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

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...

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...