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Kisan Ganatantra Parade: How the mainstream media deliberately ignored ground realities

While one farmer died during the chaos of January 26, participants at various points survived lathi-charges minutes before being showered with flowers by the public.

27 Jan 2021

Kisan Gantantra diwas

Following inputs of disruption of the Kisan Ganatantra Parade, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called off the parade with immediate effect, appealing to all participants to return to their respective protest sites at 6 PM on January 26, 2021.

The farmer organisation hoped to regroup to plan the next steps to maintain a peaceful protest. However, over the day, violence had broken out in parts of the city wherein both police personnel and peaceful protesters were injured.

Around the same time that some unruly people stormed the Red Fort, a tractor toppled over near ITO. Participants alleged that the farmer riding the tractor was shot by a police official. The man was shrouded in tricolours to honour his death for the farmers movement. Farmers mourned the 25-year-old’s death and kept any “godi-media” persons from approaching the body.

farmers protest

Although the identity of the farmer is unknown, this is the only recognised death of Republic Day. While the government has called for tight security around Red Fort in Delhi, farmers organisations as of Wednesday afternoon are still trying to take stock of the injured participants. The Hindu reported that over 100 police personnel were injured on Tuesday.

Prior to the Red Fort entry, farmers' parades in various parts of the city suffered lathi charge and tear gas attacks. At certain points, police were recorded to have taken off the national flag from a tractor.

According to a senior veteran, who posted his account on social media, the farmers parade from Tikri border continued peacefully until Nangloi. Farmers helpline personnel said farmers survived tear gas and lathi charge attacks at the spot.

“All along the way, residents of Delhi lined Rohtak road, and clapped, cheered and welcomed the endless line of tractor-riding farmers with flags, sweets and rose petals! It was a beautiful and heartening sight. The ugliness that happened in different parts of the city was not the norm. It was a very sad exception,” said the veteran.

The veteran also condemned the events that unfolded at Red Fort and ITO and mourned the death of the unidentified farmer. However, he also reminded  that lakhs of farmers did not indulge in acts of vandalism and asked, “Is anyone answering for the violence that has been done to the farmers?”

Similarly, Ex-Editor of Hindi e-newspaper Jansatta Om Thanvi also questioned the mainstream media’s coverage of Tuesday events.

He criticised the media for only showing a faction of farmers that openly disagreed with the 40 farmers Unions of the SKM and declared it would carry out its separate parade instead of following the Delhi police route.

Thanvi said, “Farmers of the SKM started their tractor parade on the route agreed between them and the Government. A very peaceful Tractor Parade is going. People of Delhi were showering flowers on them. Not a single national channel covered these leaders who were present in all rounds of negotiation with Ministers. Instead, they [media] asked repeatedly: Where are the leaders now?”

He said that the hoisting of the religious flag played into the government’s narrative of Khalistani supporters. He also condemned the decision to block the internet in effect stopping the SKM’s live coverage of the event and cutting off farmers from the rest of country.

Farmer leaders will meet at 2 PM on January 27 to plan further action and reassess their previous plan to march to the Parliament on February 1 when the Union Budget will be presented.

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Kisan Ganatantra Parade: How the mainstream media deliberately ignored ground realities

While one farmer died during the chaos of January 26, participants at various points survived lathi-charges minutes before being showered with flowers by the public.

Kisan Gantantra diwas

Following inputs of disruption of the Kisan Ganatantra Parade, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) called off the parade with immediate effect, appealing to all participants to return to their respective protest sites at 6 PM on January 26, 2021.

The farmer organisation hoped to regroup to plan the next steps to maintain a peaceful protest. However, over the day, violence had broken out in parts of the city wherein both police personnel and peaceful protesters were injured.

Around the same time that some unruly people stormed the Red Fort, a tractor toppled over near ITO. Participants alleged that the farmer riding the tractor was shot by a police official. The man was shrouded in tricolours to honour his death for the farmers movement. Farmers mourned the 25-year-old’s death and kept any “godi-media” persons from approaching the body.

farmers protest

Although the identity of the farmer is unknown, this is the only recognised death of Republic Day. While the government has called for tight security around Red Fort in Delhi, farmers organisations as of Wednesday afternoon are still trying to take stock of the injured participants. The Hindu reported that over 100 police personnel were injured on Tuesday.

Prior to the Red Fort entry, farmers' parades in various parts of the city suffered lathi charge and tear gas attacks. At certain points, police were recorded to have taken off the national flag from a tractor.

According to a senior veteran, who posted his account on social media, the farmers parade from Tikri border continued peacefully until Nangloi. Farmers helpline personnel said farmers survived tear gas and lathi charge attacks at the spot.

“All along the way, residents of Delhi lined Rohtak road, and clapped, cheered and welcomed the endless line of tractor-riding farmers with flags, sweets and rose petals! It was a beautiful and heartening sight. The ugliness that happened in different parts of the city was not the norm. It was a very sad exception,” said the veteran.

The veteran also condemned the events that unfolded at Red Fort and ITO and mourned the death of the unidentified farmer. However, he also reminded  that lakhs of farmers did not indulge in acts of vandalism and asked, “Is anyone answering for the violence that has been done to the farmers?”

Similarly, Ex-Editor of Hindi e-newspaper Jansatta Om Thanvi also questioned the mainstream media’s coverage of Tuesday events.

He criticised the media for only showing a faction of farmers that openly disagreed with the 40 farmers Unions of the SKM and declared it would carry out its separate parade instead of following the Delhi police route.

Thanvi said, “Farmers of the SKM started their tractor parade on the route agreed between them and the Government. A very peaceful Tractor Parade is going. People of Delhi were showering flowers on them. Not a single national channel covered these leaders who were present in all rounds of negotiation with Ministers. Instead, they [media] asked repeatedly: Where are the leaders now?”

He said that the hoisting of the religious flag played into the government’s narrative of Khalistani supporters. He also condemned the decision to block the internet in effect stopping the SKM’s live coverage of the event and cutting off farmers from the rest of country.

Farmer leaders will meet at 2 PM on January 27 to plan further action and reassess their previous plan to march to the Parliament on February 1 when the Union Budget will be presented.

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Deep Sidhu defends himself! Claims Red Fort was a result of public anguish

Sidhu claims that the people accusing him of creating chaos are the same people accusing farmers of being terrorists.

27 Jan 2021

Deep Sidhu

Following the Red Fort incident on January 26, 2021, Punjab actor Deep Sidhu took to social media to deny allegations of instigating people levied against him.

On Tuesday night, Sidhu started a Facebook Live wherein he blamed the farmer leadership for failing to listen to the wishes of the youth supporting the farmers’ struggle. The actor-turned-activist claimed that he was merely one among the many people heading towards the historical fort after people broke police barricades.

Referring to the sequence of events leading up to the Kisan Ganatantra Parade, Sidhu said that Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) leaders Swaran Singh Pandher and Satnam Singh Pannu had already stated that supporters will not march along the police-designated route but enter Delhi.

“On January 25, youths present during speeches of Sanyukta Kisan Morcha [SKM] said that they wanted to march inside Delhi. Their demand was ignored. People’s genuine sentiment was ignored and the SKM said people have to stick to the agreed upon route,” said Sidhu.

Accordingly, Sidhu argued that the incident at Red Fort was a result of people’s feeling of frustration.

It may be mentioned that as soon as reports regarding Red Fort began circulating, Pandher appealed to all people to return to the Kundli border because “there was no programme planned for Red Fort.”

However, people continued to enter Red Fort where Sidhu allegedly climbed the flag pole to hoist the Nishan sahib flag, a religious flag of Sikhs. He defended the action in another Facebook Live, saying, “We waved Nishan sahib to decry the three farm laws and to acknowledge farmer-worker unity. The flag identifies the diversity of India’s unity. This incident was not planned but occurred in the flow of events. It was a symbolic protest. What happened today [January 26] was not an isolated event but a result of a continuation of protests,” he said.

Sidhu allegedly gave provocative speeches promoting separatism and potentially sabotaging the farmers protest on Monday night. The actor is known for being the “right-hand man” of BJP MP Sunny Deol. Following the Tuesday incident, Sidhu's pictures with Prime minister Narendra Modi and Deol were circulated on social media to show his links to BJP and RSS.

On January 17, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) asked him to appear before the organisation for a case related to Sikhs for Justice – an extremist right-wing group from which farmer leaders had distanced themselves.

However, Sidhu denied all claims of being a “BJP-RSS person” stating that those calling him a traitor were using the same narrative as the central government. Similarly, on Tuesday night Deol distanced himself and his family from Sidhu.

 

 

“Every time such a huge struggle moves, people associate this with one person. All these 5-10 lakh people or more should be considered villains. Yet you claim that only Deep Sidhu is responsible. This is a scheme to make only one person the villain. People were already there when I reached Red Fort,” said Sidhu during the Facebook Live in Punjabi.

 

Regarding possible violence, he said that people were not armed, and what happened was a result of flared up anger of the people who allegedly broke all four routes from different border points to march towards Red Fort.

Meanwhile, the Sanuykta Kisan Morcha condemned the events that unfolded at Red Fort and called all parade groups to return to their respective protest sites. Farmer leaders warned people against Sidhu on social media, as he is allegedly known to speak against farmer leaders opposing the three farm laws.

