NEW DELHI: G.Mahadevan 68, born in a poor family continuing the work of growing rice since generations. After losing his right leg last year due to infection, he is all alone, sitting on a piece of paper, under a makeshift tent seeking debt relief at Jantar Mantar.
Lawyers, actors, students and other Delhi Tamils are showing solidarity towards the farmers by providing them with daily requirements.
In order to build the momentum on social media ‘Chennai Memes’ a Facebook page that was created by the Tamil youngsters to support the Jallikattu protest is now supporting the farmers. Tamil youngsters residing in Delhi have also developed a mobile application to raise daily supplies for the protestors.
Further, the Tamil community has created a social media platform Whatsapp messaging service consisting of more than 400 members. The group keeps a record schedule in which students and other professionals come to help the farmers on a shift basis.
Though the farmers still have not received any written assurance from the central government but somehow they are getting support and day to day help from the Delhi Tamil community.
Hundreds of students from different university, working people, housewives, business persons and few Tamil actors such as Abhi Saravanan come together to support the farmers by raising fund, providing food, tablets, money daily needs of farmers.
“The farmers give food to us and I can’t see them as beggars now, will not let them beg on the streets of Delhi. If we can gather together to save Jallikattu , then these are saviors of us, we will support them till they get the assurance from the government,“ said Gunasekaran, IT professional from Noida who came to support the farmers.
The group has also started to upload live video, many people shared and are started to support the movement online.
Mahadevan who has travelled 3,000 kilo meters to Delhi and is sitting at the Jantar Mantar from the past ten days is not the only person who lost a family member; there are many Mahadevans who have lost their loved ones in this battle of survival.
“Center is not supporting, police are not helping us, even in the starting days of protest we were not given place to sit, but there are some who are here to helping us to continue our fight”, says G.Mahadevan.
According to him every farmer has become a victim, his own wife got a heart attack and died when she received a letter from the Bank of Baroda, where they took loan of Rs two Lakh, now they have to pay Four lakh.
The community has made a chain system and collected money to help the farmers. Till now the team has collected Rs 60,000 for the farmers.
A large mass from Tamil Nadu and members from Kisan Manch of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan will join the protest soon.
Meanwhile, a group of farmers met Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh regarding their demands, unsatisfied by the response from the minister the farmers have decided not to leave the site.