Tired of Political Tricks: Rajasthan’s Village of Soldiers Laments
Rajasthan's Dhanuri village has the highest number of Muslim soldiers. Here every second household has someone who has served in the Indian Army.
The Quint spoke to the residents of Dhanuri village about what it means to be Muslim and serving the army at the same time.
Following the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers, the youngsters of Dhanuri village are getting ready to enlist in the army. However, the residents of the village also complain of mismanagement of memorial building by the government.
Residents of Dhanuri want the old school to be turned into a memorial for their soldiers.
The locals are also disappointed with the government as they are not getting the pension that the government had promised under OROP.
“We don’t get any benefits. What are the central and state governments giving us? They keep making job reservations. I want to ask how many former soldiers have you employed? It’s all just show. Vacancies for 100 former soldiers have been allotted, but only 10 of them get jobs. These are political tricks. It’s all for show.”Resident, Dhanuri village
Although there are problems that the locals of Dhanuri are facing, there is a strong sentiment of patriotism that the locals share with each other.