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Bengal stands with the Farmers, Nousheen says from the solidarity farmer protest in Kolkata

The Kolkata chapter of Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad and Nousheen Baba Khan took to the streets of Sarat Bose road to express solidarity about farmer protests in Haryana

Kolkata, West Bengal, 2 September 2021–

The Kolkata chapter of Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad took to the streets of Sarat Bose road to protest against the brutal and inhuman treatment of agitating farmers in Haryana. Comparing Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister of Haryana with General Dyer, the demonstrator raised black flags and lighted torches in protest. General Dyer ordered his men to open fire at peaceful protesters in Jallianwala Bagh, which killed tens and thousands of women and senior citizens.

Bengal had openly rejected the three farm bills and have supported the agitating farmers in Delhi. This demonstration was a part of the 326th day of #BengalAgainstFarmBill. The protest was led by Manjit Singh Jitta and coordinated by Nousheen Baba Khan.

The farmer protest prophecy: Solidarity and demanding action

The demonstration reached its peak by burning effigies of both Khattar and Ambani in the middle of the busy Sarat Bose road. It was a clear message to the central government to take action against the IAS officer while naming the Haryana CM as the mastermind. As per the protestors, this would not have been possible without the CM’s permission.

The demonstration expressed their solidarity with the farmers protesting in the Tikri and Singhu borders. It also demanded action to uphold the fundamental rights of the farmers mentioned in the Constitution.

“The highest authority that a farmer can go for grievance redressal is SDM. Shockingly, an SDM gave such orders. CM Khattar was aware of it. IAS Ayush Sinha was just a random person in the picture,” Nousheen said.

The central government is blind and deaf towards the citizens and farmers of India. They are only in sync with the prime industrialists of the nation.

The demonstrators touted these industrialists as the main benefactors from the farm bills.  “There is no solution to the problem even after several rounds of talks with the farmers. It means that the government does not want to end the strife,” she added.

Yet, the protestors are hopeful that the fundamental rights mentioned in the Constitution of India will prevail. “We do not have any expectation from the current fascist regime. We want our rights. The land belongs to the farmers, and therefore they should retain all the decision-making rights about their land. We hope that the supremacy of the Constitution will prevail,” Nousheen added.

Modi is constantly trying to pacify farmers by announcing various schemes. But all of this is just for political reasons. “Media has already shown that farmers are dying during the Modi regime. Around 700 farmers are martyred under the Modi government,” Manjit Singh Jitta said.

The Modi government’s change in attitude

The Modi government had come to power in a fair democratic election upholding the Constitutional values. But with time, it seems that the government has changed its stance. “Most of the Modi’s schemes are for fulfilling his political expectations,” he said.

Bengal stands with the Farmers, Nousheen says from the solidarity farmer protest in Kolkata - Digpu News
Effigies of both Khattar and Ambani are burnt in the middle of the busy Sarat Bose road (©Digpu)

Narendra Modi had raised slogans to create awareness about the rights of the Indians. Unfortunately, they are now just pieces of words strung together to achieve certain political expectations. “While taking oath as the prime minister of India, Modi promised to uphold the secularism. But now he just talking about the Hindu nation,” Nousheen said.

He must have understood the political drop in appreciation due to the nature of the rule. To uplift his political chance in the future, he is now redeeming his old slogans like ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’ became ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Prayas, Sabka Vikas’ “Who is this ‘sabka’ in his slogans. What he says and what he does is poles apart,” Nousheen said who teaches political science in Surendranath College.

The Haryana Incident is the main cause of the farmer protest

A civil police officer was captured on camera telling policemen to “crack the heads” of the farmers, who were protesting against the BJP leaders.

They were trying to reach Karnal to protest against a BJP meeting, which was attended by the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, state BJP chief Om Prakash Dhankar, and other senior leaders, NDTV reported.

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