In the times, when many of us struggling with the darkness of Coronavirus and lockdowns, here are some images from farmer’s protest that may touch your heart and light up your face.
These protests have turned into a savior for many underprivileged kids, whose parents are either working as laborers or scrap collectors. In the times, when many businesses laid off many workers, these underprivileged kids and their families were badly hit. Many of these kids were not even sure about their next meal but thank the protest, these kids are finding themselves having 3 full meals at the langars organized at the Delhi borders.
Himanshi, a Class–III student of an MCD school told TNIW:
“They give us food, bananas, oranges, bottled water and sweets like jalebi and motichoor ladoo. In my house, we get to eat chapati and aloo or dal-chawal. Sweets are like a once-a-year add-on. But, here ‘farmer uncles’ give us unlimited paneer-pakoras. They say eat well and study well.”
As per a 9-year-old,
“We children are with the farmers. They give us food. The people where my mother works treat us badly, they don’t even give us water in a glass. But here these ‘sardar uncles’ feed us with lot of food, that too without any discrimination.”
In another bright incident, the protestors at the Kundli border has also started a make-shift school for the underprivileged children. With wifi being set up, the volunteers have been roped in to teach these underprivileged kids.
Almost 90 kids are currently being taught by a team of professional teachers, activists, dentists, and young farmers.
While sharing the details of the students, Maanvi, one of the volunteers and & screenplay writer told HT,
“In view of an increase in the number of students, we have divided classes into morning and evening batches. Presently, the classes are being conducted near ‘Jangi library’, but we are planning to shift the school near ‘Sahitak centre’ at the border.”
In addition to helping underprivileged kids, these farmers are also feeding those who are finding themselves stuck in traffic due to the protest. A traveler shared with TNIE:
“We were on our way to Delhi from Panipat but due to road closure, we could not go further. Our kids were very hungry. So my husband stopped here to look for some shops. We were surprised when farmers gave us a dozen bananas, oranges, fruit juice, water bottles, and biscuits. They also gave us freshly cooked paratha and chutney.”
Doesn’t matter whether you support farmers’ protest or not, but surely along with the protest, they are spreading a lot of hope in the lives of so many underprivileged kids and their families.