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.

Videos from Shambhulal

Paying the price for my husband’s violence

 
/ July 11, 2014

“I was punched in the face and beaten up…I was beaten on my back with an iron rod,” Mirabai recounts her husband’s violent acts toward her.  The police did nothing to protect her.  The same night her drunken husband murdered the neighbour.  Only then did the police act.  Had they...

Build me a proper toilet

 
/ June 24, 2014

Dilip Gameti, explains the appalling work done by government sanitation workers in Godwa village, “These toilets were built using only 200-300 bricks, and the plaster was not applied to them properly.”  Even though their intentions were good, due to corruption the sanitation initiative in this village has failed.  Complaining to...

Pottery a dying art

 
/ June 3, 2014

Our VV Correspondent Shambulal Khattik  reports from Delwara,Nathdwara district, Rajasthan where despite the pottery community making pottery for past few centuries it’s an art that is dying.  The unique skills and abilities are being lost to the young generation who are being attracted to higher paid professions.    Call to...

Gavri- The Bhil Tribals Celebrate!

 
/ February 3, 2014

The Bhil community of Southern Rajasthan celebrates an annual festival called Gavri which to them symbolises a celebration of life. Our IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent Shambhulal Khatik from Delwara, Rajasthan gives you a glimpse of this colorful festival. Gavri, is a dance-drama which begins on the next day after Rakshabandhan. The...

The neglected Dalit community of Rajasmand, Rajasthan

 
/ December 12, 2013

Confined to a corner of the village, the Dalit community of Delwara, Rajasthan have been living in miserable conditions for as long as they can remember. While the rest of the village now has roads and electricity, this community has neither, Community Correspondent Shambhuraj Tanwar reports. The Dalit community in...

Impact: Discrimination stands alive in crematoriums

 
/ November 5, 2013

Community Correspondent, Shambhu belongs to the Khatik community in Delwara, Rajasthan. The crematorium space for his community was shared with two other Dalit sub-castes, the Meghwals and the Ghametis. Shambu spoke of the space as a ‘ghetto’ for the dearly departed in a video published in November 2012. Since then,...