CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS PLAYS WARM HOST TO FARMERS, JOINS RANKS OF KISAN LONG MARCH Midnight March in Maximum City 1
With food and footwear in tow, Rohini Agarwal and Farhad Datta visited Azad Maidan simply to show their solidarity with the farmers. “It is because of them that we have food so we thought of coming here in a show of support. There is so much against them,” said Datta. The artist and teacher duo didn’t have a plan. “We just wanted to be here. The situation shouldn’t have come to this that they had no option but to walk all the way,” said Datta, and added, “But I think this is how things work in our country. Unless people don’t protest, they don’t get things that are rightfully theirs.”
Several other citizens and organisations too helped the farmers with food and water. As soon as the rally entered the city on Sunday night, Sikh groups distributed water and food to the marching farmers at Vikhroli and near Chembur. “We gave around 2,000 packets of Biryani and Pulao on Sunday night,” said Manmohan Singh, general secretary, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, the umbrella body of all Gurudwaras in the city.
Nadim Siddiqui, president, Jamiat Ulema-i-Maharashtra (Mehmood Madni faction) said, “We feel that the farmers are one of the weakest sections of society. Hence we thought that we should be helping them.”
Then there were those who visited the rally ground to simply show their solidarity with the cause. “We are anti-establishment. We try and support every cause we feel seeks support,” said Abhilash Ramchandani, who works for an NGO. “The only thing we can do for the farmers is to stand with them and get counted. There is no other support we can really give them,” said Bhaskar Prabhu, an activist.