January 20; Bilaspur, Chattisgarh
Heavy rains destroyed a dalit’s house in Kachhar village, and the administration is proving to be of no help. Community Correspondent Vrinda Azad reports.
Vrinda Azad is the former Sarpanch – or Chief – of her village, one of the most challenging positions that a woman, a dalit and a social worker can find herself in. She was elected Village Chief after more than a decade as an activist. As Sarpanch, her primary struggle was to bring electricity to her village, a quest that lasted three years. Electricity did come. Today her children study in the bright light of a bulb. But unable to balance the pressures of home and office, Vrinda resigned from office and continued her social work as a part of organizations and individually.