Story by; Monu Singh (Radhe)
INDIA,Uttar Pradesh (Muzaffarnagar )
57 years old Vijay Singh’s protest entered in 23rd year has earned him a place in different record books. His protest is longest on going protest which is still continue even after two decades. But his goal remains as gloomy as ever. The teacher-turned activist sat on a dharna on the premises of Muzaffarnagar collectorate office on this day in 1996, to free 4,000 bighas of ‘gram sabha’
land from the clutches of land grabbers in his native village in Uttar Pradesh. Singh was 34 year old when he sat on dharna. He makes food, wash linen and do household jobs himself. He made temporary shed in collectorate office as his permanent address. Because of his longest serving protest, he got a place in the Limca Book of Records, the India Book of Records, the Asia Book of Records, and the Unique World Records.His long-protest, however, failed to push into action successive state governments. Failing to convince the district administration to act against the alleged land grabbers, Singh undertook a 610km march from Muzaffarnagar to Lucknow in 2012 to meet the newly elected young chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav.
On his part the CM assured to form a high-level committee to look into the matter. “Nothing happened even after the CM’s promise,” he said. The experience has left him disillusioned with the politicians and administration. “In this election season, all prominent political parties are promising a corruption-free society and good governance. But I don’t believe in any of their promises anymore,” he said. So, how long will he continue with his protest? The former school teacher has no answer to this. Singh told that he did not go to his house for last 23 years and he has not intouch with family for last 18 years. When asked about his source of income and his daily routine requirements, he told that his group of friend have been helping him financially for a long time.