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Sunday, 6 December 2020

At Kundli border, girls keep spirits high with revolutionary songs

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Kundli, December 5

When her powerful throat amid rhythm of 'dafli' blames 'Daku Dillye' for robbing the 'waves of Sutlej', time comes to a standstill in the cold nights at the Kundli border. Swayed by the melody, elderly farmers express gratitude with money, but she just smiles and tells them "I am one among you, your comrade, your daughter."

For the past nine days, Jagdeep Kaur, popularly known as Nikki, along with 11 other women cultural activists, is camping in a trolly parked on the National Highway-1. The highway seems to have become just another bylane where these revolutionary artistes continuously move to and fro giving voice to words of rebel poets like Pash, Sant Ram Udasi and Minderpal Bhattal till midnight.

A cultural troop built by Students for Society comprising mainly girls, which earlier was instrumental in changing the scene of student politics at Panjab University with their songs, is now performing at Kundli border and keeping farmers' morale high with revolutionary ballads.

"Delhi is now Punjab's capital," Nikki laughs. The PhD scholar in music at Panjab University had been at the forefront of every struggle in Chandigarh. She, along with other 'comrades', reached Kundli on November 27. Since then, a trolly with paddy stubble is their bed. Neetu, another BKU (Krantikari) activist from Hisar, says, "First night, we found it difficult to adjust in a small trolly. Later, they moved us to a bigger one." This epicentre of struggle doesn't have many women like the other centre, Tikri, where women number in thousands. Nikki says they don't have any problem here. Pointing towards a nearby petrol pump, she says: "We can use those washrooms. And for bathing, we go to a friend's house a few kilometres away." "It is a historic struggle. So it's worth taking all these troubles," she says. Before we leave, she hands us over a bottle of water and says, "You may need this as it is 'a long march' till the threshold of Delhi."



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