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Deep Sidhu defends himself! Claims Red Fort was a result of public anguish

Sidhu claims that the people accusing him of creating chaos are the same people accusing farmers of being terrorists.

Deep Sidhu

Following the Red Fort incident on January 26, 2021, Punjab actor Deep Sidhu took to social media to deny allegations of instigating people levied against him.

On Tuesday night, Sidhu started a Facebook Live wherein he blamed the farmer leadership for failing to listen to the wishes of the youth supporting the farmers’ struggle. The actor-turned-activist claimed that he was merely one among the many people heading towards the historical fort after people broke police barricades.

Referring to the sequence of events leading up to the Kisan Ganatantra Parade, Sidhu said that Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) leaders Swaran Singh Pandher and Satnam Singh Pannu had already stated that supporters will not march along the police-designated route but enter Delhi.

“On January 25, youths present during speeches of Sanyukta Kisan Morcha [SKM] said that they wanted to march inside Delhi. Their demand was ignored. People’s genuine sentiment was ignored and the SKM said people have to stick to the agreed upon route,” said Sidhu.

Accordingly, Sidhu argued that the incident at Red Fort was a result of people’s feeling of frustration.

It may be mentioned that as soon as reports regarding Red Fort began circulating, Pandher appealed to all people to return to the Kundli border because “there was no programme planned for Red Fort.”

However, people continued to enter Red Fort where Sidhu allegedly climbed the flag pole to hoist the Nishan sahib flag, a religious flag of Sikhs. He defended the action in another Facebook Live, saying, “We waved Nishan sahib to decry the three farm laws and to acknowledge farmer-worker unity. The flag identifies the diversity of India’s unity. This incident was not planned but occurred in the flow of events. It was a symbolic protest. What happened today [January 26] was not an isolated event but a result of a continuation of protests,” he said.

Sidhu allegedly gave provocative speeches promoting separatism and potentially sabotaging the farmers protest on Monday night. The actor is known for being the “right-hand man” of BJP MP Sunny Deol. Following the Tuesday incident, Sidhu's pictures with Prime minister Narendra Modi and Deol were circulated on social media to show his links to BJP and RSS.

On January 17, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) asked him to appear before the organisation for a case related to Sikhs for Justice – an extremist right-wing group from which farmer leaders had distanced themselves.

However, Sidhu denied all claims of being a “BJP-RSS person” stating that those calling him a traitor were using the same narrative as the central government. Similarly, on Tuesday night Deol distanced himself and his family from Sidhu.

 

 

“Every time such a huge struggle moves, people associate this with one person. All these 5-10 lakh people or more should be considered villains. Yet you claim that only Deep Sidhu is responsible. This is a scheme to make only one person the villain. People were already there when I reached Red Fort,” said Sidhu during the Facebook Live in Punjabi.

 

Regarding possible violence, he said that people were not armed, and what happened was a result of flared up anger of the people who allegedly broke all four routes from different border points to march towards Red Fort.

Meanwhile, the Sanuykta Kisan Morcha condemned the events that unfolded at Red Fort and called all parade groups to return to their respective protest sites. Farmer leaders warned people against Sidhu on social media, as he is allegedly known to speak against farmer leaders opposing the three farm laws.

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A glance at the nationwide Kisan Ganatantra Parade

Despite the events in Delhi, farmers' parades in various parts of the country were well-received with people showering flowers in areas like Shahjahanpur.

26 Jan 2021

Farmers protest

Sanyukta Kisan Morcha thanked farmers who participated in the Kisan Ganatantra Parade on January 26, 2021 while following the designated route from each protest point and upholding the peaceful notion of the farmers’ struggle.

Farmers stated that participants followed and completed their respective routes from Singhu border, Tikri border, Ghazipur border and other protest points although the Ghazipur parade split into two groups one of which headed towards the Red Fort. Farmer leaders said that anti-social elements were responsible for the chaos that ensued thereafter.

The redirection of farmers towards ITO area in Delhi resulted in the death of a farmer riding a tractor. According to local news, farmers said that the person died from an alleged gunshot by Delhi police. The body was covered by the nation flag as farmers surrounded the deceased protester and mourned his death. Farmers also claimed that police were responsible for splitting the Ghazipur parade into two groups.

Similarly, Punjab farmer leader Akshdeep was also injured in police firing. According to reports, his condition is serious.

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D2

While Delhi farmers dealt with these series of unfortunate events, Shahjahanpur parade continued without incident. Large number of farmers from Maharashtra including women farmers participated in the march to Manesar and back.

Shah

Shah

 

Similarly, trade Unions in Maharashtra, started a bike rally along from Shalimar Chowk and along the city road. Trade Unions such as the New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI), the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Ghantagaadi Sanghatana participated in the protest to denounce the three farm laws and supporter farmers in the repeal of these laws.

 

Meanwhile in Bengaluru, farmers from across Karnataka travelled towards the state capital to hold a tractor march on Republic Day. Nearly 20,000 people paraded towards Freedom Park with 125 tractors as part of the march.

According to Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) Vice President G. T. Ramaswamy, city police refused to allow any more tractors inside Bengaluru even though thousands of tractors were stopped along highways leading to the city. Nonetheless, pedestrians, two wheelers and hundreds of cars were allowed to participate in the parade.

Protesters will hold a public meeting in the evening when around 20 speakers from various trade unions, Dalit groups and women’s organisations will address farmers who had travelled to urban Karnataka.

Bengal

Bengal

In Bihar, Patna and Darbhanga also witnessed a large number of farmers come out on the streets in solidarity with farmers’ struggle.

patna

patnapatna

Meanwhile activist Medha Patkar joined the Shramik Janata Sangh Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh to demand the rights of farmers and peasants.

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A glance at the nationwide Kisan Ganatantra Parade

Despite the events in Delhi, farmers' parades in various parts of the country were well-received with people showering flowers in areas like Shahjahanpur.

Farmers protest

Sanyukta Kisan Morcha thanked farmers who participated in the Kisan Ganatantra Parade on January 26, 2021 while following the designated route from each protest point and upholding the peaceful notion of the farmers’ struggle.

Farmers stated that participants followed and completed their respective routes from Singhu border, Tikri border, Ghazipur border and other protest points although the Ghazipur parade split into two groups one of which headed towards the Red Fort. Farmer leaders said that anti-social elements were responsible for the chaos that ensued thereafter.

The redirection of farmers towards ITO area in Delhi resulted in the death of a farmer riding a tractor. According to local news, farmers said that the person died from an alleged gunshot by Delhi police. The body was covered by the nation flag as farmers surrounded the deceased protester and mourned his death. Farmers also claimed that police were responsible for splitting the Ghazipur parade into two groups.

Similarly, Punjab farmer leader Akshdeep was also injured in police firing. According to reports, his condition is serious.

D1

D2

While Delhi farmers dealt with these series of unfortunate events, Shahjahanpur parade continued without incident. Large number of farmers from Maharashtra including women farmers participated in the march to Manesar and back.

Shah

Shah

 

Similarly, trade Unions in Maharashtra, started a bike rally along from Shalimar Chowk and along the city road. Trade Unions such as the New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI), the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the Ghantagaadi Sanghatana participated in the protest to denounce the three farm laws and supporter farmers in the repeal of these laws.

 

Meanwhile in Bengaluru, farmers from across Karnataka travelled towards the state capital to hold a tractor march on Republic Day. Nearly 20,000 people paraded towards Freedom Park with 125 tractors as part of the march.

According to Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) Vice President G. T. Ramaswamy, city police refused to allow any more tractors inside Bengaluru even though thousands of tractors were stopped along highways leading to the city. Nonetheless, pedestrians, two wheelers and hundreds of cars were allowed to participate in the parade.

Protesters will hold a public meeting in the evening when around 20 speakers from various trade unions, Dalit groups and women’s organisations will address farmers who had travelled to urban Karnataka.

Bengal

Bengal

In Bihar, Patna and Darbhanga also witnessed a large number of farmers come out on the streets in solidarity with farmers’ struggle.

patna

patnapatna

Meanwhile activist Medha Patkar joined the Shramik Janata Sangh Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh to demand the rights of farmers and peasants.

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Anti-social elements infiltrated Parade to discredit farmers struggle: SKM

The farmers organisation and farmer leader Hannan Mollah expresses deep regret for the infiltration of untoward elements in the Kisan Ganatantra Parade

26 Jan 2021

Farmers protest
Image: PTI

The Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) thanked farmers for the unprecedented participation in the Farmers’ Republic Day Parade and condemned the undesirable and unacceptable events that took place on January 26, 2021.

“We dissociate ourselves from all such elements that have violated our discipline. We appeal strongly to everyone to stick to the route and norms of the parade, and not indulge in any violent action or anything that taints national symbols and dignity. We appeal to everyone to desist from any such acts,” said farmer leaders.

The SKM said it has been trying to get a full picture of all events regarding the several Kisan Parades that were planned for Tuesday. The organisation said it will share a full statement soon.

Farmer leaders also expressed regret that despite all efforts, some organisations and individuals violated the route and indulged in condemnable acts. Further, they said anti-social elements infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement.

“We have always held that peace is our biggest strength, and that any violation would hurt the movement,” said farmer leaders.

