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Farmer protesting at Delhi-Haryana border celebrates daughter’s first birthday at protest site

A farmer protesting at the Delhi Haryana border celebrated the first birthday of his daughter by cutting cakes with other demonstrators at the national capital’s Tikri border on Sunday, December 13.

The protest site was decked up with colourful balloons and posters that wished the farmer’s daughter a very happy birthday. The poster displayed a photograph of the little girl, Sidak, with her family.

The family of the farmer, Jagat Singh, celebrated his daughter’s birthday back home. On the other hand, the farmers at the protest site extended their wishes to the infant by gathering with three huge cakes and singing the ‘happy birthday” song.

“My daughter is celebrating back home with her mother and our relatives. When we left our homes, we had vowed not to return before our victory. I am fighting for my daughter’s generation and to secure their land rights,” NDTV quoted Jagat Singh as saying.  

Singh said that he is determined to fight to get the Centre’s farm laws repealed. If need be, Singh said, they would celebrate Baisakhi and Diwali too at the borders while protesting.  

“Be it Diwali or Baisakhi, we will celebrate all the festivals here till the government takes back the three farm laws,” Singh said.

Farmers are protesting as they are afraid there will be a drop in their income due to the three laws. They fear that the laws will make them susceptible to exploitation from corporate houses. 

However, the Centre claims that the laws will help eliminate middlemen, as farmers will be able to sell their produce wherever they wish.

The deadlock has not yet ended, despite several rounds of talks between the protesting farmers and the Centre. Farmer groups have refused to accept anything short of the three laws being scrapped.

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