Kisan Diwas 2018: Twitterati Honours Farmers’ Contributions on Chaudhary Charan Singh 116th Birth Anniversary
Chaudhary Charan Singh's 116th Birth Anniversary (Photo Credits: @nikhil_x3/ @me_viveknelson/ Twitter)

The nation celebrates Kisan Diwas honouring the birth anniversary of the fifth Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh. His association with the causes related to the farming communities throughout his life have inspired generations. It is because of this fact that Singh’s birthday is solely dedicated to acknowledging the role of farmers in India’s socio-economic development. On December 23, starting from renowned political leaders to all the netizens, everyone is sharing their tributes to the late leader and also citing the importance of Kisan Diwas in our country. #KisanDiwas is trending on Twitter crediting Charan Singh for transforming the agricultural economy and what more is still to be done for the farming communities. BJP Got Tangled in Temple, Rahul Gandhi Won Focusing on Farmers. 

Charan Singh was born on December 23, 1902, in a rural peasant Jat family of village Noorpur, Uttar Pradesh. Motivated by Mahatma Gandhi policies, Singh entered politics as a part of the Independence Movement. He was active from 1931 in the Ghaziabad district Arya Samaj as well as the Meerut district Indian National Congress. He was even jailed twice by the Britishers for his rebellious voice. Before the country gained independence, Charan as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the United Provinces elected in 1937; he took a deep interest in the laws that were detrimental to the village economy. He gradually built his ideological and practical stand against the exploitation of tillers of the land by the landlords. Maharashtra Farmer Suicides: 235 Farmers Ended Lives in September, Relief & Rehab Minister Asks for Food and Health Security. 

Charan Singh’s utmost dedication towards the development of our villages and championing the rights of our farmers, made him stand out from his colleagues.

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In the 1950s, Singh became notable in Uttar Pradesh after drafting the passage of revolutionary land reform laws in India under the guidance of the then Chief Minister Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant. He further gained popularity nationwide in 1959 for publicly opposing the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s socialist and collectivist land policies in the Nagpur Congress Session.

Farmers are the backbone of our society. His birthday is a reminder to all the nationals to respect the community who work hard to feed the entire country throughout the year. Singh’s works are remembered positively. His interest in the issues of farming community has even caused his memorial in New Delhi which is named as Kisan Ghat. The Indian government also issued a commemorative postage stamp on his third death anniversary, 29 May 1990.