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Haryana village women send 1,001 rakhis to US President Donald Trump, PM Modi

PublishedAug 6, 2017, 8:07 pm IST
Village’, in Nuh of Haryana are looking to seal kinship with the US President Donald Trump by sending him 1,001 …
Village’, in Nuh of Haryana are looking to seal kinship with the US President Donald Trump by sending him 1,001 rakhis. The women are also sending the same number of rakhis to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The rakhis, made by Muslim schoolgirls and women of the village, have pictures of Trump and PM Modi on them. In June, NGO Sulabh International adopted Marora and renamed it ‘Trump village’ after it started a programme to build toilets there. The name was not taken officially as controversies followed but the village does receive the benefits of Trump’s name being attached with it. One of the students said they have accepted Trump as their brother. Shabrul, a 14-year-old student, said, “We started making these rakhis on August 1, and finished them in only five days. We enjoyed it.” Three of the girls will visit the PMO on Monday to personally deliver the rakhis to PM Modi. Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak said they came up with the idea of making rakhis to promote brotherhood and unity. “The rakhis were sent to President Trump by Air India cargo on Saturday.”

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Mathura, Aug 6 (PTI) Widows from Vrindavan would tie rakhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wrist in Delhi tomorrow on the occasion of Rakshabandhan that celebrates the brother-sister bond.

A special programme was organised at the five-century-old Gopinath temple in Vrindavan, where rakhis were packed in beautifully decorated baskets carrying sweets.

Widows living in Vrindavan’s ‘Meera Sahabhinini’ ashram made a major contribution in the making of these scared threads.

The programme was organized by Sulabh International, a non-governmental organization, taking care of 1,000 widows of Vrindavan, Varanasi and Uttarakhand since 2012.

Madan Jha, media in-charge of the organization, said, “Tomorrow, on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, 5 widows from Vrindavan will visit the prime minister’s residence in Delhi and tie rakhi to him.”

Around 1,500 hand-made rakhis would be given to the prime minister.

94-year-old Manu Ghosh, while showing a rakhi carrying a picture of the prime minister, said, “I have made this rakhi with my own hands and I am very excited to tie it on the prime minister’s wrist.”

Vineeta Verma, the vice-president of the organisation, said, “A green signal has been received from the Prime Minister’s Office. A team of these women and social workers will be leaving for Delhi today.

Source : http://www.ptinews.com/news/8959909_Vrindavan-widows-to-tie-rakhi-on-PM-Modi-s-wrist.html

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Madan Jha, media in-charge of the organization, said, “Tomorrow, on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, 5 widows from Vrindavan will visit the prime minister’s residence in Delhi and tie rakhi to him”

mathura, Aug 6 Widows from Vrindavan would tie rakhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s wrist in Delhi tomorrow on the occasion of Rakshabandhan that celebrates the brother-sister bond.

A special programme was organised at the five-century-old Gopinath temple in Vrindavan, where rakhis were packed in beautifully decorated baskets carrying sweets.

Widows living in Vrindavan’s ‘Meera Sahabhinini’ ashram made a major contribution in the making of these scared threads.

The programme was organized by Sulabh International, a non-governmental organization, taking care of 1,000 widows of Vrindavan, varanasi and Uttarakhand since 2012.

Madan Jha, media in-charge of the organization, said, “Tomorrow, on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, 5 widows from Vrindavan will visit the prime minister’s residence in Delhi and tie rakhi to him.”

Around 1,500 hand-made rakhis would be given to the prime minister.

94-year-old Manu Ghosh, while showing a rakhi carrying a picture of the prime minister, said, “I have made this rakhi with my own hands and I am very excited to tie it on the prime minister’s wrist.”

Vineeta Verma, the vice-president of the organisation, said, “A green signal has been received from the Prime Minister’s Office. A team of these women and social workers will be leaving for Delhi today.”

Source : https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/vrindavan-widows-to-tie-rakhi-on-pm-modis-wrist/1117737

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Tehreem Fatima
First published: 6 August, 2017 7:26 PM

Warsheeda, 20, along with 34 other girls from the village of Marora in the backward Mewat region of Haryana has made about 1,000 rakhis and have sent these sacred threads to the US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan.

“We have made these Rakhis for US President Donald Trump on this pious festival so that relationship between the two countries continue to flourish,” says Warsheeda.

This Muslim Majority village has been “symbolically” named after US President Donald Trump as a “gesture to further strengthen the US-India ties”, says the NGO which has adopted this village.

