In an act reminiscent of the sacrifices performed by various Hindu mythological characters, Anil Sharma, 31, a rickshaw-puller in Jehanabad town, chopped off a finger from his right hand and offered it to the presiding deity of a temple in the town.
This was his thanksgiving gesture to Lord Shiva, who he believed was responsible for the Nitish Kumar-led NDA’s spectacular victory in the recent assembly polls.
A beaming Sharma, a resident of Oena village, said he did not regret his act and would offer yet another part of his body to the deity if the Nitish Kumar-led NDA wins again in 2015.
“Nitishji and Rahul Kumar have restored my faith in human beings. I do not have much of a life but whatever remains of it will be spent in trying to live up to their expectations,” he said.
Rahul Kumar, the son of Jehanabad MP Jagdish Sharma, won the Ghosi assembly constituency (in Jehanabad district) as a JD(U) candidate. Anil Sharma is a voter in Ghosi.
But why did the man do this to himself? Six years ago, during the RJD rule, he was deprived of his day’s earnings as he pedaled his rickshaw, carrying two passengers. “Roadside robbers stopped my rickshaw in the dead of night and forced me to part with whatever I had. Instead of robbing the passengers, they picked on me, a poor rickshaw-puller. I then promised to myself: If this government is replaced by a fair and good one, I would offer a finger to Lord Shiva,” he said.
As soon as Nitish Kumar heard of Sharma’s unusual thanksgiving gesture, he directed his personal secretary to phone the Jehanabad district magistrate and ensure that Sharma got the best of medical care at the district hospital. “I’m humbled by Sharma’s act, which speaks so eloquently about the climate of hope ushered in under the NDA government,” he said.