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Khanna sculptor’s plough with cannon wins hearts

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Manav Mander

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 11

The plough of the farmer is his identity but if needed, he can also turn it into his strength. The strength and unity being put up by farmers at the Delhi border has set an example before the nation. Inspired from the struggle and strength of the protesting farmers, a Khanna-based sculptor has turned a plough into a cannon depicting the power of the agitating farmers. With so many requests for taking the sculpture to Delhi, a draw of lots will be done by him to select the farmer.

Jaswinder Singh from Mehandipur village, Khanna, a sculptor and painter by profession, has been moved by the farmers' protest. In his own way, he has depicted their unity through his sculpture with a plough and a cannon fixed above.

Now, farmers from his village are making rounds to take the sculpture to Delhi at the protest site. "I am open to the idea but I am getting so many requests. I do not want to disappoint anyone as all villagers are either my extended family members or friends. Since I could not decide on whom to give the sculpture, I decided to arrange a draw of lots on the weekend," he said.

"The plough has been combined with a cannon. Plough is a symbol of hard work of the farmers and the cannon symbolises their strength. The two wheels symbolise fearless treading and constantly fighting for one's demands. The slogan of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' is also fully represented in this art. I have created the art as a mark of protest," he said.

"His art piece will be a source of inspiration for the farmers to succeed in their mission. I, along with other farmers, will be marching to Delhi in the coming week. I expressed my desire to take the piece of art with me but Jaswinder candidly asked me to take part in the draw of lots," said a farmer from Mehandipur village.

from The Tribune

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