Delhi: At Singhu, a sea of first time protesters

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Written by Ashna Butani | New Delhi |
March 24, 2021 5:44:19 am

The border, which has been relatively quiet for the past few days, saw a sea of first-time protesters. Among them was Ramanpreet Singh (23), a member of the Punjab Students Union (PSU), who reached in a bus with around 20 others on Monday. (Representational)

The Singhu border seemed energised Tuesday as women and youths from Punjab and Haryana trickled in to mark Bhagat Singh’s death anniversary.

The border, which has been relatively quiet for the past few days, saw a sea of first-time protesters. Among them was Ramanpreet Singh (23), a member of the Punjab Students Union (PSU), who reached in a bus with around 20 others on Monday.

A wedding photographer hailing from a family of farm labourers, he said: “Bhagat Singh has always instilled a sentiment of revolution in us. I am here because the laws will affect not just farmers but farm labourers too. Labourers work for daily wages which go up to a maximum of Rs 300. It is very difficult to run a household on Rs 9,000 a month. If farmers will not get MSP, labourers will not be able to survive.”

His companion, Jaspreet Singh (20), said she and two of her classmates visited the border during their examinations: “Bhagat Singh devoted his entire life to the country; can we not give up one day to live up to what he taught us?”

She said they will revise for their paper from the protest site if they get time. Several students also said they are staring at a future where farming is no longer lucrative and there’s a dearth of jobs.

Mohan Singh Aulakh (23), PSU state committee member, said, “Some of us got mud from Bhagat Singh’s village, Khatkar Kalan, to the protest site as a symbolic gesture. The mud has been collected in vessels kept near the stage.”

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