Community Correspondents

Harihar Nagbansi

Harihar Nagbansi

Hailing from a family of tea estate workers in the Bhatkawa Tea Estate in Alipurduar, Harihar wears many caps. He is currently completing his Master's in Social Work from IGNOU. He also volunteers with the Nehru Yuva Kendra, a youth group which works with tribal communities on issues of trafficking and migration. Harihar also works closely with the Dhumkuria Trust, which works on issues like housing and education. Apart from these engagements, he also commits five days each month to his job as an executive monitor for a WHO monitoring project, which includes field visits to health centres. As a Community Correspondent, Harihar wishes to tackle the decades of deprivation and the denial of rights his Nagesia tribal community has faced. He is looking forward to screening videos he makes on issues of trafficking, migration and lack of entitlements faced by tea estates workers.

Videos from Harihar

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Trafficked at 11, Pregnant Teen Comes Home to Police Inaction

 
/ December 8, 2017

For nine long years that Nagma was missing, the police took no action to trace her and is doing little now to punish her traffickers.

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No Water for Bengal Tea Garden Despite Repeated Petitions

 
/ September 13, 2017

Some of the richest tea gardens in the country cannot even assure clean drinking water to their employees, the local government is doing nothing either.

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Only Iron-Contaminated Water for Village at Himalayan Foothills

 
/ August 4, 2017

For three years, this Bengal village has been thirsting. The handpumps spurt harmful, iron-rich water, and there is no pipeline water supply in sight.

Ordeal of a pregnant woman

 
/ February 9, 2017

It has been a long, long haul for Ranjana, and she is quieted by exhaustion and apprehension in equal parts. This is the second hospital she has been admitted to that day and both have treated her with superb disdain, making her wait for hours together, refusing to give her...

Ordeal of a pregnant woman

 
/ January 12, 2017

It has been a long, long haul for Ranjana, and she is quieted by exhaustion and apprehension in equal parts. This is the second hospital she has been admitted to that day and both have treated her with superb disdain, making her wait for hours together, refusing to give her...

20 year old shelterless Anganwadi Centre in West Bengal

 
/ July 29, 2016

Launched in 1975, the integrated child Development Services (ICDS) scheme is one of the world’s largest programmes for early child development. The primary objective of the scheme is to improve the nutritional and health status of children aged 0 to 6 years and pregnant and nursing women. In 2005, the...

A March across the Tea gardens for Justice

 
/ May 18, 2016

About 400 tea gardens workers from of Dooars and Terai regions of West Bengal joined a 10-day rally organised by the Progressive Tea Workers Union (PTWU) on January 5, earlier this year. The 390-km rally started in the village of Kumargram Sankosh and ended in the city of Siliguri of...

Provident funds worth eight years not paid to tea workers in Bengal

 
/ April 28, 2016

The cup of refreshing morning tea in front of you has a tale of rampant labour exploitation and corruption. The area of North Bengal, where tea cultivation is the primary industry, has been dealing with a gruesome wave of starvation of more than 1.1 million tea-workers due to low or...