Railway Station village Basal(now in Pakistan)
There are two very famous shrines of saints “Hazrat Pir Nanga & Baba Mian Feroz and both were centers of all social activities of the village. At any important festival whether belonging to Muslims or Hindus, the villagers from both the communities used to gather near the shrine of Baba Mian Feroz to celebrate the festival with blessings of Baba Sahib.
It was also a day like a festival when a young boy of the village was awarded a degree of Doctor. It was being celebrated by all villagers for he was the ever first person who had become a Doctor in this village. Every one was congratulating Mr. Lyakat Ram the grand father of the boy named Dayal Chand. Mr. Karam Chand, the father of the boy was a well off person of the village and a known social worker. While Dr. Dayal Chand was ambitious to join government service, his father being a social worker was thinking otherwise. It was his dream to provide medical facilities to the community living in his village at nominal cost or free of cost. He desired his son Dayal Chand not to join any Govt. Service and start his own practice as a doctor. He also advised him to take care of poor people and not to charge anything from people who are not able to pay. Being a very rich person Shri Karam Chand had given a free hand to his Dr. Son to serve the society in a manner he likes to do. The people of the village were also very eager and were of the view that Doctor should not join Government Service but should stay in the village which needed medical services badly. It was decided in the Village Panchyat to help doctor finding a suitable place for opening his clinic and also help him in any manner that may be required by him. A portion of very spacious building located on the Mithai Chowk also known as the Basal Chowk was selected by the people keeping in view that this chowk was important link of transportation for the nearby villages also. There were about 10-15 villages in the radius of 3-4 miles from this place
The benevolence of the father of a Doctor (being lone doctor in the area) made the doctor so lenient that every patient coming to him was considered as if he is poor and the Dr. Dayal Chand became so emotional about every patient that he never charged a penny from poor persons. It was the fortune of his forefathers that was serving his purpose otherwise he should have been on roads for distributing medicines free of cost to everyone coming to his clinic. In fact it had been an established fact that no member belonging to doctor’s family had ever thought of being a different identity longing for any share of the family property or income. Whatever was decided by the head of the family was accepted by all without any demur. It was a small village. Most of the people living in the village were earning through agriculture, trade, business are small artisans. Since the climate of the area was humid and rain was not certain the farming was a bit difficult in this area. Main cultivation was of wheat and peanuts. People of this area preferred to join the Govt. services. That is why the father of Dayal Chand had advised him not to join Government service following other people. The population of the village included persons of almost all faiths and religions, however Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs were more in comparison to other communities, maximum population was however of Muslims. Being small in area having less population everyone knew each other. Some were having close relations and others were simply known by names or activities. The atmosphere was peaceful. Inspite of different religions they were having cordial relations and everyone was ever ready to help each other in case of need. The family of the doctor was known to all for they were big land lords, having very good income from agriculture and other properties. Their ancestors were traders of different commodities which were supplied in nearby commercial hubs. They were living in a palatial house, so big that in case of some ceremony in the family of any villager; a portion of the house was made available for the purpose. The house was equipped with all type of amenities and a number of servants were deployed to look after the household and business activities.
Dr. Dayal Chand had hardly started his practice when a number of patients started coming to his clinic. He had done his internship from Lahore Medical College and therefore used to seek the guidance of his senior doctors in case of facing difficulty in treatment of his patients Not only in Basal but the people from nearby localities like Thata, Dumel, Jand and Pindigeb, Dhok Ratti-Ban, Fazi ki Dhok, Garhi, Mari etc. also started coming to his clinic. . One evening Mohamed Ali the husband of Nafisa (the domestic servant at their residence) came rushing and requested him to accompany him to his house immediately as his wife was seriously ill and was not able even to talk. He explained the condition of his wife and requested the Doctor to visit his home. Before he decides to visit, the Doctor asked him some simple questions to ascertain the disease.
Doctor: When was the pain started?
Mohamad Ali: I do not know. Ever since she came back from her duty at your residence she is not feeling well.
Doctor: when did she come back?
Moh: Do not know. But when I came back to my home after my duty was off I found her lying on the bed screaming with pain.
Where was your mother Doctor asked Mr. Mohamad? Why did she not inform me while she was within the house?
I do not know. My mother always tries to find faults in Nafisa who has failed to conceive a child for our family even after the marriage of two years.
