43 years old Sharvan Das comes from Sindh Hyderabad and resides near the bank of Yamuna. He recalls his days in Pakistan with moist eyes. Certainly, these are not the tears of nostalgia but anguish. Not only him, but hundreds of Pakistani Refugees are dispersed over the lands of North West India, waiting for their days to get better. In this video, we have covered some excerpts from the day spent with these forward-looking people, who have no country to call their own.
They have seen temples shattered in front of their eyes. They have witnessed shameless acts performed with their women. Thereafter, many more such stories, which they would not want to recall. Most of their children may have seen India for the first time, but they feel safer here.
The only thing, which they still crave for, is an identity to sustain them.
After BJP government came into power, they have the convenience of water and electricity. Also, construction of toilets came as a sigh of relief for this moving tribe.
Shelters made from bamboos and toys made from twigs. That’s how the life of these refugee children are entwined with the changing times. Living conditions are getting better after Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but they are still running uncertain about the opportunities of future.
The areas including Majnu ka Tila, are areas near the shores of Yamuna with a major population with these migrants from Pakistan. Their story of migration are not filled with any wartime scene but appears more like a knock of opportunity. In the year 2013, the Kumbh Mela which was organized in Allahabad gave them the sneak peek into the life in India.
Feeling dismayed by the ungodly conditions in Pakistan, this troop of undefined sufferers remained here only.
When asked about the living conditions in Pakistan, all they can remember the most is misery. They remember the divisions in communities taking a toll on the peace of minds. The only thing which made them survive is the will power to see the life ahead. Certainly, they didn’t want their families to get hampered, which could have been extinct due to the lack of education and resources.
Hopes from Modi Government:
The tenure of Modi government gave them hopes for better living conditions, as PM Modi had openly talked about giving shelter to tyrannized Hindus in Bangladesh and other neighbor countries. This gave them hope to see a sustainable future in India.
When asked about the scenarios of Muslims in India, they talk about the stark difference, they saw here. Whereas, in India, Muslims are given all the fair opportunities, in jobs, education, and living, in Pakistan Hindus are nothing more than an untouchable community.
No wonder, despite not staying in this country before, they feel that India is home.
Although, we can’t deny the fact that, in India as well, these hopeful migrants felt discriminations and hardships. The major assault which they have faced is from police. All their hopes are dependent on the government issued ID cards, which will provide them everything they dream of.
Till now, they are sustaining their lives in India, with eyes opened wide for a great move from the government. On the basis of a promise, they crossed all the way from Pakistan to India, and the living conditions also have improved a bit. However, there has not been a major step or demarche from government’s side.
Our video is made to throw a light on this partially unattended pain point of the country.
For the time being, some major restorations in the refugee camps of India can serve as a great help for them. Besides, if the government makes some fathomable policies for them, they can save themselves from the constant assault from police and other functionaries.
60 years old amma, have seen her whole life deteriorating in Pakistan. When asked about the living in India, she does not have any malicious words to say but has blessings to shower over the Modi government’s deeds. Nonetheless, the country feels more like a home to her and shelter, which she experienced for the first time in her entire life.