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The Negotiator: Rakesh Tikait Is The Glue Holding Farmers’ Agitation Together

The former Delhi Police employee has also emerged as the go-to man for the authorities to reach out to the agitating farmers.

The Negotiator: Rakesh Tikait Is The Glue Holding Farmers’ Agitation Together
The Negotiator: Rakesh Tikait Is The Glue Holding Farmers’ Agitation Together -

The Tikaits stay in a spacious house in Sisauli, near Muzaffarnagar. Cows and buffaloes are tied to a stake at one end of a large open area; several vehicles bearing the flags of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) are parked nearby. Visitors who throng the Tikait residence help themselves to a hookah placed between two charpoys and several chairs. Close to the courtyard is the baithak, a large room with 11 charpoys, where visitors coming from afar can rest. The large room has a huge cutout of Mahendra Singh Tikait, the founder of BKU who died 10 years back. At the far end of the room rests his smaller, garlanded photo.

The Samadhi of Mahendra Singh Tikait, at a short distance from the house, is installed with statues of not just the deceased farmer leader but also of Chaudhary Charan Singh and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

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