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A beautiful conclusion to a beautiful story.

Shazia HasanPublished March 10, 2021 -
Geeta seen with Mr and Mrs Edhi in this file photo.—Fahim Siddiqi/White Star

Geeta seen with Mr and Mrs Edhi in this file photo.—Fahim Siddiqi/White Star

KARACHI: Geeta’s search for her parents is over. The deaf and mute girl, discovered at the Edhi Centre in Mithadar in 2015 following the release of the hit Indian movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan, has finally been reunited with her mother in India.
According to Bilquis Edhi, Geeta’s real name is Radha, and she had been in touch with her over the past weekend to inform her about her happy news.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan tells the story of a little girl, who cannot speak and who goes astray in India after wandering off a train on which she and her mother were returning home to Pakistan after paying respects at the shrine of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi. And out here, there was this real story of a girl who had somehow crossed over to Pakistan and was brought to the Edhi Centre as a lost child at the age of 10 or 11.

‘After observing her ways of touching feet, etc, I realised that she was Hindu. That’s when I changed her name to Geeta’

Since then she was being taken care of by Mrs Edhi. At first Mrs Edhi had named her Fatima as the child only referred to herself as ‘Guddi’. She had scribbled that name. “Then after observing her ways of touching feet, etc, I realised that she was Hindu. That’s when I changed her name to Geeta,” Mrs Edhi had told Dawn some five years ago.

She even used to take her for pooja to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on M.A. Jinnah Road but after they found themselves gathering too much attention, Mrs Edhi asked her to buy some Hindi deity posters and statues to make a home temple where she could pray in privacy. Being used to working with people with all kinds of issues, Geeta’s condition never caused a communication problem with Mrs Edhi, who could understand her quite well.

After the girl’s story became known in the media in 2015, arrangements were made by the late Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to have the girl flown back home. But even after she got to India, the search for her family continued. The Indian government and NGOs even ran DNA tests of people who were missing a daughter around the time Geeta was discovered in Pakistan but the tests didn’t match. Geeta herself, too, wasn’t sure about them.

But now Geeta has actually recognised her mother. She got in touch with Bilquis Edhi and told her all about it with happy tears. Her mother lives in Naigaon village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Through her, Geeta has found out that her real name is Radha Waghmare. Her biological father, Sudhakar, died a few years ago. Her mother, Meena has remarried.
The family is not rich and makes ends meet by selling clay pots. With her search over, Geeta, or rather Radha, who is around 27 years of age now, is not really looking forward to moving to the village. She is currently a student. She studies in class eight and wants to complete her special education before making any further decisions though she has shown the desire to find a job after that. “She may be living in another country now. But she is still a daughter. She still shares all her joys and sorrows with me despite the physical distance between us. And I will be with her on whatever decision she takes for herself,” Mrs Edhi told Dawn.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1611602/edhi-centres-geeta-finally-reunites-with-her-mother-in-india
 

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A beautiful conclusion to a beautiful story.

Shazia HasanPublished March 10, 2021 -
Geeta seen with Mr and Mrs Edhi in this file photo.—Fahim Siddiqi/White Star

Geeta seen with Mr and Mrs Edhi in this file photo.—Fahim Siddiqi/White Star

KARACHI: Geeta’s search for her parents is over. The deaf and mute girl, discovered at the Edhi Centre in Mithadar in 2015 following the release of the hit Indian movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan, has finally been reunited with her mother in India.
According to Bilquis Edhi, Geeta’s real name is Radha, and she had been in touch with her over the past weekend to inform her about her happy news.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan tells the story of a little girl, who cannot speak and who goes astray in India after wandering off a train on which she and her mother were returning home to Pakistan after paying respects at the shrine of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi. And out here, there was this real story of a girl who had somehow crossed over to Pakistan and was brought to the Edhi Centre as a lost child at the age of 10 or 11.

‘After observing her ways of touching feet, etc, I realised that she was Hindu. That’s when I changed her name to Geeta’

Since then she was being taken care of by Mrs Edhi. At first Mrs Edhi had named her Fatima as the child only referred to herself as ‘Guddi’. She had scribbled that name. “Then after observing her ways of touching feet, etc, I realised that she was Hindu. That’s when I changed her name to Geeta,” Mrs Edhi had told Dawn some five years ago.

She even used to take her for pooja to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on M.A. Jinnah Road but after they found themselves gathering too much attention, Mrs Edhi asked her to buy some Hindi deity posters and statues to make a home temple where she could pray in privacy. Being used to working with people with all kinds of issues, Geeta’s condition never caused a communication problem with Mrs Edhi, who could understand her quite well.

After the girl’s story became known in the media in 2015, arrangements were made by the late Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to have the girl flown back home. But even after she got to India, the search for her family continued. The Indian government and NGOs even ran DNA tests of people who were missing a daughter around the time Geeta was discovered in Pakistan but the tests didn’t match. Geeta herself, too, wasn’t sure about them.

