Farmers protesting against the new agricultural laws continue to augment on the borders of Delhi-NCR, the Centre is leaving no efforts to find a solution to this issue.
Protesting farmers do not seem to be in a rush as Farmers protesting have claimed that they are stuffed with ration which can last them up to six months.
“We have enough ration that we can feed the farmers here for at least a year. In such a case, it will not be wrong to say that the roads have become our kitchens,” says Manohar, one of the cooks who are cooking food for the protesting farmers.
Borders have become a home for the protesting farmers while the langar has become their kitchen.
“In the beginning, nothing had been decided about the food, so we brought our own: atta, dal, ghee,” says Bikramjeet, a 25-year-old farmer from Tarn Taran in Punjab, who support his father on their fields of grain and cattle feed. “Then we got so much support from the people of Delhi and other areas.
At Delhi’s Tikri border with Haryana, a group of six middle-aged men wake up daily before everyone to prepare breakfast for 6,000-plus protesting farmers-making tea and potato fritters by 5 in the morning. Many langars have been established across the three main protest sites in Delhi-NCR — Ghazipur border, Singhu border, and Tikri, with walkways occupied with sacks of rice and vegetables and drums of milk and ‘chulhas’ for cooking.
Ram Kesh Singh, 52, a farmer from Rohtak, said, “Every day, we prepare potato fritters, kheer, aloo-gobhi, chole and rice, all cooked in desi ghee. We got these massive utensils from Bahadurgarh, hired three cooks. This is our ‘sewa’ for all the other protesting farmers.” The group buys fresh vegetables daily from ‘mandis’ nearby and also accepts produce donated by well-wishers. Over 100 kg of potato and cauliflower is peeled and kept aside for dinner.
Huge consumption of seasonal fruit, tea, and snacks are always on hand (Hovis and British bread seem popular), ‘chhaas’ in the sunny afternoon. From Barnala, a student of class 12 volunteering with the Jamindara Student Organisation of Haryana, says, “We brought six barrels of lassi; then six more arrived. Each barrel has about 200 litres. The disposable glasses may get over, but the lassi won’t.”
In Delhi, United Sikhs, an organization that offers humanitarian aid, has also joined in with water. “We brought only water, but people said take this too,” says Jaspal Singh, of the ‘mathri’ and biscuits he has on offer. It’s just like a continuation of the lockdown spirit when people gave of whatever they were up to.
The men from langars are careful to note that everyone from every community is there to offer food and other forms of help.