How Rakesh Tikait turned the tide of protest with his tears and grew in stature. Noida News – Times of India

ghaziabad: picketing demonstration UP Gate The farmer misses out on his lead actor on a historic day of the movement, but hardly a sentence is uttered without a mention or reference to “Tikait Baba”.
What will he do next? When will he address the protesters? What path will the movement take?
At the UP gate, and down the aisles that have continued the movement for over a year, Tikait has been the man for the answer – ‘whenever in doubt, talk to Tikait and find out’. Tikait doesn’t always have answers – some protesters admitted that their statements sometimes “confused” them, such as a few weeks ago when the Delhi Police removed some barricades. Ghazipur Seema and the protesters did not know how to react.
Yet, for both supporters and a constituency beyond his organization BKU, in his words the movement has more currency than his compatriots, a position Tikait has enjoyed as he revived the movement from the despair that was established later. Republic day The tractor rally planned by farmer unions in Delhi failed miserably.
Under siege, with an eviction notice by the UP government and facing arrest, Tikait sent an emotional appeal from the stage of the UP gate on January 28. “I will commit suicide. We will stand. We will not leave the place. After my arrest, BJP workers will beat up the farmers returning home.”
The image of a tearful Tikait became the essential force of the movement as his words resonated far and wide and drew farmers from Punjab, Haryana, West UP, Uttarakhand and various other states to protest sites at Delhi’s UP Gate, Singhu and Tikri borders. Returns. , The younger son of farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait had become the poster boy of the overnight protest, standing before the might of the government.
Since then, Mahapanchayats have been a regular invitee, from which the agricultural movement gained vigor and direction, traveling throughout northern India and other states, mobilizing support for the movement. “Till bill wapsi, nahi ghar wapsi (we are not going home till the law is repealed),” was the message he kept on repeating. on Friday, when the prime minister announced his decision to repeal agricultural law, Tikait was at Palghar in Maharashtra.
The SKM, which has spearheaded the movement, has not always been comfortable with Tikait, which was seen as a peripheral player in the early days of the Punjab-Haryana farm union-dominated movement and was mainly at the UP Gate in West UP. had led the team. The 52-year-old, who holds a law degree, is the BKU’s national spokesperson but is effectively its de facto leader. Elder brother Naresh is the president of BKU, but he has played a largely instrumental role in this movement, mobilizing support and mobilizing the protesters. Naresh heads the influential Baliyan Khap.
At the UP Gate, Tikait is known to be grounded and at ease with the ability to connect instantly with farmers not only from western UP but also from Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, whom he met during the movement Were. Once, hearing about a non-farmer coming to the UP gate, Tikait ran to meet him and when he came to know that the elderly visitor worked with his father, carried him over his shoulder to a tent. : ‘Tau ko main my back par le jaunga’ (I will take you),” he said.
Someshwar Singh, a farmer from Bihar, said the protesters had started calling Tikait ‘Baba’ as he was looking for him. Singh said, “The other day, he came to my tent and talked to me about the problems being faced by the farmers of Bihar.”
Tikait, who did his MA from Meerut University, had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Amroha on RLD ticket but was unsuccessful. Earlier in 2007, he had contested the assembly elections from Khatauli assembly seat but lost.