Pariya Village (Gaya):
As people in India will celebrate the 61st Republic Day of the
country on Tuesday, an octogenarian freedom fighter Bindeshwari
Prasad Singh leads a desolate life in Bihar.
disheartens to notice the plight of a freedom fighter like
Bindeshwari Prasad Singh who is compelled to live a dejected life
after his son refused to take care of him.
Today, Singh lives with his paralysed wife in a lacklustre house in
Pariya village of the district. He says that despite the fact that
his son and daughter-in-law live in the neighbourhood, they don’t
bother to take care of them.
Singh and his wife today survive on the paltry government pension.
But his son and daughter-in-law pester him to part even with that
sum, claims his wife. It is his married daughters who are the only
hope for this elderly couple in desperate times.
86-year-old Singh on the Republic Day-eve recounted how he
participated the freedom struggle against the British rule at the
tender age of 18 in 1942.
was 18 years old then. We torched a Railway station at Kastha near
Gaya and told the officials there that when the Governor comes, tell
him that his rule is nearing end, his rule has weakened and he
should immediately leave otherwise there would be bloodshed. I was
imprisoned for two and half years,” said Prasad.
India won independence from British rule in 1947 after years of
January 26, 1950, the Indian Constitution came into force, and this
day is celebrated as Republic Day.
But Bindeshwari Prasad Singh is too weak to complain about his
plight. Will the Republic look after him and many others like him?