Chamaron Ka Vas, Rajasthan

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Village seeks to shed ‘derogatory’ tag

The Times of India

New Delhi: Pose the famous Shakespearian query “what’s in a name” to the residents of a non-descript Rajasthan village and the reply unanimously is “a lot”.

Residents of ‘Chamaron Ka Vas’ (home of cobblers) have been fiercely opposing the name given to it 23-years-ago and approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in 2006 to intervene and direct authorities concerned to give it a suitable one.

The residents of the village, in Hingota Panchayat of Dausa, have been pleading for the past four years with the state and the Centre to change its name, which which originally ‘Kuwan Ka Vas’ (home of wells). But, their requests were caught in a “bureaucratic rigmarole”, the NHRC lamented. PTI

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