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Pataudi battling for change

Reeling under the wry of electricity disparity and lack of proper education, the ‘city of Nawabs’ demands its long due development.

punjab Updated: Apr 10, 2014 19:32 IST
Mohit Sharma

Reeling under the wry of electricity disparity and lack of proper education, the ‘city of Nawabs’ demands its long due development.

Pataudi which lies in the Gurgaon district, has always been in news specially due to the long chain of royalty in the region Pataudi constituency consists of the Pataudi block in Gurgaon along with some villages from farrukhnagar and Manesar. With 71 panchayats in the Pataudi block, electoral behaviour still depends largely on caste based voting.

The heritage town is home to the star-studded Nawabs of Pataudi that include the famous late cricketer Mansur Ali Khan or Tiger Pataudi and his actor son Saif Ali Khan. Locals say that the palace situated in the heart of the city, called Ibrahim Kothi, is often frequented by the royal family. This includes the present Nawab Saif Ali Khan, sister Soha Ali Khan, wife Kareena Kapoor, mother Sharmila Tagore and other friends from the Bollywood fraternity.

However, the residents claim that the name of the city has acted as a deceiver, with the residents still living under the scarcely available resources in the area.

Mukeen Ahmed, a small time trader from Pataudi, has been struggling to make profits, not because of lack of resources but because of extreme shortage of electricity.

“We have not had continuous electricity for the past two days. The situation is the same today also, inspite of today being the Election Day, we still haven’t received any electricity,” said Ahmed.

Voters further believe that the government has not anything to improve the education system in the region. They claim that while the education imparted in government schools is less than mediocre, the mid-day meal is perhaps the only reason for the students to attend the day school.

“The students are promoted till 9th standard but the moment they are confronted with higher education, either they flunk or they drop out. Doing-away with the board examination at junior levels, has been the single bad influence on the lives on young children, who no-longer face competition until very late in the system, said Thavaar Singh, School Principal, Mirzapur.

Alleging biasness from the state and the central government, the residents claim that inspite of the region being reserved for Scheduled Castes; the area has never received any benefit from the government.

“The state has more than 1.5 lakh jobs reserved for the SC/ST and OBC, however not a single resident from the area has ever received any benefit of the scheme, said Anil Yadav, resident of Mirzapur.