GLIMPSES FROM LIFE & TIMES OF BABA BAKHORAN DASS

JAAGO RE

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On 22nd September of 2015, we had a wonderful experience after visiting an unique site at RAWI known for root bridge (an unique creation of nature at Indo-Bangladesh border) in Meghalaya state nearly 80 KM away from Shillong – the capital of this tiny state. Name of this village is  Mowlynnong. It is situated in Pynursla Block of East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya. It contains 95 households with a population about 500+ and literacy rate 100%. Agriculture is the main occupation and betel nut is the main crop. The waste is collected in the bins made out of bamboos, directed to a pit and then used as manure.

Good cemented roads, nicely laid and maintained. Solar street lights, excellent Community Hall. Well dressed school kids returning home with loose neck tie and clean school uniform. This village is supposed to be the most clean village of Asia. It is A class example of ATITHI DEWO BHAWA. Apart from excellent sociology, good politics, is also a good example of good economics too in such a remote tribal village. Almost all dwellings have become an unit of HOME-STAY with provision of clean and cheap eatable of local taste which is relished by all. The village panchayat earns Rs.50.00 per vehicle. During the season when  visibility due to mist is less than 10 ft, and you cannot drive even during day time – say 1400 HRS with a speed of 5KMPH and nearest town is 80 KM, the villagers are ready for visitors’ meal within 10 minutes.

During our visit 6 vehicles were parked adding just Rs.300.00 at one given point to the kitty of Village panchayat.

No body is interested to  know which caste they belong, whether they are Backward or Forward or reserved category or un-reserved category. They are not rich – but they are Happy Human being and a proud Indian under Indian democracy. That is Incredible !ndia and Economics overwrites every thing.

Even after decades of independence, how many such villages and happy people in  MERA BHARAT MAHAAN? The leadership of the world’s greatest democracy has taken us to a point where every body is interested to be called as BACKWARD and RESERVATION is a right  for creating an army of  useless Baaboos.

We donot know

HOW MANY MORE FARMERS HAVE TO COMMIT SUICIDE DUE TO NON VIABLE AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS?

HOW MANY MORE SOLDIERS MUST DIE IN THE BATTLE BECAUSE THEIR ARMOUR HAS BEEN COMPROMISED EITHER TO MAKE WINE GOBLETS FOR THE LEADERS’ PLEASURE OR DUE TO POLICY PARALYSIS?

HOW MANY MORE FAMILY MEMBERS MUST CRY OVER THE CORPSES OF THEIR VIOLATED YOUNG DAUGHTERS?

…. and we the people rally behind bunch of jokers who are successfully making us FOOL stupid idiots in the name of caste/creed/community and what NOT?

Is it impossible to replicate? If NOT then why NOT?

Author: mahesh3006

A retired development banker with strong bias towards rural development through microcredit