Community Correspondents

Mahesh Kumar

Mahesh Kumar- Village Kara, District Kosambi, Uttar Pradesh Mahesh Kumar primarily reports on issues related to caste discrimination and equal rights . Mahesh Kumar became aware of his lower caste status when he began school. Teachers and peers constantly humiliated him on the basis of his caste. Lower caste members are often discouraged from attending school. The constant discrimination lowered his self-respect. As he grew older, he began to critically examine the absurdity of the culture of caste discrimination. Mahesh uses journalism to push for progress in areas related to caste and access to quality education. When Mahesh isn’t reporting on these issues, he helps his younger brother pursue his own education, despite the many setbacks. Mahesh believes that education is a key component of progressive development and positive cultural change. Through the medium of journalism, he works from within the community to change cultures of discrimination. His reporting creates change at the government level to improve the protection of equal rights and equal access to strong education. About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organizations.

Videos from Mahesh

Impact: The Road to Rural Development

/ May 20, 2014

In 2013 Ambai Bujurga, Kara Block, was selected to be one of 2100 villages which were to benefit from the Ram Manohar Lohia Samagra Gram Vikas Yojana in Uttar Pradesh. In this interview VV-PACS Community Correspondent Mahesh Kumar speaks of how he highlighted a community’s demand for the implementation of...

MGNREGA Job Cards not been issued

/ March 11, 2016

The absence of MGNREGA Job Card forces laborers to work on lower wages for longer hours in Kaushambhi, Uttar Pradesh. Job Cards can be issued to BPL families in rural areas so that they can get 100 days of work in or around their village itself. 15 people have approached...

Women discriminated against for not giving birth to boys

/ November 13, 2014

Savitri Devi gets beaten up by her husband very frequently for not having a son, reports Community Correspondent Mahesh Kumar from Ambai Bujuru of Kaushambhi district in Uttar Pradesh. Kaushambhi district celebrates a festival known as Sakat or Ganesh Chowk every year. In this festival, everyone can participate except the...

Elderly bear the brunt of government negligence

/ August 28, 2014

In Nizamamai village of Kaushambhi district in Uttar Pradesh, 500 people from dalit households reside. Golaki Devi & 3 other elderly people reside in this community who are not receiving their Old age Pension. In this video, CC Mahesh Kumar tries to find out why are they not receiving their...

Indira Awaas Scheme fails yet again.

/ May 16, 2014

The Indira Awaas (Housing) Scheme is a 1985 Indian government initiated social welfare program created to provide housing for the rural underprivileged in India.  Rampatti Devi from village Ambai Bujurg, district Kausambi, Uttar Pradesh is one of 200 Dalit people who has not been receiving the benefits of this scheme....

Plight of the Landless Poor

/ January 31, 2014

‘I told the Village Head to give us a piece of land or a house to stay but he did not listen to us. In Saizadpur only the wealthy get all benefits not the poor’ says Abdul Karim. ‘I am staying in someone else’s house. We have to face many...