The Singhu border was lit up Thursday night with large and small Lohri fires burning at each few steps. However, the standard revelry of music and dance was changed by a extra solemn celebration as farmers burnt the farm legal guidelines in what they mentioned was a ‘Black Lohri’.
The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella physique of farmers which had given the decision to burn copies of the regulation, was the primary to mild its Lohri bonfire round 5:30 pm, earlier than the solar had set.
The harvest pageant is among the many greatest in Punjab and is well known to mark the top of winter solstice.
Farmer leaders threw copies of the regulation within the fireplace and lift slogans, because the music ‘kisaanan de faisle, kisan karuga’ (Farmers will resolve on farmers’ issues) performed within the background.
Darshan Pal of the Krantikari Kisan Union mentioned, “We have burnt the laws as a symbol of burning of evil and the victory of good. The government will have to repeal these laws. Similar Lohris will be burnt all over the country.”
As the solar set, bonfires had been lit throughout the protest website. But not like the standard popcorn, peanuts and rewri supplied to the hearth, the bonfires right here had been principally fed copies of the three farm legal guidelines.
Among those that burnt the copy was singer Diljit Dosanjh’s uncle Shingara Singh Dosanjh (69), a retired college instructor popularly referred to as ‘Master’.
“If it was a khushi ki lohri, we would have put all the edible items we usually do, but why would we do that now? Farmers are dying here but the PM is yet to visit us. Real Lohri will happen once these laws are repealed,” mentioned Dosanjh from Dosanjh Kalan close to Jalandhar, Punjab.
Vijay Dahiya from Sonepat, Haryana, got here to Delhi Thursday after having already spent a brief interval within the protest. “We came here to celebrate the festival with farmers, to burn the laws. But this is a Black Lohri for us. Usually we would celebrate with families back home, this time we are forced to celebrate it here,” he mentioned.
At one of many greater Lohri fires, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims huddled collectively within the heat. It was one of many few the place the protesters supplied peanuts, however even this was devoid of music or dance.
Among them was Palwinder Singh, a resident of Toronto, Canada, who had come to India in December after his father’s loss of life however determined to remain again for the farmers’ protest.
“This is the first time in 23 years that I’m celebrating Lohri, and the feeling is overwhelming. To sit here with brothers of all faiths and fight for their rights gives me immense pride. I came here today to celebrate Lohri, after which I’ll return to my village near Ludhiana. But I will be back on January 26 for the parade,” mentioned Singh, who’s a truck driver in Canada.
Nawab Ali, an aged farmer from Yamuna Nagar in Haryana, mentioned he had determined to take part in Lohri festivities similar to he did again dwelling. “We have always celebrated all festivals and we will continue to do. Nobody can break our brotherhood, and we will not turn back till the laws are repealed,” he mentioned.
At a Lohri bonfire by ladies was Harvinder Kaur from Sangrur, Punjab.
“I have been here for seven days but my husband has been here from the beginning. We will not go back till the laws go. Today we are only burning the law, actual Lohri celebrations will begin when the law is repealed,” she mentioned.