Punjab Man, Studying In US, Returns Home To Stand With Protesting Farmers

Navpal Singh arrived in India on Monday and has been travelling between Singhu and his ancestral village in Punjab'...

New Delhi: Navpal Singh, 22, would have never planned a trip home at this time from Texas in the US, where he is a student, had it not been for the farmers' protest against the three new farm laws that began over a month ago.

"This protest forced me to come here," said Mr Singh, a student of mechanical engineering and whose father and grandfather are farmers.

"The last time I had come home was less than a year ago in March. So I had no plans to visit again, but the way this protest has taken over the country and also the world, I couldn't stay away," he said...

...Even though he is not a farmer himself, Mr Singh felt the need to be part of the protest because of his farming roots that have provided for his education.

"People might think I have no direct connection with farming, that I am studying in the US, I will also work and get married there. But my father and grandfather are farmers.

"I wouldn't have been able to have my life in the US without the farmers. And now it is my responsibility to come forward and stand with them in their fight for their rights," he said...

..."A movement like this does not happen every now and then. Today's rally alone has shown our strength and numbers," said Mr Singh, who will return to Texas on January 18...

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