Tractor rally: Women farmers at the helm

Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, january 17

Defying stereotype women farmers have started learning how to drive tractors so as to enable them to act as frontline warriors on Delhi Borders by participating in massive tractor rally scheduled to take place on the occasion of the Republic Day.

Though many of them have been shuttling their tractors between homes and fields during past months, at least some of them will be steering these Kings of fields on National Highways to reach the Singhu Border and the Tikri Border for participating in the mega event being organised by kissan sabhas protesting for withdrawal of farm laws from the Centre.

Baldev Singh Latala, office-bearer, All India Kissan Sabha, said jathas of women farmers would be leaving the area on tractors so as to reach the Delhi Borders on January 23 and 24, much before the scheduled date of the proposed tractor rally to be organised in Delhi on the Republic Day. “While a large number of farmers have already started reaching Delhi Borders, separate groups of women would also be reaching Singhu Border and Tikri Border in due course of time,” said Latala.

Gurinder Kaur Pandher, district president, Janwadi Istri Sabha, said village-wise groups of tractor riding women farmers would be going from the district on their tractors under the banners of Bhartiya Kissan Sabha (Ekta Ugrahan). “We have already prepared lists of women from various localities who have decided to defy stereotypes and drive tractors to Singhu Border and Tikri Border according to schedule to be prepared by BKU leaders,” said Pandher. He said such as many other women she too had started learning tractor driving in view of the forthcoming Republic Day Tractor March.

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