Farmers Protest: Asthi Kalash

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 335

Toll 644

Asthi Kalash

The greatest disservice to anyone who dies is that the state does not acknowledge the death. This apathy is almost endemic in India – farmer labour suicides, those killed in armed actions, now-a-days those who even died due to lack of medical support in the pandemic. Our turning away from death has become so casual but it is in this denial that I see the erosion of the nation.

That is why, when at the final rights of the four farmers and one journalist mowed down by BJP minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra Monu, SKM decided that the remains of dead will travel to distant parts of the country for immersion, I wondered about the move – was it to lend a certain sanctity to the 11 month long farmers protest?

Over the last few days, the Asthi Kalash have reached different parts of the country: Saharanpur, Chennai, Sonepat, Vedaranyam, Mansa, Paonta Sahib, Jalandhar, Khatkar Kalan, Ullundurpet, Bathinda, Deoria, Gorakhpur, Virudhunagar, Dindigul, Angul, Haldibari, Vijayawada, Prakasam, Guntur, Vishakapatnam, Bhubaneswar, and many other towns away from mainstream and even social media.

These urns carry not only the ashes of those slain in the dastardly act but also the embers that singe the police system, the judicial system, and the political system of the nation. Everyone who sees the urns sees that not only Teni is still minister, the SIT in charge has been transferred, Monu is now in hospital, some arrests have been made but darkly ironically two farmers Bachitar Singh and Gurvinder Singh have also been arrested. Why are these farmers arrested? For the crime of being on the road on which Monu drove recklessly?

The Asthi Kalash is becoming the thread that strings the whole country in their disenchantment with the regime. Nothing the regime can do will turn back the tide now. This is the curse of the dead.

Pictures: SKM and AJ Singh

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