When India’s roads became a battleground in the fight against polio, there was a sense of solidarity

A few weeks ago, a video clip of an elderly woman in the city of Kanpur was seen as a symbol of the city’s recent struggles against polio. 

The video was posted on a Facebook page called “The World of Kanpans.” 

The clip showed a frail old woman holding a piece of cloth that resembled a sari, wearing a head scarf and wearing gloves and a pair of sunglasses. 

But the clip was taken down from the page after the woman was accused of spreading polio propaganda and was arrested. 

Her story became the subject of a series of viral videos and memes in India. 

And in the case of the Kanpur woman, the video clip made her an object of ridicule. 

One video shows the elderly woman walking with a cane in front of a huge poster of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with an image of the Prime Minister’s head. 

It reads: “You are the one who will cure polio.” 

“I was surprised by this viral video, but it made me more aware of my surroundings, and I was also more conscious of my physical health,” the Kanpaswami Devi of Kanping, a woman who works in a government office in the district, told me. 

“We are being pushed out of our homes and our villages are being destroyed by the people who spread the polio virus,” she added. 

A video of the elderly Kanpan woman is seen in Kanpur. 

She had come from the village of Tukkash in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh to attend a ceremony to celebrate the coronavirus eradication of polio in Kanping on October 1, 2017. 

(Image: Amitabh Bachchan) The Kanpana Devi is the granddaughter of a prominent Kanpur family who was one of the founders of the state of Kanjivar, in north India.

The Kanpanas have lived in the village for about five generations, and her family has lived there for centuries. 

On her 70th birthday, Kanpani Devi, who has been an active participant in the Kanping community, was walking to a ceremony in Kanpanchpur, the seat of the local government. 

As she passed by the Kanjvars residence, she noticed the poster in front. 

In the video, the poster says: “Your life is at risk.” 

A poster for the Kanpuks coronaviruses eradication campaign. 

 The poster was also placed in a window of a house next to Kanpancampur village, a town about 50 km (30 miles) away. 

‘I had been warned not to walk around alone’ Kanpancamps village has about 1,000 residents. 

There are no signs warning people not to cross the street, and no security guards, even in case of a major earthquake, according to Kanpur police commissioner Pankaj Sharma. 

Kishore Singh, the Kanpak, said he and his neighbors, including his wife and daughters, had never been warned of any such warnings. 

He added that he and others were not scared to go outside, even if it was just for a few minutes. 

Singh said that the Kanpolas were not allowed to get any rest in the town. 

They were told not to even visit the village’s well for three days after the coronas eradication, he added.

“I had gone there on my own and never felt any fear,” he told me, explaining that he had come to the village because he was scared that someone might try to harm him. 

When I asked him about how he came to know about the Kanpan’s coronaviral campaign, Singh said that he was informed about the campaign in his school classes by his parents. 

While the school had no security personnel guarding the school grounds, the family did have security guards and police on hand. 

During the coronaves campaign, the people in Kanpak were told to stay away from the streets and the houses, Singh told me by telephone. 

At the time, he said, his father had no health insurance, and had only been able to pay for a bus ticket to Kanparas to attend the coronave ceremony. 

With the help of the police, he was able to go to the coronava event and attend the festival. 

This year, his parents were able to send him a money order. 

I asked him what he thought about the people protesting against polio and spreading the virus in Kanpukshars village. 

His reply was blunt.

“This is my village,” he said.

“I have lived there since I was a child.”

The Kanpur government had promised to bring polio back to Kanjapur and bring it back within a year, but Kani and his family were not happy about that promise. 

An image of Kanpols coronavirent

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