Farmers to Celebrate Feb 23 as ‘Pagdi Sambhal’ Day

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Farmers on their sit-in on a major highway at the border of India’s national capital New Delhi in protest against new laws regulating sale of their produce. Photo: Clarion India

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the amalgam  of farm unions, have announced to celebrate  February 23 as  ‘Pagdi Sambhal Day’  to assert the self-respect of farmers.

February 23 is commemorated in honour of Ajit Singh, uncle of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and founder of the “Pagdi Sambhal” movement.

Farmers are agitating around Delhi against anti-farmer laws.

The song “Pagdi Sambhal”, written by Banke Dayal, editor of the weekly Zhang Sial, was a precursor to the peasant movement against agricultural laws by Colonial British Govt in 1906.

The Morcha appealed to all farmers to participate in this program by placing poster-banner of Chacha Ajit Singh on tractors and other vehicles and by wearing green turban.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha also paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary.  Farmer leaders said that “Shivaji Maharaj is a symbol of courage for us. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is our inspiration for this struggle in the critical time of exploitation”.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha expressed deep condolences to the victim’s family after the mysterious death of two of the three Dalit sisters in Unnao of UP. The governance and administration system of Uttar Pradesh is once again under suspicion where there is no safe space for women. We demand proper medical treatment of injured women, a high-level fair investigation into this incident and strict punishment to the culprits.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha strongly condemns the statements made by Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel against the farmers. It is disgraceful to insult Annadata’s struggle.

Farmer leaders said that the participation of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan continues. Apart from these states, preparations are going for joining Delhi dharnas. It has become clear from these developments that in the coming days, the movement will be getting stronger.

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