In Haryana, farmers target caste division to boost traction during protests

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A resolution was passed asking farmers to have images of the Dalit BR Ambedkar icon in their homes.

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  • Farmers protesting farm laws team up with Dalits
  • The idea is to focus on eliminating the division of castes
  • A mahapanchayat with Dalits took place today in Haryana’s Hisar

Chandigarh:

Farmers protesting Central Farm laws are teaming up with Dalits as part of their plan to protest across the country. The idea is to focus on eliminating the division of castes and giving the protest a wider pan-Indian base. A mahapanchayat with Dalits took place today in Haryana’s Hisar, in the town of Barwala, in the presence of the leader of the agricultural union Gurnam Chadhuni.

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Twenty percent of the population of Haryana belongs to scheduled castes.

During the meeting, Mr. Chadhuni called for greater cohesion between farmers and Dalits. A resolution was passed asking farmers to have images of the Dalit BR Ambedkar icon in their homes. Dalits were asked to keep images of Sir Chotu Ram – a prominent Jat political leader in British India.

“Our fight is not only against the government but also against the capitalists,” said Mr. Chadhuni. “The government has divided us up to this day, sometimes in the name of caste or sometimes in the name of religion. Understand this government conspiracy,” he added.

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Addressing the assembly, Mr. Chadhuni called on the leaders not to organize such mahapanchayats in Haryana and Punjab. “Punjab and Haryana are aware of agricultural laws. Now we have to focus on other states,” he said.

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“Workers need to understand that the battle against the Three Farm Laws is not just for farmers. The farmers will do their part, but the working class will suffer the most. Therefore, I would ask the working class to contribute more and more to this movement, ”he said.

Speaking on the upcoming panchayat election, he asked his audience to vote for anyone except candidates backed by the BJP.

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Earlier this week, farmers held a four-hour “roko rail” across the country to get their message across.

While the government called for the laws for major reforms in the sector that would increase farmers’ incomes by cutting out middlemen and allowing them to sell their produce directly to traders, the farmers said the laws would eventually phase out the process. of support guaranteed by the government. and leave them at the mercy of big business.

They also accused the government of making laws to help the private sector.

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