Elders busy in Delhi stir, youth in fields - ECAS Punjab

Elders busy in Delhi stir, youth in fields

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Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, December 1

Youngsters outside IELTS and PTE coaching centres and discussing plans to go abroad is a common sight in Punjab, but what's uncommon is to see them on fields and don the role of farmer. With most elders in the family holding the fort in the national capital against the farm laws, the responsibility of tending the fields has fallen on young shoulders.

"My father is in New Delhi to participate in the protest. Now, it's my responsibility to take care of our fields. I have been regularly visiting my fields since the start of the 'Delhi Chalo' agitation. Earlier, I was not regular as my father had been here," says Lakhwinder Singh from Ealwal village. He is a graduate and a government job aspirant. Kamandeep Singh, who has got 6.5 bands in IELTS, says earlier Covid delayed his flight to Canada, now the agitation has applied brakes for an indefinite period.

"My grandfather and other members are in Delhi. I have started helping my uncle in farming. I do not think that I will be able to go abroad till the end of this agitation," he says.

Another youngster Jatinder Singh, who has got 66 points in PTE, says he has been looking after their fields ever since the agitation began. "Many youth, who have cleared IELTS and PTE, are working in the fields as they understand their elders are busy securing the future of the farming community. We must play our part. We can go abroad later," says Amit Alisher, who runs an IELTS institutes at Sangrur.

Happy to see the winds of change, villagers say the protest against the farm laws has made youth more concerned about agriculture and their land. Now the youth want to contribute to the cause and what better than tending their fields in the absence of their elders, they stress.

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