He may not have heard of Raksha Bandhan, but the women and girls of a remote Muslim-dominated village “symbolically” named by an NGO after US president Donald Trump will send him 1001 sacred threads on the Hindu festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond.
The gesture by the residents of Marora village in the backward Mewat region represents the “wish of the people that ties are further strengthened between India and the US”, says the NGO which has adopted the village.
The village had come into limelight after Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) chief Bindeshwar Pathak had announced to name it ‘Trump’s village’.
The district administration had later said the move to rename the village was “illegal”, forcing the organisation members to remove boards mentioning the new name.
The village, with a population of 1,800 people, lies under Punhana tehshil, some 60 km from Gurgaon.
“The NGO has been conducting many welfare programs for women and girls in the village,” Monica Jain, vice president of the NGO, said.
“These students have made 1,001 rakhis with photos of Donald Trump and 501 rakhis for Narendra Modi. Women and girls of the village consider them their elder brothers,” she said.
“I have made 150 rakhis within three days for Trump bhaiyaa. I have also written a letter to be sent to the White House that the girls of your village want you to visit it with prime minister Modi,” said 15-year-old Rekha Rani, a resident of the village.
With the inputs from firstpost