articles by Sanket Jain

India

In Kolhapur's Shirol taluka, a power loom worker ensures those in need gain hassle-free access to public healthcare

Arun Manjare makes navigating the labyrinthine rural public healthcare system easier for many in Shirol taluka

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For MPSC aspirants in rural Maharashtra, lockdown curtails access to vital library services, educational resources

Students in Maharashtra's villages often travel several kms to the nearest library to prepare for the MPSC exams, or move to big cities and towns to work part-time even as they study. With the lockdown, most are now stuck at home, where the seven-hour study routine has whittled down to two, and books and other material are scant.

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Coronavirus crisis' impact on rural India exposes inequality and pitfalls in access to education

From 13 April, the education department of the Maharashtra State Government started rolling out e-learning content to students from both Government and aided schools for grades I to IX. It’s hosted on the DIKSHA app – an e-learning platform of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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On Labour Day, a look at the daily struggles of the people silently bolstering the Indian economy

Over a period of three-and-a-half-years, journalist Sanket Jain has captured the lives of migrant labourers, potters, broom-makers, agricultural labourers, stone-workers, among others in a series of photographs. These images, from at least 10 different villages, look at their back-breaking occupations and capture some of the lighter moments in their lives.

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Coronavirus lockdown and lack of bank access in rural regions forcing people to take loans for grains, medicines

With a stricter lockdown and a complete ban on public transport, the farmers and agricultural labourers are unable to access the banks. With the village borders sealed, now they can’t access their savings.

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In Karnataka's Boragaon, farmers suffer losses worth lakhs in lockdown merely months after damaging floods

As the country shuts over a nationwide outbreak of the coronavirus, farmers in Karnataka's Boragaon village stare at rotting crops and losses worth lakhs already, bringing their lives to a screeching halt.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Still reeling from August 2019 flood damage, a Maharashtra village struggles under lockdown

In the August 2019 floods, Arjunwad (population: 5,641) was among the villages in Maharashtra that was completely submerged. A mere seven months later, before they could recover from the devastation of the deluge, Arjunwad’s residents are grappling with the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Rural Maharashtra's ASHA workers toil despite lack of safety measures, limited pay

Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers, the foot soldiers of rural healthcare in India, earn about Rs 3000 per month. Tasked with surveying households and spreading awareness about the coronavirus pandemic, these workers find themselves exposed to risk due to a lack of adequate masks and no sanitisers

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Narayan Gaikwad's quiet crusade: A Maharashtrian farmer is ceaselessly raising awareness about CAA, NRC

Ever since the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed by the Indian Parliament in December 2019, 73-year-old Narayan Gaikwad, a resident of Jambhali village in the Shirol taluka of Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district, has been on the move. He travels through villages in the region, spending up to four hours a day talking to farmers and agricultural labourers about the CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Life

In Maharashtra's Kurundvad village, the women of the Sonamata Mahila Bhajni Mandal oppose oppression through music

From patriarchy to casteism and gender inequality, the women of the Sonamata Mahila Bhajni Mandal have been unafraid of tackling societal issues through their songs, for the past 46 years of the group’s existence.

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Two suicides, one tale: Maharashtra farmers' agonising wait for compensation after fury of August 2019 floods

Villages in western Maharashtra echo the same stories of mounting losses. Their homes and fields destroyed in the August 2019 floods, families face financial ruin and an increasingly desperate future.

Life

Akkatai's songs for the revolution: In Maharashtra, a 75-year-old agricultural labourer sings truth to power

From our 'everyday heroes of rural Maharashtra' series — meet 75-year-old Akkatai Mohite, whose revolutionary songs articulate the concerns of the marginalised

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In Kalpana Jagdale's life, pension schemes, ration cards — and a dedication to the service of others

For the past 23 years, Kalpana Jagdale has been helping people to avail government schemes. When persuasion and follow-ups fail, she resorts to non-violent protest. She has also started two self-help groups with a few women in Maharashtra's Shirol village

Life

Amid Kolhapur floods, everyday heroes battled danger to save thousands of lives in rural Maharashtra

As per the India Meteorological Department, it rained 2,389.5 mm rainfall in Kolhapur between 1 June and 28 August, which is 58 percent more than the normal average rainfall for the same period.

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In Sangli's Juni Dhamani village, normalcy remains a distant dream post-August floods

For the residents of Juni Dhamani, this delay in returning to normalcy has meant their nightmare is far from over.

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As Maharashtra floods yet again, residents of a village in Kolhapur gather what remains of their lives

Memories of the 2005 Maharashtra floods haunt the residents of Kavathesar village in Kolhapur district. While some await their return to their homes, others go back to starting their lives from scratch.

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Casteism or filth, Suganda Kamble of Maharastra's Bahadurwadi village, tackles both with humour

For the Dalits of Bahadurwadi, a village in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, Suganda Kamble has come to represent hope. Kamble has, for the past five decades, been sweeping the village, collecting garbage, cleaning the gutters and public toilets, and looking after Bahadurwadi’s sanitation. While doing this work, Kamble has also consistently challenged the caste system, with his trademark dark humour.

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In rural Maharashtra, an athlete who overcame polio and discrimination, now mentors the next generation

At the age of three, Bavadekar started suffering from polio in both the legs. Today, he is an athlete, wrestler, body-builder, swimmer, coach, farmer, and a cashier in the bank.

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Threading the needle: How a differently abled Dalit man from Belgaum mastered stitching, creating art from scrap

Sunil Shastri, a self-taught tailor from the Karadaga village in Belgaum, suffers from Usher Syndrome, which affects one's vision and hearing. He has stunned the people of his community with his ability to stitch perfect hand-bags and work with dangerous materials

Life

The last shepherd basket weavers: An octogenarian is among the few surviving 'Dhangars' to practice the craft

85-year-old Siddhu Gawade, a shepherd, has been weaving symmetrical baskets for the past 55 years.