Didi is the taste of poll season in Mini Bengal from MP
CHOPNA (BETUL): In Bipolar," Momota Di" Is The Topic Of Discussion In This Mini Bengal - A Cluster Of 33 Villages In Betul, About 60 Km From The District Headquarters. The 25,000 Bengali Voters Here Have Their Own Hyper-Local Problems, But The Bengali Politics Still Suspense Chai-pakora Discussions.
At The End Of The Sixty Years, The Government Settled In This Region - On The Outskirts Of The City - Around 2,700 Families, Who Fled East Pakistan Between 1964 And 1970." Those Were Difficult Times. There Was Chaos Everywhere. We Are First Moved To Sunderbans, Then To Hoshangabad And Chopna (in Betul) Before We Finally Got Land Assigned Here," 72-year-old Nimai Mondal, A Native Of The Chikalpati Village, Recalled. Mondal Was In The First Part That Emigrated From Bangladesh In 1964." We Were Facing Refugees And Had Terrible Atrocities In Bangladesh. Now, Live Like Normal," He Said.
When Asked If He Knows What Is Happening In Bengal, Mondal Said:" Yes, I Am. We Watch It On Television And Discuss Problems, But For Us It Is No More Than Talking Points. What Is Important To Me Is Here Is," He Said, Pointing To The Ground On Which He Stood.
Madhya Pradesh Gave Them A Home And Security, And The Freedom To Keep Their Traditions In Contact." The Residents Of All 33 Villages Celebrate Durga Puja Together In One Place. Everyone Contributes To It And It Is A Big Celebration In Chopna. Other Festivals Are Also Celebrated," Said Vishwajeet, The Grandson Of Nimai Mondal.
" Yes, West Bengal Is Of Course Part Of Our Discussions, But It's Just Time Past. Our Biggest Problem Is Our Land Plan. All Political Parties Are Promising To Solve It, Let's See It," Sushant Said Mandal Panji Village.
Each Of These Families Received 5 Hectares Of Farmland And Land For A Home Of The Then Government During Rehabilitation." A Total Of 2,700 Families Were Shifted Between 1964 And 1970," Recalled Mithun Vishwas, A Chopna Native." The Trend Continued. But About 1,227 Of The Families Who Were Rehabilitated Here For The First Time, Returned To Sunderbans And Left The Land And The Plots Assigned Here, And Later Several Other Families Were Rehabilitated, Many People Took The Land And Housing Allocated To The Other Families Who Were Returned. That's How Confusion About Property Began And This Led To Many Disputes. This Is The Biggest Problem For Us Today, And Then Irrigation Water Comes. We Are Desperately Looking For Irrigation Water, But Get Almost None," Said Vishwas.
The Tawa River Flows Nearby, But They Depend On Rain And Happiness For Their Crops. They Can Sow Only One Harvest A Year - Usually Paddy Rice Or Corn - Because Monsoon Is The Only Way They Get Water.