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…

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…

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…