Pride of Britain charity hero helping poor India farmers fight government battle

A PRIDE of Britain hero shared how he helped poor farmers in India when they protested against new agricultural laws.

Randhir Singh, 47, heads the Midland Langar Seva Society and provides 45,000 meals a week to the poor and homeless in the UK.

He was so appalled by the brutal treatment of farmers protesting outside of Delhi that he flew to India in December to help them.

Mr. Singh said, “When I left the house, my wife had tears in her eyes.

“I wasn’t sure if I would come back because of all the trouble.

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“At some point they closed the internet.

“I couldn’t even call back to the UK.”

More than 120 protesters have been killed and dozens more have disappeared.

Mr. Singh said, “How can this be done in modern India?

“It’s not right. I’ve seen older women with black eyes.

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Bottle gourds are harvested in a field in India

“All ages are protesting, from children to people in their nineties. We helped the farmers with food and essentials.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with them.”

Mr Singh, a Pride of Birmingham winner and Pride of Britain finalist who lives in Walsall, West Mids, was born in the UK but his family had farmed in India for generations.

He said, “My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father worked land in Punjab.”

Protests in India began three months ago against laws that will relax the rules on the sale, price and storage of agricultural produce.

They benefit large farms at the expense of smallholders.


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