Since the devastating Kerala floods, the Pulwama attack in Jammu & Kashmir exactly a week ago has been the second incident of national importance that has managed to bring the entire country together. Regardless of one's class, creed or gender, people from all walks of life have come together to honour the martyrs and stand in support of their families.
However, some people truly deserve a special mention during such a time for their selfless actions. An elderly woman beggar who breathed her last in 2018 happens to be one such individual who made a notable monetary contribution to the funds being collected for the Pulwama martyrs' families.
The late beggar named Nandini Sharma had collected a sum amounting to 6.61 lakh rupees over the years, which was a result of her regular cash deposits at the bank. Nandini had nominated two trustees to safeguard her account upon her death, and left behind a will stating that her savings be used for the society's welfare, according to a TOI report .
Nandini used to beg outside the Ambe Mata Temple at Bajrangarh in Ajmer, and made it a habit to deposit a little sum every other day. The trustees who had been waiting for a good time to put Nandini's savings to good use since her death in August last year, decided to donate it for the welfare of the Pulwama martyrs' families.
Ajmer collector Vishwa Mohan Sharma told TOI, “the trustees came to the district administration office on Wednesday and expressed their desire to donate money to the chief minister relief fund for the attack victims. The legal cell completed the formalities following which, the amount was accepted and a certificate was issued to them.”
One of Nandini's trustees, Sandeep Gaur told TOI that, “despite the fact that her savings came from begging, she wanted it to be of some use to the country and hence, we considered it best to be used for the kin of the CRPF jawans killed in the Pulwama attack.”
Regulars at the Ambe Mata Temple were so moved by the news of Nandini's goodwill that they have been holding special prayers for Nandini's soul. Even when she didn't have much, she saved for the welfare of others, and today her savings have been put to best use just as she had desired.
We hope Nandini rests in peace, knowing her last wish has been fulfilled.