Satyanarayan Banchhor is a part time print journalist and the Secretary and spokesperson of one of Odisha’s most vibrant social movements. He is fighting against the submersion of his community’s land and his own home from the Lower Suktel Dam, in Balangir district of Odisha.
Satya, as he is known, is committed to protecting this fertile, rich land from the threats of displacement and forcible acquisition by the dam project. Since his graduation days, Satya has been involved with the Lower Suktel Budi Anchal Sangram Parishad movement, and his skills as a video journalist with VV and newspaper journalist with the local press are very useful to the movement. His stories bring out the haunting stories of distress migration, starvation, agricultural deprivation, farmer suicides and lack of infrastructure from Balangir that have been otherwise ignored by the media at large.