Rakesh Tikait reaches out to Dalit farm hands
Reaching out to Dalit labour in farms, Rakesh Tikait, nationwide spokesperson of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, stated on Tuesday that farmers ought to handle Dalit labour that works of their fields. “Whoever works in the field is a Dalit. Without their support, your protest would neither be complete nor meaningful,” stated Mr. Tikait whereas addressing a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ within the Hafizpur space of Hapur that has a big Dalit and Muslim inhabitants.
He appealed to farmers to worship sage Valmiki. “Every rural household should have a photo or idol of the age. It is the community that makes your households worth living,” he asserted, giving the slogan of Jai Bhim, Jai Ram.
Talking of social alliances, Mr. Tikait stated the place has a big Muslim inhabitants too. “First, this government declared Muslim outsiders and termed them Pakistani. When Sikh farmers protested, they were dubbed as Khalistani… We have to overcome these divisive forces,” he stated. “I appeal to farmers if there is a protest in another part of the country on issues that concern you, you should respond by holding a protest here. We need to build a pan Indian alliance,” he stated.
‘Formula of 3T’
Reiterating his system of 3T, Mr .Tikait stated the jawan along with his tank, the farmer along with his tractor and the youth along with his Twitter (account) would lend solidarity to farmers’ protest.
Earlier, he unveiled a symbolic martyrs’ memorial on the Ghazipur border with social activist Medha Patkar. It has been devoted to 320 individuals who misplaced their lives throughout the farmers’ protests.
Describing the constructing of the memorial as a part of Mitti Satyagrah (soil satyagraha), Mr. Tikait stated any farmer from throughout the nation might deliver soil from his village and blend it right here.
Soil collected from the villages of the martyrs of the liberty motion and from villages that participated in post-Independence actions resembling Narmada Bachao Andolan and Singhur has additionally reached the Ghazipur border. “This movement has become the revolution of every farm, every household,” he stated. In future, he stated, a everlasting construction can be constructed on the place and National Flag can be hoisted.
Addressing the gathering, Ms Patkar stated the federal government was busy diving the society. “I salute this movement because it brought farmer and farm labour, male and female farmer on the same platform.”
The farmer, Ms. Patkar stated was not begging for MSP, it’s his proper. “We are here to save our soil, our environment.”
Giving the slogan of Mitti Bachao, Desh Bachao, Ms Patkar stated symbols had an vital function in any motion however in the end, they need to develop into a part of individuals’s sentiments.
She stated the federal government appeared to be working as a accomplice of the corporates. “The bad loans of corporates are being waived off while the farmers in debt have to end their lives.”
This motion, she stated, was in opposition to the corporatisation of agriculture and to stop assault on the surroundings within the identify of growth. “These mahapanchayats have given birth to a new janasansad (people’s parliament) It will force the government to give farmers and labourers their due space in society and decision making.”