Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, visited Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border to extend her support to the farmers’ protests on Saturday.
According to a statement issued by Bharat Kisan Union’s media in-charge Dharmendra Malik, the 84-year-old chairperson of National Gandhi Museum came to the protest site to pray for the farmers. She firmly encouraged them to remain resilient and peaceful in their protest. Furthermore, she also urged the government to take care of the farming community and take the right decision.
Furthermore, she was joined by other important people such as Gandhi Smarak Nidhi chairman Ramchandra Rahi, All-India Sarv Seva Sangha managing trustee Ashok Saran, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi director Sanjay Singha and National Gandhi Museum director A Annamalai.
“We have not come here as part of any political programme. We have come here today for the farmers, who have fed all of us our whole life,” Tara Gandhi reportedly said. She also told the protesters at the site, “We are because of you all. In the benefit of farmers lies the benefit of the country and all of us.” Moreover, she recalled that the first fight for independence in 1857 from the British rule had also started from Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh.
“I want that whatever happens, farmers should be benefited by it. Nobody is unaware of the hard work that the farmers do and it is not to be said again that in the benefit of farmers lies the benefit of our country, and all of us,” she added.
Thousands of farmers have been camping at Delhi’s border points of Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and other places since November 2020 in order to protest against the three farm laws passed by the central government in September last year.
About Tara Gandhi
Born in 1934 in New Delhi, Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee held the position of Vice-Chairperson of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti for nearly nine years. She is also the chairperson of the National Gandhi Museum. Gandhi Smriti is the site of the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi. She is also an integral part of Save the Ganga Movement, an initiative to protect India’s environment and rivers.
For the past 28 years, she has worked for the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, founded by the father of our nation in memory of his honourable wife. It has been one of the oldest pre-independence, non-governmental institutions uplifting the women and children of rural India.
Tara Gandhi was awarded one of France’s top honours L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres for her contribution in promoting peace, culture, education and development.
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