‘Halwa’ cooked in ghee, delicious ‘poori’ and ‘bhaji’ and chilled mint-lime water is what protesters get in Jasia village of Rohtak twice a day.
For the aged men, who are leading the dharna this time, an unlimited supply of their favourite hookah has been arranged. A programme of Haryanvi folk music ‘raagini’ has also been organised for the entertainment of the crowd to ensure that dharna site remains active all time to mount pressure on the government.
As many as 12 cooks prepare meals twice a day for the protesters in utensils used in mega kitchens. The menu is different for both the meals.
Joginder Pehelwan, member of the organising committee, said, “In morning, ‘Chhole-chawal’ and curd was served to the protesters, while ‘poori, bhaji and halwa’ was given to them in evening.”
A committee, ‘Jat Arakshan Dharna Sthal’, has been set up. Generous members have been donating money, so that food and bedding can be arranged for a longer time. The committee also gives a proper receipt to the donors in return for their help. A donor, Balbir Singh of Madina village, who contributed `2,100 said, “It’s for a good cause.”
“A borewell near the ground is God’s gift to lead dharna in this scorching weather,” a protester said. Almost all members of the community take regular baths there. Members also invite the security personnel present at the site to enjoy food whenever it’s meal time!