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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

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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

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The change, however, was shortlived. Ten days later, the district administration removed the new signboard, saying the rules for changing a village’s name had not been followed. “Permission was not sought before changing the name. As per the rulebook, this cannot be done,” says Mani Ram Sharma.

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The new signboard was taken down last month. Gajendra Yadav

Marora Village in Mewat district of Haryana had fallen off the map, say its residents. A search on Google Maps showed another village, also named Marora, near Hodal, in the same district, about 30 kilometres away. But the village got a new identity last month, when it was renamed “Trump Village” — reportedly in honour of the friendship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump — at a function organised by Sulabh International on June 18. A new signboard was put up outside the village. “Welcome to Trump Village,” it said.

The change, however, was shortlived. Ten days later, the district administration removed the new signboard, saying the rules for changing a village’s name had not been followed. “Permission was not sought before changing the name. As per the rulebook, this cannot be done,” says Mani Ram Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Nuh. But the 140-odd families living in the village — mostly farmers and labourers — want to retain the new name. They say that it gave them a “new identity”, “recognition” and hope for “development”. And toilets.

Mukesh Lumberdar, a farmer, says the government declared the village “Open Defecation Free” in 2016. “Nobody from the government visited the village or carried out any survey before declaring it open defecation free. Till about a month ago, we would go to the fields to relieve ourselves,” he says.

But that changed, with the change in name. As announced at the June 18 function, Sulabh initiated a project to build toilets in the village and a skill centre for the women. “We now have toilets,” says Lumberdar. “Nobody knew about our village. When we said Marora, everyone thought it was the other village near Hodal,” says Mohammad Irshad, a 19-year-old college student.

For now, the village has returned to its old name. The new signboard has been stored away. Another signboard has been painted blue, but left blank. Sulabh International has written to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, asking him to allow the name change. “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.

“I did not know about the rule (for changing the name of a village). But if the Collector says so, he must be right… Every home now has a toilet, so we are happy,” says Shaukat Ali, the pradhan of the village. The villagers have some new development goals now. “I hope we start getting regular electricity supply. In 24 hours, we get just eight hours of supply,” says Lumberdar.

“Trump Village gaon ka naam banjata hai toh shayad Google Maps mein bhi naam aajata (If the village is renamed as Trump Village, maybe we will figure on Google Maps too),” says Irshad. Meanwhile, Abdul Hai, a Class 10 student, is ready with his homework. “Donald Trump America ke rashtrapati hai. Unki patni ka naam Melania Trump hai (Donald Trump is the President of America. His wife’s name is Melania Trump,” he tells a group of elders. “I learnt this last month after the name of the village was changed, so that if anyone asked, I would be ready to explain the origin of the name,” he says.

Source : http://indianexpress.com/article/india/haryana-village-presses-for-name-change-trump-gave-us-identity-4760393/

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Puneet Ahluwalia, a member of the US President’s Asian Advisory Committeee, visited the ‘Trump Village’.

Puneet Ahluwalia, a member of the US President’s Asian Advisory Committeee, visited the ‘Trump Village’.

 

GURUGRAM: Marora’s on and off relationship with the United State and its president continues.

It had suddenly shot into international fame last month as ‘Trump Village’ after a well-publicised function where it was renamed after US president. But within days, posters declaring the new name, alongside cutouts of a smiling President Trump, were brought down by the local administration, which said the name changing exercise was illegal and did not have proper permissions.

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  • Marora’s Trump connection was renewed when Puneet Ahluwalia, a member of the US President’s Asian Advisory Committee visited the village.
  • Ahluwalia inaugurated newly built toilets and vocational training centre for women a girl’s of the village.

But on Tuesday, Marora’s Trump connection was renewed when Puneet Ahluwalia, a member of the US President’s Asian Advisory Committee visited this tiny village in Mewat, Haryana’s most backward district.

Ahluwalia inaugurated newly built toilets and vocational training centre for women a girl’s of the village. “I feel privilege to part of the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make villages free from open defecation,” said Ahulwalia talking to TOI.

The toilets have been built by Sulabh International, which has undertaken the renaming exercise. Marora village has 165 families and total population of around 2000.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/after-naming-row-us-president-aide-visits-trump-village/articleshow/59662524.cms

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TRUMP VILLAGE (HARYANA), JULY 18 (UNI):- Puneet Ahluwalia, Member of Trump Asian Pacefic American Advisory Committee of Ruling Republican Party, America, with Sulabh Internation Founder Bindeshwar Pathak, after inaugurating newly constructed toilets during his visit at Marora at Trump Village, (A village dedicated to India-America Friendship), in Nuhu District Haryana on Tuesday. Marora at Trump village adopted for devlopment by Sulabh International and dedicate to it American President Donald Trump. UNI PHOTO- 161u
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GRACE CARR / 07/18/2017

A toilet charity that renamed an Indian village after President Donald Trump held a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the naming, contrary to the wishes of Indian officials.

