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AFP / Published : Jun 24, 2017
The symbolic gesture comes just days before Mr Modi’s first meeting with Mr Trump this weekend at the White House.
Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak with villagers in Haryana’s Mewat village, which has been dedicated to US President Donald Trump. (Photo: GN Jha)

Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak with villagers in Haryana’s Mewat village, which has been dedicated to US President Donald Trump. (Photo: GN Jha)

Marora: A rural Indian settlement with little electricity or running water renamed itself Trump Village on Friday in an unusual gesture to the American President ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington.

A huge billboard declaring “Welcome to Trump Village” in Hindi and English, accompanied with a beaming portrait of the US President, was unveiled in the tiny hamlet, officially known as Marora, in the largely agricultural Haryana.

Large posters of Mr Trump adorned with marigold flowers were placed throughout the village, which mainly has mud-brick houses, for a renaming ceremony presided over by village heads and an Indian charity.

But despite the bold lettering greeting visitors at the arched village gateway, the name change is not official or sanctioned by the government.

The symbolic gesture comes just days before Mr Modi’s first meeting with Mr Trump this weekend at the White House.

The water and sanitation group, Sulabh which has been installing toilets in the impoverished settlement, suggested the name change to the local council.

Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said the idea sprang to mind during a recent visit to the US.

“I was speaking there and I thought why not in the name of Mr Trump?” Mr Pathak said, adding other villages in the region had also been renamed in recent years.

Aziz Ahmed, a villager, said he was sure the new name would stick even without official approval.

“They will only call it Trump Village. Everyone in the village is very happy about it,” he said.

Children at the village waved placards of Mr Modi and Mr Trump and a huge banner of the US President describing his Indian counterpart as “very energetic”.

The leaders of the world’s two-largest democracies exchanged pleasantries in a phone call in January when Mr Trump invited Mr Modi to the White House.

Ties between New Delhi and Washington warmed during the Obama years as India sought greater foreign investment and trade deals with Western nations.

During his election campaign, Mr Trump courted Indian-American voters and even released a campaign advertisement in Hindi.

There have been other at times bizarre overtures from India towards Mr Trump and the US.

A small Hindu group marked the occasion of Mr Trump’s 71st birthday last week by feeding a giant poster of the president slices of cake in the heart of New Delhi.

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Bagish Jha | TNN | Updated: Jun 24, 2017

 

MEWAT: The world’s most powerful person and Marora, a tiny village in Haryana’s most backward district, now have something in common. The name Trump.

Marora was named Trump gaon (village), after US President Donald Trump, on Friday by Sulabh International to highlight its project to turn the village fully open-defecation free (ODF), or give it 100% toilet coverage.

The day, and the fanfare that accompanied the naming, brought a sense of occasion to Marora and its 2,000-odd residents, as well as a touch of irony. Given the US President’s views on the community, it’s unlikely that any other Muslim-dominated village anywhere in the world will be named after him. Eighty per cent of Marora is Muslim.

But on Friday, people of Marora stood in front of large posters of a smiling Trump and smiled for the cameras. It wasn’t a name they had heard before, forget his views. In the moment, it was a face that had brought fame to their village and that’s all that mattered. Trump will, however, only be a nickname, a publicity exercise to draw the world’s attention to Marora.

Village sarpanch Shaukat Ali said they were not bothered about Trump’s views on Muslims. “We are happy the new name will bring development to our village,” he said. “Sulabh has promised to construct a toilet in each house, an approach road to the school, a community centre and free education for children of widows,” he added. “In the village, more than 75% of families belong to below poverty level, so development is our only concern. As long as the name brings development to the village, we have no objection,” said Jabbar Khan, former sarpanch.

Marora has 165 families. Only 20 out of 165 houses have toilets. Residents hope Trump’s name will bring development to the village, which has only one primary school and no concrete road.

The nicknaming was done by Sulabh (the full name is ‘Trump Sulabh Village’) with the gram panchayat’s consent. Sulabh founder and chief Bindeshwar Pathak believes the move will help highlight India’s steps to improve sanitation at the global level and also give a fillip to Indo-US relations ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with the President Trump in Washington on June 26. “In India, people have multiple names, so Trump will be an additional name for the village,” Pathak told TOI.

Pathak had announced his intention to name an Indian village after Trump at a community event, attended by Republicans and Democrats, in the suburbs of Washington DC. “I was giving my presentation on sanitation when this thought came to my mind. I made the announcement and it was well received by people,” he said. An Indian-origin member of the US President’s Asian Advisory Committee, Puneet Ahluwalia, will soon visit Marora, he added.

Marora panchayat has three villages — Marora, Nizampur and Jhawa. Most villagers are landless labourers who earn their livelihood either working at fields or construction sites.

