Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On the Election Campaign Trail# 19: Our needs are few... but can you MEET them?



(To read about a bit about who and why of the Election Campaign please click here)


My father passed away in December of 2013...
We didnt even get a few weeks of coming to terms with the irreparable loss and greiving together as a family...
Before we knew it, we were thrust into the midst of the Election fever and we couldn't back off as it was a legacy left to us as a very old political family of many generations (click) 
We had to dive in now,or we were finished, and my father's many years of political life of ups and downs would come to naught...
So, after months of doing the rounds of all the villages and meeting and listening to people and thier grievances and aspirations... we came to a real simple conclusion...
You just have to take care of thier simple basic needs and they are yours for life...
Most villagers dont even have the basic things that we take for granted in our urban cacoon...
and its only when you meet the simple folks of the villages that you realise how far away from reality we are...

They have a few basic needs...


1- Where a few handpumps in each vilage goes a long way in taking care of thier day to day needs...
Not a pipeline worth crores...
Not a huge reservoir or canal or dam...
just a few handpumps...





2- And a concrete road running through the village that connects to the main road and that takes care of the water-logging problems during the monsoons that make the kachchi roads no better than muddy swamps...

(this road incidently had been sanctioned during my father's time and was being built while we canvassed the area...)

3-And just a few hours of electricity, so that they are able to charge thier phones...

hahaha....yes, thats what they said...
and yes, they do have phones!

Now how difficult is providing these basic things with the crores of money that the Government gives for just this purpose?
unless you want to line your pockets with it?

Sometimes all a person NEEDS is a hand to hold,
patience to listen, 
and a heart to understand...









If you desire to make a difference in the world...
YOU must be different from the world...



4 comments:

  1. Woh! That was quite touching...
    Abraham Lincoln had once said, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." InshaAllah your bro will be able to prove his mettle in the political arena.

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    1. thank you Samreen,
      we finally didnt win, as explained in my recent post, but inshallah my brother will do well.
      In the next chance that he gets.

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  2. i am in a wonder,that you are from jaisalmer !

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    1. not "from" jaisalmer- but husband posted "in" Jaisalmer...for a couple of years.
      :-)

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