Bishwa Nath Singh
We regret to announce the sad and sudden demise of Mahendra Singh Tikait , President of 'Bhartiya Kisan Union ( Indian farmers Union)who had passed away this morning on May 15, 2011 in Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh due to protracted illness from cancer at the age of seventy six. He was a popular Indian leader of farmer's from Western Uttar Pradesh in India whose funeral will take place in the evening of May 16,2011 at at BKU headquarters in Sisauli. in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh.
(Photo of Mahendra Singh Tikait , President of 'Bhartiya Kisan Union )
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Mahendra Singh Tikait was born in 1935 at village Sisauli in Muzaffarnagar District of Uttar Pradesh of India. He had .. Inherited the Chaudharyship of the Khap Baliyan at the age of eight when his father Ch.Chauhal Singh died in 1943.The C...haudharyship of the Baliyan khap had been vesting in his family for the last thirteen centuries. The chaudharyship of a khap panchayat is a hereditary position. The Chaudahry enjoys administrative, adjucative and executive powers over the khap villages. The chaudhary is held in high esteem and his decisions are binding on his people. At a panchayat meeting of the khap Baliyan held at Sisauli on May 12,1941, a resolution was passed which said that they will work with their body, heart and soul under the leadership of our Chaudhary for the good of our Khap. Towards this end the Chaudhary of a khap had the right even to demand our lives." Thus the Chaudahry of a khap panchayat had enjoyed supreme powers. After the death of former Prime Minster of India late Ch.Charan Singh in western U.P. he was called the second 'messiah' of kisans. On October,17,1986 he formed a non-political orgarnisation named 'Bhartiya Kisan Union' to protect the interests of all the farmers of India whose are 80 percent of the population of the country. In this way he headed so many movements and as a result of these agitations,many times, he was arrested and sent to jail, yet he is on the way to protect the interest of all the kisans of India..He remained the President of Bhartiya Kisan Union till his death.. He had led a number of mass Kisan movements against the state and central governments in India to support the rights of the farmers.. He led many international delegations with him around the globe in Countries that he had visisted - England,Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweeden, Holand, Poland, Chek etcThe character of Kisan movements since the 1970s has been a matter of considerable debate. Bhartiya Kisan Union(BKU)worked in close cooperation with international organizations like La Via Campesina,Farmers Coordination Committee India His union had received national attention in 1988, when its supporters organised a virtual siege in Meerut in pursuit of higher prices for Sugarcane, cancellation of loans and lowering of water and electricity rates.[In 2006, around one lakh f armers] had gathered in Mumbai during heavy rains to protest against Government's WTO and anti-farmers policies. A memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was released urging to keep agriculture out of WTO. Mahendra Singh Tikait, president of BKU said " It does not matter how much it rains here. We will not stop our fight. The Government will have to hear us. We need a change of Policies".He is remembered to have gone on fast for one hundred ten days in the past from March 6,1988 to June 23,1988 against Police firing on farmers during Rail and transport strike movement at Rajabaur.for welfare of farmers as whole. His movement was the latest one being few days ago farmer agitation in Greater Noida, where he was arrested in Meerut. The Poverty and Lack of Political power used to be constant theme in the discourse of Tikait, the leader of Kisan Union. He had gone to prison for cause of his Bhartiya Kisan Union on many occasions in the past. He will be remembered as a selfless leader of farmers for long who lived and died for their cause..His cremation would be held on Monday at BKU headquarters in Sisauli. in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Let us condole his passing away and pray to God to grant eternal bliss to his departed soul in heavenly abode anf offer our heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family!
Anil Kumar :
We+ haev lost a veteran hero of national importance. May God bless his soul to rest in Heaven.!
Sorrowful.........Have a nice trip!.