Farmers create Lohri mood at borders, burn copies of farm laws

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/14/2021 11:36:21 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 13: The farmers agitating at Delhi borders on Wednesday burnt copies of the three controversial farm laws and tried to create a festival mood with bonfires to mark the Lohri festival, celebrated with fervour in the North India, specially in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, but a sadness was evident without the families joining them to kick off the harvesting season.
Those arriving from Punjab distributed roasted corn from the new harvest they brought along while the farmers lit bonfires at various agitation sites to say goodbye to the coldest days and celebrated Lohri among themselves eating kheer, jaggery and gajak made from the January sugrcane harvest, with the peanuts.
Lohri is celebrated a night before the Makar Sankranti, which is also a festival of harvest celebrated across the country with different names. It's Makar Sankranti in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal, pongal in Tamil Nadu and Bihu in Assam.
Farmers at the Singhu border said they miss the celebrations with the families but they would continue to stage protest at Delhi's borders because their act is for the future of their families. Some wondered if they may take the drastic decision of not sowing the new crop in June if the government remains adamant.
They said they burnt copies of the farm laws as their expression of anger towards the unjust behaviour of the government and jointly prayed that the farmers get their rights back. They said their leaders have clearly opposed the Supreme Court's order to form a panel as they are firm on nothing less than repeal of the farm laws.
The Kisan Ekta Morcha said the farmers' agitation will prevail with a peaceful demonstration on the Republic Day, contours of which will be announced a day after the scheduled government-farmer talks on Friday.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have extended their greetings and wishes to the citizens on the occasion of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bhogali Bihu, Uttarayan and Paush Parva. In a tweet message, President Kovind wished that these festivals may strengthen the bond of love, affection and harmony in our society and increase prosperity and happiness in the country.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said that these festivals are known for their colourfulness and symbolise good harvest and bountifulness of nature.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi prayed for universal happiness and good health for all on the occasion.



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