedness bill 2018 and the farmers' right to guaranteed remunerative minimum support prices for agricultural commodities bill 2018. 

Farmers were not alone in this fight

For the farmers to be heard, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee declared a rally on November 30, 2018 for their demands to be discussed in the winter session of the parliament. Before the rally started, while some farmers stayed in tents in Ramlila maidan, some stayed out in open air. But these farmers were not alone in this fight in the bone chilling nights of Delhi. Five Gurudwaras including Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Sis Ganj Sahib, Rakabganj, Bap Sahib and Majnu Ka Tila joined hands together and supported the farmers by providing them food and shelter. 

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We are expecting a gathering of 35,000-40,000 people to march towards Parliament Street on Friday morning,” said Vijoo Krishnan, leader of All India Kisan Sabha before rally.

Just to be heard

A crowd of 35,000 to 40,000 farmers from several states including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh joined this rally and started from the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara to the parliament house just to be heard. Many big and small NGOs and volunteer groups also reached out to back the farmers. Over 600-700 volunteers walked side by side with the farmers across all the four assembly points from Bangla Sahib Gurudwara to the parliament house. 

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Need to be heard

There is an urgent need to hear the farmers because most of them live on bare minimum yet work to fulfill someone else’s stomach. Negligence towards their needs have led to a surge in their suicide rates due to poverty and lack of resources. Their entire living is contingent upon a good yield and if for some reason beyond their control their yield fails, some slack should be cut for them because ultimately it is us for whom they are working their fingers to the bone.

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