The 1975 film Sholay is considered as one of the best movies ever made in India with Gabbar Singh’s epic dialogue — Yeh haath mujhe de de Thakur — hitting the screens.
However, while many of us take inspiration from movies, there are also dark sides of the stories too. While the reel-life Sholay was a big hit, the real-life Sholay unearths the dark truth of people like Lakhan Singh.
Back in 1979, in a far-off village of Takpura in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh, when Lakhan Singh was just 21 he had faced the wrath of dacoit Chota Singh, who had chopped off both of his hands and his nose.
Although Lakhan Singh and Chota Singh had no personal dispute, the dreadful incident was a result of the latter’s vengeance with Lakhan’s brother-in-law.
The incident happened in 1979, when Lakhan Singh was travelling to his village Takpura when Chota Singh along with other members waylaid him after which they brutally beat him up and then chopped off his hands with a sword, leaving Lakhan Singh to lead his later life as a disabled.
Although, Chota Singh was killed following an encounter with police after few years, Lakhan Singh is still bearing the brunt.
Lakhan Singh was given a pension of ₹500 by the then Madhya Pradesh chief minister Arjun Singh. Unfortunately, his pension was discontinued eight years ago.
The specially challenged man is also deprived of government schemes, including PM-AWAS Yojana or PM Ujjwala scheme. Currently, his family of 5 survives by getting 8kg of wheat and 2kg of rice apart from some other assistance from the government.