Few septuagenarians mirror sorry state of society

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2018 11:38:17


By Ashish Rajput,

These migrated elderly people refuse to beg on streets instead they sell pens at traffic signals to earn their bread and butter and live life with dignity

MANY elderly people who sacrificed their own lives to raise their children and ensure a bright future for them are now left all by themselves in their sunset years. Strong determination of these septuagenarians is a clear message to the society that age is no bar when it comes to work and earning livelihood amidst odd situations in life.

These elderly people, migrated from Kota district in Rajasthan, after wandering in streets of national capital and other northern states moved in to the heart centre of the country, Jabalpur, in search of bread and butter. They are seen selling pens on streets at traffic signals. They are firm not to spread their hands and beg but spend their sunset years with dignity and self-respect.

A 72-year-old man from Kota in Rajasthan, Mangilal Bawaria, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that he along with a group of 12 people comprising his relatives and others reached Jabalpur to earn their livelihood. They purchased stock of local made pens in Delhi and sell it on traffic signals and footpath. “It is better to sell a pen instead of begging for self-respect,” says Mangilal. Some people do give him money without purchasing a pen but he always denies their noble gesture for his self-respect.

The migrated man says, “I have purchased bunch of pens from Delhi for Rs 6 per pen and sell it for Rs 10. It will hardly save Rs 150 to Rs 200 for every member of the group per day.” He informed that they are staying at a vacant space near Ranital Square and cook their food. Informing about the background, Mangilal said that he has a family full of siblings, children and parents in Kota. Farming is his ancestral profession but in this phase of age, he unable to toil hard at farm due to lack of water. Along with Mangilal, his relatives Risali Bai (70), Bhuri Bai (75) and others are also engaged in the same trade of selling pens on traffic signals and footpaths and earn their livelihood.