It is not that long a woman is bound to conceive. It may be your fault also. Anyhow let us go and check up the condition of Nafisa. The mother of Mohamad wanted him to marry again and bring a new wife, as Nafisa has not been able to give birth to a child.
A Doctor treating his every patient free of cost could not resist himself to visit the house of his maid under the dire need of medical help. He immediately took his bag of medicines and accompanied the caller. It was diagnosed to be a matter of gastric trouble only but because of ignorance the problem was aggravated mainly due to the negligence of the mother in law of Nafisa.
The Doctor asked Nafisa what you have eaten today. Nafisa being a Muslim lady kept her face behind the Burka (a type of wearing cloth by Muslim ladies) and replied in low tone that she had eaten the left out food at your residence which included a bowl of rice and some vegetable curry.
Who asked you to eat that left over food?
The Babay (grand mom of the doctor)
And why did you obey her orders?
She is your grand mom and that way my grand mom also and therefore I should obey her orders.
There is nothing so serious. You have taken stale food that has created excessive gas that your body could not absorb and you felt like being a serious patient of some serious illness.
Doctor asked her grand mom Mrs. Maheshi as to why she gave junk and stale food to Mrs. Nafisa for eating?
Why should I give her such food? It was she who herself asked me whether she can use the food lying in the kitchen and I permitted her. The kitchen was full of fresh food also, rest I do not know why she selected the stale food only. Doctor went inside the kitchen which was big enough to provide sitting space to about 10 persons at a time to sit and eat the fresh food made every day. On the day of the incidence Nafisa was asked to cook some non-veg for the coming guests which she had done and informed the grand mom. The guest came enjoyed the food and went away after a meeting with the father and Grand father of the Doctor. The food that was cooked for the guest was consumed and finished. The bowls filled with some other cooked food were lying in the kitchen which were kept aside perhaps not for consumption but was used by Nafisa and hence a problem of illness was created.
The Mohammad Ali the husband of the domestic servant of the doctor family was so happy with the behavior of the doctor family that prompted him to offer some money to Dr Dayal Chand for treating the illness of his wife Nafisa as a fee amount. Mohammad Ali was also a man of self respect and really wanted to pay the doctor attending the emergency of medical needs of his wife. He asked Dr Dayal Chand about the fee to be paid. Dr. Dayal Chand informed him that he does not charge anything himself it was for his father Shri Karam Chand who will charge for the people working as domestic help for their family. Mohammad Ali went to the room of the father of the doctor to ask for the fees to be paid for attending to his wife by his son Dr. Dayal Chand. . Shri Kram Chand smiled and advised him to come very near to him so that the amount of fees could be told to him in his ears. Mohammad Ali followed the orders of his master and came very near to him. When found very near Shri Karam Chand gave a slap on his face and put two fist strokes on his back and said that the fees has been recovered from him. Mohammad Ali was in dilemma not able to understand as to what had happened. He started howling and asked his master to know as to what wrong was done by him for which he had been beaten and slapped. The wife of Shri Karam Chand Smt. Maheshi was looking the whole drama. She came forward and consoled Mohamed Ali and explained that his wife was serving them whole heartily and was treated by her as her own daughter. In that way Dr. was like brother to her and how a brother can ask for a fee from her own sister? You dare asking for the fee and therefore were beaten by the father of Doctor. The Doctor had intentionally directed you to meet his father for payment of fee because he never wanted to charge any fee.
The people of the village were now very happy to have a doctor in their own village. Previously even for small medical problem they had to go to Kohat. Now they were feeling at home for any medical treatment. Not only this village, the residents of nearby villages were also happy for getting medical aid at no cost or at very little cost. One day a person came rushing on cycle into the clinic of the doctor. He was a passer by when he had seen a Truck accident near Rain Nala and a young boy was seriously injured. If no medical help is provided immediately he may perhaps die. The Doctor immediately left for the place of accident. By that time the father and other family members of the injured person had also reached on the spot. The boy was seriously injured and was bleeding. In hurry doctor could not bring his medical kit with him which was badly required now. He advised them to bring the boy into his house so that he may attend on him conveniently. But father of the boy wanted to take the boy to his own house. He therefore requested the doctor to bring his medical instruments at his residence. He asked his driver to take the doctor to his clinic and come back with all the medicines and instruments. Doctor agreed and immediately left for his clinic to bring the necessary medicines and equipments. The young boy was unconscious for excessive bleeding. The doctor immediately started his treatment. First of all the bleeding was stopped by bandage and plasters. Thereafter all remained waiting for the boy to gain consciousness, but it was taking time. If consciousness is not gained it may turn to be a serious case. It was therefore necessary that he should be kept under medical observation. The doctor decided to stay with the patient during night and requested the father of the boy to send a message to his family members. Early in the morning the boy gained consciousness and was feeling better. Doctor after examining him expressed satisfaction over his recovery progress and decided to come back to his home. Before leaving he prescribed certain medicines and gave some instructions to his family members. He also assured them to visit again a day after. The father of the boy was much obliged and expressed his gratification in polite words for saving the life of his beloved son. He offered him some money as a fee but doctor declined to accept the money. His motto to start practice as a doctor in a village was to serve the society and not earn the money. Doctor requested them to help the poor people financially in need of medical aid.