But now Geeta has actually recognised her mother. She got in touch with Bilquis Edhi and told her all about it with happy tears. Her mother lives in Naigaon village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Through her, Geeta has found out that her real name is Radha Waghmare. Her biological father, Sudhakar, died a few years ago. Her mother, Meena has remarried.
The family is not rich and makes ends meet by selling clay pots. With her search over, Geeta, or rather Radha, who is around 27 years of age now, is not really looking forward to moving to the village. She is currently a student. She studies in class eight and wants to complete her special education before making any further decisions though she has shown the desire to find a job after that. “She may be living in another country now. But she is still a daughter. She still shares all her joys and sorrows with me despite the physical distance between us. And I will be with her on whatever decision she takes for herself,” Mrs Edhi told Dawn.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1611602/edhi-centres-geeta-finally-reunites-with-her-mother-in-india
Thank you Edhi for taking such good care of Radha / Geeta for so long. Truly commendable.

I wonder how the girl from Maharashtra crossed over to Pakistan. Border area is many hundred miles away from Maharashtra.
 

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Thank you Edhi for taking such good care of Radha / Geeta for so long. Truly commendable.

I wonder how the girl from Maharashtra crossed over to Pakistan. Border area is many hundred miles away from Maharashtra.
Yeah, I thought that too, but life is full of anomalies.
The main thing is she has discovered her family, and, they have been very careful in ensuring the accuracy of her lineage.
 
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Yeah, I thought that too, but life is full of anomalies.
The main thing is she has discovered her family, and, they have been very careful in ensuring the accuracy of her lineage.
Edhi is someone who were respected in India by a lot of people. Truly he was an avatar of God in guise of a Human.
 
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He truly deserved a Noble prize for his humanitarian work, he also did some good work in other countries, including India. But, it's all politics.
That Nobel Prize is a scam, even Obama got the Nobel “Peace” Prize for killing innocents in Pakistan through drone strikes and wiping out wedding Parties with hellfire missiles in Afghanistan.
 

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That Nobel Prize is a scam, even Obama got the Nobel “Peace” Prize for killing innocents in Pakistan through drone strikes and wiping out wedding Parties with hellfire missiles in Afghanistan.
I wouldn't go as far as calling it a scam, but there is a lot of politics involved, more than it should be, for a prize that's meant to be neutral.
 

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He truly deserved a Noble prize for his humanitarian work, he also did some good work in other countries, including India. But, it's all politics.
Its very difficult for people from non-Western nations to get Nobel Prize. Even Mahatma Gandhi did not get one.
 

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Its very difficult for people from non-Western nations to get Nobel Prize. Even Mahatma Gandhi did not get one.
Who cares about nobel prize
Remeber a guy a bombed and killed 1000s of innocent bystanders got a nobel prize
And the guy who tried to stop it was radiculed
Europe is dying noone will care about their nobel prize
Its asia and africa future if they can solve their issues
 

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Who cares about nobel prize
Remeber a guy a bombed and killed 1000s of innocent bystanders got a nobel prize
And the guy who tried to stop it was radiculed
Europe is dying noone will care about their nobel prize
Its asia and africa future if they can solve their issues
Nobel Prize was started from the money donated by a scientist Alfred Nobel, a Swedish. People from Asia or Africa do not contribute in the prize money.
The charity which donates money along with the prize decides based on their own logic.

We should first start something similar in this side of the world by our own money and then complain about the lack of neutrality of Nobel Prize.
 

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Its very difficult for people from non-Western nations to get Nobel Prize. Even Mahatma Gandhi did not get one.
Seriously crazy, there are a lot of people in South Asia that should qualify, but until we develop our regions, we'll all just be seen as a bunch of idiots to be used as how they see fit.
 

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Nobel Prize was started from the money donated by a scientist Alfred Nobel, a Swedish. People from Asia or Africa do not contribute in the prize money.
The charity which donates money along with the prize decides based on their own logic.

We should first start something similar in this side of the world by our own money and then complain about the lack of neutrality of Nobel Prize.
We are not complaing..we already know that nobel prize is western based and doesnt follow merit

What i was saying that nobel prize has no value for us.
 
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Seriously crazy, there are a lot of people in South Asia that should qualify, but until we develop our regions, we'll all just be seen as a bunch of idiots to be used as how they see fit.
That is naive! The prize was only established to better Alfred Noble's own image... him infamous for bofors and dynamite... an untimely obituary gave him an epiphany on personal image and a legacy. The Noble peace is for his own namesake... and it is donned on select few that reflect highly on Noble himself... Obama just one such example.
Noble is no barometer on quality nor good or bad... it is a PR scheme that only promotes brand Noble!
 

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