Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, November 22
Last two months were not easy for farmers who had been protesting against the three farm laws passed by the Centre.
Everyday, the farming community would hold protests, make strategies and head to Kisan Bhawan in Chandigarh to discuss their next move.
The Tribune tracked a farmer and through him scores of his counterparts who had been spending days and nights outside just to fight for their rights.
Davinder Singh from Nawanshahr doesn’t remember when he had a sound sleep. “For the last 56 days, I have not seen my family. Not that I have not gone home, but even when I go, I am on mobile phone or making some plans,” he said.
“I have a 10-year-old son who asks me why I do not come home often. Due to my routine, he has come to know that I am fighting for something, but he is a child and misses me,” he added.
At Behram toll plaza, Davinder along with other farmers gather and start their speeches.
“I am not an orator, but time has made me one. One thing is common in my daily speeches ‘chaahe 10 din baithna paye, chaahe 50 din, asi ohdo takk nahee hatna, jado takk saadi manga pooriya nahee hundiya (We don’t care if we have to protest for 10 or 50 days, but we won’t end our fights, till the Centre doesn’t listen to our demands,” he said.
Apart from this, farmers had been fighting a different battle as they did not received sugarcane payments. Today, they held a protest outside Phagwara sugarmill. “There are several reasons and issues, which we are fighting for. I don’t understand why there is no one for us. We did not celebrate any festival this year,” he said adding that on November 26, they will leave for New Delhi and every preparation has been made for the same.
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