Similarly, All India Kisan Sabha General Secretary Hannan Mollah, while talking to Left Front News, said that despite the untoward event, farmers resumed the peaceful parade along Tikri border.

“I appeal to the media not to show the same event again and again to rile up the people. Farmers are protesting peacefully. We appeal to people to accordingly observe peaceful protests and save the farmers’ struggle from defamation,” he said.

Mollah reminded people that farmers maintained a peaceful protest for the last seven months, two of which were spent in zero-degree weather. Yet, certain elements continue to try and discredit the struggle. The farmer leader said police had been notified regarding this and volunteers were assigned along every parade to prevent any untoward incident. Yet criminal elements managed to infiltrate the parade.

“Farmers struggle had never imagined that such a thing would happen. Sadly, some criminal elements succeeded and tainted the farmers’ movement. These elements are the enemies of farmers,” said Mollah.

However, he also said that if the government had previously accepted farmers’ demands, such a disaster would not have occurred.
 

 

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Anti-social elements infiltrated Parade to discredit farmers struggle: SKM

The farmers organisation and farmer leader Hannan Mollah expresses deep regret for the infiltration of untoward elements in the Kisan Ganatantra Parade

Farmers protest
Image: PTI

The Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) thanked farmers for the unprecedented participation in the Farmers’ Republic Day Parade and condemned the undesirable and unacceptable events that took place on January 26, 2021.

“We dissociate ourselves from all such elements that have violated our discipline. We appeal strongly to everyone to stick to the route and norms of the parade, and not indulge in any violent action or anything that taints national symbols and dignity. We appeal to everyone to desist from any such acts,” said farmer leaders.

The SKM said it has been trying to get a full picture of all events regarding the several Kisan Parades that were planned for Tuesday. The organisation said it will share a full statement soon.

Farmer leaders also expressed regret that despite all efforts, some organisations and individuals violated the route and indulged in condemnable acts. Further, they said anti-social elements infiltrated the otherwise peaceful movement.

“We have always held that peace is our biggest strength, and that any violation would hurt the movement,” said farmer leaders.

Similarly, All India Kisan Sabha General Secretary Hannan Mollah, while talking to Left Front News, said that despite the untoward event, farmers resumed the peaceful parade along Tikri border.

“I appeal to the media not to show the same event again and again to rile up the people. Farmers are protesting peacefully. We appeal to people to accordingly observe peaceful protests and save the farmers’ struggle from defamation,” he said.

Mollah reminded people that farmers maintained a peaceful protest for the last seven months, two of which were spent in zero-degree weather. Yet, certain elements continue to try and discredit the struggle. The farmer leader said police had been notified regarding this and volunteers were assigned along every parade to prevent any untoward incident. Yet criminal elements managed to infiltrate the parade.

“Farmers struggle had never imagined that such a thing would happen. Sadly, some criminal elements succeeded and tainted the farmers’ movement. These elements are the enemies of farmers,” said Mollah.

However, he also said that if the government had previously accepted farmers’ demands, such a disaster would not have occurred.
 

 

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Amit Shah chairs high-level meeting, directs additional security

According to news being shared on social media, there are allegations of right-wing disruptive forces having infiltrated the protest. This group is also being blamed for climbing the Red Fort ramparts.

26 Jan 2021

Amit Shah

As the unprecedented chaos continued due to the confrontation at some points between Delhi Police, and some volatile groups that were with the larger farmer contingent marching towards the city, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a high-level meeting. The emergency meeting was called to discuss the law and order situation in the national capital region. According to multiple news reports, the Home Minister has directed additional security forces to remain on alert in Delhi.

As a group of farmers breached police barriers, police used tear gas and lathi-charge to disburse the surging crowds. A group of protesters also reached the ramparts of the Red Fort, and others entered the city from various points. Lakhs of farmers have been protesting peacefully on the borders of Delhi, and not one single incidence of violence or chaos was reported from there for over two months now. However, it is being said that some unruly elements have created chaos on January 26, when all eyes are on Delhi for the Republic Day tractor march that was scheduled after consultations with and permission from Delhi Police. However, as some breached the barriers, chaos ensued.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah took stock of the law and order situation in Delhi from senior Home Ministry officials, said news reports. According to news being shared on social media, there are allegations of right-wing disruptive forces having infiltrated the protest. And this group is also being blamed as those who climbed the Red Fort ramparts.

 

 

The farmer union leaders have continued to call for peace and cooperation in Delhi today, and have also reportedly “handed over 13 people with Govt ID cards to Police. These people were responsible for damaging the DTC buses at ITO. Police Joint Commissioner promised action”. 

 

 

Home Minister Amit Shah has been briefed on the security situation, stated news reports. Internet continues to be suspended in the areas around border areas of Ghazipur, Singhu, Tikri border, as well as Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi and around till midnight of January 26. Several metro stations in Delhi were also shut down.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that forms the Delhi Government has said that they “strongly condemned” violence in today’s protest and blamed the Centre for allowing the situation to deteriorate, reported The Quint. "The movement has been peaceful for the last two months. Farmer leaders have said that those who indulged in violence today were not part of the movement and were external elements. Whoever they were, the violence has certainly weakened the movement which was going on so peacefully and in a disciplined manner,” the AAP has reportedly stated.

 

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According to news being shared on social media, there are allegations of right-wing disruptive forces having infiltrated the protest. This group is also being blamed for climbing the Red Fort ramparts.

Amit Shah

As the unprecedented chaos continued due to the confrontation at some points between Delhi Police, and some volatile groups that were with the larger farmer contingent marching towards the city, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a high-level meeting. The emergency meeting was called to discuss the law and order situation in the national capital region. According to multiple news reports, the Home Minister has directed additional security forces to remain on alert in Delhi.

As a group of farmers breached police barriers, police used tear gas and lathi-charge to disburse the surging crowds. A group of protesters also reached the ramparts of the Red Fort, and others entered the city from various points. Lakhs of farmers have been protesting peacefully on the borders of Delhi, and not one single incidence of violence or chaos was reported from there for over two months now. However, it is being said that some unruly elements have created chaos on January 26, when all eyes are on Delhi for the Republic Day tractor march that was scheduled after consultations with and permission from Delhi Police. However, as some breached the barriers, chaos ensued.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah took stock of the law and order situation in Delhi from senior Home Ministry officials, said news reports. According to news being shared on social media, there are allegations of right-wing disruptive forces having infiltrated the protest. And this group is also being blamed as those who climbed the Red Fort ramparts.

 

 

The farmer union leaders have continued to call for peace and cooperation in Delhi today, and have also reportedly “handed over 13 people with Govt ID cards to Police. These people were responsible for damaging the DTC buses at ITO. Police Joint Commissioner promised action”. 

 

 

Home Minister Amit Shah has been briefed on the security situation, stated news reports. Internet continues to be suspended in the areas around border areas of Ghazipur, Singhu, Tikri border, as well as Mukarba Chowk, Nangloi and around till midnight of January 26. Several metro stations in Delhi were also shut down.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that forms the Delhi Government has said that they “strongly condemned” violence in today’s protest and blamed the Centre for allowing the situation to deteriorate, reported The Quint. "The movement has been peaceful for the last two months. Farmer leaders have said that those who indulged in violence today were not part of the movement and were external elements. Whoever they were, the violence has certainly weakened the movement which was going on so peacefully and in a disciplined manner,” the AAP has reportedly stated.

 

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Internet suspended around protest sites in Delhi, situation remains tense

Utter chaos in Nangloi area, police launch tear gas, lathicharge on farmers group, some people throw stones at police.

26 Jan 2021

Farmers protest

Hundreds of farmers reached the Red Fort, the tricolour atop the fort continued to fly high as always. Some hoisted a ‘kesari’ Sikh flag on another pole at the Fort’s rampart where the flag is hoisted on August 15, Independence Day.

Delhi Police reportedly tried to convince the farmers to turn back. The flag, well known as the "Nishan Saheb" - a flag representing Sikh faith was maliciously interpreted as a ‘Khalistani flag.’ Farmers were also seen unfurling the Indian national tricolour flag along with Kisan Ekta and Nishan Sahebs.

 

 

“We did not allow anyone, there was a gate crashing, we are handling it professionally. I am here to talk to the farmer leaders, they agree that they should proceed on the assigned route. There are some elements who are trying to break the route,” Delhi Police’s Special Commissioner Dependra Pathak told NewsLaundry that he has arrived at Nangloi bridge area to try and negotiate with farm leaders. "I want to request them to take the designated route," he said.

 

 

Farmer leader Yogendra Yadav who was leading the tractor parade from Shahjahanpur border sent out a video appeal to protesters in Delhi to maintain the peaceful stance that farmers had maintained so far. From his side, he assured that the Shahjahanpur parade had concluded peacefully in a disciplined manner.

Similarly, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher appealed to the people who broke away from the designated route to return to the Kundli border.

“We do not have any event planned at Red Fort. Please return to the Kundli border. Please return to the Kundli border! We do not want to engage in any violence at Red Fort,” he said.

