Community Correspondents

Shankarlal Raikwar

Shankarlal Raikwar

Shankarlal Raikwar belongs to a community that dances at festivals and carnivals for a living. Shankarlal is an expert in performing feminine roles especially from mythological texts like the Mahabharata. He is proud of his art but unfortunately it makes him a point of ridicule in society. He is also worried about getting older, and about the ridicule his children may face as other children learn of his dancing profession. He looks at IndiaUnheard as a new beginning, a platform that he intends to use to spotlight the issues of marginalized and ostracized communities like the one he belongs to.

Videos from Shankarlal

200 Villagers hold Authorities Accountable for Lack of Work Under MGNREGA

/ June 16, 2017

In a small drought affected village in Uttar Pradesh, the community came together to solve systemic bureaucratic apathy and wrested the employment guaranteed under MGNREGA.

Community Voices powered by Lalit Lokvani in Uttar Pradesh

/ February 20, 2017

“Radio is such a medium that even while cooking we can listen to the news, music and folk songs.” shares a happy listener of Lalit Lokvani. Lalit Lokvani is a community radio station in Alapur village of Lalitpur district in Uttar Pradesh, catering to the needs of 120 villages in...

School management committee in Action!

/ May 11, 2015

Chhilla Village, Lalitpur District, Uttar Pradesh | Shankarlal Raikwar Indifference from school administration, Village Head and the School Management Committee that consists of parents, has resulted in unhygienic food being served at this government primary school. Children often find worms in their food or find that it is rotten. In...

Uttar Pradesh Government Forgets Flood Survivors

/ March 17, 2014

‘Stories from those who live it’ is tag line that we often use to describe the work of our Community Correspondents. Today’s story is one of those unfortunate tales– nature’s wrath combined with the government’s haphazard plans and those caught in the middle are people, just like you and me,...

Children boycott food from Dalit mid-day cooks

/ June 29, 2012

The state had passed the rule that only Dalits would be appointed as mid-day meal cooks. This caused an uproar among ‘upper caste’ communities everywhere and their children began to boycott the food. The state responded by softening the rule, replacing the words ‘compulsory appointment’ with ‘preference will be given’...