Udayavni Special

‘Those who give dough can also have pizza’


PTI, Dec 13, 2020, 3:46 PM IST

New Delhi: A group of five friends set out from Amritsar on a cold Saturday morning. They didn’t have much time to organise a regular langar, so they collected ”regular-sized” pizzas from a Haryana mall and set up a stall at the Singhu border.

Around 400 pizzas were distributed within minutes as a huge crowd, including the protesting peasants and residents from nearby areas, queued up.

The ”pizza langar” has since hogged headlines and garnered compliments from different quarters, and also brickbats from a certain section.

“The farmers who gave the dough for pizzas can also afford to have one themselves,” says Shanbir Singh Sandhu, who organised the ”pizza langar” with his four friends for the peasants protesting at the Delhi-Haryana border against the contentious agri-marketing laws.

“We didn”t have much time to organise a regular lentils-chapatti langar…. So we came up with this idea,” says Sandhu, who is himself a farmer and an economics student at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar.

The farmers have been protesting at several border points into Delhi for over two weeks over their demands to repeal the new legislations, which they claim would benefit the corporates, and end the traditional wholesale markets and the minimum support price regime.

Sandhu”s friend, Shahnaz Gill, underscored that people get bored eating the same thing everyday. “We thought we should bring should give them (farmers) something else to keep their spirits up,” he said.

The 21-year-old student of agriculture says this is first time they have organised a ”pizza langar”, expressing happiness that people have appreciated their efforts.

However, Sandhu says it is unfortunate and totally unacceptable that some people were ridiculing farmers having pizzas.

“Few people just cannot digest that a farmer can have a car, wear good clothes and have a pizza. The farmer has moved on from dhoti-kurta to jeans and T-shirt,” the 25-year-old student says. “It”s about time these people grew up.”

One of the reasons for organising a ”pizza langar” was to change the publics perception about farmers, he adds.

Gill says no one has the right to comment on what a farmer should eat or wear.

“People have been calling us ”so-called farmers”. Before making any such comment, they should come and meet us first, he says. “They will get to know that our thinking is much better than theirs.”

The five friends have decided to organise another such langar, which they say will be better and bigger.

It can be pizza or burger or something else, too, Sandhu says.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

SC declines interim protection from arrest to makers of web series Tandav, others

Farm laws have potential to raise farm income, social safety net needed: IMF’s Gita Gopinath

Sourav Ganguly hospitalised after complaining of chest pain

Skin to Skin contact: SC stays Bombay HC order acquitting man under POCSO

Rioters not Annadatas: Shobha on farmers protest

BJP MLA blames Sonia Gandhi, Rahul for violence during tractor parade, Cong hits back

Retired Delhi Police personnel stage protest at ITO; traffic remains affected, several roads shut


Related Articles More

No link with Deep Sidhu, says BJP MP Sunny Deol

SC declines interim protection from arrest to makers of web series Tandav, others

Declare Marathi-speaking K’taka-Maha border areas as UT: Uddhav

Skin to Skin contact: SC stays Bombay HC order acquitting man under POCSO

BJP MLA blames Sonia Gandhi, Rahul for violence during tractor parade, Cong hits back

MUST WATCH

Farmers across Country back Centre’s Farm Bills

KAMIL RAZA | Incredible Portrait Paintings by Artist from udupi

Deralakatte Ayyappa temple robbery case: Two arrested

Mangaluru: Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary hoists flag at D.K district Republic Day celebrations

Mithun Shetty Hebri | Banana Farming information Guide for Beginners

Latest Additions

No link with Deep Sidhu, says BJP MP Sunny Deol

SC declines interim protection from arrest to makers of web series Tandav, others

Declare Marathi-speaking K’taka-Maha border areas as UT: Uddhav

Farm laws have potential to raise farm income, social safety net needed: IMF’s Gita Gopinath

Sourav Ganguly hospitalised after complaining of chest pain

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.