31 October, 2020

For this barefoot god of the streets, Kargil wasn't the first front

For this barefoot god of the streets, Kargil wasn't the first front
IT was a gesture expected from one affectionately referred to as "Bhiwandi Bhushan". Rangrao Vithoba Pawar, who slowly but surely, has moved from poverty to pelf, is known to have a generous hand. Even so, his gesture of donating over Rs 5 lakh— meant for his daughter’s wedding— towards the Army’s Disabled Soldiers’ Fund, still wrung a few hearts. His daughter, 22-year-old Yogita , having imbibed his generous spirit over the years, handed over her engagement ring towards the cause. Her fiance, Rajendra Patil, did the same. They later went in for an austere wedding ceremony. Pawar’s eldest son-in-law, Dyaneshwar Patil, also donated Rs 51,000. Pawar, who refers to himself as "Mr Ghati" (Bambaiya for a country bumpkin), seems to have set off a train of donations.

The flow of bodybags— some containing mutilated bodies— and the sacrifices of Indian soldiers, cast, for Pawar, a shadow over the wedding preparations. "There is only sloganeering—‘ Jai Kisan, Jai Jawan’, but it seems nobody truly appreciates their contribution towards the nation. I can’t read...



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