On October 3, four farmers, including a journalist, Raman Kashyap, were brutally rammed to death by a speeding car in Tikunia village of Lakhimpur Kheri district. In reaction to this violence, three BJP workers were killed. The three deceased were close to Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra.
There was a lot of tension in the Terai area after this incident. Therefore, Rakesh Tikait reached the spot and together with the top officials of the Yogi government, handled the situation by making an immediate agreement.
The dead farmers were cremated after a settlement on the condition of compensation, job, arrest of Ashish Mishra and dismissal of the Minister of State for Home.
attempt to give religious color
In fact, 7 districts of Terai and its adjoining Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand have extensive settlement of Sikh farmers. The killing of the Sikh farmers caused great anger in the whole area. On the other hand, BJP IT cell and BJP supporters were trying to give religious color to this issue. Sikh farmers were being called Khalistani terrorists and Babbar Khalsa gang.
Varun Gandhi criticized
Hitting out at such rumours, hatred and propaganda on social media, BJP MP from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi condemned it. In a tweet, he wrote that petty political gains should not be given importance over national unity.
The farmers’ agitation has been going on continuously for the last 10 months. Farmers are standing on the outskirts of Delhi even in adverse conditions and weather. More than 600 farmers have been martyred during this period.
Due to the arbitrariness and dictatorial attitude of the government, some farmers, including a religious leader, have committed suicide.
Despite this, the government is neither ready to accept the demands of the farmers nor does it want to talk to them. Whereas, on the contrary, conspiracy is being hatched again and again to end the movement by defaming it through Godi media.
There were reports of differences among the agitators. No stone was left unturned in declaring the tractor parade on 26 January as a seditious act. Hoisting of Nishan Sahib at Red Fort was called Khalistani act. While the tricolor was waving proudly in its place.
It is worth noting that the person who hoisted the Nishan Sahib turned out to be close to Sunny Deol, a BJP MP. In the meantime, violence also took place in some places of Delhi. Then all the preparations were made by the administration to crush the movement and the anchors of Godi Media had reached there to show its live broadcast. But the tears of Rakesh Tikait on the Ghazipur border revived the shrinking movement.
Attempts have been made to malign the peasant movement from the very beginning. At first it was called the movement of Arhtiyas and middlemen. Only pictures of pizza and pudding were shown and it was said that some rich farmers had come here for picnics.
try to isolate
When this notoriety did not work, an attempt was made to give it a different identity. Now an attempt was made to isolate it by calling it a movement of the farmers of Punjab. Then linking the movement with Khalistan, the farmers were misrepresented as Khalistani.
But gradually this movement became widespread. Along with the demands to abolish the three black laws, other issues like guarantee of MSP were also added. With this, discussions on other questions of independence also started.
The farmers of Haryana and Western UP gave strength to the movement. All the activists, journalists, writers, youth, students, social workers came in support of the movement. It is true that Sikhs have a large participation in the movement.
It was the Sikh farmers who started the movement and took over its leadership. Muslim and Jat farmers also participated in large numbers in the movement from Punjab to Delhi. But in response to the aggressive communal politics of the Modi government and the propaganda of the Godi media, the United Kisan Morcha strategically named Rakesh Tikait as the face of the movement.
Despite this, this disgusting game is still going on by Modi supporters and IT Cell on social media.
After the incident of Lakhimpur Kheri, the system of propaganda has become active again. An attempt is being made to make this incident Hindu vs Sikh and Brahmin vs Sikh.
Like other movements, the Modi government wants to crush the farmers movement by misusing its propaganda system and administration. The Lakhimpur incident is its hallmark.
In fact, the Minister of State for Home and his son in the Modi government has tried to trample these peaceful protesting farmers under their arrogance to teach a lesson. But the plans of Modi-Shah are not being fulfilled due to the strategy of United Kisan Morcha and the public support it is getting.
In fact, in the face of the ruthless and aggressive manner in which the anti-CAA-NRC movement of Muslims with 13 per cent population was crushed, it seemed very easy for the government to crush the movement of ‘Sikhs’ with two per cent population! That is why Modi-Shah and his brigade are still trying to prove the movement as Khalistani.
It is not right to demonize Sikhs. Allegation of being Khalistani can lead to separatism in them. Why is the government, which celebrates the elixir of independence, forgetting the ‘horror of Partition’? India has already suffered a partition. Like the Muslims, the Sikhs were also victims of the horrors of Partition.
There were about 10 times more Muslims than Sikhs in the whole of Punjab. When a part of Punjab went to Pakistan, the very rich and the owners of large lands there, the Sikhs had to leave their homes and wealth and come to India. Sikhs are very militant and hard working community. The Sikhs who came from Pakistan rebuilt themselves through trade and small-holding farming.
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Sikhs on the outskirts and in the field
When the country was surrounded by food crisis, farmers made the country self-reliant by bringing Green Revolution. The Sikhs served the country relentlessly by enlisting in the army to protect the borders. It is said that the Sikh community sends one of its children to the border and the other to the field.
Punjab and the Sikhs had to face another trouble three decades after the partition. Sikhs had to face a double whammy due to Khalistani militancy that emerged in the state. They were victims of religious terrorism on the one hand and persecution of the government administration on the other.
Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was eliminated by Operation Bluestar (6 June 1984). But in response, Sikh bodyguards assassinated Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31 October 1984.
anti sikh riots
The assassination of Indira Gandhi sparked outrage against Sikhs all over India. The leaders vented anger. As a result, thousands of Sikhs were massacred in the 1984 riots. But after that gradually the Sikh community and Punjab became peaceful. Leaving terrorism, Punjab moved ahead.
Today there is peace and prosperity in Punjab. But even a spark to instigate unemployed youth can land in trouble. Pakistan is sitting in wait. That’s why calling Sikh farmers Khalistani is like playing with fire.