Kisan Diwas is widely celebrated in India on December 23rd. This holiday is dedicated to farmers and commemorates the birthday of Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth Prime Minister of India. The date is celebrated with great enthusiasm and on a large scale!
Charan Singh was born into a simple peasant family in 1902. He graduated from high school and was admitted to the University of Agra to study law. Later, he began his own business in Ghaziabad. During the period of Indian independence, Charan faced major career setbacks due to open opposition to the incumbent Prime Minister. In 1967, he created his own party. In 1975, a state of emergency was declared in the country, and Charan was subjected to repression. After two years, he was exonerated and took up the post of Minister of the Interior. In 1979, he lost the support of the government and resigned. Five years later, he had a stroke and soon passed away.
Throughout his career, Charan paid great attention to the development of agriculture. He worked hard to improve the situation of the peasants, earning him great respect, especially in Uttar Pradesh, the state in which he was born. It is no surprise that his personality has become the cornerstone of National Day.
Did you know that in India:
- There is more arable land than anywhere else in the world.
- Agriculture accounts for 18% of GDP.
- 60% of the population works in the agricultural sector.
- It has a lot of livestock, making it one of the largest exporters in this sector.
How to take part
On Kisan Diwas, people buy products directly from farmers, as most of the profits go to distributors, shops, and corporations. Farms are visited to express gratitude to their employees. Some people even try their hand at farming, planting greens, berries, and vegetables.
When is Kisan Diwas celebrated in 2023?
Kisan Diwas is observed on December 23 each year.