Tribune News Service
Sangrur, December 18
Nirmal Singh’s arms were chopped off while operating a fodder-making machine in 1982. Now, he is 68 and has poor eyesight. But, nothing dampens his spirit.
Camping at the Tikri border with several other protesters, he is a prime source of motivation for the youth. He has been fighting for farmer rights for last 40 years.
“We have been sitting here peacefully for the past 21 days. This agitation may be the longest as we are in direct conflict with the Centre, which is working for the corporate houses,” Nirmal said.
Working as a cashier of Hathan village for BKU Ugrahan, he never misses a chance to encourage youth with the examples of several battles the community had won in the past.
His brother Kuldeep Singh has also been with him during most of the battles. But when Kuldeep is unable to stay for long, other members of the union take care of him.
“I am unmarried, but my brother is married. I know his responsibilities. Now, lakhs of members of the union are my family members and they take care of me. I have participated in several protests. Initially, youngsters were desperate for a solution, but now they have also settled here for long after detailed discussions with us,” Nirmal said.
“Like us, almost everybody gets inspired by Nirmal Singh as he has been fighting for farmers for the past 40 years. He is always full of energy and even during our march to New Delhi, he did not leave any stone unturned despite facing physical problems,” said Kulwinder Singh, cashier of BKU Ugrahan of Malerkotla block.