Community Correspondents

Anil Kumar Saroj

Anil Kumar Saroj

Anil’s lower caste status caused him and his family to experience discrimination and unemployment . The hostility drove his family to move to the slums of Mumbai but the 1993 Mumbai riots again forced Anil’s family to flee, and return to their village

Anil Kumar Saroj primarily reports on issues related to employment, corruption, caste, and women’s rights. Entrepreneurialism and a commitment to justice and equality are deeply embedded within Anil Kumar Saroj. Anil’s lower caste status caused him and his family to experience discrimination and unemployment. The hostility drove his family to move to the slums of Mumbai. At a young age, Anil experienced the daily struggles of slum survival.

The 1993 Mumbai riots again forced Anil’s family to flee, and they reluctantly returned to their village. But this time, Anil returned with energy to respond to issues of caste and inequality. Anil began his social change work by informing Dalits, landless people, women, and minority groups about their rights as citizens. He joined People for Peace Service Society that supports the mobilization of marginalized citizens to implement solutions to problems they face. He has a deep commitment to supporting his community members. This is reflected in his job as an independent social worker within the community.

Anil believes that his community cannot develop without the advancement of women. Beginning in the late 1990s, he worked to create economic opportunities for women, such as opening space for women workers in the agarbatti market. This initiative was done through the Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana government program that aimed to provide employment to the unemployed poor. Originally, Anil was hopeful that the program would create positive change, but Anil found that it was filled with corruption. Anil turned to journalism as a means to expose corrupt practices and to advocate for women’s rights and employment opportunities. Anil has faced many challenges in his journalism. When he was making a documentary on the plight of the Dalit Musahar (rat-eater) community, he received threats for exposing the inhumane conditions that they face in their daily struggles to survive. Nevertheless, he continued his work on the project and he now plans to make a documentary about the exploitation of carpet weavers in his village. He continues to use the platform India Unheard, as a means to expose exploitation, injustice, and corruption imbedded within Indian society.  

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Home is Where We Must Start to Dismantle Patriarchy

 
/ March 8, 2017

This International Women’s Day let’s radically transform our private spheres into equal spaces This women’s day are you feeling smothered by pink messages extolling your...

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Mid-day Meal scheme sham exposed and solved

 
/ February 10, 2017

The 210 students of Mahadevpur Primary School, Uttar Pradesh, were hungry for more than a month as they hadn’t received their mid-day meal. Through meetings...

Our lives are threatened because we are asking for food. It...

 
/ January 30, 2017

“You’re asking for rights? Do you know what caste you belong to?,” the Sarpanch (Village Head) reminded Samaru Vanvashi, a Dalit resident of Bisapur village...

Our lives are threatened because we are asking for food. It...

 
/ January 30, 2017

“You’re asking for rights? Do you know what caste you belong to?,” the Sarpanch (Village Head) reminded Samaru Vanvashi, a Dalit resident of Bisapur village...

Mother of six daughters abandoned by husband, stigmatised by society

 
/ January 25, 2017

Married for 26 years, Phoolkumari has been deprived of her share of the family property. The reason? She has six daughters. “My relatives told me...

Mother of six daughters abandoned by husband, stigmatised by society

 
/ January 25, 2017

Married for 26 years, Phoolkumari has been deprived of her share of the family property. The reason? She has six daughters. “My relatives told me...

Playtime for Boys and Housework for Girls: Training in Gender Roles...

 
/ November 28, 2016

When an 8-year old boy and his 11-year old older sister are interviewed about their daily activities the gender disparities in division of household chores...

Playtime for Boys and Housework for Girls: Training in Gender Roles...

 
/ November 28, 2016

When an 8-year old boy and his 11-year old older sister are interviewed about their daily activities the gender disparities in division of household chores...