Community Correspondents

Satyanarayan Banchhor

Satyanarayan Banchhor

State: ODISHA

From his graduation days, Satya’s only fight has been to bring out the voices of his tribal community to the mainstream media

Satyanarayan Banchhor hails from Banchhorpali village in Balangir district of Odisha. Satya, as we fondly call him, remembers Balangir to be a fertile, rich land, that has seen gradual deprivation and poverty due to the resource and mineral plunder and lacking infrastructure. Satya's 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.

Since his graduation days, Satya has been involved with the Lower Suktel Budi Anchal Sangram Parishad movement against the forcible acquisition of land for the Lower Suktel Dam project and today acts as the secretary and one of the spokesperson for the movement. His stories concentrate on the voice of the indigenous communities of the area, their cultural degradation due to the influence of caste-system and unemployment due to misplaced development. As a part-time journalist, he is familiar with the problems in the region and his skill as a writer is of importance to the movement.

Videos from Satyanarayan

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Community Impact: School implements RTE rules

 
/ November 2, 2016

The Right to Education (RTE) Act has laid down norms and standards for schools to ensure incluive and quality education for all children of India....

Where People Starve to Death: Odisha, India

 
/ March 16, 2016

A 9-year-old child, Dhira Nag, kept her 55-year old grandmother Sua Dei alive by sneaking home food from her school’s mid-day meal. However, Sua Dei...