Farmers Protests - Then and Now: Charan Singh and Tikait -Seema Mustafa
Jat farmers of Western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have made their presence felt several times in the past as well. Huge protests have taken place in past decades, under kisan leaders like Charan Singh and Mahendra Singh Tikait. Both cut their political teeth on farmers issues, with Charan Singh going on to become the Prime Minister of India on the basis of the farmers support across north India.
Singh’s son Ajit Singh was unable to step into his fathers shoes, and the huge welcome he received on his first visit to Baghpat, slowly dwindled to levels where even this constituency became uncertain. I remember how the roads were lined with farmers all the way from Delhi to Baghpat to get a glimpse of their icon's son… and how overwhelmed Ajit Singh was with the attention. A Jat farmer brought the desert to him, swimming in ghee and he was ordered to eat it. Ajit Singh was left with no choice and he battled through the ghee, but was unable still to enter the heart of this community.
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TheCitizen.in, 9 February, 2021, https://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/4/19990/Farmers-Protests---Then-and-Now?fbclid=IwAR3vkDh3-oZRoZcXPC3UFxU6jpZh8-EUIT58FjCzHfzWj3QcZD9HW7Tce0k