The village has been in news since NGO Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) chief, Bindeshwar Pathak, declared that it will be named as ‘Trump’s village.

However, the district administration has called the renaming of the village illegal and asked the organisation to remove boards stating the new title.

But today, with the support of all the village elders, these young girls gathered and collectively presented the rakhis to the US president and to the Indian Prime Minister.

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As the young girls aspire to get educated, they trust Prime Minister Modi like their brother, for they believe he will help them pursue their dreams. These girls face a lot of social barriers as most of them are not allowed to take up their higher education after the primary level.

I have dropped out of school after my 8th standard as my parents did not allow me to travel out of the village to pursue my higher education. Our school only has classes till the 5th standard
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She added that one of the reason her parents did not allow her to take up higher education was because her father is a labourer and affordability was an issue.

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Samista along with other girls from the village want to study. “If we have a school in our village, we can study more. This Rakshabandhan, we want to convey this message to our Prime Minister through these rakhis,” Samista added.

The village has a population of 1,800 people and is just 60 km from Gurgaon.

For the welfare of the village, the NGO has been conducting many events for the women and the young girls of the village

NGO Member

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The rakhis have photos of Donald Trump and Narendra Modi, which were sent today through cargo so that it reaches the US president on 7 August, the day of Rakshabandhan. The villagers are also sending invitations to the two leaders to visit their village.

Widows of the village have also expressed a desire to meet Modi on Rakshabandhan at his residence in the national capital

The NGO has also recently constructed 95 toilets in the Marora village as part of PM Modi’s flagship programme Swachh Bharat Mission.

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The village has 140 houses and only 45 of them were equipped with toilet facility. Sulabh constructed the remaining 95 toilets, says the member NGO.

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Ten of the ashram inmates will visit Delhi on Monday to present basketfuls of sweets and rakhis to PM modi.

INDIA Updated: Aug 06, 2017 18:23 IST

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Widows of Vrindavan show their “Modi Rakhis” during a function organised by Sulabh International at Gopinath Temple in on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

Elderly widows at an ashram in Vrindavan plan to present their “brother” Prime Minister Narendra Modi over 1,500 ‘rakhis’ on Raksha Bandhan on Monday.

The rakhis, displaying pictures of Modi, were prepared by the inmates of Meera Sahabhagini ashram.

Ten of the ashram inmates will visit Delhi on Monday to present basketfuls of sweets and rakhis to “brother Modi” on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan that celebrates the love between brothers and sisters.

Sulabh International vice-president Vinita Verma said: “We are awaiting a communication from the Prime Minister’s Office to our request for permission to visit the Prime Minister’s residence to tie rakhis on Modi’s wrist.”

Source : http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/vrindavan-widows-prepare-1-500-rakhis-for-brother-modi/story-wmqN0gpFXiwGMen0Yp7KuM.html

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Gurgaon: He may not have heard of Raksha Bandhan, but the women and girls of a remote Muslim-dominated village “symbolically” named by an NGO after US president Donald Trump will send him 1001 sacred threads on the Hindu festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond.

The gesture by the residents of Marora village in the backward Mewat region represents the “wish of the people that ties are further strengthened between India and the US”, says the NGO which has adopted the village.

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File image of US president Donald Trump. AP

The village had come into limelight after Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) chief Bindeshwar Pathak had announced to name it ‘Trump’s village’.

The district administration had later said the move to rename the village was “illegal”, forcing the organisation members to remove boards mentioning the new name.

They said signage boards and banners carrying the new name of the village and image of Trump had been removed by the organisation.

The village, with a population of 1,800 people, lies under Punhana tehshil, some 60 km from Gurgaon.

“The NGO has been conducting many welfare programs for women and girls in the village,” Monica Jain, vice president of the NGO, said.

“These students have made 1,001 rakhis with photos of Donald Trump and 501 rakhis for Narendra Modi. Women and girls of the village consider them their elder brothers,” she said.

The consignment of rakhis was sent yesterday through cargo so that it reached the US president on Raksha Bandhan on 7 August. The villagers are also sending invitations to the two leaders to visit the village.

Widows of the village have also expressed a desire to meet Modi on Raksha Bandhan at his residence in the national capital and tie rakhis.

“I have made 150 rakhis within three days for Trump bhaiyaa. I have also written a letter to be sent to the White House that the girls of your village want you to visit it with prime minister Modi,” said 15-year-old Rekha Rani, a resident of the village.

