Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Unforgettable Republic Day
26th January 1950 is one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. In this day India became a totally republican unit. The country finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the numerous freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of their country. So, the 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India, ever since.
Five years back on the Republic day, we have lost thousands of people to the earth, in Earthquake. On January 2001 the Indian state of Gujarat was rocked by a huge earthquake measured 7.6. The earthquake in the village of Voundh, 50 kilometers from the state capital Bhuj. Before the disaster the village had a population of 9,000, now it has only 2,000 people, what a cruelty. It has gone 5 years, but now also the people who are affected in the earthquack dint return to there normal life, many people are living in Temperory shelter provided by NGO’s and government, which turned in to there permanent shelters. In the urban areas the government sanctioned Rs.1.5 lakh to urban and 90,000 to ruural areas to construct houses, but they dint get the relief fully. A series of tin sheds in Anjar and Bhuj areas come as surprise, these virtual hells house people form the middle and lower middle class families lies who were tenants paying a paltry rents before the quack. They needed to produce a rent receipt for getting a plot of land and a no objection certificate from the landlords to be accomodated in the buildings that came up where their houses once stood.
The people who are living in temperory shelter has got just Rs.12,000 as compensation, with this amount how can they construct a house with this amount. Some residents in Anjar area are operating shops from rented places, they also did not have a rent receipt, from shopkeeper’s they have turned as Labours. Also the place is far from the walled city so evern the owner-shopkeepers prefer to operate form makeshift locations. The community members and the local panchayat’s divided most of the houses among themselves which was alloted for the people affected by Quack, and they also rented the houses. In this earthquack 1,057 women lost their husbands in the quack, and there relatives are also not treating them in human manner. There are 162 childreans has become orphans. The people don’t know when the quack will come again and they are continuing their life in fear, because after the January 26 Earthquack, the earth had tested them by mild quack.