India is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the First War of Independence by organizing a march from Merrut to Delhi and everyone is remembering Mangal Pandey, one of the greatest Indians who had fought with British soldiers with great courage.
But, no such celebration is going on in the village, Surahurpur in Uttar Pradesh, where Mangal pandey was born. The population of the village is 500 and during the election campaigning, politicians from almost all parties had a visit to the village. No leaders had talked to solve the basic problems such as drinking water, irrigation, health services, power and poor roads.
Earlier, some reports had said that Mangal Pandey was born in Balia while some other historians had claimed later that Mangal Pandey was actually born in this village. The villagers had a hope that during the celebrations that the government would take some steps to develop the village of the hero of 1857 war of independence.
Sitaram Singh, a villager said that the villagers had hoped that this year the celebrations would bring some attention and development to the village. But, all the hopes had gone waste as the celebrations have been started and the village is still waiting for any kind of development.
The sitting BSP MLA Ram Achal Rajbhar has said that he has no time to go to the village for the celebration. The Congress candidate from the constituency Umed Nishad has also said in similar words that there is no approach road to the village and he had no time so he didn’t go to Surahurpur.
Bal Mukund Dhuria, the CPI(ML) candidate from Akbarpur said that Surahurpur should be developed as a tourist spot. He wanted to go to the village but he did not go there because he is not in the political race this time.