Explained: As farmers observe Pagri Sambhal Diwas, looking back at the 1907 movement that made British scrap 3 farm laws


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What was the original Pagri Sambhaal movement all about? Why does it resonate with farmer unions today? We explain.

The protesting farmers at Ghazipur border observe ‘Pagri Sambhal Jatta’ by dressing each other with turbans on Tuesday. (Express Photograph by Tashi Tobgyal)

As part of the ongoing farmers’ protest, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) is celebrating February 23 as ‘Pagri Sambhal Diwas’, where it has asked supporters across the globe to wear a green pagri/dupatta and post their pictures on social media, with the hashtag ‘Go green for farmers’.

Pagrhi Sambhaal Jatta was a successful farm agitation that forced the British government to repeal three laws related to agriculture back in 1907. Bhagat Singh’s uncle Ajit Singh was the force behind this agitation, and he wanted to channel people’s anger over the farm laws to topple the colonial government.



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