Community Correspondents

Shambhulal Khatik

Shambhulal Khatik

For the Khatik community from Derwada, life in Rajasthan has been a constant struggle for recognition. With hollow promises made at each election, the community seems to have no hope that their hardships will ever come to an end. Shambhulal Khatik wants to become the voice of this disenfranchised community and others like it. He wants to report on the discrimination against them and to follow up on the progress of promises made by the politicians.

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Community Weddings: The Solution to Dowry and Child Marriage?

 
/ October 16, 2017

In Rajasthan, as community weddings are celebrated as philanthropic initiatives, it is time to look deeper into the politics of caste and patriarchy.

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Rural Electrification: Village Sees Light of Day After a Year

 
/ September 8, 2017

Government’s promise of rural electrification went unfulfilled till Shambhu’s video roused authorities from their slumber.

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When Five Hospitals Failed to Save a Pregnant Woman

 
/ September 6, 2017

Rajasthan government is celebrating an 84% increase in institutional delivery. But even after spending Rs 42,500, Pushpabai succumbed to maternal mortality.

From a Drought-ridden Region to a Green Oasis

 
/ October 12, 2016

The single-minded efforts of Chain Singh, a physically challenged man from Delwara, Rajasthan, helped in shaping the landscape from a dust-ridden environment of acute droughts and severely rationed drinking water to greenery and shady trees where the people of his region take pride in participating in his endeavours.  Chain Singh first...

The gorgeous stone carving of Rajasthan is vanishing

 
/ September 3, 2016

As you travel across Rajasthan, the stark landscape and the regal palaces make a scenic picture that looks out of a time far away. One of the unique features of the forts, are the stone carved ornate latticework, graceful animal forms and divine deities which adorn these dominating structures. However, the craft is...

Paper toilets constructed in Rajasthan

 
/ April 21, 2016

One hundred and seventy-two families in Kaliwas Village of Rajasthan got toilets, but they exist only on paper. During 2003-2004, 172 BPL (Below Poverty Line) families of Kaliwas village were sanctioned funds for toilets. According to official records, these toilets were built, but the reality is a far cry from...