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Hello,I'm Rita, a newcomer to the CRY blog, and a volunteer at the office in Mumbia. Coming from Canada, everything in India is new to me. As part of the University of Lethbridge Tourist/Study group we've been trying to organize various tours to learn more about India. On Sunday May 13th, we went on a tour to visit the Dharavi…

Last night I dreamt of one of my teachers. You may call that a nightmare since this guy was a complete terror. Don’t remember what he taught us, not that his teaching was any memorable. But what none of his students would ever forget are the beatings they got from him. People do have hobbies, right? The teacher had one…

I attended the NAFRE Maha-Adhivesan or Convention 2007, in Ahmedabad from 12th to 14th March. This was the third `Congress’ as it used to be called in 2004. The hedges on the L-shaped driveway of Tagore Hall were adorned with flex and an occasional cloth banner inviting delegates to the convention, heralding what needs to be done and what is…

The experience of my visit to Melghat has left me with the awareness to a reality of a forgotten world that has existed and survived besides the only one I have known and taken for granted.When I was told that I could go for a project visit to a village called Chikaldhara, my reaction was Chikal…..what?We reached Bandhera station in…

Jagruti, my first project-visit as a CRY employee. I had been looking forward for the visit because, field visit I was told is the real eye opener – you get to see the bare realities of life. Needless to say, I was full of anticipation. A three day visit, Asha (my colleague and the project coordinator) and I decided to…

If life is a race, some children start last. Underprivileged and marginalised, they are deprived of their basic human rights as citizens of this country. Being deprived of food, water, shelter, healthcare and education is not just sad; it’s a violation of a child’s right to the basics of existence. For millions of children in India, these basic necessities of…

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I have just returned from a visit to K. Velayudhapuram (KV for short), a village close to Tirunalveli, 700 kms or hrs from the metro city of Chennai. Having witnessed the true horrors of belonging to a particular caste in free India, I am writing furiously to media people seeking their attention.Here is a short narrative on the issue that…

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The street lights brighten up at 6 pm.The women splash make up on their faces,I just saw my mother standing on the roadShe went off somewhere with two strange menI ask her at night who they areShe beats me up in return.(poem written by Afreen, a Core Group member of Diksha)A 10 x 10 feet room. No windows. 40 children…

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