Community Correspondents

Alka Mate

Alka Mate

Alka Mate is a social worker and Community Correspondent.

She lives with her husband, mother in law and son, and works with children’s rights in the Parthi community which is a partially nomadic community. She deals with issues such as adequate food, earning a wage and alcoholism in the family, and wants to diversify and work on issues related to women. Alka thinks it is the women who work and earn all the money, whilst men waste it on alcohol in her particular community. Additionally, she also wants to help the community improve on issues related to custom and culture such as childbirth.

Videos from Alka

Gram Dhara Chitrotsav – An Organic Festival Celebrating Life

/ May 3, 2017

An organic festival, Gram Dhara Chitrotsav, literally an arts festival for village and earth is India’s first Land Art Festival in Nagpur.

Sanjay Khobragade Case Update: Devkabai Khobragade speaks out against police brutality

/ September 8, 2014

In May 2014 Community Correspondent Alka Mate reported on the murder of Dalit rights activist Sanjay Khobragade from Kavalewada, Maharashtra.  Six ‘upper caste’ individuals had murdered him over a land dispute. As Sanjay fought for his life and his family tried to get justice, they found that the law and...

Police ignores dying declaration, Accused out on bail: Sanjay Khobragade Murder Case

/ June 19, 2014

At 2:30 am on 17th May six people from a ‘higher caste’ tried to kill Sanjay Khobragade, a Dalit rights activist, over a caste based land dispute. They set him on fire while he slept in his house. With over 80-85% burns on his body, he passed away while at...