Save Constitution Day: Farmers’ Fight Goes Beyond Farm laws

Ambedkar's 130th birth anniversary was today celebrated at the borders surrounding Delhi
Farmers celebrate Ambedkar’s birthday at a protest site near Delhi (Photo: Empire Diaries)

New Delhi, April 14, 2021: Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s 130th birth anniversary was today celebrated with huge enthusiasm at all the borders surrounding Delhi, with protesting farmers observing ‘Save Constitution Day’ on to mark the occasion. Samyukt Kisan Morcha had given a nationwide call to observe the day.

The country’s labourers, farmers and most working classes were deeply exploited during colonial rule. The constitution was written in the form of a social revolution to change that system of exploitation for good.

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“There are many provisions in the constitution for equality, justice and progress on which governments have been continuously attacking. The present government is manipulating and destroying the constitution in the name of reforms. This pattern is dangerous for both the economy and society,” the farmer leaders said.

Progressive leader Chandrashekhar Azad visited the protest sites at Ghazipur border and Singhu border, and extended solidarity to the ongoing movement against farm deregulation in India.

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait and Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar at Ghazipur border protest site. (Photo: Empire Diaries)

At Ghazipur border, Rakesh Tikait said, “The government is interested in policies drafted by foreign companies and implementing them to make India a slave again. They are not interested about the constitution of India written by Baba Saheb (Ambedkar).”

“It is the responsibility of the citizens to save the constitution and the farmers from their clutches, so that the constitution is saved, and our land and self-respect is protected.”

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Chadrashekhar, the Chief of Bhim Army, shared the stage with Tikait and said, “To save the country, we will have to save the constitution. It is necessary to teach the government a lesson. We stand with the farmers. We will be together with one voice. Baba Saheb is remembered here today on the occasion of Bahujan Ekta Day through the slogan Save the Constitution, Save the Farmers.”

A book titled “What is black in the farm laws” written by High Court advocate Yogendra Singh Toor was released by Tikait and Chandrasekhar.

At the release of the book ‘What is black in farm laws’ in Ghazipur. (Photo: Empire Diaries)

“Agriculture is a state subject. It is definitely an unconstitutional step that the government is taking by making a a law on it. At the same time, the BJP-RSS taking over various institutions is a threat to the future of India. People have been opposing these anti-constitutional forces in the past as well. The current farmers’ movement has not only tried to save the constitution but it is another effort to fight for strong implementation of the constitution,” said Dr. Darshan Pal.

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The protest leaders said, “The marketing system and proper MSP is the biggest freedom for our farmers. In the same way, minimum wage and respectful work for workers protect them from exploitation. At present, both the sections have been targeted by the central government. Farmers and labourers are united against the corporate-government nexus.”

The government is implementing a policy of “divide and rule” by breaking up the working class into several castes, Samyukt Kisan Morcha in a statement.

The Dalit organisations of Haryana decided to further strengthen the farmers’ dharnas by reaching the Tikri border protest site.

Workers of Punjab NREGA Mazdoor Association also had a large participation at the Singhu border protest site events.


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