Armed with a degree in law, Sarwat Naqvi stepped out from behind the cloak of invisibility he and his Shia Mulsim minority community in Chhattisgarh suffered from to lobby and advocate for the protection and advancement of human rights in marginalized communities. His video, ‘Homosexuals Seek an Identity’, on gay and lesbians in his community compelled members to form a…
As conditions of village ponds worsen in Sehlud, Chhattisgarh, efforts are on to revive them.
Community correspondent SarwatNaqvi takes a look at the current situation of ponds in Sehlud, Chhattisgarh, and also chronicles the inspiring story of Baindri village where a community came together to restore the village pond.
Ponds continue to be an integral part of rural life in Sehlud. Inspite of provisions for water supply in the villages by the government, the supply is erratic. There are bore wells in the village too but only the wealthy have access to it. Given this situation, the village population depends entirely on the pond water for washing, cleaning and other day to day chores.
“ It is observed that people defecate near the ponds despite having access to public toilets. They bathe cattle in the ponds too. It is alarming that despite having access to toilets people continue to defecate near the ponds. This pollute the water and spreads several diseases,” says social activist Ajay Deshmukh.
Previously, the pond water was used to irrigate agricultural fields, but due to high levels of pollution, it can no longer be used. As the pond ecosystem is being crippled by the pollution, the population of fish is on the decline.
Before the advent of bore wells, the Health and Sanitation committee within the Village Council used to look after the maintanance of the pond, however they don’t do so any more.
“ I want the Village Council to take action because maintaining ponds is essential to sustain the water table,” asserts SarwatNaqvi
When Baindri village in Chhatisgarh faced a similar predicament, a group of about 35 women came together to ensure that the pond was deepened and cleaned. After fighting a long drawn battle with the authorities, their demands were met.
This story is a concrete example of the potential that a community possesses to bring about social change.
“ I believe that not only my community but also other communities across the country should learn from this and spark off a similar movement.”
If you ask Video Volunteers’ Community Correspondent Bideshini Patel to rate her childhood on a scale of 1-10, she would probably give it a negative marking due to the neglect and abuse she faced. But if you ask her to evaluate her professional life as an impactful journalist, resolving basic...
Inspiration can come from many sources, but one of the most powerful is seeing someone walk the path before you. Our Community Correspondent, Syed Amir Abbas found his inspiration in Stalin K., the founding director of Video Volunteers. “I met Stalin at VV’s national meet in 2017 and I...