A group of top sportspersons and coaches hailing from Punjab said they will withdraw all their medals and awards and lay barricade to Delhi in solidarity with the state’s farmers revolting against three of the central government’s contentious farm laws.
These sportspersons include Padma Shri and Arjuna award receiver wrestler Kartar Singh, Arjuna award receiver basketball player Sajjan Singh Cheema and Arjuna award receiver hockey player Rajbir Kaur, often called the” Golden Girl”.
They were incredibly angry at the government’s use of force against the protesting farmers and said they will move forward to Delhi on December 5 where they will put in their awards outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They banged the Centre and Haryana government for utilizing water cannons and teargas against the protesting farmers to halt them from moving to Delhi.
“We are the children of farmers and they have been holding peaceful agitation for the last several months. Not even a single incident of violence took place. But water cannons and teargas shells were used against them when they were going to Delhi. If turbans of our elders and brothers are tossed, then what will we do with our awards and honour? We are in the backing of our farmers. We do not want such trophies and that is why we are withdrawing the same,” explained Mr. Cheema on Tuesday.
“If farmers do not want such laws, then why the Central government was imposing on them,” interrogated Mr. Singh, who has departed as Inspector General in the Punjab police.
He further said that retired players would also assemble for the farmer’s stir at the Delhi borders on December 5. Mr. Singh said they are also striving to contact retired players in Haryana for turning up in assistance of farmers’ agitation
Throughout the past week, thousands of farmers, bearing water cannons, tear gas, and blockades of the Haryana police, have arrived at the borders of Delhi, to revolt against the new ordinances approved by the Narendra Modi government in September.
While some of them have endured entering the city, the rest are sitting at the border areas, saying they are willing to do what it takes to see the end of the three farm laws approved by parliament earlier this year.
Several politicians, comprising the Congress’s Rahul Gandhi and BSP’s Mayawati have by now spoken up in backing of the protesting farmers, announcing the government must converse to them and revoke the new laws.
A bunch of pop artistes of Punjab, such as Diljit Dosanjh and Harbhajan Mann, have tweeted their assistance for the agitation. Mr. Mann, a Canadian-Indian actor and film producer, even updated various pictures of the protest expending hashtags like #kisanandolan and #FarmersDilliChalo.
On Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Gurpurab, Sikhs across Canada are thinking of and praying for India's farmers who are peacefully protesting new farming legislation.
The right to peaceful protest is fundamental in any democracy.
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