We all are aware of the Rafale issue which has kept the pot boiling for a long time now, but could you imagine a name change of a Village because of this most talked about issue in almost every electioneering by the Congress President Rahul Gandhi ?
Well, a small hamlet in Chhattisgarh named Rafel has become a butt of jokes for the neighbouring village and visitors. The small village with around 200 families is in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund constituency. The people here are quite annoyed with the name shaming and wants a desperate name change. Albeit, the English spelling is slightly different, but it certainly serve as a homophone to the most controversial twin-jet fighter aircraft from Dassault – Rafale.
83-year-old Dharam Singh, who is the eldest in the village said, “People of other villages make fun of us, saying we will be subjected to investigation if the Congress comes to power. We even went to the chief minister’s office with a request to change the name of our village but could not meet him.”
While no one knows how the village got the name Rafel or what does it actually mean, elders in the village said it was back in 1998 when the Mahasamund district was formed and so it has been for the last 21 years.
The village seems to lack the basic necessities like water, sanitation, and irrigation facilities. According to the residents, no politician ever visits the village and the place was never so much talked about in the past.
We hope ‘Acche Din’ for this village sooner now that it has an indirect connection with The Rafale.