16 June, 2021

No Heart Here

Gujjar lavishness does not extend to ‘paying’ handsomely for their sins

No Heart Here

The generosity of spirit so evident in the big, fat Gujjar wedding surprisingly dries up when it comes to paying compensation for their misdeeds. Take the case of 26-year-old Dinesh Tanwar, son of Congress mla Kanwar Singh Tanwar (arguably the richest Congress politician) and brother of Lalit Singh Tanwar of the staggeringly lavish “chopper wedding” fame. His car ran over Meenakshi Devi of Sallan Nagar village of UP’s Badaun district one morning last June on Delhi’s Africa Avenue, and Rs 20,000 is all her family has managed to get to date.

Thirty-year-old Meenakshi had never let poverty come in the way of her dreams. Since her husband Dewari Lal could not help her fulfil them, she decided to take matters in her own hand. She walked out on him, with her children Preeti, Shivam and Sarla in tow, and travelled some 200-odd kilometres to the national capital to carve out a new life for herself and her children. Soon enough, she found a job in a shoe factory, and was content with how things were...

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