India is facing one of the biggest protests in history since the past few weeks in the form of farmers protests. However, this peaceful protest served us with many lessons in humanity and service. From volunteers to peers, everyone’s come together to help each other out in these harsh weather conditions .
Here are a few services which are aiding the farmers braving cold weather conditions to protest against the Indian government’s new farm laws.
1. Roti Makers
A roti making machine has been installed at the camp to churn out over 1500 – 2000 rotis in an hour. This makes it easier for farmers to produce chapatis for thousands of protesters.
Protesting farmers at the Singhu border now have an automated roti maker which makes 2000 rotis an hour says Delhi Gurudwara Committee. pic.twitter.com/ppPNW7FlJd— Ravinder Kapur (@RavinderKapur2) December 8, 2020
Many book houses and NGOs are offering books to borrow or for very minimal rates. Besides a wide array of books and magazines on farmers and social issues, these libraries are offering a booklet explaining the pros and cons of three laws in a bid to make agitated farmers more aware.
Farmer Protest at Delhi borders is unique in many aspects. These are images of ਜੰਗੀਕਿਤਾਬਘਰ War Library from where people could borrow books for reading.#FarmActsDeathWarrant #HumanRights4farmerspic.twitter.com/Iq1ntgSYo0— #ਮੈਂ_ਵੀ_ਕਿਸਾਨ (@farmer_kisan) December 10, 2020
3. Foot Massagers
The Khalsa Aid Foundation has setup a foot massage centre in makeshift spaces for the farmers. The NGO has already installed 25 machines for those who had been travelling long distances to reach the protest site and were exhausted.
Khalsa Aid India set up a foot massage space at the farmer’s protest site. pic.twitter.com/LNU7cjPlXk— Aflatoon Wazir (Gobhi Parantha) (@sanamwazir) December 11, 2020
4. Pizza Langar
Activists from various unions set up pizza langars for aggrieved farmers at Singhu Border in addition to community kitchens. This was done to raise their morale.
Meanwhile, pizza langar. Salute the enterprise and spirit. 🌲🌳🌴🌱 pic.twitter.com/tOVckGABRi— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) December 11, 2020
5. Makeshift Gyms
A gym ka langar has been installed at the site of protest just so that protestors who have been missing out on physical fitness can continue with their physical routine.
Aman Hothi (on right), an international Power Lifter, has installed open gym at Singhu Border, so that players who are part of protests don’t miss their fitness routine.— Ayushman Kumar (@Iam_Ayushmann) December 11, 2020
He calls it ‘Gym Ka Langar’ where everyone is invited. #FarmersProstests pic.twitter.com/sP4nD4ZCbV
6. Washing Machines
A farmer brought two washing machines at the site of protest and has set it on the footpath for anyone to use. The machines wash and dry over 500 clothes a day.
7. Medical Camps
Doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Safdarjung Hospital, Hindu Rao and other hospitals expressed solidarity with the protests and conducted medical check-ups for protesting farmers at 5 different sites.
Organised healthcamp for our Farmers at Singhu Border. Doctors from AIIMS, Safderjung, Hindu Rao & other hospitals of Delhi came in solidarity for #FarmersProtest— Harjit Singh Bhatti (@DrHarjitBhatti) November 30, 2020
We will organise health-camps at all 5 sites of protest. #DoctorsWithFarmers #MedFraternitySupportsFarmers pic.twitter.com/XVOQ4n6c9S
8. Free WiFi
A Delhi NGO is providing free WiFi at Singhu Border just so that the protesting farmers have a platform to share their progress and stay in touch with their families.
These services might not completely help, but are definitely easing the farmers road to dissent.