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Gawli however has reason to worry with the MNS’s only candidate from Vidarbha Raju Patil Raje a Maratha likely to eat into her vote base Moreover her estranged husband Prashant Gawli is also in the fray as an Independent Many believe that Moghe is at a disadvantage since his assembly segment Arni is part of the adjoining parliamentary constituency of Chandrapur Moreover infighting in the Congress may further hurt his prospects While state Congress president ManikraoThakre had wanted his son Rahul to be nominated the Congress leadership was not in favour of Rahul and wanted Thakre to contest himself The MPCC chief who is known not to get along with the chief minister was reluctant as he wanted to retain the post The reason the Congress’s Rathod a Banjara is believed to have been defeated in 2009 is that seven-time Congress MP from Yavatmal Uttarmrao Patil (a Maratha) refused to work for him For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Dipankar Ghose | Updated: July 31 2016 12:46 pm “If you cross the river and walk some kilometres inside Abhujmaad begins” says Ram Top News Subba Ram wakes up with a start The light begins to fade on the horizon he squints into the distance as the Indravati river rushes along beside him He sees his dhongi a boat he and three others built still tied to a rope on the other side bobbing dangerously on the other bank of the river He whistles but nobody appears from the thick green foliage “They better come back quickly Only then can I return to my home in Kodnar village Or I’ll have to sleep on the banks tonight There is no other way to travel” he says Like the rest of Bastar all of Dantewada is what the administration calls “Maoist-affected” Even so there are divisions Where Ram waits is the Barsoor side of the “ghat” Eight km away on a dirt road is the small town with a bus service to the district headquarters of Dantewada located half an hour away; there is also electricity cement houses and a nagar panchayat building On the other side there is nothing but the jungle “Jaha sarkaar nahi hai vaha dadalog hai (where there is no government there are the Maoists)” says Ganga who has arrived to cross the river For him and more than 5000 others that live on the other side Ram and four other boatmen from Kodnar village — Lakshman Pandu Laccha and Masa — form a lifeline between the jungle and Barsoor “I went to Dantewada to bring some bricks and rushed back In two days the river will rise and for the next two months we will be cut off entirely” says Ganga For four days there has been incessant rain and soon over 10000 people Ram says will be cut off He points to the middle of the river where a cluster of rocks are keeping their heads above water — it is their indicator “In two more days the water will rise above the rocks We cannot ply our wooden donghi after that and nobody can come across If people fall ill or there is some other emergency what will happen will happen” says Ram The river itself is legendary entering Chhattisgarh through Jagdalpur and cutting a horizontal line through the middle of Bastar; police officers often refer to the land across the river as “their area” “If you cross the river and walk some kilometres inside Abhujmaad begins” says Ram The boundary of Narayanpur district is also nearby “But none of this matters if we are marooned” says Ganga During the monsoon in Dantewada district alone four gram panchayats and 24 villages under them get cut off from the rest of the state That’s approximately 5047 people More fall in Narayanpur district for whom emergency services are closer across the Indravati in Dantewada Troubled waters: Subba Ram (left); the four boatmen and their donghi on the banks of the Indravati That their lives are dependent on the whims of a river is a problem not new to the district administration There has been much talk about a bridge and in the absence of that providing boats that can withstand the current an empty wooden shell cannot “Three years ago they gave us a motorised boat which could hold 55 people and could travel in any weather But it lasted for one week There was a problem in the motor and we asked the officials to fix it They said they would but never did” Ram said The boatmen of the Indravati remember that time well “The boat came one week before the elections in 2013 And it stopped working on the day of the polls” they say and laugh Officers in Dantewada blame the Naxals for damaging the boat This monsoon again the district administration has begun work on long term as well as short term solutions to an admittedly grave problem “There is one bridge across the Indravati called the Satdhar near Barsoor But the real problem is that on the other side there is no road beyond the bridge that connects the 24 paras So the idea is to eventually build a 25 km road on the other side that connects villages” says Saurabh Kumar district magistrate Dantewada But this can only begin in January or February and given security considerations Kumar says that it may take over a year to complete “The road will cost around Rs 35 crore Apart from this the only real solution is to build bridges at several points but here that is a long and difficult process” he says In the interim Kumar has charted out a plan to give fiber boats to those who traditionally operate the donghi at the five locations where people usually cross The boats have to be small seating eight people each so that they do not appear to be a security threat “What we intend to do is to form samitis of boatmen and give it to them to operate These will be infinitely more hardy than the donghis Also at each crossing point we are building waiting rooms This will help the old or the ill” says Kumar The state government runs ambulances with helpline numbers and officials believe that the waiting rooms will serve even those who have crossed but need to be taken further for medical attention And yet the question of development or of building infrastructure like everywhere else in Bastar is hardly simple “The dadalog (Maoist) say that if they build a bridge then the force will come and take away our forests Even in boats force vaale can cross We don’t want our forests to go away but we want access to shops and hospitals So we want a boat here or a bridge These things are decided by people above us — the Maoists and the administration” says a villager who didn’t want to be named A faint shout barely audible above the snarling water wafts across Ram stands up and watches Lakshman Pandu Laccha and Masa and two passengers untie the donghi and crouch down inside it It’s begun to rain again the current is strong and the boat seems to have a mind of its own Somehow they make the journey across “In summer when the water is calm we take Rs 10 per person In this weather it’s double Maybe 10 people can come across On bazaar days there are so many the boat is overcrowded Each of us make Rs 750 every week But in the monsoon there is nothing” says Lakhsman struggling to steady the donghi on the banks There are days when a man will bring his sick wife in his arms desperate for medical attention That day no money is taken Ram was 15 when he first began operating the donghi His parents who looked after the small crop they grew outside their village fell ill They shivered for weeks the fever rising till their bodies could take no more The 20-something says the bimaari killed them But there was something else too “It was the monsoon and the river was high We couldn’t take them to a hospital” Ram said Of the three brothers the two elder ones took to the fields and Ram had to drop out of school “Some of us began putting together the donghi with wood from the forest It took us a month to build both the boat and the oars And since then we have become boatmen When we take people across we are afraid for them If they are old or can’t swim there is always danger especially when the water is high” says Ram There are other dangers as well The crocodiles in the Indravati that lie calmly on the banks in the monsoon coast along the water the rest of the year Once powerful jaws clamped down on an unsuspecting thigh The villager escaped poking an eye and in the days that followed even trapped and killed the attacker “This was a few years ago and since then there has been peace” says Ram with a laugh They began at 8 in the morning and 10 hours later the clumsy wooden boat rides the current for one last trip In the distance some lights twinkle in Barsoor But where the boat is headed there is only darkness For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top News The subject,” The DGCA is currently probing the Galaxy Note 2 fire and has summoned company officials. carrying the company’s first satellite for the US military, The match looked cruising towards Aarts way after his performance in the first set but the match took a dramatic turn as Reddy placed the ball to perfection and 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