Meanwhile, late into the afternoon an order by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) 'ordered' the suspension of internet services in the Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Nangloi and surrounding areas announcing 'a state of emergency.' The Order may be read here:

 

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Around the same time as this order became public knowledge, the situation at Nangloi t-point deteriorated and is still reportedly tense. There are reports of clashes between farmers groups and Delhi Police. Lathi-charge was also reported from ITO and Red Fort where many protesting farmers reached by Tuesday noon, after breaching police barricades. Some police personnel have also been injured, say news reports, and some vehicles are also said to have been damaged in those areas. According to a report in the Indian Express, a protester has reportedly died near ITO after he was allegedly shot at, and the tractor he was driving turned turtle. Sounds of shots could be heard during some of the coverage by the channels. 

The chaos continues to unfold on the streets of Delhi, even as the farmer union leaders continue to appeal for peace and have asked the farmers to stick to the pre-decided routes along three Delhi borders — Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur. Many farmers have in fact stuck to the routes and conducted the tractor rally, as they were permitted to, however, most media and police attention is now at the trouble spots in East and Central Delhi, as well as Nangloi in North-west. In all these areas, police resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas to control the surging crowds. 

Farmer leaders also announced a plan to lead a march to Parliament on February 1, when the Union Budget will be presented. According to news reports, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said farmers were following the pre-decided route. No one from the Sankyukt Kisan Morcha went to the Outer Ring Road he said adding, “We condemn violence against farmers, appeal to all to maintain peace.”

There are reports of the home minister, Amit Shah having called an emergency meeting late afternoon today.

 

 

 

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Farmers protest

Hundreds of farmers reached the Red Fort, the tricolour atop the fort continued to fly high as always. Some hoisted a ‘kesari’ Sikh flag on another pole at the Fort’s rampart where the flag is hoisted on August 15, Independence Day.

Delhi Police reportedly tried to convince the farmers to turn back. The flag, well known as the "Nishan Saheb" - a flag representing Sikh faith was maliciously interpreted as a ‘Khalistani flag.’ Farmers were also seen unfurling the Indian national tricolour flag along with Kisan Ekta and Nishan Sahebs.

 

 

“We did not allow anyone, there was a gate crashing, we are handling it professionally. I am here to talk to the farmer leaders, they agree that they should proceed on the assigned route. There are some elements who are trying to break the route,” Delhi Police’s Special Commissioner Dependra Pathak told NewsLaundry that he has arrived at Nangloi bridge area to try and negotiate with farm leaders. "I want to request them to take the designated route," he said.

 

 

Farmer leader Yogendra Yadav who was leading the tractor parade from Shahjahanpur border sent out a video appeal to protesters in Delhi to maintain the peaceful stance that farmers had maintained so far. From his side, he assured that the Shahjahanpur parade had concluded peacefully in a disciplined manner.

Similarly, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher appealed to the people who broke away from the designated route to return to the Kundli border.

“We do not have any event planned at Red Fort. Please return to the Kundli border. Please return to the Kundli border! We do not want to engage in any violence at Red Fort,” he said.

Meanwhile, late into the afternoon an order by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) 'ordered' the suspension of internet services in the Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Nangloi and surrounding areas announcing 'a state of emergency.' The Order may be read here:

 

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Around the same time as this order became public knowledge, the situation at Nangloi t-point deteriorated and is still reportedly tense. There are reports of clashes between farmers groups and Delhi Police. Lathi-charge was also reported from ITO and Red Fort where many protesting farmers reached by Tuesday noon, after breaching police barricades. Some police personnel have also been injured, say news reports, and some vehicles are also said to have been damaged in those areas. According to a report in the Indian Express, a protester has reportedly died near ITO after he was allegedly shot at, and the tractor he was driving turned turtle. Sounds of shots could be heard during some of the coverage by the channels. 

The chaos continues to unfold on the streets of Delhi, even as the farmer union leaders continue to appeal for peace and have asked the farmers to stick to the pre-decided routes along three Delhi borders — Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur. Many farmers have in fact stuck to the routes and conducted the tractor rally, as they were permitted to, however, most media and police attention is now at the trouble spots in East and Central Delhi, as well as Nangloi in North-west. In all these areas, police resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas to control the surging crowds. 

Farmer leaders also announced a plan to lead a march to Parliament on February 1, when the Union Budget will be presented. According to news reports, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said farmers were following the pre-decided route. No one from the Sankyukt Kisan Morcha went to the Outer Ring Road he said adding, “We condemn violence against farmers, appeal to all to maintain peace.”

There are reports of the home minister, Amit Shah having called an emergency meeting late afternoon today.

 

 

 

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Kisan Tractor Rally underway, moves into national capital Delhi area

Tear gas, lathi charge launched by Delhi Police, security agencies as various points; Mukarba Chowk, Akshardham, Noida

26 Jan 2021

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Image courtesy: Sanjeev Verma /HT

Even as the Indian Air Force planes flew over at the culmination of the national Republic Day parade, thousands of India's farmers took out a rally from the Delhi borders, and moved into the Capital area. However, unlike the heavily protected army-led parade on Rajpath, there was police action reported on the farmers.

Initial reports, and live visuals from Mukarba Chowk in West Delhi (closer to Singhu border) and Ghazipur border, Akshardham, Noida, showed that there was police action on the farmer rally as it moved into the Capital, ahead of the scheduled time. 

As we go to press, there are reports of protesting farmers moving into Delhi’s ITO area close to the historic Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, where in times gone by newspaper offices used to be located. The police appear outnumbered, reports India Today and the area is tense.

There are multiple reports of tear gas being launched, NDTV showed visuals of policemen standing on a pedestrian foot-over-bridge launching tear gas shells on the farmers riding their tractors on the highway below. The tractors seem to have been stopped at Akshardham Mandir for now and the line-up is building up on the Delhi-Meerut expressway. 
 


Lathi-charge was also reported from Noida chowk. Residents of East Delhi reported hearing loud sounds, which later was shown on NDTV as tear gas firing on the farmers.

 

 

The most tense is Mukarba Chowk, which is on what is the historic Grand Trunk road, that connects Punjab. Some groups of farmers can be seen removing the police barricades, and quickly the farmer volunteers too sprung into action to control the mischievous elements. The nihangs atop their horses were also seen controlling the crowds.

The National Capital of Delhi, is now seeing history unfold on January 26, 2021. The massive tractor rally, and those on foot, are now headed into the city. So far, apart from the few trouble making groups who were aggressive at the Mukarba Chowk area, the farmers have so far been peaceful, farmer volunteers are out in full force and were seen guiding the tractors to form an orderly line at Akshardham. Each tractor has the Tricolour flying high.

 

 

Farmers have been protesting patiently and peacefully at a sit-in for over 70 days, and close to five months before that in Punjab and Haryana. Is it therefore completely understandable that patience with an obdurate government has begun to run out? Readers will recall how water cannons and lathis were used – even in the midst of the Delhi bitter winter cold to stop the peaceful march into Ramlila Maidan and into Delhi on November 26, 2020.

While Delhi police had hoped for 5,000 or so farmers assembling for the Kisan Ganatantra Parade, a mere glance at the various parades starting through the city, shows that farmers have gathered in much larger numbers on January 26, 2021.

 

 

Various groups set out in an organised manner, with a few citizens coming out on the streets to shower marchers with flowers, and express their solidarity with the government.

However, even before the agreed upon time of 12 noon, small skirmishes had broken out, and there were reports of clashes breaking out along the Ghazipur (near Akshardham), Mubaraqak Chowk (where roads from the Tikri and Singhu parade routes) converge.

Delhi police lathi-charged and threw tear-gas shells at the first batch of farmers marching from Singhu border at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, 16 km away from the protest point that marked the first leg of farmers’ parade.

Farmers told SabrangIndia that police barricade routes for which they had previously issued NOCs. The clashes first broke out along the Tikri route where people forced past barricades.

According to ANI, Joint Commissioner of Police S. S. Yadav said that police have asked protesters to follow the route that was agreed upon.

Farmer leaders such as Jagjit Singh Dallewal appealed to farmers to maintain a peaceful march to show peasant’s resolve.

Meanwhile, women farmers from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Odisha and Jammu have set off from Shahjahanpur border on Tuesday afternoon. Farmer leader Yogendra Yadav who accompanied the batch also condemned the tear gas shelling seen at the SG Transport Nagar.

 

 

 

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Tear gas, lathi charge launched by Delhi Police, security agencies as various points; Mukarba Chowk, Akshardham, Noida

Farmers protest
Image courtesy: Sanjeev Verma /HT

Even as the Indian Air Force planes flew over at the culmination of the national Republic Day parade, thousands of India's farmers took out a rally from the Delhi borders, and moved into the Capital area. However, unlike the heavily protected army-led parade on Rajpath, there was police action reported on the farmers.

Initial reports, and live visuals from Mukarba Chowk in West Delhi (closer to Singhu border) and Ghazipur border, Akshardham, Noida, showed that there was police action on the farmer rally as it moved into the Capital, ahead of the scheduled time. 

As we go to press, there are reports of protesting farmers moving into Delhi’s ITO area close to the historic Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, where in times gone by newspaper offices used to be located. The police appear outnumbered, reports India Today and the area is tense.

There are multiple reports of tear gas being launched, NDTV showed visuals of policemen standing on a pedestrian foot-over-bridge launching tear gas shells on the farmers riding their tractors on the highway below. The tractors seem to have been stopped at Akshardham Mandir for now and the line-up is building up on the Delhi-Meerut expressway. 
 


