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Two grandmothers in the 80s become women of agricultural agitation poster | India News


BATHINDA: Two 80-year-old grandmothers from farming families in Punjab, Mohinder Kaur from Bathinda district and Jangir Kaur from Barnala, are becoming the poster women for the agitation against central farm laws, garnering much praise on social media and of agricultural activists participating in protests in different places since September.
Mohinder, who is from Fatehgarh Jandia village and whose family owns 12 acres, was trolled by actor Kangana Ranaut on Twitter recently after photos of the former went viral on social media. The actor mistook Mohinder for Bilkis Bano, the 82-year-old man from the anti-CAA Shaheen Bagh protest who was named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world. Kangana’s now-deleted tweet read: “She is the same dadi who appeared in Time magazine for being the most powerful Indian and is available at 100 rupees. Pakistani journalists have hijacked international public relations for India in a shameful way. We need our own people to speak for us internationally. ”
In response to Kangana’s tweet, Mohinder said that his family had enough money. “Why am I going to the protests for money? Instead, we make donations, ”adds Mohinder, who had participated in a protest together with her husband Labh Singh in the village of Badal in September. “Now I am looking forward to going to Delhi,” says Mohinder, who walks with a hunch due to old age.
Mohinder says he has been farming for decades. “Even now, I take care of vegetables and fruits that are grown at home. I keep going for the agricultural protests. Almost a month ago, I had gone to a protest at a gas pump in the town of Sangat (in the Bathinda district) where someone clicked on the photo (which went viral), ”says Mohinder, who has three daughters and one son, all married. .
The other ‘dadi’ who has won praise in the protests is Jangir Kaur from Kattu village in Barnala district. “I want to be with the children of the earth who fight for their rights. I want the government to give in to our demands, so that we are not afraid of losing our land, ”says the octogenarian owner of an acre of land.

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