By Justice Markandey Katju
In the Kishkindhakaand of Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas there are these lines :
कहइ रीछपति सुनु हनुमाना। का चुप साधि रहेहु बलवाना॥
पवन तनय बल पवन समाना। बुधि बिबेक बिग्यान निधाना॥
कवन सो काज कठिन जग माहीं। जो नहिं होइ तात तुम्ह पाहीं॥
राम काज लगि तव अवतारा। सुनतहिं भयउ पर्बताकारा॥
कनक बरन तन तेज बिराजा। मानहुं अपर गिरिन्ह कर राजा ॥
सिंहनाद करि बारहिं बारा। लीलहिं नाघउं जलनिधि खारा॥
सहित सहाय रावनहि मारी। आनउं इहां त्रिकूट उपारी॥
जामवंत मैं पूंछउं तोही। उचित सिखावनु दीजहु मोही॥
एतना करहु तात तुम्ह जाई। सीतहि देखि कहहु सुधि आई॥
तब निज भुज बल राजिवनैना। कौतुक लागि संग कपि सेना॥
These lines relate an incident after Lord Rama’s army reached the seashore at Rameshwaram.
Jambawant saw Hanumanji sitting alone in deep contemplation. Approaching him Jambawant, who is an embodiment of wisdom, said :
” Why are you silent?
You are the son of the wind god Pawan
And have the strength of Pawan
You are also full of wisdom
What is there in the world which you cannot do?
You were made to serve Lord Rama ”
On hearing these words, Hanumanji’s figure started growing and became as huge as a mountain. His body started shining like gold, and he started roaring like a lion, shouting that he will swallow and cross the sea. He then asked Jambavant to give him good advice, and at this Jambavantji told him to only go to Lanka and find out Sita’s welfare.
To my mind, the Indian farmers are like Hanumanji. Though over 70 crores ( 700 million), till now they were silent. But now they have realised their mighty power, woken up, and started roaring. Though full of wisdom, they have also modesty and restraint. So they have avoided violence, despite provocations.
Just as Hanumanji crossed the sea, I am sure the Indian farmers will triumph over all opposition and emerge victorious.