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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Tributes paid to Ajit Singh at Sector 17

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 23

Attending to Samyukt Kisan Morcha's (SKM) call for celebrating 140th birth anniversary of Ajit Singh, who spearheaded the Pagdi Sambhal Jatta farmers' movement in the pre-partition Punjab, civil society members gathered at Sector 17 here today.

Clad in yellow turbans, both men and women, paid tributes to Ajit Singh while reminiscing the 1907 movement triggered by the three laws of British colonial government against the farmers of Punjab.

"Back then, the British got the Punjab Land Colonisation Bill, which threatened farmers' land with seizure. It's no different now," said Rajwinder Kaur.

"This is truly a matter of our 'pagri' now, which means our self-respect. The Central Government, under BJP's Modi-Shah dictatorship, is repeating the colonial history," said one of the speakers, Kulvinder Sidhu.

As many speakers joined in, they said the farmers' resolve to continue the protest was rocksolid. "In 1907, they (farmers) protested against the three laws for nine months. Many were arrested, even Sardar Ajit Singh. But that didn't shake their resolve to fight for their rights. The present government's not learnt from the history," said Prof Manjit Singh.

In front of the Rooster Fountain, protesters sang the famous 'Pagri Sambhal Jatta' song, while raising slogans of Bhagat Singh, who was Sardar Ajit Singh's nephew.

from The Tribune

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