CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS PLAYS WARM HOST TO FARM­ERS, JOINS RANKS OF KISAN LONG MARCH Mid­night March in Max­i­mum City 1

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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.

—HE­MANT PADALKAR/DNA

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