Community Correspondents

Satyanarayan Banchhor



Satyanarayan Banchhor is a part time print journalist and the Secretary and spokesperson of one of Odisha’s most vibrant social movements. He is fighting against the submersion of his community’s land and his own home from the Lower Suktel Dam, in Balangir district of Odisha.

Satya, as he is known, is committed to protecting this fertile, rich land from the threats of displacement and forcible acquisition by the dam project. Since his graduation days, Satya has been involved with the Lower Suktel Budi Anchal Sangram Parishad movement, and his skills as a video journalist with VV and newspaper journalist with the local press are very useful to the movement. His stories bring out the haunting stories of distress migration, starvation, agricultural deprivation, farmer suicides and lack of infrastructure from Balangir that have been otherwise ignored by the media at large.


Videos from Satyanarayan

Impact Story

Celebrations! A tribal Village is Open defection Free now.

/ February 19, 2020

Applauds for our Community Corresspondent Satya Banchor! He acted as a strong catalyst in bringing about this change in the lives of the poor tribals. 

Meet the RTI Activist from Odisha who Pledges to End Corruption

/ November 5, 2018

Threatened and attacked for filing 200 RTI applications in 10 years, activist Nilamani Joshi continues undaunted.

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Five Months After PM’s Total Electrification Claim, an Odisha Village Waits for Electricity

/ September 24, 2018

At a time when India posits itself as a future superpower, the residents of Dharuapalli wait for electricity to irrigate their land and charge their phones.

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A Childhood Swept Away by Development

/ June 22, 2018

“They demolished our school,” says a young boy who expresses his desire to go to school. His opportunities and dreams have been submerged by the lower Indra Irrigation Project, another dam construction in the name of development.

The Tussle Between Tribal and Hindu Gods

/ March 22, 2017

The indigenous Kondhs of Odisha face obstacles in continuing with their age-old worship rituals because they involve animal sacrifice.

Stakeholders demonstrate against Land Acquisition bill 2013

/ January 18, 2017

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill 2015 was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 10, 2015. Land Acquisition in India is a process by which the centre or state government acquires private land for industrialization, development or urbanization while providing...

Pregnant Girl Strangulated and Dumped in the Name of Honour

/ January 10, 2017

Geeta, a 17-year-old girl, struggled to breathe as her father Kailash, strangulated her. Her grandmother, Mem, struggled to free Geeta from Kailash’s grip, but hate was stronger than love, and Geeta died. ” I saw it happen in front of me. Her body was thrown in the dump yard by...

Caste or Daughter? “Caste” said the father.

/ November 26, 2016

An honor killing or shame killing is the homicide of a member of a family by other members, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family. A father killed his own daughter because she eloped with a boy from another caste and...