While a breakthrough between the government and the protesting farmers seems far away, in the meantime, the latter are getting support from different walks of life. And the recent one to support the farmers at the Ghazipur border was Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter herself.
Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter, Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, on Saturday, visited the protest site at the Ghazipur border to lend support to the farmers. She claimed the visit was completely apolitical.
The 84-year-old, who is also the chairperson of the National Gandhi Museum, urged the farmers to remain peaceful with their protest and “take care” of the farming community.
“We have not come here as part of any political programme. We have come here today for the farmers, who have fed all of us our whole life,” Ms Bhattacharjee said, as per an after the statement by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), the farmers union leading the protest in Ghaziabad.
“We are because of you all. In the benefit of farmers lies the benefit of the country and all of us,” she was quoted telling the farmers at the border.
Further, the farmer union added that Ms Bhattacharjee had come to the protest site to pray for the farmers.
“I want that whatever happens, farmers should be benefitted by it. Nobody is unaware of the hard work that the farmers do and it is not to be said again that in the benefit of farmers lies the benefit of our country, and all of us,” she said.
It’s has been three months since the farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws, which they claim will ruin the farming sector in India. Despite the fact that world organizations like IMF have lauded the potential of the new farm laws to bring a positive revolution for the farmers in India, the unions are not ready to buzz from their demand of seeing the laws repealed,