Dharamvir: From beggar to messiah



Image: An Indian village

For most of his life Dharamvir sought alms in the villages of Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Saharanpur districts in Uttar Pradesh.

But last year he bid farewell to alms after becoming the first beggar to be elected as gram pradhan (village headman).

Now over a year later, Dharamvir is being hailed as the man who has changed the fortunes of Khai Khedi, a village of 10,000, located 30 km north of Muzaffarnagar town. Under his tenure, the village has witnessed unprecedented infrastructural development.

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