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I am Sarmesh Kumar from Musahars Community ‘Education gives me confidence to survive in an unequal world’

Sarmesh Kumar is the first in his family, that comes from the community of rat eaters, to go to college. That is why when he passes his degree in business economics, it will not just be an academic formality but an accomplishment that should make every Indian proud. Archana Masih/Rediff.com met Sarmesh and traveled to…

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Musahar community wants Manjhi back to finish development work

Members of the dominant Musahar community in Parvarti Nagar village, nestled in the foothills of a hillock in Khizrsarai block of Gaya district, are seething with rage. They have plenty to be angry about. Basic amenities are mostly non-existent and even Jitan Ram Mamjhi, a fellow community member who was the state’s chief minister till…

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Musahar community selling children to survive

The state of the Musahar community in north Bihar is said to be much worse than any of the indigenous tribals of the country Members of Bihar’s 13-lakh-strong backward scheduled caste Musahar community are selling children to earn a living, according to a report in Outlook. Musahars are people who have traditionally survived on eating…

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Musahars in Bihar live a terrible life

ATRI/WAZIRGANJ (Gaya): In Bihar’s high-stake political battle, Musahars – an influential group of dalits within the 16% Mahadalit voters in the state – continue to survive in terrible living conditions, without even enough food and clothes. A drive through Banganga-Atri road off National Highway 82 (Nawada-Gaya), reveals that Musahars, an extremely poor community of mostly…

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Merely funding NGOs not enough; philanthropists like Amit Chandra helping to build their ‘capacity’Economic Times, 7 Oct, 2014

Prolific donors like Chandra would like to see at least a few hundred NGOs operating on scale. His capacity-building forays are beginning to address shortcomings of NGOs that impede quick scale-up. Take Pipal Tree Foundation, which trains unemployed youth in the rural hinterland in skills like masonry, steel work for construction, plumbing and painting. It…

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Philanthropy is an opportunity for change: Amit Chandra in Live Mint 3 Oct, 2014

Philanthropy is an opportunity for change: Amit Chandra in Live Mint 3 Oct, 2014 Smaller contributions are more valuable than much larger donations from philanthropists or a CSR contribution There are two truths about India that we Indians just can’t escape.First, for a vast majority of our fellow Indians, living a decent life is a…

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