A day for the HAZARI PAL-s

Many of you may be wondering who in the world is HAZARI PAL. For those, I would like to mention Hazari Pal is a rickshaw puller in the novel “City of Joy” by Dominique Lapierre. The novel was made into a film in 1992 with the same name.

A still from "CITY OF JOY"
A still from the film "CITY OF JOY"

Anyways let’s go to the real incident.

The rickshaw pullers are an integral part of Calcutta. On Sunday, April 19, 2009, members of this hard-working community got a much needed break from their daily bread earning toil. At least 100 rickshaw pullers took part in a unique race at Raja Subodh Mullick Square in the afternoon. The race was organized by SERVE THE NATION, an NGO that works with them.

Rickshaw pullers take part in a race
Rickshaw pullers taking part in the race

It was a day for the rickshaw pullers, who serve the city throughout the year but hardly ever get to hear a kind word….

Kudos to the NGO that has taken such a heart warming initiative 77


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