One doesnot realise that one will miss home until one is away from it. The farmers who are protesting at the Delhi borders have been away from the comforts of home for so long that they have decided to turn their protest venue into their home away from home.
The farmers, who have travelled from Punjab, Haryana and other states on their trucks have converted their convertables to host impromptu DJ parties, pop up restaurants and more. But, none of these means that they have diverged from their agenda. They are continuing their fight even after having a couple of discussions with the Centre to be heard.
Several organisations across the world have come together to ensure that the farmers are well-fed while ensuring they have beds and all other basic necessities. Earlier, they were supplied with a huge roti making machine, which can produce 1500 to 2000 rotis in an hour. They farmers have even installed tractors with DJ systems as a source of entertainment and motivation for their struggle.
Aiming to keep the aged farmers healthy and fit, International NGO Khalsa Aid has installed a foot massage centre at the borders. Nearly 25 machines have been arranged inside a tent, and the farmers were invited to attend a ten-minute session each.
According to various reports, activists of Bharatiya Kisan Union from Barmi have introduced pizza langars in order to boost the morale of protesting farmers.
However, many social media users have praised organizations’ selfless services, while some criticised the ‘lavish’ life they are having. They claim that ‘real farmers’ work on the field.
Actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh lashed out at those criticizing the pizza langar.
One of the Twitterati tweeted, “Free pizzas for protesting farmers, massage chairs, is this a protest or a five-Star spa? And who is paying for all this? #farmersProtestHijacked.” On the other hand, some netizens have defended the farmers. One of the users said, “Farmers who produce every ingredient of #Pizza, can’t eat Pizza. If Farmers can’t, then who else can.”
A new era requires a new form of agitation and that is happening at the border.