Community Correspondents

Ramlal Baiga

Ramlal Baiga

Ramlalis a VV-PACS Correspondent from Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. He belongs to the Baiga tribe, one of India’s oldest indigenous groups. Traditionally they have depended on and nurtured the jungles that surround them. With time they have increasingly lost management of the forests, losing access to their means of earning a livelihood. Using video as a means of empowerment, Ramlal wants to highlight the struggle of his people to regain their traditional rights and to restore the diversity of their forests, which has been lost due to the monoculture introduced by the forest department.

Videos from Ramlal

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‘India’s Only Positive Newspaper’ Brings Readers a Daily Dose of Hope

/ November 10, 2017

Two young men in Bhopal started with a small idea and now they are reaching every corner of the country with their unique newspaper.

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“Because I am a boy”: How Masculinity is Learned

/ October 27, 2017

Ravind was just another kid playing around with the other kids of his age in his village until the day he wore girls’ footwear and his friends teased him about it.

Pregnant woman forced to pay money in Primary health centre

/ November 9, 2016

The staff of a Community Health Centre of Takhatpur village in Madhya Pradesh, have demanded cash from a pregnant woman before providing her with services. The driver charged Rs. 100 to get her to the hospital and the Auxillary Nurse Midwife (ANM) charged her Rs. 300 for delivering the baby...

Why doesn’t Takatpur have a ration shop?

/ November 26, 2014

In Takatpur village of Madhya Pradesh, residents are crying out for the construction of a ration shop. Residents have to walk for 4 kilometres — a difficult terrain of overflowing canals and waterlogged fields, there is no road. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Ramlal Baiga reports from Karkeli Block of Umaria district....