Government and farmers are faces to face with the new Farm Law. For almost two months, farmers have been agitating on the borders adjacent to Delhi demanding the repeal of these laws. So far, 11 rounds of talks have been held, but no solution has been found. Now the farmers have made full preparations to take out the tractor march on 26th (26 January Tractor Parade). If this happens, it will not be the first time. Earlier, the tractor parade has gone out in the historic parade of Republic Day. But the difference was that it was coming out in protest and it was coming out of grace.
Farmer agitation for almost two months
Farmers’ organizations, which have been leading the agitation for the last 55 days on different boundaries of Delhi, have also announced to take out a tractor parade on Outer Ring Road in Delhi on 26th January. Actually, a picture was searched on social media. This photo is said to be of the 1952 Republic Day Parade. After seeing this picture, some of the Etihasi Safes were overturned. At that time, the view that was there was in reality a reference to India.
26 January is special
The constitution was enacted on 26 January. This parade is very special every year since independence. The parade on Rajpath is attended by thousands of citizens of the country along with the President, Prime Minister, and foreign guests. In the parade, the bravery of the Indian Army and the splashes of Indian culture are taken out. However, due to Corona, this time no foreign guests are attending here. But every year, as the head of some country, the chief guest has been attending here.
Parade at Rajpath for the first time in 1955
On 26 January 1950, the first Republic Day parade took place at Irvine Stadium (today’s National Stadium), not on Rajpath. The old fort was clearly visible behind the absence of boundary walls around the then Irvine Stadium. Between 1950-1954, Republic Day celebrations were held in Delhi, sometimes at Irwin Stadium, Kingsway Camp, Red Fort, and sometimes Ramlila Maidan. The first Republic Day parade started on Rajpath in 1955.
1952 tractor tableau
The beating retreat program started from the year 1952. One of its ceremonies took place on the grounds in front of the Regal Cinema and the other in the Red Fort. The Army band played the tune of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite song ‘Abide with Me’ for the first time and since then the same tune is played every year. But tractors also participated in this parade. These tractors had a glimpse of Indian culture. In which the machine symbol was also included. Apart from this, the white pigeon was also depicted in these tractor tableaux. Which meant that this country likes peace.
26 January Preparation
Yogendra Yadav, a member of the All India Farmers’ Struggle and Coordination Committee present in Kolkata, told in a special conversation with NBT that with the ex-servicemen we have prepared a roadmap, on the basis of which some tractors will be specially prepared. Our effort is that just as the tableaux of different states come out on Rajpath, similarly in our tractor parade, the country should have at least one tableau of every state, in which we will show the condition of the farmers there.
Farmers’ tractor tableau
Just as people want with tableaux, similarly with these tableaux, people will walk in the dress of the farmers of those states. On every tractor, the tricolor flag and farmer organizations’ flags will be placed. Patriotic songs will also be played along with it. Apart from ex-servicemen, medal winners, sportspersons, and women in the tractor parade, efforts are on to include the families of the farmers who were martyred during the farmer’s movement. Also, an open invitation will be given to the people of the entire Delhi that people should come out of their homes and come on the streets and see the tractor parade and farmers’ tableaux. For this, they will not have to take any VIP invitation or ticket.