UP village boy suddenly acquires American accent
LUCKNOW: A 14-year-old
Dalit boy, born and brought up in a remote village of western Uttar Pradesh, has
. Rajesh, without
any evident help, has started speaking fluently in English and does so with a
proper American drawl. And that’s not all: He seems to have forgotten how
to speak Hindi.
Wonders do not cease with this: His knowledge of
physics and mathematics has left engineering students baffled. Having already
penned three books, Rajesh is now looking forward to some research
All of this may sound like a Bollywood script on one of its
favourite themes, reincarnation. However, Rajesh, a resident of a nondescript
village 40 km from Saharanpur, refuses to call it so.
In his words:
"There is no concept of reincarnation. It is just that memory can’t be
destroyed till there are sound waves in the world."
And this is the
area of science that interests Rajesh the most. "He has already written three
documents, one on memory, the other on sociology and the third on
liberalisation," said an excited Shishu Pal Singh Verma, principal of Willian
Jefferson Clinton Science and Technology Centre, where Rajesh was enrolled last
"I did not take him seriously for a few months but on Republic
Day, while the students were reciting poetry before the entire college, Rajesh
took the mike and addressed the gathering in fluent English. This left us almost
shell-shocked," says Shishu Pal.
Rajesh’s mother Omkali and
16-year-old brother Kaluwa are daily wage labourers who earn just enough to
manage two square meals a day. His father Sompal is mentally-challenged. Asked
how and when these changes came into Rajesh, Omkali said that it happened almost
a year ago when Rajesh was helping Kaluwa erect a wall.
the brothers brought the wall up to two feet, their father would smash it.
Irritated, Rajesh threw a brick at him who was hit in the head and began to
This left Rajesh dumbfounded. "For the next three
months, he did not utter a single word. When he did, it was not in Hindi," said
Jamal, a resident of Saharanpur.