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Auto-rickshaw driver takes humanity to new heights, disposes claimed/unclaimed bodies

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Bhubaneshwar: An auto-rickshaw driver, also a school dropout, took humanity and service to society on a whole new level by disposing of claimed and unclaimed bodies; living his life on the motto “Service to mankind is service to God”.

Meet Pradeep Kumar Prusty, the unknown friend of the dead, who has made it his life’s mission to ensure they get a dignified burial. He is always the first to come forward to recover or collect corpses found along the railway tracks, roads and bodies hanging from trees in this Odisha capital and on its outskirts.

Prusty, 40, is always there for the police to collect the bodies and take them to the mortuary for identification and autopsy.

“When I was in school, I used to visit the municipality hospital nearby my school to get digestive tablets as they tasted sweet. I would see the agony of the family members who could not dispose of the bodies of their near and dear due to lack of money. That inspired me to help these poor people,” Prusty, who has studied till the ninth grade, told reporters.

Hailing from Bhubaneswar’s Bhimtangi neighborhood, Prusty has disposed off 600-700 claimed and unclaimed bodies since 2009, when he started the noble service.

He is called every time a claimed or unclaimed body is found in the city. Believing in humanity, he never hesitates to collect corpses found on tracks or an unclaimed decomposed body. He is there at a call to extend his helping hand to the police.

His job, however, does not end there. He is with a mission “to ensure the dignity of the dead.” He provides all possible help to people who need help to perform the last rites and the cremation of their loved ones.

“I earn about Rs 7000 to Rs 8000 monthly by driving an auto-rickshaw in the city. I spend half of the money for collection and cremation of the bodies and another half for the family,” said Prusty, who has a son and a daughter. While his son is studying in Class 8, his daughter is in Class 12. His wife is a homemaker.

He said when he falls short of money, he collects funds from the people to dispose of the corpses, adding that about Rs 2000 is required for the cremation of dead bodies.

Irrespective of the jurisdiction of the administration and class, creed, caste, class or colour, he is always there in the true letter and spirit of a good Samaritan.

And, he never demands anything in return.

Much prior to the state government’s free ambulance service, Prusty started one in 2007.

“I sold off my ambulance after it broke down. I had no money to repair it. So, I had no option but to sell it off,” said the good Samaritan.

Not surprisingly, his social work has earned him much felicitation and awards of appreciation from many organizations. (Chinmaya Dehury, IANS)

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Terrorist-Jis and Their Beloved Fans

Who knows the whole edifice of advanced modernity may reduce to ash if we continue to allow terrorism to have the last laugh!

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They are now toying with the idea of inviting and encouraging more and more such anti-nation forces, giving free entry to terrorists from Pakistan. Pixabay
  1. BY: SALIL GEWALI   

This is indeed a wounded modern civilization. The frequent terror attacks have created more chaos. When the UN Security Council designated Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, it instantly brought back to my memory the famous statement made by the father of Atomic bomb – Robert Julius Oppenheimer. — “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Bhagavad-Gita… ‘Now, I become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’” It makes a lot of sense and is more relevant now if we think a little deeply. Yes, the nuclear scientist had said this with regret on the decision of making bombs and the consequential destruction of Japan.

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The world is very unsafe because of such brutally inhumane terrorists.

Again, given the fact of how Masood Azar and his ilk have been bombing and killing the countless innocent lives across the world, our “silence” is more dangerous. The world is very unsafe because of such brutally inhumane terrorists. Moreover, it took so long to call a spade and spade!  Truly speaking, the “cry” against the terror is not at all shrill yet. The Balakot airstrike which followed Pulwama attack vis-à-vis the present Lok Sabha Election, has clearly exposed what our leaders can think about the country and its “security”. Many did not even hold back to “laugh” off the government action. They are now toying with the idea of inviting and encouraging more and more such anti-nation forces, giving free entry to terrorists from Pakistan. The leaders are also openly stating that they will withdraw all the power of our army forces in the borders. What will be the consequences then? So, the above-mentioned quote by the father of the atomic bomb perfectly resonates with the twists and turns of the politics, ego and destructive agendas of the devious political leaders.

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Again, given the fact of how Masood Azar and his ilk have been bombing and killing the countless innocent lives across the world, our “silence” is more dangerous.

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Have you not noticed that our leaders are respectful of the terrorists than the martyred army personnel and the innocent civilians. They often tried hard to ignore the acts of the malevolence of Osama bin Laden-Ji and other “JIS”, lol!. While Afzal-JI is still a darling of many, we majority of us are quite mute and the confused spectators. I think this way we are only slipping from bad to worse.  I’m afraid, this our silence against the increasing rise of the terror will soon be driving humanity to the brink of disaster. Shall we still keep ourselves in the delusion of this great civilization? Who knows the whole edifice of advanced modernity may reduce to ash if we continue to allow terrorism to have the last laugh!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali.