By: Tikender Panwar
It happened in a village called Himsu, there lived a blacksmith name ‘Baru’. He was quite hardworking and, when he had no work he used to work on the fields of other villagers. Himsu village comprised a dozen houses with 5 belonging to the Dalit community, 4 Rajputs and 3 Brahmins.
It was on a sunny day that Virbal Singh, a Rajput by caste, was sloughing his fields. Baru was also assisting him in the operations. Tunnu, son of Virbal Singh packed lunch for both his father and Baru and laid it on the donkey’s back. As he was pulling the donkey through the rope and had almost reached the fields, Tunnu slipped and the donkey ran away from him. He shouted that the donkey snatched the rope and has become out of control. Immediately Baru rushed towards the donkey and tried to catch hold of him. Instinctly, Virbal screamed, “Baru don’t touch the donkey as it contains my meals.” Baru stood shell-shocked and thought is the donkey more pious than him – a human being!
(All the names of persons and places changed)