Marora is not the only village in Haryana to be named after an American president. In 1978, Daulatpur Nasirabad, a village in in Gurgaon, became Carterpuri after then US President Jimmy Carter visited with his wife.

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24 June, 2017

Toilet charity Sulabh International has named a village after US President Donald Trump.

According to the founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak, the village in Nuhu district in the Mewat region of Haryana has been renamed to provide a fillip to Indo-American friendship and Swacch Bharat initiative.

According to a press release of Sulabh Administration, posted on the internet on June 23, the village named after President Trump was a gesture meant to honour relations with the US and for support to improve sanitation in India. However, the new name of the village is not official, therefore, it will not appear on maps.

The children of the village gathered around a photograph of Trump during the renaming ceremony of Trump Sulabh Village in Maroda of Haryana and hailed Trump through sloganeering. However, it is being held by many that it is a mere publicity and advocacy gimmick.

Sulabh International, founded in 1970 by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, is a social service organization for promoting human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education.

Pathak has been honoured nationally and internationally for his exemplary work with awards such as the Padma Bhushan (1991), International Saint Francis Prize for the Environment-“Canticle of All Creatures” (1992), Bombay Citizen’s Award (1992), Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award  (1994), Babu Jagjivan Ram Award for abolishing scavenging (1997), and Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Award  (2003).

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Publish Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

जागरण संवाददाता, नूंह : सुलभ इंटरनेशल सोशल सर्विस आर्गनाइजेशन ने नूंह जिले के मरोड़ा ग्राम पंचाय

जागरण संवाददाता, नूंह : सुलभ इंटरनेशल सोशल सर्विस आर्गनाइजेशन ने नूंह जिले के मरोड़ा ग्राम पंचायत को गोद लेकर उसे अमेरिका के राष्ट्रपति डोनल्ड ट्रंप के नाम से जोड़कर पूरे देश में स्वच्छता का संदेश दिया है। आर्गनाइजेशन के संस्थापक डॉ. ¨वदेश्वर पाठक मरोड़ा पहुंचकर इसका शुभारंभ किया। डॉ. पाठक ने कहा महात्मा गांधी के बाद प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने स्वच्छता की संस्कृति को बदलकर नई पहचान दी है। आज देश में स्वच्छता क्रांति आ गई है। अब हमें 1968 में देखा हुआ अपना सपना साकार होता नजर आ रहा है। स्वच्छता की संस्कृति में बड़ा बदलाव लाने वाले प्रधानमंत्री इसके लिए बधाई के पात्र हैं। उम्मीद है कि यही रफ्तार रही तो हमारा मुल्क 2019 तक खुले में शौच मुक्त हो जाएगा। उन्होंने कहा यूं तो सुलभ इंटरनेशनल देश भर में सुलभ शौचालयों के द्वारा स्वच्छता को बढ़ावा देने के लिए प्रयास कर रहे हैं लेकिन सरकार ने इस क्षेत्र में पिछले दो-तीन वर्षों में जो क्रांतिकारी कार्य किया है, इससे देश को नई दिशा व बेहतर सेहत मिलेगी। उन्होंने साफ किया मरोड़ा गांव का मूलनाम मरोड़ा ही रहेगा, हमने अपनी तरफ से अब इसका नाम ट्रंप सुलभ ग्राम रखा है। ताकि दुनिया के सबसे शक्तिशाली व्यक्ति के नाम से लोग प्रभावित हो सकें। वो अमेरिका गए थे तो उन्होंने ट्रंप के प्रतिनिधि से बातकर ट्रंप के नाम से एक ग्राम पंचायत गोद लेने की इच्छा जाहिर की थी, जिस पर उन्होंने सहमति जताई थी। हमने मरोड़ा पंचायत को ये नाम दिया है। हम यहां हर घर में शौचालय, स्कूल व मदरसा का सुधार, पंचायत भवन, गलियों को पक्का करने के अलावा विधवाओं के बच्चों के उत्थान के लिए काम करेंगे। लड़कियों को आत्मनिर्भर बनाने के लिए सिलाई-कढ़ाई, ब्यूटीपार्लर में दक्ष करेंगे।

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MARORA, India A toilet charity has renamed a village in Haryana after U.S. President Donald Trump as part of a promotional push to raise cash and support for better sanitation.Aid group Sulabh International, which says it has built 1.5 million toilets across the country, has set up “Trump Village” signs around the small community in Haryana, each bearing a grinning portrait of the president.Neither the White House, nor the Trump family’s commercial empire, has given permission for the rebranding of the village, still better known locally as Marora, the charity said.But founder Bindeshwar Pathak said he hoped the gesture would win enough publicity and good will to at least raise awareness of a major social problem.

