Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Feb 13: Though Valentine’s Day is celebrated for the glorification of one of God’s greatest gifts, LOVE, in various ways by various couples, popular Madhuri Dixit fan Pappu Sardar who is a philanthropist and social worker in his own unique way, was at Harijan Basti in Burmamines today to express his love for his brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers there. In keeping with the land’s tradition, he washed the feet of elders at the Basti and presented gifts like sarees, blankets, walking sticks, spectacles and toys to the denizens who created a festive atmosphere replete with festoons, heart shaped balloons and colorfully decorated shamiana.
Shibu Mukhi who organized the whole event told this correspondent that Pappu Sardar was a brother to all young and not-so-young people and a son to all elders. Shibu said, “Pappu Bhaiya (brother) comes to our Basti occasionally and takes stock of every individual problem and tries to alleviate them in his own silent way without bragging or without pomp. We all love him for what he is – a great human being.”
Mukhiya of Burmamines Harijan Basti, Kalia Mukhi presented Pappu with a miniature Kripan (sword) which is one of the religious symbols of Sikhs. He observed, “Pappu Bhaiya is an asset to society. He does not distinguish between people or communities. He shows his love through little deeds that reflect his commitment towards all human beings.”
Pappu Sardar was surrounded by children and elders alike, all oozing love and affection for the man whose social concern is well known. When forced to speak, a shy Pappu said, “Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day but I am celebrating that day amidst my Harijan Basti family members here. Many may know me as a Madhuri Dixit fan but few realize that both of us see each other as siblings. Madhuri Dixit is my Didi (elder sister) and I take my inspiration from her. Many people have their own ways of looking at love. For me true love lies in parents’ and children’s affection. The greatest love is parents’-children love. Boy-girl love would not have been possible if parents would not have been there. I dedicate my Valentine’s Day to my elders and brothers and sisters here.”
Pappu’s gesture towards kidney patient’s treatment
Burmamines Harijan Basti youth, 29-year old Manish Mukhi of Burmamines Harijan Basti is suffering with kidney ailment. Both his kidneys are affected. His wife Rina said that the family is trying to shift him to Kolkata where the cost would come to about Rs 30 lakh. Mukhiya Kalia Mukhi said, “We are collecting donations from people in the colony. But Rs 30 lakh is a huge sum but we have to put in all our efforts to save our brother Manish. Pappu Bhaiya has donated Rs Five thousand which is indeed heartwarming. We hope this is the beginning that will attract more such donations from others. Of course, there will be no let up in our efforts.” Manish and Rina have a two year old son.