Villagers of Malin officially are not celebrating the festival of light but have been getting visits from good Samaritans who wish to bring cheer in hearts and minds of villagers. Dilip Walse Patil, local MLA will visit the village to spend time with the villagers.
Post the tragic landslide which wiped out substantial portions of the village, the survivors are living in temporary sheds constructed by the district administration. Malin had lost more than 100 of its residents in the landslide. Work for rehabilitation of the village is on and expected to be over by the turn of the year.
Digambhar Bhalchin, sarpanch of Malin, said in view of the tragedy, villagers will not officially celebrate Diwali this year. “The festival meant sweets, fire-crackers and lights. But this year we will not be celebrating it,” he said.
Other attractions included decorated Killa (forts) built by the younger lot as well rangoli outside their homes. Diwali meant families getting together and celebrating.
Bhalchin said although they are not celebrating Diwali, they have received visitors who wanted to share sweets and savouries (Diwali faral) with the villagers.
Pune-based Bhoi pratisthan visited the village a few days back and held a program for villagers. “Others have come to visit us,” he said. Dilip Walse Patil, speaker of the outgoing Assembly and Ambegaon MLA said he would be visiting the village on October 25, Bhai Dooj. “I intend to spend time with villagers and talk to them about progress of things,” he said.
Along with rehabilitation work that is on, villagers would undergo psychological counselling. Tata Insititute of Social Sciences (TISS) recently conducted a camp to assess the need of counselling. People identified would be provided counselling soon.