Saturday, October 02, 2004

"We are Dalits. We don't have a proper school. Most children are dropouts. We don't have any jobs'


Astrologers feel neglected by politicians

Ravish Kumar

Saturday, October 2, 2004 (Udaasaa village, Nagpur district):

Politicians flock to astrologers to know how their future could pan out but once their purpose is served they are conveniently forgotten.

There is an astrologer in almost every house in Udaasaa village in Nagpur. Yet the village has been neglected by political parties for decades.

Kanshi Baba is a keen astrologer. When this correspondent met him, he was greeted with some predictions.

But Kanshi has no clue what's in store for his village Udaasaa which has remained one of the most underdeveloped pockets in the Nagpur constituency.

"The leaders make many promises which they conveniently forget after they win. They are only worried about their future, not ours," says Kanshi Baba.

Even the children of Udaasaa talk about past, the future and the auspicious configuration of stars.

The majority of the 100 families in the village are dalits and most feel that they have been neglected by the politicians.

"We are Dalits. We don't have a proper school. Most children are dropouts. We don't have any jobs," says a village.

But this time they are invoking the power of the stars.

They say that before they get down to making predictions for the politicians, they want the politicians to promise them titles for their lands and development work.

Source: NDTV, October 2, 2004

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