Sulabh had recently constructed 95 toilets in Marora to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship program to make every village in the country open defecation free.

The village has 140 houses and only 45 of them were equipped with toilet facility. Sulabh constructed the remaining 95 toilets, Jain said.

Published Date: Aug 05, 2017 02:49 pm | Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 03:21 pm

Source : http://www.firstpost.com/world/brother-donald-trump-us-president-to-get-1001-rakhis-from-women-of-a-remote-haryana-village-3897403.html

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After ten days of name change, the district administration removed the signboard stating that the rule for changing a village’s name was not followed.

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New Delhi, July 21: The residents of the Manora Village which is situated in Mewat district of Haryana claim that their village is losing its identity due to another village with the same near Hodal, in the same district about 30 kilometres away.

However, the village got a new identity last month when it was renamed to ‘Trump Village’.

Reports suggest that it has been named after the 45th President of USA to mark the friendship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump. The village was renamed on June 18 during an event organised by Sulabh International in the village.

“We are not changing the name, just giving it a nickname. This will attract government and private entities to the village and bring in development,” says Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh.

Earlier, Pathak said that the move to rename the village was aimed at encouraging businessmen to adopt villages in India to promote sanitation.

“If every businessman and NRI decides to adopt a village in India, we can see a turnaround. I hope more and more people will come forward to help for the cause of sanitation,” added Pathak.

He also expressed hope that the gesture would strengthen ties between the two nations.

As per a report by Indian Express, after ten days of name change, the district administration removed the signboard stating that the rule for changing a village’s name was not followed. Speaking to the paper, Deputy Commissioner Mani Ram Sharma said, “Permission was not sought before changing the name. As per the rulebook, this cannot be done.” However, as many as 140 families living in the village have stressed that they wanted to retain the new name. These families also believe that it has given them a new identity and a hope for development.

“Till about a month ago we had to go to the fields, but the government declared our village open defecation free last year without even scanning our village,” told a farmer to IE, adding, “the name of the village was changed at Sulabh event on June 18 and right after it the Sulabh authorities built toilets and skill centre for women.” A youngster told the paper that no one knew their village before but after giving a new name to it, people do recognise their native place.

As of now, the name of the village is Trump. In a letter penned by Sulabh International to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, it has requested to allow the name change. Pathak, said, “Marora just got a nickname that will fascinate private entities to develop the village.”

Besides construction of toilets, the villagers hope to get round the clock power supply. The young population of the village is happy seeing the name change as this will make their hometown appear on Google Maps.

Source : http://www.indiasamvad.co.in/states-metros/trump-village-residents-urge-authorities-for-name-change-23285

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The villagers also believe the same would bring in 24×7 water supply and electricity in village

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Haryana villagers write to CM Khattar; want village to be named after Donald Trump

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New Delhi: United States’ 45th President Donald Trump has a new set of followersthis time in Marora village that falls in the Mewat district of Haryanawhose natives have been pressing to change the name of their village to ‘Trump Village’.

The village was renamed on June 18 during an event organised by Sulabh International in the village, where a signboard was placed which said – “Welcome to Trump Village”. The reports suggest that the demand came as an aftermath of the growing friendship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States’ President Donald Trump.

As per reports, the demand for renaming the village was denied by the village, who said that the demand doesn’t comply with the rules and regulations.

As per the villagers, the new name would bring in development in the village and would lead to construction of toilets as well. They are of belief that it would also give them a unique identity.

The villagers also aspire to see their village get a 24×7 water supply and to be listed on Google Maps.

As of now the name of the village is –Trump. Sulabh International has written a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, where they have requested him to change the name.

Source : http://www.abplive.in/india-news/haryana-villagers-writes-to-cm-khattar-want-village-to-be-named-after-donald-trump-554569

 

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A village in the Indian state of Haryana has recently been officially renamed “Trump village,” after the US president. The change is part of an awareness campaign promoting sanitary facilities. Murali Krishnan reports.

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In the tiny village of Marora this week, a ceremony was held with all the trappings of a campaign event. Children lined up along the roads with placards of Donald Trump, village elders were dressed in their finest clothes and loudspeakers belted out devotional music and decorative billboards adorned the walls.

It is an odd coincidence, considering the US President’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, that 80 percent of  “Trump village’s” residents are Muslim.