Lathi-charge was also reported from Noida chowk. Residents of East Delhi reported hearing loud sounds, which later was shown on NDTV as tear gas firing on the farmers.

 

 

The most tense is Mukarba Chowk, which is on what is the historic Grand Trunk road, that connects Punjab. Some groups of farmers can be seen removing the police barricades, and quickly the farmer volunteers too sprung into action to control the mischievous elements. The nihangs atop their horses were also seen controlling the crowds.

The National Capital of Delhi, is now seeing history unfold on January 26, 2021. The massive tractor rally, and those on foot, are now headed into the city. So far, apart from the few trouble making groups who were aggressive at the Mukarba Chowk area, the farmers have so far been peaceful, farmer volunteers are out in full force and were seen guiding the tractors to form an orderly line at Akshardham. Each tractor has the Tricolour flying high.

 

 

Farmers have been protesting patiently and peacefully at a sit-in for over 70 days, and close to five months before that in Punjab and Haryana. Is it therefore completely understandable that patience with an obdurate government has begun to run out? Readers will recall how water cannons and lathis were used – even in the midst of the Delhi bitter winter cold to stop the peaceful march into Ramlila Maidan and into Delhi on November 26, 2020.

While Delhi police had hoped for 5,000 or so farmers assembling for the Kisan Ganatantra Parade, a mere glance at the various parades starting through the city, shows that farmers have gathered in much larger numbers on January 26, 2021.

 

 

Various groups set out in an organised manner, with a few citizens coming out on the streets to shower marchers with flowers, and express their solidarity with the government.

However, even before the agreed upon time of 12 noon, small skirmishes had broken out, and there were reports of clashes breaking out along the Ghazipur (near Akshardham), Mubaraqak Chowk (where roads from the Tikri and Singhu parade routes) converge.

Delhi police lathi-charged and threw tear-gas shells at the first batch of farmers marching from Singhu border at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, 16 km away from the protest point that marked the first leg of farmers’ parade.

Farmers told SabrangIndia that police barricade routes for which they had previously issued NOCs. The clashes first broke out along the Tikri route where people forced past barricades.

According to ANI, Joint Commissioner of Police S. S. Yadav said that police have asked protesters to follow the route that was agreed upon.

Farmer leaders such as Jagjit Singh Dallewal appealed to farmers to maintain a peaceful march to show peasant’s resolve.

Meanwhile, women farmers from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Odisha and Jammu have set off from Shahjahanpur border on Tuesday afternoon. Farmer leader Yogendra Yadav who accompanied the batch also condemned the tear gas shelling seen at the SG Transport Nagar.

 

 

 

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Why such exorbitant amounts sought in bonds and sureties from farmers: Allahabad HC asks State 

The court took up the instant petition and asked the district authorities of Sitapur district to explain the reason behind the orders issued

26 Jan 2021

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The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has made an urgent intervention in a matter where district authorities had sought large amounts in sureties and personal bonds from poor farmers, including women, as “security for keeping peace”.

The petitioner, former advisor to the UP government and an independent researcher and social activist pressed for an urgent hearing as the District Administration of Sitapur had passed an order against farmers. The division bench of Justices Rajeev Singh and Ramesh Sinha agreed to hear the instant petition taking into consideration the urgency of the matter.

The petitioner stated that several orders have been issued by Sub-Divisional Magistrates of the different areas of District Sitapur from January 19 onwards to farmers, including women, under section 111 of CrPC calling upon them to furnish personal bond of Rs.50 Thousands to 10 Lacs and two sureties in the like amount on apprehension that he/she would violate the law and order in the light of the ensuing farmers protest in the district.

Section 111 of CrPC gives the Executive Magistrate power to order a bond to be executed by a person as “security for keeping the peace”. Under section 107(1) CrPC, when an Executive Magistrate receives information that any person is likely to commit a breach of the peace or disturb the public tranquillity, and is of opinion that there is sufficient ground for proceeding, he may require such person to show cause why he should not be ordered to execute a bond with or without sureties for keeping the peace.

Counsel appearing for the petitioner, Veena Rajes, submitted that notices issued by the State authorities are not only baseless but also take away the fundamental rights of a person, given how farmers are not allowed to come out from their houses as the police have surrounded their houses. She also contended that the personal bond and sureties sought are in exorbitant amounts, and the same cannot be sought from poor farmers merely on the basis of local police reports without providing farmers an opportunity to be heard.

The court thus directed state authorities to submit under what circumstances such an exorbitant amount of personal bond and two sureties have been asked to furnish to them. The matter has been listed for hearing on February 2.

The orders seem to be in response to the tractor rally planned on Republic Day whereby farmers are driving their tractors towards Delhi’s borders in support. UP’s Ghazipur district had ordered a ban on sale of fuel for tractors but retracted the order after facing backlash. It is estimated that around 25,000 tractors will arrive from different districts of Uttar Pradesh at Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri borders. Apart from these, several districts have planned tractor rallies within the territorial limits to show solidarity to the tractor rallies around Delhi.

The farmers are protesting three controversial farm laws passed by the Parliament, and the agitation has only gained more traction with the passage of each day. The protests have intensified as talks with the government have not turned out to be fruitful, as the Centre refuses to relent to farmers’ demand of repeal of the laws.

The complete order may be read here.

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The court took up the instant petition and asked the district authorities of Sitapur district to explain the reason behind the orders issued

farmers
Representation Image
 

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has made an urgent intervention in a matter where district authorities had sought large amounts in sureties and personal bonds from poor farmers, including women, as “security for keeping peace”.

The petitioner, former advisor to the UP government and an independent researcher and social activist pressed for an urgent hearing as the District Administration of Sitapur had passed an order against farmers. The division bench of Justices Rajeev Singh and Ramesh Sinha agreed to hear the instant petition taking into consideration the urgency of the matter.

The petitioner stated that several orders have been issued by Sub-Divisional Magistrates of the different areas of District Sitapur from January 19 onwards to farmers, including women, under section 111 of CrPC calling upon them to furnish personal bond of Rs.50 Thousands to 10 Lacs and two sureties in the like amount on apprehension that he/she would violate the law and order in the light of the ensuing farmers protest in the district.

Section 111 of CrPC gives the Executive Magistrate power to order a bond to be executed by a person as “security for keeping the peace”. Under section 107(1) CrPC, when an Executive Magistrate receives information that any person is likely to commit a breach of the peace or disturb the public tranquillity, and is of opinion that there is sufficient ground for proceeding, he may require such person to show cause why he should not be ordered to execute a bond with or without sureties for keeping the peace.

Counsel appearing for the petitioner, Veena Rajes, submitted that notices issued by the State authorities are not only baseless but also take away the fundamental rights of a person, given how farmers are not allowed to come out from their houses as the police have surrounded their houses. She also contended that the personal bond and sureties sought are in exorbitant amounts, and the same cannot be sought from poor farmers merely on the basis of local police reports without providing farmers an opportunity to be heard.

The court thus directed state authorities to submit under what circumstances such an exorbitant amount of personal bond and two sureties have been asked to furnish to them. The matter has been listed for hearing on February 2.

The orders seem to be in response to the tractor rally planned on Republic Day whereby farmers are driving their tractors towards Delhi’s borders in support. UP’s Ghazipur district had ordered a ban on sale of fuel for tractors but retracted the order after facing backlash. It is estimated that around 25,000 tractors will arrive from different districts of Uttar Pradesh at Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri borders. Apart from these, several districts have planned tractor rallies within the territorial limits to show solidarity to the tractor rallies around Delhi.

The farmers are protesting three controversial farm laws passed by the Parliament, and the agitation has only gained more traction with the passage of each day. The protests have intensified as talks with the government have not turned out to be fruitful, as the Centre refuses to relent to farmers’ demand of repeal of the laws.

The complete order may be read here.

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Government remains singularly devoted to farmers welfare: President Ram Nath Kovind  

On the eve of 72nd Republic Day the President offers the first and only comprehensive response to the 70-day long Delhi sit-in by hundreds of thousands of farmers, and the five-months long agitation

26 Jan 2021

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President Ram Nath Kovind mentioned India’s farmers in his address to the nation on the eve of 72nd Republic Day. He said, “Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast and populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained the agricultural production”. President Kovind also added that a “grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers.” 

However, he also indicated towards the contentious farm laws and said that the government was working towards achieving major goals that included “doubling the income of farmers.” According to the President, economic reforms in the country continue to take place and “have been supplemented by long-pending reforms in the areas of labour and agriculture through legislation”. He said that the “path to reform at the initial stages may cause misapprehensions. However, it is beyond doubt that the Government remains singularly devoted to farmers’ welfare.”

The President also lauded Election Commission for “conducting not only free and fair but also safe elections in Bihar which has high population density and in union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh with difficulties of access and other challenges.” He also appreciated the “unlocking” process and said it “was carefully calibrated” and has proved effective as “the economy has started showing indications of recovery faster than anticipated.” He called the The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) a “comprehensive reform in education which was long overdue.”   

President Kovind urged citizens to “expand our capacity for empathy” and “continue on the path of ‘constitutional morality’ which Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar mentioned in his speech to the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1948 while presenting the draft of the Constitution". He clarified that 'Constitutional morality' means "supremacy of the values enshrined in the Constitution.” 

