Sons of farmers, stars in solidarity

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 6

Calling themselves ‘sons and daughters of farmers’, many top sportspersons have openly come out in support of the protesting farmers. Asian Games gold medallists Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Arpinder Singh and Bajrang Punia are three prominent athletes who have extended their support to the farmers. They have appealed to the Central Government to accept the farmers’ demands.

Triple jumper Arpinder Singh, who hails from Amritsar, said, “Though we don’t have enough agriculture land, my father is still doing farming. If these laws are not repealed, the farmer community will not survive.”

Shot putter Tejinder Pal Toor said: “Asi kisan de putt haan (I’m the son of a farmer). The government is doing injustice to the farmers. They should immediately listen to the farmers and repeal the laws.”

Mohinder Singh Dhillon, the coach who guided Toor to a gold in the Asian Games, said, “We are not allowed to go outside of the NIS campus in Patiala, otherwise I would have been sitting along with the farmers at the Delhi border. Asi rooh ton naal haan kisana de (We are with farmers with our soul).”

Many sportspersons from Haryana have also come out in support of the farmers. Wrestler Bajrang Punia, winner of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, has posted several comments on social media in support of the farmers. “Farmers are the backbone of our country. They have every right to protest peacefully. You cannot muzzle their voice by use of force,” Punia wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, Punia said he was born in a family of farmers. “The farmers who feed everyone are fighting for their existence. Everyone should support them, become their voice. Do politics later. I’m the son of a farmer, I was born in the house of a farmer. My conscience is alive,” he wrote.

Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, said, “My uncle is still doing farming. I request Modi ji to consider the demands of the protesting farmers.”

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