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India is a country that can boast of places with weird names. Queer names are very common in India. Some of the names are so bizarre that they will give you a laughing riot. However, these names speak out the history of the place.

Read these names and please think twice before pronouncing them.

From names of abuses to animals, we give you 10 such places in India

  1. BHAINSA, TELANGANA

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You read it right. Bhainsa, previously known as Mahisha is a town in Adilabad district of Telangana, India. Bhainsa is the Hindi name of the buffalo. Incidentally, Bhainsa lies right next to a water body. And next to Bhainsa, you will find Pathri and Umarkhed.

  1. DARU, JHARKHAND

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Daru is a village in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand. There is no need to go literally into the name and assume the availability of free alcohol. Ironically, the city is known for its Darubaaz (alcohol addicts) people.

  1. ERODE, TAMIL NADU

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Yes, there is a place with this name in the Kongu Nadu region of the Tamil Nadu state. However, the district’s economy should not even be remotely identified with its literal meaning as nothing is deteriorating away, moreover, it is the leading producer of plantain, coconuts and white silk in Tamil Nadu.

However, the it is believed that the name has been derived from Hindu mythology which means ‘wet skull’. Erode in Tamil also means two streams.

The place is not eroding at all even if the name suggests.

  1. GADHA, GUJARAT

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Gadha means ‘Donkey’ in English and this village in the Sabar Kantha District took the name to a whole new level.

One can think of how ridiculous it would be to say “Hello Sir, My name is Tom, and I hail from Gadha”.

  1. PANAUTI, UTTAR PRADESH

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A person residing in this village in UP could easily introduce himself as, “I am from Panauti, but I’m not a panauti.” The word means bad luck in English and people of this region would be feeling unfortunate.

  1. KALA BAKRA, PUNJAB

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This name cannot be ignored by anybody. The literal meaning of Kala Bakra is ‘black goat’ in Hindi. The hilarious name is found in Jalandhar district of Punjab.

(Picture Courtesy: talepicker.com)

  1. LULLA NAGAR, PUNE

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How weird can a name be? This place in Maharashtra crossed all levels of craziness as Lulla in Hindi means deformed. It is really unfortunate for the people living there.

  1. BHABUA, BIHAR

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Bhabua is a city and a municipality in Kaimur district in the state of Bihar, India. This term of endearment is used for referring male child or landlords in general. When spoken for a city, this term takes a comical turn in a weird way.

  1. GANDE, JHARKHAND

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It is located in the Giridih district of Jharkhand. Gande means coarse or mean. People of Gande would spend their whole life saying they are not gande but they have to live with the stigma.

  1. LAILUNGA, CHATTISGARH

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This place in Raigarh district in Chattisgarh also raises eyebrows due to its awkward name.  Lailunga means to snatch something. People need to visit this place to know whether there are snatchers roaming free in the area or not.(Picture courtesy: scoopwoop.com)

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Women Leaders Struggle for Water Taps and Security in the Indian Slums

About 65 million people live in India's slums, according to official data

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Ahmedabad, August 22, 2017: Hansaben Rasid knows what it is like to live without a water tap or a toilet of her own, constantly fearful of being evicted by city officials keen on tearing down illegal settlements like hers in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.

The fear and lack of amenities are but a memory today, after she became a community leader in the Jadibanagar slum and pushed residents to apply for a program that gave them facilities and a guarantee of no evictions for 10 years.

“We didn’t even have a water tap here — we had to fetch water from the colony near by, and so much time went in just doing that. People kept falling sick because there was just one toilet,” she said.

“Now that we have individual water taps and toilets, we can focus on work and the children’s education. Everyone’s health has improved, and we don’t need to be afraid of getting evicted any day,” she said, seated outside her home.

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Jadibanagar, with 108 homes, is one of more than 50 slums in Ahmedabad that have been upgraded by Parivartan — meaning “change” — a program that involves city officials, slum dwellers, a developer and a nonprofit organization.

Every household pays 2,000 rupees ($31) and in return, each home gets a water tap, a toilet, a sewage line and a stormwater drain. The slum gets street lights, paved lanes and regular garbage collection.

Each home also pays 80 rupees as an annual maintenance fee, and the city commits to not evicting residents for 10 years.

Negotiation skills

A crucial part of the program is the involvement of a woman leader who brings residents on board, deals with city officials and oversees the upgrade.

Nonprofit Mahila Housing Trust has trained women residents to be community leaders in a dozen cities in the country, including more than 60 in Ahmedabad.

“Women are responsible for the basic needs of the family, and most also work at home while the husband works outside, so the lack of a water tap or a toilet affects them more,” said Bharati Bhonsale, program manager at Mahila Housing Trust.

“Yet they traditionally have had little influence over policy decisions and local governance. We train them in civic education, build their communication and negotiation skills, and teach them to be leaders of the community,” she said.

About 65 million people live in India’s slums, according to official data, which activists say is a low estimate.

That number is rising quickly as tens of thousands of migrants leave their villages to seek better prospects in urban areas. Many end up in overcrowded slums, lacking even basic facilities and with no claim on the land or their property. Yet slum dwellers have long opposed efforts to relocate them to distant suburbs, which limits their access to jobs. Instead, they favor upgrading of their slums or redevelopment.

Earlier this month, officials in the eastern state of Odisha said they would give land rights to slum dwellers in small towns and property rights to those in city settlements in a “historic” step that will benefit tens of thousands.

In Gujarat state, as Jadibanagar is on private land, it is not eligible for the city’s redevelopment plan.

“These homes are all illegal, but that doesn’t mean the people cannot live decently,” said Bhonsale.

“With redevelopment, there is demolition and a move, and that can take longer to convince people of, with the men usually making the decision. But with an upgrade, the women make the decision very quickly by themselves,” she said.

Bottom up

Elsewhere, in Delhi’s Savda Ghevra slum resettlement colony where about 30,000 people live, nonprofit Marg taught women residents to demand their legal right to water, sanitation and transport.

A group of women then filed Right to Information petitions, to improve their access to drinking water, buses and sanitation.

“The women bear the brunt of not having these amenities, and are therefore most motivated to do something about the situation,” said Anju Talukdar, director of Marg.

“The leaders are the ones who show up for meetings, are engaged and keen to learn how to use the law to improve their lives,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Contrary to perceptions that slums are run by petty criminals who resist efforts to redevelop or upgrade, women leaders in Jadibanagar and Savda Ghevra are actively engaged in bettering everyone’s lives.

Leaders often emerge from a bottom-up process, with reputations for getting things done — in particular, resisting evictions and securing basic services, according to research by Adam Auerbach at the American University and Tariq Thachil at Vanderbilt University.

“They are themselves ordinary residents, living with their families and facing the same vulnerabilities and risks as their neighbors; they, too, want paved roads, clean drinking water, proper sanitation and schools for their children,” they said.

Women leaders, while still a minority, are “rarely token figures” serving male heads of households, and are “just as active, assertive and locally authoritative as their male counterparts,” they said in an email.

Rasid in Jadibanagar, whose two sons and their families live in homes alongside hers, is certain her leadership helped residents improve their homes and their lives.

“Everyone wants security and nicer homes, and they are willing to pay. Someone just has to get it done,” she said.

“I am illiterate, I cannot read, but I know now how to talk to officials and the developer and tell them what we want, and make sure they deliver,” she said. (VOA)