Farmers Protest: Rana ji

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 209

Toll 520+


Rana ji

Even I am bored of calling out the government’s apathy but there are stories from the protest that must be recorded for posterity. I just try to record some of the thousands of stories transpiring every day – stories of solidarity and resistance.

The latest is government harassing a dhaba owner who has been supporting the protests since they began. Ram Singh Rana ji has two dhaba’s, both by the name Golden Hut on National Highway 44. One is at Sonipat another at Kurukshetra. Both are very popular with travellers, especially Panjabis going to the Delhi airport.

When protests started, Rana ji turned his Sonipat dhaba into a free service centre. He started langar of water, milk and 25 kg wheat flour packets free to protesters. This free langar to protesters has been critical through the past seven months and has been possible by Rana foregoing huge profits.

For some weeks now the government has been issuing notices to Rana over his social service. The services continued unabated. The day before the government blocked access to Rana’s dhaba in Kurukshetra by placing stones barriers. Golden Hut, Kurukshetra has been Rana’s only source of income last few months.

What does this tell us about the government? That even those doing social service will be prosecuted. This has happened earlier with individuals, arthiyas, farmer leaders who have been booked under various charges. The government, elected to serve the people cannot even talk to protesters but is blocking even those from our society who serve society – who perform sewa.

The farmers stand with Ram Singh Rana. They will stand by all those who have stood by them in the past seven months. The police says it will close all the dhabas on the highway. If the government does that, all hotel and dhaba owners will protest.

As of now, only Rana’s dhaba has been blocked, Rana seems to be singled out for performing sewa. BKU leader Balbir Singh Chaduni leader has announced the Samyukt Kisan Morcha KM look into the matter and if the government does not remove the blockades, the farmers will remove them. No one can stop sewa.

Update: SKM leaders met at Golden Hut dhaba and have issued a notice to government and NHAI to remove barricades (white stones in picture) by July 2, else the farmers will take strict action such as blocking the whole highway, jamming the traffic.

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