Trump to receive rakhis from Haryana village

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 6, 2017

Women of a remote village in Haryana have sent U.S. President Donald Trump 1,001 sacred threads to mark the festival of Raksha Bandhan that celebrates the brother-sister bond.

The gesture by the residents of Marora village in the backward Mewat region represents the "wish of the people that ties are further strengthened between India and the US", says the NGO which has adopted the village.

The village had come into the limelight after Sulabh International social service organisation chief Bindeshwar Pathak had said it would be called "Trump's village". But the district administration initially forced the Sulabh organisation to remove the boards and banners displaying the new name as it was illegal to do so.

"These students have made 1,001 rakhis with photos of Donald Trump and 501 rakhis for Narendra Modi. Women and girlsof the village consider them their elder brothers", she said.The consignment of rakhis was sent yesterday throughcargo so that it reached the United States president on Raksha Bandhan onAugust 7. The rakhis were dispatched on Friday through cargo so that it touches down the shores of Washington on August 7 which the day Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated. "I also written in a letter to be sent to the WhiteHouse that the girls of your village want you to visit it withPM Modi", said 15-year-old Rekha Rani, a resident of thevillage.

Sulabh had recently constructed 95 toilets in Marora toimplement Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship program tomake every village in the country open defecation free.The village has 140 houses and only 45 of them wereequipped with toilet facility.

Trump village, formerly known as Maroda village, is an isolated area in Haryana where there was lack of private toilets in the houses.

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