The Presidential address to the nation on the Eve of the 72nd Republic Day may be read here:

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Namaskar!

Greetings to all of you on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day of the world’s largest and most vibrant democracy. In this land of ours, enriched by diversity, with many festivals, our national festivals are celebrated by everyone with great patriotic fervour. We celebrate the national festival of the Republic Day with enthusiasm and express our respect for the national flag, and our faith in the Constitution.

This day has come to mean a lot to all Indians living within the country and abroad. Seventy-one years ago, on this very day, we the people of India adopted, enacted and gave to ourselves a unique Constitution. For all of us, then, this is the day to also pause and ponder over the core values that the Constitution propounds. These values – Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity – outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution are sacred to all of us. Its abiding adherence is meant not only for those who are mandated to govern but for the people at large.

It is not without reason that the wise men and women who framed the Constitution chose to place these four terms at the very beginning of the Constitution to build the foundation on which the edifice of our democracy rests. In fact, these were the values that guided our freedom struggle. A galaxy of great leaders and thinkers like Bal Gangadhar ‘Tilak’, Lala Lajpat Rai, Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose inspired our freedom struggle. They had diverse dreams of a magnificent future of the motherland, but common to their aspirations were these values: Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 

I would like that we go further back into history and inquire why precisely these values guided our nation-builders. And the answer is obvious: This land and its inhabitants have cherished these ideals from the time immemorial. Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity are perennial principles of our philosophy of life. They come to us from the dawn of this civilisation through an unbroken chain. It is, of course, the task of every generation to seek out the meaning of these values for its times. As the freedom fighters did in their day, so should we in our time. These key principles should light our path to development. 

Dear fellow citizens,

Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast and populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained the agricultural production. A grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers.

Just as our hardworking farmers ensure food security for the country, the brave soldiers of the armed forces ensure security of our national boundaries amid severest conditions. From the freezing cold at Siachen and Galwan valley in Ladakh with temperatures as low as minus 50 to 60 degree Celsius to the scorching heat in Jaisalmer with temperatures as high as 50 degree Celsius – on land, in the skies and at the vast coastal areas – our warriors are vigilant every moment. Every citizen feels proud about the bravery, patriotism and the spirit of sacrifice among our soldiers. 

By their contribution to food security, national security, protection against disease and disasters and to different areas of development, our scientists have strengthened our national endeavours. From space to the farms, from educational institutions to hospitals, the community of scientists has enriched our life and work. Our scientists have been working day and night for decoding the Coronavirus and they have succeeded in developing the vaccine in record time. With this accomplishment, our scientists have added a glorious chapter of contribution to the well-being of humanity. Our scientists, along with doctors, administrators and people from other walks of life, have made major contribution in containing the virus and keeping the fatality rate lower in our country, compared to that in developed countries. Thus, all our farmers, soldiers and scientists deserve special appreciation and a grateful nation greets them on this auspicious occasion of the Republic Day. 

Dear fellow citizens,

Last year, as humanity almost came to a halt in the face of a calamity of gigantic proportions, I often found myself reflecting on the central message of the Constitution. Our effective response to the pandemic would not have been possible without our Constitutional value of ‘Fraternity’. Indians have been like a close-knit family, making exemplary sacrifices to protect each other in the face of the common enemy of Coronavirus. I am thinking here of doctors, nurses, paramedics, healthcare administrators and sanitation workers who put their own lives at risk to care for Covid-19 patients. Some of them even lost their lives. Along with them, about 1.5 lakh people became victims of this pandemic. I convey my condolences to the bereaved families. Our frontline Corona-warriors were ordinary citizens who turned out to be extraordinary. When the history of this tragic chapter, which is not yet over, is written, I am confident that the future generations will behold you all for the heroic response to the crisis for which no one could have truly prepared.

Given our country’s population density, diversity of cultural traditions, natural and geographical challenges, taking precautionary measures against Covid-19 was far more difficult for us. Yet, we have managed to check the spread of the virus to a large extent. 

Despite the serious calamity, we have succeeded in taking forward our activities in many spheres. The pandemic threatened to derail the young generation’s learning process, but institutions and teachers quickly adopted new technology and ensured that there was no break in education. By conducting not only free and fair but also safe elections in Bihar which has high population density and in union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh with difficulties of access and other challenges, our democracy and the Election Commission have accomplished remarkable feats. The Judiciary found help in technology and continued to function and dispense Justice. The list is long. 

In order to open up the economy without risking the lives of the people, the process of unlocking was carefully calibrated. This has proved effective and the economy has started showing indications of recovery faster than anticipated. The latest unprecedented collection of GST and India’s emergence as a most favoured destination for the foreign investment are indicative of our faster economic recovery. The government has encouraged small and medium industries to unleash entrepreneurial spirit by providing easy loans to them and helped them to come up with innovative business ideas.

Dear fellow citizens,

The adversities of the previous year have only reminded us of what we have always known deep in our hearts - that care and concern for humanity and the feeling of fraternity is what kept us together for millennia. In every sphere, Indians rose to the occasion, and put others before themselves. We Indians live and die for humanity. This Indian ideal has been expressed by the great poet Maithili Sharan Gupt in these words:

 

उसी उदार की सदा, सजीव कीर्ति कूजती;

तथा उसी उदार को, समस्त सृष्टि पूजती।

अखण्ड आत्मभाव जो, असीम विश्व में भरे¸

वही मनुष्य है कि जो, मनुष्य के लिये मरे।

In English, these sentiments can be broadly conveyed in the following words:

It is the benevolent whose glory lives on in songs eternal,

It is the generous whom the world reveres forever,

Whose spirit of oneness fills the boundless universe,

They truly are human who die for fellow beings.

I am sure that this love for humanity and the spirit of sacrifice will take us to great heights.

Let us look at 2020 as a year of learning. There were miracles of a revitalising Mother Nature which taught humanity a hard lesson that the Small is not expedient but complementary to the Big. I am sure that with a view to reducing the risk of such pandemics, the issue of climate change will be accorded top priority at the global level.

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Converting a crisis into an opportunity, the Prime Minister gave a call of ‘Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, or ‘Self-reliant India Mission’. Our vibrant democracy, our enterprising and talented fellow citizens – specially the youth – energise our efforts in shaping a self-reliant India. The demand for goods and services in the country, the domestic efforts to meet them, and the use of modern technology in such efforts are strengthening ‘Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’. Under this Mission, steps have been taken for economic growth as well as employment generation by promoting micro, small and medium enterprises and making the start-up eco-system more robust. It has become a movement being taken forward by the people themselves.  

‘Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ is in line with the aspiration to shape a new India by the year 2022 when our country turns 75. This will be a significant milestone in the journey of the nation as we are determined to achieve major goals: from providing pucca houses with basic facilities for every family to doubling the income of farmers. In order to build an inclusive society of new India, we are giving special emphasis on education, health, nutrition, upliftment of the under-privileged and welfare of women.

Adversity often plays the role of a great teacher. It makes us stronger and more confident. With that confidence, India has taken great strides in several sectors. Economic reforms have continued apace and have been supplemented by long-pending reforms in the areas of labour and agriculture through legislation. The path to reform at the initial stages may cause misapprehensions. However, it is beyond doubt that the Government remains singularly devoted to farmers’ welfare. 

Equally salient but touching more lives directly is the comprehensive reform in education which was long overdue. The ‘National Education Policy 2020’, with its stress on tradition as well as technology, will lay the foundation of a New India which aspires to emerge as a knowledge hub on the international stage. This reform promises to incubate innate talent of students and ignite their minds to take up the challenges of life. 

The net outcome of all these efforts is before us. After about a year of this unforeseen ordeal, India today stands not despondent but confident. The slowdown has turned out to be transitory as the economy has regained its dynamism. A self-reliant India has manufactured its own vaccine for Covid-19, and is now undertaking a mass vaccination drive, which will be the largest exercise of its kind in history. The administration and health services are working with full readiness to make this exercise a success. I urge upon the countrymen to utilise this lifeline and get vaccinated as per guidelines. Your health opens the way for your advancement.

Today, India is being rightly called “pharmacy of the world” as we are supplying medicines and other healthcare items to several countries to alleviate people’s suffering and contain the pandemic across the globe. Now we also provide vaccines to other countries.

Dear Fellow Citizens,

The past year was a time of adversity, and it came from many fronts. We faced an expansionist move on our borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. To achieve this objective, 20 of them had to lay down their lives. The nation shall remain grateful to those brave soldiers. Though we reiterate our commitment to peace, our defence forces – Army, Air Force and Navy – are adequately mobilised in a well-coordinated move to thwart any attempt to undermine our security. Our national interest will be protected at all costs. We have also ensured a widespread understanding in the international community of India’s firm and principled stand. 

India is moving forward and taking its rightful place in the world. During the recent years, its arc of influence has been expanding and encompassing the larger part of the world. The manner in which India got overwhelming support of the international community for its entry as non-permanent member in the Security Council this year is indicative of that influence. The quality of our engagement with leaders across the world has enhanced manifold. India with its vibrant democracy has rightfully earned its respect as a responsible and trustworthy nation.