Located in Mewat district in the state of Haryana, around 85 kilometers from the capital New Delhi, most of the village’s 2,000 residents seem not to be bothered by the renaming of their home as “Trump village.”

As part of the ceremony, the village celebrated newly built toilets and a vocational training center for women. Many villagers are poor laborers or construction workers and welcome the small improvements the facilities bring.

“What does it matter if the village has a new name?” a village official, Shukat Ali, questioned. “We want development like schools and better roads. We have no objection otherwise,” he told DW.

“I do not care if Trump is a Muslim baiter. All I know is he is against Muslims who cause violence and destroy countries. He is the president of a powerful country,” a villager named Zorauddin told DW.

Sanitation sensation

The idea to rebrand Marora “Trump village” was a promotional concept in connection with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make villages in India free from open defecation by 2019.

Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Indian water and sanitation charity Sulabh International, told DW about how he came up with the idea for Trump village.

“The idea was born when I was in the US recently,” said Pathak. “Trump’s slogan is ‘Make America Great Again’ and our Modi’s credo is ‘Make in India’ so I thought why not make a humble beginning honoring the friendship of the two.”

Pathak and his NGO are well known for their work on sanitation and he is one of the brand ambassadors for Modi’s Clean India Campaign. Sulabh International has also been granted consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council.

Puneet Ahluwalia, vice-chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee in the US and a member of Trump’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee, was also present at the occasion and inaugurated some of the newly built toilets.

“He is the leader of the free world,” Ahluwalia told DW. “This is a great tribute and there are shared ideals between both countries. It will take a while for the name to sink in but it will happen.”

Only 20 out of 165 houses in “Trump village” have toilets. The ultimate objective, organizers said, is to make the village free from open defecation and provide it with complete toilet coverage in the coming months.

What is in a name?

The renaming of the village was complicated last month ahead of PM Modi’s meeting with President Trump in Washington. At the time, the organizers went ahead with rebranding the village but did not obtain permission from the district administration.

Ten days later, local authorities removed the new welcome sign and pulled down the posters, saying the rules for changing a village’s name had not been followed.

But for the latest ceremonial rebranding, the organizers were better prepared. The Trump connection was renewed, especially after the Haryana government, too, announced its rural areas are to be made free of open defecation.

Despite the good intentions of organizers, some of the locals are not happy with the name change.

“The US president is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Naming our village after him will send the wrong signals and not bring us fame or international attention,” Ayub Bhai, a village elder told DW.

Similar sentiments were expressed by college student Abdul Ahmed who said Trump was only keen on having places and institutions named after him.

“Does he even know where Mewat is or for that matter Haryana?” Ahmed asked.

President Trump has a fair share of supporters in India, mostly Hindu nationalists, who feel that he will save the world from Islamic terror. In the run-up to his election last year, many offered prayers and then burst into wild celebrations, and organized rallies in Mumbai and New Delhi following his victory. Even during his election campaign, Trump tried to woo Indian-American voters and released a campaign advertisement in Hindi.

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 21, 2017, 12.03 PM (IST)

A village in Haryana, Marora in Mewat, renamed itself “Trump Village”, reportedly to honour the friendship between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, The Indian Express reports. The village was renamed because another village within 30 kilomtres had the same name, and it was this second village that turned up on Google Map searches.

The renaming came at a function organised by Sulabh International on June 18. A new signboard was put up declaring “Welcome to Trump Village.”

Perhaps appropriately given the nature of Trump’s controversial administration, the signboard was removed because it was found that the rules for changing a village name had not been followed.

Residents–about 140 families, mostly farmers–say they want to retain the name, saying it gave them “recognition” a “new identity” and hope for “development”. Indeed, now they have toilets.

One resident said no government official had visited the city before the name was changed, yet in 2016 had labelled it “Open-Defecation Free”. But since that function on June 18, Sulabh initiated a project to build toilets, and it’s taken hold. “Till about a month ago, we would go to the fields to relieve ourselves,” one resident, a farmer named Mukesh Lumberdar, told The Indian Express.

For now, the Trump sign is in storage, and the “Trump Village” moniker remains just a nickname. But this incident has already attracted the attention of developers, and residents hope to get regular electricity too. Currently, they get eight hours a day.

In other words, this incident will hopefully help put Marora, or “Trump Village”, on both the literal and figurative map.

Source : http://www.wionews.com/south-asia/haryana-village-renames-itself-trump-village-development-increases-18140