Adarsh Nagar colony in North Delhi is a settlement of 600 Pakistani Hindus living in India on a long term visa. These persecuted minorities are not the subject of any sympathy from the International community for the treatment meted out to them by their home country, Pakistan. Reduced to second class citizens in Pakistan, they look up to India as the only country that can offer them a chance at respectful existence.
The colony houses around 85 families adding up to 600 persons which includes 150 children. Peaceful and tolerant, these down to earth people feel blessed at being free to practice their religion without any fear. They live in small temporary houses with little or no facilities and earn their living by working small jobs to support their livelihood and contribute to the economy.
Their small world was shaken in April and May 2018 by repeated thunderstorms which caused widespread damage to their hutments.
Hardly had they managed to recover from this, their electricity supply was disconnected by the authorities in the first week of June. As days passed, the children started getting sick with the unrelenting heat of the scorching Delhi sun. Their pleas for restoration of electricity supply fell on deaf ears until highlighted on social media. As of 30th June 2018, the electricity supply is still not restored.
Deep Dive on Adarsh Nagar
My visits to the colony and discussions with the devoted and selfless caretaker Shri Hariom Sahoo have revealed many issues which show us, the Indic community, of failing to live up to our value of Atithi Devo Bhavah and grossly neglecting the need to provide a social and spiritual anchor to this vulnerable community. Besides electricity, the colony has many basic needs such as for better shelters, water, sanitation, medicines, education and livelihood.
Campaign Issues and Goal
The main issues of the Adarsh Nagar Pakistani Hindus are:
- Shelter: Repair of shelters damaged by thunderstorms.
- Electricity: Providing electricity connection, fans and lights to each hutment.
- Water: Ensuring regular supply of water tankers from DJB and installing 2 hand pumps for emergency usage.
- Sanitation: Digging of drains and soak pits for disposal of waste water for ensuring hygiene and prevention of mosquitoes breeding
- Medication: Weekly visits by trained medical personnel for children’s health and inoculation of babies.
- Education: Employing teachers who can provide primary education to the children. These children have received some education in Pakistan but since their language is Urdu, they need to learn Hindi/English before they can join a formal school.
- Livelihood: Families that are new to the camp need seed capital to set up small tuck shops or businesses instead of working as daily wage earners so that their economic condition improves.
This campaign aims to generate a corpus of INR 10 lakh that is to be used for meeting the above needs of the colony.
My name is Ashutosh Joshi and I am based in Delhi-NCR working as Manager Finance for a large MNC. Inspired by the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, I have decided to do my bit by helping our Nation’s grass root heroes. I am the moderator of this campaign.
I have raised 10 lakh for our grass root heroes in two campaigns listed below:
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.