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‘Kisan Nama’, Book on 733 Farmers Who Lost Their Lives during Protest

A book named 'Kisan Nama' was launched here today that recounts the lives of 733 farmers who died in a protest near the Delhi borders.

Chintu Das

A book named 'Kisan Nama' was launched today that chronicles the stories of 733 farmers who died in the farmers protest near the Delhi borders. Harkirat Singh Sandhar, an Australian-based NRI, wrote the book. 

From the moment the three farm laws were notified on June 5, 2020, until their withdrawal on December 11, 2021, the book contains a full report. The book discusses the obstacles that the farmers experienced during their 378-day protest, such as entry via Haryana, terrible weather conditions, and so on. 

According to Sandhar, the Kisan Andolan's influence was felt not just in India but also in other countries. He stated that he considered writing the book so that the events would become part of history and future generations would know in detail what had occurred during the greatest farmers' battle. Women farmers, youth, elderly, writers, artists, poets, singers, journalists, and others, he claimed, were all mentioned in the book. 

Even the events at Red Cross Fort and the deaths at Lakhimpur Kheri, as well as their consequences, are told in different sections in the book. 

The book makes a special note to lensman Jagdev S Tapa, who took 80,000 images during the Kisan Andolan. Doaba Kisan Committee president Jangvir Chauhan, Sugarcane Sangharsh Committee president Sukhpal S Sahota, and Punjab Jagriti Manch general secretary Deepak Bali were among those who attended the book launch. 

The union government resolved to abolish the bills on November 19, 2021, and on November 29, both houses of Parliament enacted the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021.

Farmer unions continued to press for guaranteed minimum support prices (MSPs) after the repeal of farm laws was announced, reminding the government of its goal of doubling farmers' income by 2022. 

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