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

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...

Turbans reinforcing caste system and identities

/ March 18, 2016

Who knew tying a turban can be a way to reinforce caste identity in a society! In Delwara village of Rajasthan, different communities tie their turbans differently as a sign to indicate which caste they belong to. This different turban style helps people decide their interactions towards people belonging to...

A school with a difference

/ November 19, 2014

“Before coming to this camp, I used to graze goats,” says Durga Kumari, a student at Seva Mandir, an NGO that works as an alternative for kids who can’t go to a school. Community Correspondent Shambhulal reports on the ineffectual government schools in rural Rajasthan and how Seva Manadir’s model...

Are traditions still relevant?

/ July 22, 2014

Community Correspondent Shambhuraj Tanwar brings this interesting take from Rajasthan – India, on the animal sacrifice tradition during the Navratri festival. In Hinduism, Navratri is considered to be one of the biggest festivals. All communities celebrate Navratri with lot of enthusiasm and zeal. It is celebrated over a period of...

Repair the Dead: Cemetery & Sentiments

/ July 21, 2014

We want the customs and cultural heritage of our ancestors to be preserved.  This is the plea from the Muslim community of Delwara village regarding their kabrasthan (cemetery), which is in a bad state of repair.   Call to Action: Appeal to the local village council to help the Muslim...

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...