Farmers’ agitation: Protest sites named after historic personalities

Legacy of protest motivates the protesters, say farmer leaders

Farmers’ agitation: Protest sites named after historic personalities

Farmers stage dharna at Tikri-Bahadurgarh border in Delhi on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Sumit Tharan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 5

BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) has nominated five protest sites after the names of historical personalities representing the legacy of struggles leading up to the ongoing agitation against farm Bills passed by the Modi government.

The protest site spread over kilometres have been divided into cities named after these personalities – Baba Banda Singh Nagar, Chacha Ajit Singh Nagar, Bibi Gulab Kaur Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Shaheed Sadhu Singh Takhtupura Nagar.

Shingara Singh Mann, general secretary of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan), and Harinder Kaur Bindu shared the whole information with the press and the logic behind these names.

They shared that a press gallery had been established and named as Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan press gallery.

They shared that Baba Banda Singh Bahadar was a great hero of farmers as he gave land entitlements to the tillers after an intense fight against the rulers.

Mann stated that Chacha Ajit Singh was the founder of glorious anti-imperialist movement ‘Paghdi Sambhal Jatta’, which remains an inspiration for the struggling masses.

He further said Gadri Gulab Kaur was great inspiration as she was part of anti-imperialist movement.

The women protesters represent the continuity of Gadri Gulab Kaur, Mann said.

Harinder Bindu, meanwhile, said that Shaheed Bhagat Singh imagined a society free of exploitation and oppression, and became Shaheed-e-Azam and was an inspiration for the ongoing agitation.

His images inspire farmers, workers, women and youth, said Bindu.

Bindu further said that Shaheed Sadhu Singh Takhtupura was leading light for the struggling masses.

Shaheed Sadhu Singh Takhtupura was assassinated by land mafia patronised by BJP-SAD. Takhtupura was a leader of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) fighting against land mafia and his martyrdom motivated the organisation to build mass movements on people’s issues, said Bindu.

The leaders explained that the sites named after these legendary personalities manifest the progressive and secular character of the ongoing agitation against farm laws.

The ongoing movement is in continuity with the glorious history created by struggling masses and that history inspires farmers, workers, women and youth to struggle against the injustice, they said.

The duo remained confident that the ongoing movement would carry the people’s history forward and emerge victorious.

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