Rakesh Tikait : Whose ‘Tears’ Restarted the Farmer’s Movement

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The name ‘Tikait’ is in the headlines of national media after years. Once Chaudhary Mahendra Singh alias Baba Tikait used to be the voice of the farmer’s movements, this time Rakesh Tikait, son of Mahendra Singh and spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), is in the news. Some people are calling him the real farmer leader, while others are calling him a conspirator.  However, for the first time in two months of agitation against agricultural laws, Rakesh’s name has come to the center of discussion.  Till now, most of the farmers in the Kisan agitation were from Haryana-Punjab, dozens of farmers’ organizations and farmer’s leaders were leading it but the violence broke out on 26 January and some organizations disassociated themselves from the movement. Meanwhile, the agitation erupted after Rakesh Tikait’s suicide threat at the protest ground. Crying Rakesh Tikait said that if the agricultural laws are not withdrawn, then he will commit suicide. Seeing his tears, a large number of farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana are reaching Ghazipur border.  Rakesh Tikait has been on a dharna since 27 November 2020. According to his son Charan Singh, he has taken two pairs of clothes and soil of his farm along with him. He says that the soil of the farm encourages him to remain in this farmers’ movement.

Rakesh Tikait, was a constable in Delhi Police for 10 years. Meanwhile, his father was active in the farmers’ movement. Many times there was such a situation that he had to stay on the other side that was suppressing the movement under the leadership of his father. Seeing such a situation, Rakesh quit his job and took the path of his father. His son also helps him in farming. 

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