Iktara Haath Mein, 75-year-old’s victory song in Singhu to inspire farmers

The protesters are refusing to leave the venue till their demands are met. file

New Delhi:

He plays the iktara at the Singhu border, where he has been camping at regular intervals since the start of protests against the three agricultural laws. With his songs, 75-year-old Jagar Singh is back on the site, prompting the protesters to continue their struggle.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the withdrawal of three agricultural laws at the center of farmers’ protests over the past year.

On the fourth visit to the Singhu border, the center of farmers’ protest, Mr. Singh, a resident of Patiala district of Punjab, is seen in a happy and celebratory mood.

“We have won half the battle, but there is still some time to return home with victory. We want the government to bring a law to guarantee the Minimum Support Price (MSP),” he said.

He said he had stayed at the Singhu border for a week each in his earlier three visits. A day after the Centre’s announcement of three controversial laws, Mr Singh on Saturday took to the site to sing victory songs and motivate the protesters to continue their struggle.

He said, “Playing Iktara is my hobby and over the years I have slowly started singing too. This is the fourth time I have come to the Singhu border since the protest started. I have family responsibilities at home. “

Mr. Singh said that he has also performed on the main stage at the Singhu border protest site.

Ropar resident Malkit Singh (58) said that Nagar Kirtan was organized at the border on Sunday morning.

“Today, two days after Guruparv, Nagar Kirtan was organized. It started from the main stage, we performed ‘Seva’ in Kirtan and sweets were distributed during the procession. We want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfill our other demands as well. complete so that we can go back to our homes,” he said.

The protesters are refusing to leave the venue till their demands are met.

Chad Singh (70), a resident of Patiala, said the protesters have achieved one demand, however, “there are others which the government will have to accept”.

“Repealing three agriculture laws is a step. There are other demands for MSP guarantee etc. The government should also compensate the family members of the protesters killed here and give jobs to their families. The farmers have spent a lot of money in the protest. And the government should also waive all farmers’ loans,” Mr Chad said.

Mr Chad said he celebrated Lohri and Diwali at the Tsinghu border.

“I went back to my home in Patiala twice and came here later. For the first time, I celebrated Lohri and Diwali away from my home. My family has supported me a lot. They said that I should be at the protest site and win Fight,” said Mr Chad.

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