The relation of Haryana’s Marora village with name of DonaldTrump has been making news intermittently.
On June 24, we reported that charity unit of Sulabh International named the backward Marora village ‘Trump Sulabh Village’ and adopted it to carry out development work. With the renaming of the village, the villagers hoped that their small village, which is one of the most backward areas of Haryana, will also experience development.
But within a few days, the renaming of the village was declared as illegal and not one approved by the government. Soon the posters and banners bearing the name “Trump Village” and/or “Trump Sulabh Village” were removed by order of the district administrator of Mewat.
Now, the village and its lost name are again doing rounds of media as the farmers and laborers living in the village have expressed a desire to retain the new name. According to them, the name “Trump Village” had given them a “new identity”, “recognition” and “hope for development”. Moreover, it had given them toilets. And that happened when Sulabh International started a project of building toilets for all, and a skill center for women, in the village.
One of the farmer living in Marora reveals that it was declared “Open Defecation Free” in the year 2016 but the authorities had not even bothered to visit the village or carry out a survey before doing so. Even till about a month ago, the villagers used to defecate in the open. This, however, changed when the village was adopted by Sulabh International and every home in the village was given a toilet.
On Tuesday, Puneet Ahluwalia, a member of the US President’s Asian Advisory Committee visited Marora, a tiny and most backward village of Haryana. Ahluwalia was there to inaugurate the toilets and vocational training center for the girls built by Sulabh International.
The village has reverted to its old name for now and the new sign boards have been stored away but Sulabh International has written to Manohar Lal Khattar, the chief minister of the state, requesting him to allow the name change.
According to the report by the Indian Express, Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International says,
We are not changing the name, just giving it a nickname. This will attract government and private entities to the village and bring in development.
Apart from Sulabh International, villagers are also keen to have “Trump Village” as their village’s nickname so that it gains some limelight and exposure since the area is very backward and a lesser known one.