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World Schooled beggars wait for 'common wealth'

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  1. kds1980

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    Schooled beggars wait for 'common wealth'


    It seems that beggars are made, not born.

    An informal academy for wannabe beggars in Rohini in west Delhi is training initiates in this profession. The training, imparted with an eye to the coming Common-wealth Games, is in foreign languages, since foreigners are considered good catches.

    “More than one lakh foreigners will be in the city during the period. Even if one beggar earns Rs 150-200 per day, you can understand the turnover for us,” said Vijay Babli, who claims to be leader of over 1,200 beggar families living in Rohini’s Lal Quarter.

    In preparation for this expected windfall, the beggars have set up a night school in a clearing in their colony.

    Bright children are taught how to say phrases like, “I am an orphan, I have not eaten for days, I am ill, have no money for medicine, please help me in the name of God”, says Raju Sansi, who claims to be head tutor at the school.

    Patni, an eight year-old girl who has never been to school, can speak English, French and Spanish, thanks to the makeshift school.

    She is one of the 45 students at the school. Practical lessons are also imparted in sessions in places like Connaught Place.

    Real foreign currency notes are shown to the children so they can recognise them, says Patlu, who trains children in Katputli Colony in west Delhi’s Patel Nagar.

    The beggar children usually get a free pick up and drop from their work locations.

    So whether Delhi is ready for the Games or not, its beggars will be.
     
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    I am in 2 minds about this...
    On the negative side, it is not honest work.:down:
    On the positive side: (a) Those beggars are getting money:yes:
    (b) The people are getting an education .e.g: Patni:thumbup:
     
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    Only in India! It is sad to see how centuries upon centuries of mental conditioning, idiotic ideas and the failure to provide opportunities have resulted in people reaching these depths.
     
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    The main reason for these idiotic Ideas is That India is very highly populated and it is nearly impossible for Government to provide employment for such a huge population
     
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    Begging is a lucarative occupation. Many rich beggars in malaysia own bungalows and condiminiums, drive Mercedes and BMW cars.
    At least Five cases of Chinese Beggars from CHINA were caught and charged. They Flew in by AIR...weekly and stayed in posh hotels before changing into "beggar attire"...and going about their business. When caught had air tickets, a few thousand cash USD....and regular visa for coming in and exiting.
    Those doing this from indonesia are in their thousands...as travel from Indonesia is loose - similar to Bangladesh border with India..

    Its NOT a matter of "employment"....these people just arent bothered...no shame and the "donation centred" people help a lot...the FOOLS never realsie they are beign taken for a ride...
     
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    Its similar in Ireland with the Romanian community, I remember seeing this one guy who had a sign saying he was paralysed, and as soon as the police came along he got up and "miraculously" got up and ran away!

    Another beggar answered his mobile while on the job!
     
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    These kinds of beggars are just smart.The main culprits are people.they are so emotional that they just give money to beggars.
     
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    I heard the beggars have a Union in India. Is that true?
     
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    They have made a union in Bihar


    DNA: India: Beggars learn to be choosers in Bihar
    Beggars learn to be choosers in Bihar
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    Wednesday, October 11, 2006 10:00 IST Email

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    PATNA: Beggars can be choosers. And those in Bihar are making sure they turn the familiar idiom on its head as they organise themselves into a union that lays out 'minimum alms' and even a weekly off just like other workers.


    About 600 beggars of the interconnected districts of Begusarai, Samastipur and Khagaria districts have formed a union, probably the first of its kind in India, to protect their interests.

    Like in any other union, this one too has formulated rules and guidelines for begging.

    "The beggars union has fixed one day in each town and directed them not to accept less than Re.1," said Karim Ansari, a beggar in Begusarai.

    Six towns have been chosen. So, union members descend on Begusarai on Sunday, Monday is spent in Samastipur, Tuesday in Dalsighsarai, Wednesday in Rosera, Friday in Bakhri-Shalona and Saturday in Khagaria.

    Thursday is the off day, according to rules of the union, so members can rest after the efforts of the week.

    "We take an off day every Thursday like officials do on Sunday to catch up on personal work," said a beggar.

    The days of the week have been divided so traders and businessmen, the main almsgivers, are not disturbed every day.

    "Members of the union don't beg any day. It was decided not to disturb traders and businessmen," said a beggar.

    In case problems crop up, union leaders have cellphones for easy access.

    "The beggars' union is very strong. It has cemented unity and made the members aware of their strength," said Prashant Singh, a social activist in Samastipur.

    The union has done something else too - given them respect.

    "Earlier, we were thrashed, humiliated and chased away. But people have begun to know and fear the union now," said Ramavtar, who begs for alms for a living.

    Union members reportedly take home as much as Rs.150 to Rs.200 a day after they organised themselves.
     

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