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Monday, 11 January 2021

‘Dangal’ at Ghazipur border to honour protesters

Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 10

The sun was out and so was the wrestling mat at the Ghazipur protest site today. Young grapplers from the Capital and surrounding areas showed up in hundreds to bring a smile to the faces of protesting farmers sitting there for over a month now.

"We are sons of farmers so how can we not support their cause. This is our way of joining the protest against the laws," said 17-year-old Adi, who trains at the famous Guru Hanuman Akhada in Delhi.

As a token of respect to farmers, a wrestling event titled 'Kisan Kesari Dangal' was organised at the protest site today. A special wrestling mat, the one used by Olympic wrestlers, was sourced from Guru Chandagi Ram Akhada. The slogans of "Sada haq, itthe rakh' and 'Kisan ekta zindabad'preceded every bout.

Rakesh Tikait, national spokesperson for the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), said, "While the dangal with the government is on, we organised this event to give our farmers something to enjoy. It also means that each and every section of the country is standing with the farmers."

The young grapplers were given three-minute bouts and the winners were given medals. However, the big ticket was a heavyweight bout between Uttar Pradesh Kesari Sandip Koswal and Bharat Kesari Sanjiv Joon.

"I am happy that I was given an opportunity to participate in this unique protest. We are sportsmen and this is our way to show that we are with the farmers," said Joon, who won the bout. He trains at Virendra Kumar's akhada in Sonepat.

from The Tribune

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