To keep the flame of protest burning, farmers camping at the Tikri border are drawing inspiration from books supported agitations and teachings of Sikh Gurus, and biographies of revolutionaries.
Social outfits from Punjab have found out seven makeshift libraries at the border. Books in Hindi, English and Punjabi are available freed from cost.
Aamin, a student from Ludhiana who runs Shaheed Bhagat Singh Library, said: “Farmers at the Tikri border love reading books on Marxism, Sikhism and peasants’ movements, and biographies of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Udham Singh, and Kartar Singh Sarabha and Sir Chhotu Ram. The books not only inspire them, but also help them pass time.”
About 500 books are available in his library. He lends about 50 books a day . Some farmers prefer reading books within the makeshift library.
Gurpal, a farmer from Sangrur, said libraries were proving a morale building for protesting farmers. they need an honest opportunity to review about revolutionaries, different religions and former agitations.
“These days, i’m reading Kartar Singh Sarabha, who was one among the heroes of the liberty struggle. The writings of Sarabha, Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries are a source of inspiration for farmers,” he added.
Sangrur native Gurpreet Singh Kaler, who runs ‘Nanak Hut’ library, said farmers poetry supported farmers’ plight and their life was liked by many. “Poetry of Pash and Sant Ram Udasi is in high demand,” he added.