In the ongoing struggle against the anti-farm laws, Surinder Kumari Kochhar, shared her valuable experiences of struggles she had participated in throughout her life. She arrived with a women’s group to join the movement on the borders of Delhi. She said, “the scenes I witnessed in 1943-44 are in front of us once again.” This reflection underscores fears that if the new laws are not repealed, people will lose their livelihoods, land, forests, water, the means to sustain life itself. They will drown in the ocean of poverty, pushed deeper to death.
The group of advocates, professors and theatre artists in Surinder’s group was deeply moved by the resolve, patience and team-work of the protestors – the elderly and younger men and women – who were camping at the Delhi border in trolleys, camps, or just the streets under the open sky. They remarked that people have waged this protest as a matter of life or death. Surinder had witnessed Ghadrites and labour leaders in 1944 visit the hutments of the poor. The Delhi protests brought back memories of that past as she witnessed the farmers’ leaders organise meetings, discussions and rallies to mobilise support. She saw this as the making of history, the present woven together in the mesmerizing chain of past history and the history of the future.
The Author of this artice is Amolak Singh. This article was first published in the third edition of Trolley Times.