Tau Chandar is 82. He joined police in Delhi after independence. Pointing towards the highway and the buildings all around he says, ‘ehan kuch na tha tab.’
One day ‘daroga’ of his police station took two hundred
rupees bribe from someone to get rid of a relative. Tau was close by and as the
conversation proceeded Tau felt ashamed and angry at the uniform. When the daroga
pocketed the money and agreed to do the needful Tau couldn’t take it anymore.
Tau tells me he was strong in those days. He got hold of the daroga and
thrashed him there and then. Daroga threatened him that he will get him
transferred. Tau resigned the same day. As he left the police station, he told
the daroga, ‘lele apni naukri chutad mein.’ As Tau remembers his parting shot
at the corrupt system, there is youth and pride in his voice and a million watt
smile on his face.
He is happy now, having worked his fields for decades,
surrounded by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Why is he here? ‘Gandi sarkaar laayi hai. Do mahine se baithe
What will happen next? ‘Ghadar hoga.’
HUMANS OF FARMERS MOVEMENT SERIES#7