On foot, I was unable to find out when a truck carrying a wife dragged her along.
Those who have 60 bighas of land also went to earn money, now they are returning, those who have never gone, they say, Hamay Sakun hai.
Manisha Bhalla and Vinod Yadav
Jhansi. Journalist of Dainik Bhaskar has gone from Bombay to Banaras. On the same route from where millions of people have started walking towards their villages. Barefoot, on foot, on bicycles, on trucks, and in vehicles. In any case, they want to go home, after all in difficult times, we go home only. We are bringing alive stories of those paths to you. Keep reading.
The eleventh report, from Devari Singapura and Ranipur villages:
There are voices of crying coming from Damodar’s house in Deori Singhpura in Jhansi. Damodar’s wife was repeatedly asking him to walk the village. Damodar came to the village, but with his wife’s body. The wife died in a collision with a truck on the way. Damodar is also hurt but survived. When we arrived, he had returned home after giving fire to his wife.
Damodar says we used to live in Panipat, I used to work on the loom but after the lockdown the loom stopped. My sister had a daughter. We all wanted to come home on lockdown. My wife and I went to see the daughter-in-law of the sister-in-law and thought that she would also recommend going home.
The wife said there that on May 17, let’s see what Modi says, otherwise he will walk the village on foot, but will not stay here. In such a manner, both of them were coming from there on foot that they did not know on the way when a trucker dragged the wife along with him.
shouted Damodar. The wife’s rashes had flown but the breath was still there. Ambulance arrived. The people of Panipat Hospital referred him to Rohtak but his wife died on the way. Damodar comes to his village with an ambulance. He says that I must come to the village, but with the wife’s corpse. It was easy to come because I had a corpse. But now I won’t be able to go.
Those who have 50-60 bighas of land also went to earn money, now they are returning to the village
Gulabchand Tiwari of the same village has about 70 bighas of land. They say that due to low yield in agriculture, they run small grocery shops. Which earns 500 rupees daily. Land is given on the share Gulabchand 20-25 years ago CP of Mumbai Tanks lived in the area. From Mumbai and Bhiwandi they brought sewing threads of big companies and sold them to the village weavers.
Everything was going well. But when the power shortage started in the village, the weavers turned to Delhi and Panipat. After which he too stopped going to Mumbai. They say, the urban people of the village are returning due to coronavirus. What will these people do even after returning to the village? The land here is not very fertile.
Gulabchand Tiwari says that we neither worry about money nor do we want more money. We have patience I wake up in the morning. I have a small garden. I give him water I worship. My little son helps me. The elder son runs a hardware shop in Jhansi. He too has come to the village these days. My whole family is together now. I’m glad of it.
I stayed in the village, those who went to the city are also returning now
Ghanshyam Prajapati is the potter of Ranipur village. In a small room, merry was found in making matki. Asked him how many days it takes to make a matki, then without pointing his head, pointed to three with a finger. Then when asked how much you earn, Bundeli and broken Hindi said, I prepare 30 pieces in three days. I sell a matki for less than 100 rupees. Two buffalo are kept in the house. Five-five litters give milk.
When more things started happening, he said – Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are very far away. He never went to live in Jhansi city either. Prajapati says, we have a small family. I earn 100 rupees in the village in a day. I am happy here. There was no mask on the mouth, we asked about the corona infection and said, “Humaye sakun hai”. The people went to the city of money. Vohoo now returns to the village. If you get two loaves, then it is safe.