articles by Sanket Jain

Lifestyle

Solidarity and protest: How an ASHA worker in Kolhapur addresses villagers' mental health concerns, fights for better wages

Even before COVID-19 duty, ASHA workers were overworked and underpaid, and the fallouts of these are visible.

Lifestyle

In rural Maharashtra, how lack of internet, awareness, healthcare facilities impact access to COVID-19 vaccine

As per a 2019 report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, roughly 70 percent of the rural population has no access to the internet. This points towards how the digital divide is further leading to massive inequality and affecting the rural population, which is witnessing a severe surge in COVID-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic.

India

Banabai Kamble's service to her village: How a Kolhapur woman fights corrupt officials, alcoholism with steely determination

Banabai's work covers a large spectrum of issues, from sanitation to tackling alcoholism, to battling casteism and helping people with their documentation work.

Lifestyle

In the grip of second COVID-19 wave, Kolhapur's ASHA workers challenge vaccine hesitancy, misinformation

As of 12 May 2021, Kolhapur had reported over 82,763 overall COVID-19 cases, with the number of deceased at 2,840 — a fatality rate of 3.5 percent, the highest in Maharashtra.

Lifestyle

'A life spent in kranti': How a band of working-class women fought to make healthcare accessible in rural Maharashtra

For none of the seven women it was an easy task, especially with the burden of what life had been to everyone.

India

Amid casteism and opposition, a Kurundvad man's fight to ensure people can have dignity in death

Driven by the understanding that people need moral and emotional support when a loved one dies, Appasso has often pitched in with his own funds for others' funerals.

India

In locked-down Maharashtra, sugarcane field labourers' lives are upturned by rising debt, inability to access education

Countless young people in Maharashtra, whose families are engaged in cutting sugarcane, are faced with the reality of entering into an endless cycle of debt, labour in the fields, and eventually being forced to discontinue their education.

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

India

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.

India

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.

India

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.

India

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.

India

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

India

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.

India

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

India

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