Some farmers in Haryana have found a completely unique way to support the continued agitation against the Centre’s new agricultural laws by getting catchy slogans like “no farmers, no food” and photos of peasant leader Sir Chhotu Ram printed on wedding invitation cards.
According to a press owner here, photos of insurgent Bhagat Singh too are finding their way on to the invitation cards amid peak wedding season.
“We are becoming requests from many farmer families and a few others also to possess slogans like ‘no farmers, no food’ and photos of Sir Chhotu Ram and Bhagat Singh printed on the marriage cards,” said the owner.
Sir Chhotu Ram was born on November 24, 1881 and is considered a messiah of peasants. He was instrumental in empowering farmers within the pre-Independence era and fought for his or her rights during British rule.
Slogans coined by several farmers’ unions to spotlight their struggle have played a pivotal role in helping the agitation resonate with the masses especially the town dwellers.
Prem Singh Goyat, a farmer from Dundhrehri village here, is among those that possesses the slogan printed on his son’s wedding invitation card.
“Thousands of farmers are protesting against these laws and that we substitute solidarity with them. My son was getting married and it struck me… why not have pictures of Sir Chhotu Ram and Shaheed Bhagat Singh printed on the invitation card,” Goyat said.
The farmer’s son is about to tie the knot on February 20.
He said farmers are protesting peacefully and therefore the government should accept their demand to repeal the three laws.
Thousands of farmers are protesting at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh since November last year, demanding a rollback of the three agricultural laws.
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the “mercy” of massive corporations.
However, the govt has maintained that the new laws will bring better opportunities for farmers and help introduce new technologies in agriculture.