We would do well to keep reminding ourselves of our Constitutional mantras. I have said this before, but I will repeat that we should make it a part of our daily routine to meditate upon the life and thought of our Father of the Nation. We must make all efforts to wipe tears from every eye. Equality is the watchword for the great project of our Republic. Social equality warrants dignity for each one of us, villagers, women, weaker sections of our society, namely, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Divyang-jan and the elderly people. Economic equality entails equal opportunity for all and handholding for the downtrodden. Acts of helping fellow human beings expand our capacity for empathy. In our collective path ahead, Fraternity is our moral compass. Let us all continue on the path of ‘constitutional morality’ which Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar mentioned in his speech to the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1948 while presenting the draft of the Constitution. He clarified that 'Constitutional morality' means supremacy of the values enshrined in the Constitution. 

Dear Fellow Citizens,

As we are set to celebrate the anniversary of our Republic, I am thinking of our brothers and sisters abroad. Our diaspora is our pride. Indians abroad have succeeded in different walks of life, some rising to high levels of political leadership, some contributing to science, arts, academics, civil society and business, each bringing laurels to their new homelands and also to India. Republic Day greetings to you from the land of your ancestors! My greetings to the members of the armed forces, paramilitary forces and the police who usually celebrate festivals staying away from their families. My special greetings to all those jawans.

I once again congratulate you all, for the Republic Day.

Thank You,

Jai Hind!

 

Related:

Come, stand with India’s annadaatas!

Farmers tear memorandum in face of Maha govt’s insensitivity

SHOCKING! Nearly 3 lakh farmers died due to loan debts in the last two decades!

Farmers win! Republic Day 2021 will be celebrated with unique tractor march

At least 10 lakh farmers will march on Republic Day: AIKMS

Farmers rights are human rights: Protesters at Tikri Kalan

Government remains singularly devoted to farmers welfare: President Ram Nath Kovind  

On the eve of 72nd Republic Day the President offers the first and only comprehensive response to the 70-day long Delhi sit-in by hundreds of thousands of farmers, and the five-months long agitation

Ramnath kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind mentioned India’s farmers in his address to the nation on the eve of 72nd Republic Day. He said, “Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast and populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained the agricultural production”. President Kovind also added that a “grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers.” 

However, he also indicated towards the contentious farm laws and said that the government was working towards achieving major goals that included “doubling the income of farmers.” According to the President, economic reforms in the country continue to take place and “have been supplemented by long-pending reforms in the areas of labour and agriculture through legislation”. He said that the “path to reform at the initial stages may cause misapprehensions. However, it is beyond doubt that the Government remains singularly devoted to farmers’ welfare.”

The President also lauded Election Commission for “conducting not only free and fair but also safe elections in Bihar which has high population density and in union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh with difficulties of access and other challenges.” He also appreciated the “unlocking” process and said it “was carefully calibrated” and has proved effective as “the economy has started showing indications of recovery faster than anticipated.” He called the The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) a “comprehensive reform in education which was long overdue.”   

President Kovind urged citizens to “expand our capacity for empathy” and “continue on the path of ‘constitutional morality’ which Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar mentioned in his speech to the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1948 while presenting the draft of the Constitution". He clarified that 'Constitutional morality' means "supremacy of the values enshrined in the Constitution.” 

The Presidential address to the nation on the Eve of the 72nd Republic Day may be read here:

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Namaskar!

Greetings to all of you on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day of the world’s largest and most vibrant democracy. In this land of ours, enriched by diversity, with many festivals, our national festivals are celebrated by everyone with great patriotic fervour. We celebrate the national festival of the Republic Day with enthusiasm and express our respect for the national flag, and our faith in the Constitution.

This day has come to mean a lot to all Indians living within the country and abroad. Seventy-one years ago, on this very day, we the people of India adopted, enacted and gave to ourselves a unique Constitution. For all of us, then, this is the day to also pause and ponder over the core values that the Constitution propounds. These values – Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity – outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution are sacred to all of us. Its abiding adherence is meant not only for those who are mandated to govern but for the people at large.

It is not without reason that the wise men and women who framed the Constitution chose to place these four terms at the very beginning of the Constitution to build the foundation on which the edifice of our democracy rests. In fact, these were the values that guided our freedom struggle. A galaxy of great leaders and thinkers like Bal Gangadhar ‘Tilak’, Lala Lajpat Rai, Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose inspired our freedom struggle. They had diverse dreams of a magnificent future of the motherland, but common to their aspirations were these values: Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. 

I would like that we go further back into history and inquire why precisely these values guided our nation-builders. And the answer is obvious: This land and its inhabitants have cherished these ideals from the time immemorial. Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity are perennial principles of our philosophy of life. They come to us from the dawn of this civilisation through an unbroken chain. It is, of course, the task of every generation to seek out the meaning of these values for its times. As the freedom fighters did in their day, so should we in our time. These key principles should light our path to development. 

Dear fellow citizens,

Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast and populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained the agricultural production. A grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers.

Just as our hardworking farmers ensure food security for the country, the brave soldiers of the armed forces ensure security of our national boundaries amid severest conditions. From the freezing cold at Siachen and Galwan valley in Ladakh with temperatures as low as minus 50 to 60 degree Celsius to the scorching heat in Jaisalmer with temperatures as high as 50 degree Celsius – on land, in the skies and at the vast coastal areas – our warriors are vigilant every moment. Every citizen feels proud about the bravery, patriotism and the spirit of sacrifice among our soldiers. 

By their contribution to food security, national security, protection against disease and disasters and to different areas of development, our scientists have strengthened our national endeavours. From space to the farms, from educational institutions to hospitals, the community of scientists has enriched our life and work. Our scientists have been working day and night for decoding the Coronavirus and they have succeeded in developing the vaccine in record time. With this accomplishment, our scientists have added a glorious chapter of contribution to the well-being of humanity. Our scientists, along with doctors, administrators and people from other walks of life, have made major contribution in containing the virus and keeping the fatality rate lower in our country, compared to that in developed countries. Thus, all our farmers, soldiers and scientists deserve special appreciation and a grateful nation greets them on this auspicious occasion of the Republic Day. 

Dear fellow citizens,

Last year, as humanity almost came to a halt in the face of a calamity of gigantic proportions, I often found myself reflecting on the central message of the Constitution. Our effective response to the pandemic would not have been possible without our Constitutional value of ‘Fraternity’. Indians have been like a close-knit family, making exemplary sacrifices to protect each other in the face of the common enemy of Coronavirus. I am thinking here of doctors, nurses, paramedics, healthcare administrators and sanitation workers who put their own lives at risk to care for Covid-19 patients. Some of them even lost their lives. Along with them, about 1.5 lakh people became victims of this pandemic. I convey my condolences to the bereaved families. Our frontline Corona-warriors were ordinary citizens who turned out to be extraordinary. When the history of this tragic chapter, which is not yet over, is written, I am confident that the future generations will behold you all for the heroic response to the crisis for which no one could have truly prepared.

Given our country’s population density, diversity of cultural traditions, natural and geographical challenges, taking precautionary measures against Covid-19 was far more difficult for us. Yet, we have managed to check the spread of the virus to a large extent. 

Despite the serious calamity, we have succeeded in taking forward our activities in many spheres. The pandemic threatened to derail the young generation’s learning process, but institutions and teachers quickly adopted new technology and ensured that there was no break in education. By conducting not only free and fair but also safe elections in Bihar which has high population density and in union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh with difficulties of access and other challenges, our democracy and the Election Commission have accomplished remarkable feats. The Judiciary found help in technology and continued to function and dispense Justice. The list is long. 

In order to open up the economy without risking the lives of the people, the process of unlocking was carefully calibrated. This has proved effective and the economy has started showing indications of recovery faster than anticipated. The latest unprecedented collection of GST and India’s emergence as a most favoured destination for the foreign investment are indicative of our faster economic recovery. The government has encouraged small and medium industries to unleash entrepreneurial spirit by providing easy loans to them and helped them to come up with innovative business ideas.

Dear fellow citizens,

The adversities of the previous year have only reminded us of what we have always known deep in our hearts - that care and concern for humanity and the feeling of fraternity is what kept us together for millennia. In every sphere, Indians rose to the occasion, and put others before themselves. We Indians live and die for humanity. This Indian ideal has been expressed by the great poet Maithili Sharan Gupt in these words:

 

उसी उदार की सदा, सजीव कीर्ति कूजती;

तथा उसी उदार को, समस्त सृष्टि पूजती।

अखण्ड आत्मभाव जो, असीम विश्व में भरे¸

वही मनुष्य है कि जो, मनुष्य के लिये मरे।

In English, these sentiments can be broadly conveyed in the following words:

It is the benevolent whose glory lives on in songs eternal,

It is the generous whom the world reveres forever,

Whose spirit of oneness fills the boundless universe,

They truly are human who die for fellow beings.

I am sure that this love for humanity and the spirit of sacrifice will take us to great heights.

Let us look at 2020 as a year of learning. There were miracles of a revitalising Mother Nature which taught humanity a hard lesson that the Small is not expedient but complementary to the Big. I am sure that with a view to reducing the risk of such pandemics, the issue of climate change will be accorded top priority at the global level.