Next day Mohamed Ali, husband of Nafisa, went to Durghah and paid his tributes for the long life of doctor family. A Muslim was praying for the long life of a Hindu doctor only because he never learnt the chapter of religion, he could only understand the lesson of humanity. Religion was not important for him. Every person born on the earth is equally important for him irrespective of their caste, religion or economic status. These are the created artificial outlines demarcating that a particular type of people are poor, others are rich, and some are Muslims. Hindus, christens, Sikhs, Buddhists or belonging to some other religion. The undivided Hindustan was a place where people were more close to the human beings and were careful for the well beings of each other. The religion was a back seater coming on front only on the occasions of religious ceremonies and not more than that. Even these ceremonies were shared by all irrespective of their religion. In such a society the true religion that was observed by all was to look after the well being of each other. Let it be by physical help, financial help are social help. When we talk about the social help it was arranged by the entire community of a particular area irrespective of their different faiths just to help the old aged, unable, cripple, isolated or otherwise physically unable people of their areas. It was a duty bound act of each family to confirm the well being of their neighbors. Every one whether poor or rich had its own importance in the society and every one had a role to play for the society. In such circumstances life was found as gift of god by all and every one was busy in his daily routine. It is not possible in any society where all people are good and there is no one with notorious mind and thinking. The persons engaged in malicious, wicked and nasty activities had been an integral part of any society. As such the people living here had been feeling of existence such person also. But they were negligible in number and their presence was written off. Otherwise most people were having cordial relations.
In the village Basal the life was very simple. Everyone was confined to the bare limited needs for survival but was able to enjoy the real meaning of the life. They were least concerned even about the value of education. The literacy was at minimum level. Everyone was confined to his own work. Being simple in life they were many times lured by the aspirant political leaders and were made victim of their foul promises to gain their favour. Under the political fervor at the time of division of the country called Hindustan between two parts one to be known as Pakistan and other to be known as Hindustan all these simple living people were swayed away in a wave as if they are going to be king of the newly created nation. It is natural phenomena for every one to get material gains quickly and easily. This hidden instinct of the people of the country was stimulated by the political leaders of both sides. The best way to put the nation on fire was to use ignition of Religion, which again remains running into the veins of blood. The history of entire human being may perhaps be not sufficient to exactly disclose the toll of humanity that has been taken on the basis of religion only.
As per political leaders the first reason of this division was based on religion. The Muslim dominated area was to be given to Pakistan and the Hindu dominated area was to be known as Hindustan. The dooms day had after all reached and the country was divided into two parts. Overnight each community i.e. Hindu and Muslims became throat cut enemies of each other forgetting all relations, friendships, obligations, status etc. The village Basal had fallen within the boarder of Pakistan and became a village of Pakistan. When Pakistan was made especially for Muslims how a member of Hindu community was to be allowed to live in that country. For lack of education and foul allurement by their Muslim leaders the Muslim community started atrocities on their Hindu neighbors. Each Hindu family was being identified, picked up and was being butchered like animals. Their houses were being captured forcibly, their belongings were being snatched and even their young ladies were being looted like commodities. Any effort to protest this loot brought death to protesting people. Every last relation and social setup was forgotten. Each empowered person became a virtual beast and was thirsty for the blood of other community whatsoever sweet relation he might have been enjoying with each other. In case of natural calamity the disaster is tackled by the joint venture of every living being. The people not affected of the natural eventuality also come forward to help the victims. But here the people were falling pray in the hands of those who had been the protector so