NEW DELHI: A group of five friends set out from Amritsar around on a cold Saturday morning. They didn’t have much time to organise a regular langar, so they collected ‘regular-sized’ pizzas from a Haryana mall and set up a stall at the Singhu border.
Around 400 pizzas were distributed within minutes as a huge crowd, including the protesting peasants and residents from nearby areas, queued up.
The ‘pizza langar’ has since hogged headlines and garnered compliments from different quarters, and also brickbats from a certain section.
“The farmers who gave the dough for pizzas can also afford to have one themselves,” says Shanbir Singh Sandhu, who organised the ‘pizza langar’ with his four friends for the peasants protesting at the Delhi-Haryana border against the contentious agri-marketing laws.
“We didn’t have much time to organise a regular lentils-chapatti langar.... So we came up with this idea,” says Sandhu, who is himself a farmer and an economics student at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar.
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Sandhu’s friend, Shahnaz Gill, underscored that people get bored eating the same thing everyday. “We thought we should bring should give them (farmers) something else to keep their spirits up,” he said.
The 21-year-old student of agriculture says this is first time they have organised a ‘pizza langar’, expressing happiness that people have appreciated their efforts.