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From Students to NRI doctor, too many to stand for farmers

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at multiple Delhi borders against the new Agri laws. Amid this, a US-based NRI and heart specialist Dr. Swaiman Singh has come all the way from North America to Delhi to support farmers’ protests. He and his team are holding medical camps and providing cost-free lakh medicines to farmers at the border of Singhu and Tikri.
Dr. Swaiman Singh said, “Being an Indian and a doctor, how can I see a large number of people and policemen out in the cold weather during Covid’s suffering. He said that fever and diarrhea due to lack of sanitation and clean toilets are common problems among protesters.
On the other side, had it not been for the farmers’ protest against the new Agri laws that began over a month ago, 22-year-old Navpal Singh would have never planned a trip home at this time from Texas in the US, where he is a student.
“This protest forced me to come here,” said the mechanical engineering student whose father and grandfather are farmers.
“The last time I had come home was less than a year ago…in March, so I had no plans whatsoever to visit again, but the way this protest has taken over this country and also the world, I couldn’t stay away,” he said.
Singh arrived in India on Monday and has been traveling between Singhu and his ancestral village in Punjab’s Jalandhar every day since.
Even though he is not a farmer himself, Singh felt the need to be part of the protest because of his farming roots that have provided for his education.
“People might think I have no direct connection with farming…that I am studying in the US, I will also work and get married there, but my father and grandfather are farmers.
Several rounds of talks with the government have failed to break the deadlock with the government pushing the new legislation as important reforms in the agricultural sector. The next round of talks is scheduled on Friday.
The farmers on the other hand have maintained that they want the three laws to be repealed. They have also threatened to enter Delhi on January 26 if their demands are not met.

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