The Sulabh International charity unofficially named the village “Trump Sulabh Village,” and the organization is dedicated to building simple pit toilets across the country for free in an effort to increase better sanitation in India.

Officials allegedly asked the charity not to hold the event celebrating the renaming, according to the Washington Post.

“We repeatedly asked them not to hold this event, but they did not listen,” said Mani Ram Sharma, the district’s deputy commissioner. “They did not ask for any permission, and none would have been given if they had.”

Officials also took issue with the village’s renaming, saying it was illegal and that Sulabh had never gotten clearance to name the village after Trump, WaPo reported.

The village elders had given their permission to hold the celebration and were excited at the large “Trump Village” billboards that had been brought into the village for the event.

“It was all fictitious and a fraud event by the organizers aimed at collecting money across the country and abroad,” Sharma said, demanding that police tear down the signs.

The villagers did not heed Sharma’s request and instead celebrated emphatically. Children waved around Trump’s photo and signs reading, “Our Trump Village Will Be Clean!”

Source : http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/18/indian-residents-celebrate-trump-village-after-officials-said-they-couldnt/

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The Dalits said they went to a temple in Alwar where rituals were performed to convert them into Brahmins.

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July 13, 2017

New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi said there was no shame in cleaning one’s own toilet. Cleanliness for him was a powerful symbol of political mobilisation.

Over the years, many leaders have attempted to tread the same path. Rahul Gandhi has sought to break bread with Kalawati and spoken eloquently about his experiments dining with the downtrodden in the Lok Sabha. BS Yeddyurappa is doing an encore in Karnataka these days. Swachh Bharat is Prime Minister Modi’s pet project.

Sulabh International chief Bindeshwari Pathak is inspired by PM’s initiative. So he’s penned a book on the life of Narendra Modi, which was released in the presence of Amit Shah and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday. Leaders spoke eloquently. It made news.

The stories from the sidelines of the high-profile book release function escaped the media glare.

These are stories of ‘Alwar and Tonk ke Brahmins’. Women clad in bright yellow sarees standing under placards — proclaiming their new identities. They work for Sulabh International.

“We were Valmikis earlier. But Pathak Ji has helped us turn into Brahmins. We used to do scavenging. Now, under Sulabh, we are doing better jobs,” Usha Chamar is quite forthcoming. She heads Sulabh’s team in Alwar, Rajasthan.

“We don’t wear the old blue colour uniforms associated with scavenger’s profile. We now wear these beautiful yellow sarees… doesn’t this colour remind you of what pandits wear?” She asked me with a broad smile and a sense of pride.

But How Does A Dalit Convert Into A Brahmin?

“Last year, we went to a temple in Alwar where we performed the rituals to become Brahmins. Pathak Ji is a learned Brahmin and he has made us Brahmins,” said Usha.

Has it led to any change in her life? “Now I feel like a part of the main society. In fact, I have learnt the mantras so well that sometimes I correct Pandit Ji. More importantly, now my family has a better life and our children go to school,” she said.

Mamata, from Tonk district in Rajasthan, said, “We learn mantras in our centre every day. It is a part of our routine.”

Pandit Ajay Tewari explains the entire process. “Janam se sab shudra hai aur karm se hum uchch hote hain… hum logon ko karmon ke madhyam se uchch bana rahe hain. (Everyone is a lower caste being by birth and rises in caste hierarchy by his deeds… we are helping people rise in caste by their work,” said Tewari.

Ambedkar also sought to annihilate the varna system. But he converted to Buddhism.

“The history of India is nothing but a history of a mortal conflict between Buddhism and Brahminism,” Ambedkar wrote.

Kanshi Ram has perhaps been the biggest Dalit leader after him to use political power to bring about social transformation.

Both shunned rituals.

Ashok Bharti, chief adviser of National Confederation of Dalit Organization, says, “People either want to lift us up or bring us down. No one wants to assign us equality. One can be a Dalit and not practice scavenging.”

Dalits prefer to adopt a caste neutral religion like Buddhism. So did 180 Dalit families after caste violence in Saharanpur in May 2017.

“Today, around 87% of Buddhists in India are neo-converts; the rest belong to traditional Buddhist communities,” said a recently published report by IndiaSpend.

Dalit activist Chandra Bhan Prasad says,“Dalits in India are either escaping the identity by saying ‘we are Brahmins’ or challenging it by saying that ‘we are the great chamar’… This is because there is no reward for being a Dalit.”