New Delhi 23 December (KNB): National Farmers’ Day- also known as Kisan Diwas – is observed every year on 23rd December in India, is today finding its position in an unusual farmers’ protest being staged on Delhi borders for last 28 days, against the farm laws passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020.
The Kisan Diwas commemorates the former Indian Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh’s undying support to strengthen the farmer’s sector. He had formed a number of farmer-friendly policies and helped in the betterment of Indian farmers.
As the farmers’ day is making its way in the country today, the farmers of the nation are dejected and angry, especially the Haryana and Punjab farmers protesting on the outskirts of Delhi. With farmers seeking to repeal the three contentious farm laws, the national farmers’ day instead of being celebrated is in the middle of chaos of farmers’ protest.
However, the farmers are seeking to safeguard themselves from the reportedly negative effects of farm laws by staging protests which have been answered by the centre’s few concessions but outrightly rejected by the protesting farmers. The farmers are pressing for the complete revocation of three farmer laws, which has garnered support from the several Bollywood celebrities and other renowned personalities such as boxing legends Gurbax Singh Sandhu, Kaur Singh, and Jaipal Singh returning their awards as a sign of protest.
“On Farmers Day, I greet farmers of the country. They have provided the country with food security. Some farmers are agitating against farm laws. Government is holding talks with them with full sensitivity. I hope that they’ll end their agitation soon,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said via his tweet.
Pertinently, since September 15 around 41 protesters have died during their agitation against the centre’s farm law. Whereas the protest is still intensifying with hunger strikes, protesters trying to commit suicide, opposition parties lending their support to farmers and offers of SC turned down by farmers to form committee to resolve issue; the farmers’ protest is emboldening day by day without any sign of giving in. (KNB)