“Such a step might spur rich people, companies and other donors to come forward and donate money,” he said. “Once basic infrastructure is built here, the popularity of this village will grow and it will act as a motivational factor.”The change is purely symbolic – the name Marora will continue to appear on maps and signs.

But locals said they were prepared to embrace the new title, Trump Sulabh Village in its full form, and any good things it brought with it.”All our problems such as electricity and water will be addressed by renaming,” said resident Mohammed Joharuddin.

Village head Shaukat Ali also played along, saying he was grateful for the charity’s work. “A toilet is being constructed, a road is being built and community hall will also be built in the village,” he said. The event was organised as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to fly this weekend for his first meeting with Trump in Washington. The U.S. embassy in New Delhi said it was aware but referred further inquiries to Washington.Fewer than a third of India’s 1.3 billion people have access to sanitation. The United Nations estimates that half the population defecates outside – putting people at risk of cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid. (Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Vipin Das M; Editing by Douglas Busvine)

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Published Date: Jun 23, 2017 10:36 pm | Updated Date: Jun 23, 2017 10:36 pm

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By Emily Zanotti|4:08 pm, June 23, 2017

A tiny village in northern India is being renamed after Donald Trump in honor of his first visit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi—and to bring attention to a wave of new toilets being installed in some of India’s remote towns.

The not-for-profit Sulabh International helps villages far outside India’s major cities and that lack the basic infrastructure needed for sanitary plumbing to dig pit toilets. That keeps human waste from running into the water supply, and helps prevent the spread of disease.

Village elders in the newly minted Trump Sulabh Village agreed to rename their tiny hamlet in return for 60 free pit toilets—one for each dwelling in the village.

They have no idea who Trump is, some of the villagers told The Washington Post, but they’re happy for the toilets, and hope the program leads to more infrastructure funding.

Indian women gather to listen to a speaker next to a poster with the image of US President Donald Trump. (AFP/Getty Images)

The villagers were even taught to yell “Zindabad!” (“Long life!”) every time Trump’s name was mentioned during this week’s grand toilet unveiling.

Sulbah International’s president admitted to the media that the Trump moniker was a publicity stunt, but says that India’s situation is desperate. If it takes Trump’s name to draw attention to the lack of basic sanitary facilities, then the plan will have worked, he says.

“Trump is the president of the leading nation in the world, so that’s why I chose him,” he said.

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MARODA, India (AP) — A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India.

The new name, Trump Sulabh Village, is not official, and so will not appear on maps. The charity’s name is Sulabh International after the Hindi word for “accessible,” which is meant to describe the simple pit toilets it builds for free across a country that has too few.

Many of the 400 villagers said they had no idea who Trump is. But they are delighted that their village elders agreed to the promotional gimmick because it also means they will receive free toilets in each of the village’s 60 or so mud-built houses. None of the funding for the new toilets is coming from Trump or the U.S.

“I don’t understand why they couldn’t name it after our own prime minister,” said construction worker Sajid Hussain. Still, he’s happy for the toilet-building initiative and hopes it is followed with funding for education, electricity and other improvements.

For an inauguration attended by media Friday, organizers coached villagers to shout “Zindabad!” which means “Long live!” each time they shouted Trump’s name. The ceremony was staged just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Washington, D.C., for a sit-down with Trump.

The charity’s founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, acknowledged that naming the village after Trump was a stunt aimed at drawing more attention — and hopefully funding — for their efforts to improve sanitation across India.

“Trump is the president of the leading nation in the world, so that’s why I chose him,” he said.

The fact that there are few toilets in the dusty village of Maroda, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of New Delhi, is not unusual. More than 60 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion people still defecate in the open, and dysentery kills hundreds of millions of children every year.

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Indian village women stand next to a photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump displayed in Trump Sulabh Village, in Maroda, India, Friday, June 23, 2017. A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. Photo: Tsering Topgyal, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Indian village women stand next to a photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump displayed in Trump Sulabh Village, in Maroda, India, Friday, June 23, 2017. A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. Photo: Tsering Topgyal, AP

MARODA, India (AP) — A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India.

The new name, Trump Sulabh Village, is not official, and so will not appear on maps. The charity’s name is Sulabh International after the Hindi word for “accessible,” which is meant to describe the simple pit toilets it builds for free across a country that has too few.

Many of the 400 villagers said they had no idea who Trump is. But they are delighted that their village elders agreed to the promotional gimmick because it also means they will receive free toilets in each of the village’s 60 or so mud-built houses. None of the funding for the new toilets is coming from Trump or the U.S.

A photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed at the entrance of Trump Sulabh Village in Maroda, India, Friday, June 23, 2017. A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. Photo: Tsering Topgyal, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

A photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed at the entrance of Trump Sulabh Village in Maroda, India, Friday, June 23, 2017. A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. Photo: Tsering Topgyal, AP

“I don’t understand why they couldn’t name it after our own prime minister,” said construction worker Sajid Hussain. Still, he’s happy for the toilet-building initiative and hopes it is followed with funding for education, electricity and other improvements.

For an inauguration attended by media Friday, organizers coached villagers to shout “Zindabad!” which means “Long live!” each time they shouted Trump’s name. The ceremony was staged just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Washington, D.C., for a sit-down with Trump.

The charity’s founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, acknowledged that naming the village after Trump was a stunt aimed at drawing more attention — and hopefully funding — for their efforts to improve sanitation across India.

“Trump is the president of the leading nation in the world, so that’s why I chose him,” he said.

Indian workers set up a tent for the inauguration of Trump Sulabh Village, in Maroda, India, Friday, June 23, 2017. A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. Photo: Tsering Topgyal, AP / Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Indian workers set up a tent for the inauguration of Trump Sulabh Village, in Maroda, India, Friday, June 23, 2017. A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. Photo: Tsering Topgyal, AP

The fact that there are few toilets in the dusty village of Maroda, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of New Delhi, is not unusual. More than 60 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion people still defecate in the open, and dysentery kills hundreds of millions of children every year.

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Vaishnavee Sharma, The Associated Press

MARODA, India — A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honour relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India.

The new name, Trump Sulabh Village, is not official, and so will not appear on maps. The charity’s name is Sulabh International after the Hindi word for “accessible,” which is meant to describe the simple pit toilets it builds for free across a country that has too few.

Many of the 400 villagers said they had no idea who Trump is. But they are delighted that their village elders agreed to the promotional gimmick because it also means they will receive free toilets in each of the village’s 60 or so mud-built houses. None of the funding for the new toilets is coming from Trump or the U.S.

“I don’t understand why they couldn’t name it after our own prime minister,” said construction worker Sajid Hussain. Still, he’s happy for the toilet-building initiative and hopes it is followed with funding for education, electricity and other improvements.

For an inauguration attended by media Friday, organizers coached villagers to shout “Zindabad!” which means “Long live!” each time they shouted Trump’s name. The ceremony was staged just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Washington, D.C., for a sit-down with Trump.

The charity’s founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, acknowledged that naming the village after Trump was a stunt aimed at drawing more attention — and hopefully funding — for their efforts to improve sanitation across India.

“Trump is the president of the leading nation in the world, so that’s why I chose him,” he said.

The fact that there are few toilets in the dusty village of Maroda, about 70 kilometres (44 miles) north of New Delhi, is not unusual. More than 60 per cent of the country’s 1.3 billion people still defecate in the open, and dysentery kills hundreds of millions of children every year.

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MARODA, India (AP) – A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India.

The new name, Trump Sulabh Village, is not official, and so will not appear on maps. The charity’s name is Sulabh International after the Hindi word for “accessible,” which is meant to describe the simple pit toilets it builds for free across a country that has too few.

Many of the 400 villagers said they had no idea who Trump is. But they are delighted that their village elders agreed to the promotional gimmick because it also means they will receive free toilets in each of the village’s 60 or so mud-built houses. None of the funding for the new toilets is coming from Trump or the U.S.

A photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed at the entrance of Trump Sulabh Village in Maroda, India, Friday, June 23, 2017. A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

A photograph of U.S. President Donald Trump is displayed at the entrance of Trump Sulabh Village in Maroda, India, Friday, June 23, 2017. A toilet charity is leading an effort to rename a tiny, north Indian village after President Donald Trump, saying the gesture is meant to honor relations with the U.S. and draw support for better sanitation in India. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

“I don’t understand why they couldn’t name it after our own prime minister,” said construction worker Sajid Hussain. Still, he’s happy for the toilet-building initiative and hopes it is followed with funding for education, electricity and other improvements.

For an inauguration attended by media Friday, organizers coached villagers to shout “Zindabad!” which means “Long live!” each time they shouted Trump’s name. The ceremony was staged just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Washington, D.C., for a sit-down with Trump.

The charity’s founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, acknowledged that naming the village after Trump was a stunt aimed at drawing more attention – and hopefully funding – for their efforts to improve sanitation across India.

“Trump is the president of the leading nation in the world, so that’s why I chose him,” he said.

The fact that there are few toilets in the dusty village of Maroda, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) north of New Delhi, is not unusual. More than 60 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion people still defecate in the open, and dysentery kills hundreds of millions of children every year.

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