Mukhiya, Singhwahini Gram Panchayat, Sitamarhi, Bihar
“So many times, people told me I can't do this or can't do that when it came to quitting the comforts and serving rural India. I'm very determined, and I believe in myself. My parents brought me up that way. Thank God for that. I don't let anything stand in my way when it comes to living my dream nation.
My people are unquestionably the most important part of my life. They are after all, most precious resource of their representative. After raising two children of my own, I now am blessed to be called Mukhiya of Singwahini Panchayat and the whole 9700 villagers of my Panchayat are like my children! Like every mother in India, the thing I want most is for them to become happy, healthy and prosperous. I dream of a life for them where they can sleep without fear, without the disease of corruption, without the barriers of caste, creed and religion.
I have the fondest memories of reading to my children the goodness and motivation prevalent stories– the smallest on my lap, other nestled by my knee in a cozy environment with all basic needs like good food, shelter, electricity etc. But, I recognized majority families in my Panchayat itself don’t share this basic but invaluable experience. Not all parents, for one reason or another, have the ability to read to their children or to help them prepare to enter school. Once I came across a situation when a woman was putting off an electricity bulb by blowing air from her mouth after so many years of India’s developing phase.
That’s why, I as the Mukhiya am passionate to create a Panchayat where everyone can read – both child and adult, make it a bribe free zone and thus create a society that works on the principle of equality and dogmatism. I hope you’ll join me in taking on this biggest challenge.
When the International Red Cross was formed, it was considered the supreme humanitarian achievement of the nineteenth century. When smallpox was eradicated, it was considered the single greatest humanitarian achievement of the twentieth century. What will be the greatest humanitarian achievement of this century? What challenges will the next nine decades bring? Whatever they may be, what humanity needs are responsible leaders who can harness their passion, realize their vision and make the mission fulfilling.
Being a staunch crusader of dogmatic politics, my message to the people involved directly or indirectly in my Panchayat is simple. Face reality. Be leaders. Demonstrate accountability.”