Didar Singh Gill, 84, of Chak Khere Vala village near Jalalabad, is switching channels on his TV. On one channel, he sees his grandson Shubman Gill playing for the country in Australia. And at the same time he is watching what is happening on the Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana. Some members of his family on the border are involved in the protest against the government’s new agricultural policy. Shubman’s father Lakhwinder Singh told our associate newspaper Times of India, “My father also wanted to be a part of this protest movement but because of his age I did not let him go.”
At a time when farmer movements are in the news, Shubman has been very active on social media for the past few weeks. He is speaking very openly in support of the farmers.
Lakhwinder said, “When Shubman raised his voice against the bill, we were not surprised. He has not forgotten his roots because he has spent much of his childhood in the village. He has seen his grandfather, father and uncle working in the fields. He himself has experience of this and knows why opposition from farmers matters. ‘
Shubman, a 21-year-old opener, lived in his village until he was 9 years old. He then shifted to Mohali with his parents to pursue a cricket career.
Lakhwinder was asked as he comes from a family of farmers. Was there any pressure on this young cricketer to support the movement, Lakhwinder said, “Of course not. This is not the case at all. Shubman knows what he is doing and why. He is very much connected to his village and started playing cricket in the same fields.