Community Correspondents

Basanti Soren


Basanti Soren comes from a mining, industrial and cultural hub in Jharkhand. Her district holds a strong position on the mineral map of the country which creates some fundamental problems for the locals. Basanti’s village, Lopongtandi in Ramgarh district is only a kilometre away from the East Parej Coal mine.

For years she has witnessed how the mining has left the landscape scarred and ravaged. She has been associated with the Jungle Bachao Andolan, a movement to conserve the remaining forests of the area. Since joining VV, life hasn’t been the same for Basanti. Through VV she got a platform to raise her voice and work on issues close to her heart. As a video activist, Basanti is documenting the illegal mining in her community and its affect on people.

Videos from Basanti

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Painting a New Story: Sohrai Art in Jharkhand

/ November 17, 2017

Traditionally painted by women, Sohrai and Khovar are indigenous art forms depicting weddings, harvests and life in the forests.

Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan – A Legacy of Unfinished Toilets?

/ January 19, 2017

One of the most applauded, publicised and actually needed social welfare programs is the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Gramin). This program is targeted toward the villages of our country that house around three-fourth of India’s population. It aims to provide comprehensive sanitation coverage such as toilets and rid our villages from...

A walk into the jungle is still the only accessible toilet

/ January 11, 2017

For the women of a remote village in Jharkhand, a walk into the nearby forests is still the only way they can answer nature’s call. Because the much-promised bathrooms to be constructed for every village in India has still eluded them. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched in 2014 with much...

Restrictions on women’s mobility

/ December 24, 2016

“Girls have a lot of restrictions on them. Boys don’t have any restrictions. Also boys say bad things when they see a girl by herself”. A teenager from Jharkhand rationalises why there’s so much restrictions on her mobility, thus. Four years from the horrific murder and rape of Jyothi Singh...

Restrictions on women’s mobility

/ December 24, 2016

"Girls have a lot of restrictions on them. Boys don't have any restrictions. Also, boys say bad things when they see a girl by herself."

A Long Walk towards Maternal Health in this Jharkhand Village

/ October 6, 2016

Julia Murmu, a mother from Jharkhand walks almost three kilometres through dense forest with her young child for any health-related issue. Afraid of attacks from wild animals and overall safety, the mothers refrain from going to the nearby Anganwadi centre for medicines and vaccinations. Under the Janani Suraksha Yojana and...

Jharkhand Mothers cross forests for childrens’ vaccination

/ September 29, 2016

The lack of state medical facilities in the hinterlands of Jharkhand has the tribal mothers worried about the health of their young ones. The Lopongtandi village of Ramgarh district in Jharkhand has a tribal population of 450 residents, amongst which 56 are children between the age of 0-6 years. The...

A Decade long struggle for Widow pension

/ May 19, 2016

Talomuni Soren, a resident of Mandu district, Jharkhand has not received any widow pension fund under the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) since her husband died a decade ago. To make ends meet, she works in the coal mine in Jharkhand along with her teenage daughter. “She used to go...