Kisan Diwas, or National Farmers’ Day, is celebrated in India on December 23rd each year to honour the birth anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth Prime Minister of India and a prominent leader known for his advocacy of farmers’ rights. This day holds immense significance as it pays homage to the contributions of farmers, who form the backbone of the nation’s agrarian economy.
Chaudhary Charan Singh, often referred to as the “Champion of Farmers,” or “Chaudhary Saab”, dedicated his political career to addressing the concerns of the agricultural community. Kisan Diwas has become not only a day of remembrance but also a call to action for the improvement of the farming community under his leadership. On this day, various events and programmes are organised across the country to recognise and appreciate the hard work and dedication of farmers.
Farmers are acknowledged as the primary contributors to the country’s food security, and Kisan Diwas serves as an opportunity to express gratitude for their tireless efforts. As per the data of 2021, 43.96 % of Indian workforce worked in the agricultural sector. This figure is an important reminder of the importance this sector and the developments affecting it holds. It is important that we use this day to discuss issues such as agricultural policies, irrigation facilities, crop diversification, and the implementation of technology to enhance agricultural productivity.
As the nation celebrates Kisan Diwas, it is a moment to reflect on the vital role farmers play in sustaining the country and to reaffirm the collective responsibility of society and the government to ensure their well-being. Ultimately, the prosperity of a nation is intricately linked to the prosperity of its farmers. Today, let us not only recognise the struggles of our kisans but also renew the commitment to the welfare of the agricultural community as a whole.