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Converting a crisis into an opportunity, the Prime Minister gave a call of ‘Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, or ‘Self-reliant India Mission’. Our vibrant democracy, our enterprising and talented fellow citizens – specially the youth – energise our efforts in shaping a self-reliant India. The demand for goods and services in the country, the domestic efforts to meet them, and the use of modern technology in such efforts are strengthening ‘Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’. Under this Mission, steps have been taken for economic growth as well as employment generation by promoting micro, small and medium enterprises and making the start-up eco-system more robust. It has become a movement being taken forward by the people themselves.  

‘Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ is in line with the aspiration to shape a new India by the year 2022 when our country turns 75. This will be a significant milestone in the journey of the nation as we are determined to achieve major goals: from providing pucca houses with basic facilities for every family to doubling the income of farmers. In order to build an inclusive society of new India, we are giving special emphasis on education, health, nutrition, upliftment of the under-privileged and welfare of women.

Adversity often plays the role of a great teacher. It makes us stronger and more confident. With that confidence, India has taken great strides in several sectors. Economic reforms have continued apace and have been supplemented by long-pending reforms in the areas of labour and agriculture through legislation. The path to reform at the initial stages may cause misapprehensions. However, it is beyond doubt that the Government remains singularly devoted to farmers’ welfare. 

Equally salient but touching more lives directly is the comprehensive reform in education which was long overdue. The ‘National Education Policy 2020’, with its stress on tradition as well as technology, will lay the foundation of a New India which aspires to emerge as a knowledge hub on the international stage. This reform promises to incubate innate talent of students and ignite their minds to take up the challenges of life. 

The net outcome of all these efforts is before us. After about a year of this unforeseen ordeal, India today stands not despondent but confident. The slowdown has turned out to be transitory as the economy has regained its dynamism. A self-reliant India has manufactured its own vaccine for Covid-19, and is now undertaking a mass vaccination drive, which will be the largest exercise of its kind in history. The administration and health services are working with full readiness to make this exercise a success. I urge upon the countrymen to utilise this lifeline and get vaccinated as per guidelines. Your health opens the way for your advancement.

Today, India is being rightly called “pharmacy of the world” as we are supplying medicines and other healthcare items to several countries to alleviate people’s suffering and contain the pandemic across the globe. Now we also provide vaccines to other countries.

Dear Fellow Citizens,

The past year was a time of adversity, and it came from many fronts. We faced an expansionist move on our borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. To achieve this objective, 20 of them had to lay down their lives. The nation shall remain grateful to those brave soldiers. Though we reiterate our commitment to peace, our defence forces – Army, Air Force and Navy – are adequately mobilised in a well-coordinated move to thwart any attempt to undermine our security. Our national interest will be protected at all costs. We have also ensured a widespread understanding in the international community of India’s firm and principled stand. 

India is moving forward and taking its rightful place in the world. During the recent years, its arc of influence has been expanding and encompassing the larger part of the world. The manner in which India got overwhelming support of the international community for its entry as non-permanent member in the Security Council this year is indicative of that influence. The quality of our engagement with leaders across the world has enhanced manifold. India with its vibrant democracy has rightfully earned its respect as a responsible and trustworthy nation.

We would do well to keep reminding ourselves of our Constitutional mantras. I have said this before, but I will repeat that we should make it a part of our daily routine to meditate upon the life and thought of our Father of the Nation. We must make all efforts to wipe tears from every eye. Equality is the watchword for the great project of our Republic. Social equality warrants dignity for each one of us, villagers, women, weaker sections of our society, namely, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Divyang-jan and the elderly people. Economic equality entails equal opportunity for all and handholding for the downtrodden. Acts of helping fellow human beings expand our capacity for empathy. In our collective path ahead, Fraternity is our moral compass. Let us all continue on the path of ‘constitutional morality’ which Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar mentioned in his speech to the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1948 while presenting the draft of the Constitution. He clarified that 'Constitutional morality' means supremacy of the values enshrined in the Constitution. 

Dear Fellow Citizens,

As we are set to celebrate the anniversary of our Republic, I am thinking of our brothers and sisters abroad. Our diaspora is our pride. Indians abroad have succeeded in different walks of life, some rising to high levels of political leadership, some contributing to science, arts, academics, civil society and business, each bringing laurels to their new homelands and also to India. Republic Day greetings to you from the land of your ancestors! My greetings to the members of the armed forces, paramilitary forces and the police who usually celebrate festivals staying away from their families. My special greetings to all those jawans.

I once again congratulate you all, for the Republic Day.

Thank You,

Jai Hind!

 

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SHOCKING! Nearly 3 lakh farmers died due to loan debts in the last two decades!

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The Farmer committee sends out a formal invitation to people in the city to join the farmers parade and decry the three laws of the Centre.

25 Jan 2021

Image Courtesy:onmanorama.com

The Delhi Welcome Committee for Kisan Parade on January 25, 2021 requested all Delhi citizens to come out overwhelmingly in support of farmers who protect India’s food security, and stand against corporate cronies and anti-farmer Acts of the central government.

Speaking on behalf of the Committee, farmer leader Navnit Tiwari invited the people of India to participate in parades that will be held in all states and districts.

“Thousands and thousands of tractors will also be entering into Delhi along the designated routes without disrupting any official function,” he said in a press release.

The Kisan Parade on January 26, 2021 will mark the first time since independence that farmers' march in a unique parade with national flags. Farmers have been protesting peacefully the three laws and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 that threaten agriculture and facilitate corporate profiteering at the expense of farmers, said the Committee.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police gave a 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) to farm leaders for the tractor march on Republic Day. However, it said that only 5,000 tractors and 5,000 participants are allowed. The rally will start at 12 PM and go on till 5 PM on Tuesday. According to reports, 25,000 tractors are also lining up at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders.

The struggle has been going on for the last eight months and is only growing in strength day by day. The Central Trade Unions, Nation for Farmers, different class and mass organisations as well as people from different walks of life have come wholeheartedly in support of the peaceful struggle.

In the last two months lakhs of farmers have demanded the repeal of the anti-farmer Acts – the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act – and demanding assured remunerative Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce. More than 150 farmers have become martyrs in this struggle, said farmer leaders.

Five separate parades will be carried out along Delhi borders from the Singhu border, Tikri border, Ghazipur border, Chilla border and Dhasa border. Two such parade routes may be viewed below: 

 

Similarly, along the Haryana-Rajasthan border, parades will be carried out from the Shahjahanpur border, the Palwal border, the Masani Barrage in Rewari district and inside Mewat city.

Related:

SHOCKING! Nearly 3 lakh farmers died due to loan debts in the last two decades!
Farmers win! Republic Day 2021 will be celebrated with unique tractor march
At least 10 lakh farmers will march on Republic Day: AIKMS
Farmers rights are human rights: Protesters at Tikri Kalan
Farmer leaders consider Centre’s proposal to suspend farm laws for 18 months
To be food secure, India must grow its own food grains: JNU professors
Do farmers’ demands benefit India’s hungry population?
Over 42,000 workers from informal sector allegedly die by suicide

Come, stand with India’s annadaatas!

The Farmer committee sends out a formal invitation to people in the city to join the farmers parade and decry the three laws of the Centre.

Image Courtesy:onmanorama.com

The Delhi Welcome Committee for Kisan Parade on January 25, 2021 requested all Delhi citizens to come out overwhelmingly in support of farmers who protect India’s food security, and stand against corporate cronies and anti-farmer Acts of the central government.

Speaking on behalf of the Committee, farmer leader Navnit Tiwari invited the people of India to participate in parades that will be held in all states and districts.

“Thousands and thousands of tractors will also be entering into Delhi along the designated routes without disrupting any official function,” he said in a press release.

The Kisan Parade on January 26, 2021 will mark the first time since independence that farmers' march in a unique parade with national flags. Farmers have been protesting peacefully the three laws and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 that threaten agriculture and facilitate corporate profiteering at the expense of farmers, said the Committee.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police gave a 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) to farm leaders for the tractor march on Republic Day. However, it said that only 5,000 tractors and 5,000 participants are allowed. The rally will start at 12 PM and go on till 5 PM on Tuesday. According to reports, 25,000 tractors are also lining up at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders.

The struggle has been going on for the last eight months and is only growing in strength day by day. The Central Trade Unions, Nation for Farmers, different class and mass organisations as well as people from different walks of life have come wholeheartedly in support of the peaceful struggle.

In the last two months lakhs of farmers have demanded the repeal of the anti-farmer Acts – the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer's Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act – and demanding assured remunerative Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce. More than 150 farmers have become martyrs in this struggle, said farmer leaders.

Five separate parades will be carried out along Delhi borders from the Singhu border, Tikri border, Ghazipur border, Chilla border and Dhasa border. Two such parade routes may be viewed below: 

 

Similarly, along the Haryana-Rajasthan border, parades will be carried out from the Shahjahanpur border, the Palwal border, the Masani Barrage in Rewari district and inside Mewat city.

Related:

SHOCKING! Nearly 3 lakh farmers died due to loan debts in the last two decades!
Farmers win! Republic Day 2021 will be celebrated with unique tractor march
At least 10 lakh farmers will march on Republic Day: AIKMS
Farmers rights are human rights: Protesters at Tikri Kalan
Farmer leaders consider Centre’s proposal to suspend farm laws for 18 months
To be food secure, India must grow its own food grains: JNU professors
Do farmers’ demands benefit India’s hungry population?
Over 42,000 workers from informal sector allegedly die by suicide

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