Farmers leader Balbir Singh in a virtual meeting said to observe 26 May as ‘Black Day’ because the day marks six months of the agitation. He appealed to hoist black flags at houses, vehicles, and shops. Various parts of India observed the National Black Day.
The Dandoor village of Hisar district raised anti-government slogans. In Jhajjar, farmers hoisted black flags. Farmers burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in the Bhiwani village.
On November 26 last year farmers from Punjab, Haryana headed towards Delhi to protest against the three farm laws. The completion of six months today is observed as National Black Day by farm unions.
The six months of the movement have strengthened the adherence of the protesting farmers. To mark the significance of the day black flags are hoisted and effigies are burnt. The farmer’s protest has borne the changing seasonal temperatures, the extreme cold of the winters, and the heatwave of the current month. The endurance of the farmers is a sign of values that we Indians have got from the freedom fighters. But, the turbulence that India saw due to the surge in the second wave of coronavirus has certainly put a question mark over how we progress when we can’t understand the repercussions of our actions.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha a coalition of farmer’s unions to coordinate Satyagraha (Non-violence resistance) against the three farm laws. The coalition asserts that these farm laws violate the principles of the Indian Constitution.
12 opposition parties extended their support to the appeal of Kisan Ekta morcha. The opposition leaders wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding the “repeal of farm laws to protect lakhs of our ‘Annadatas’ becoming victims of the pandemic so that they can continue to produce food to feed the Indian people”.
The farmer’s protest comes at the cost of many innocent lives. Many villages in Haryana showed covid like symptoms in the Julana block of Haryana. Julana is in the Jind district of Haryana. With less than 30000 people residing, the participation of farmers of the area in the ongoing protests at the Tikri border between Delhi and Haryana continue to be a major reason for the spreading of the corona in the rural areas.
For the protesting farmers, the coronavirus is nothing but a “conspiracy by the government.”
Narender Dhanda, a member of the Bharatiya Kisan Union said, “No virus, no disease can dissuade or break us. We will sit at that protest site even till 2024 if need be. This virus is nothing but a conspiracy to break us. They are trying to scare us because they want us all to be in isolation and leave the ground, but we will not let that happen.”
The group of farmers leaving the border to their village and the new group joining the protest every week is spreading the corona in the rural areas of India. Just like the Kumbh, the Kisan Andolan, though peaceful, will be a Super spreader putting many lives at risk. India is battling hard to control the havoc caused by the second wave. We can save India together not by mere fragments.