Prayas JAC Society: Prayas Started with 25 children in 1988, today Prayas caters to the needs of 50,000 neglected, street and marginalized children, youth & women in Delhi, Gujarat, Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andman & Nicobar islands, Haryana, Jharkhand.

Raipur (Chhatisgarh) & Assam Visit

11-13 Febraury 2016


    Past two weeks have been roller coaster ride-Raipur in Chhatisgarh to Teok in jorhat district in remote Assam, from Hazaribagh to other places in Jharkhand to Chandigarh, till yesterday. During my part journey and intense interactions with the youngsters all over in four states, the stories of Rohith Vemula, the young science- research scholar of the University of Hyderabad (UoH), remained uppermost in mind. I kept wondering what made this brilliant and brave 26-year old 'dalit warrior' from remote Guntur, who " wanted to be a writer of science like Carl Sagan ...loved science, stars and nature", read and followed Ambedkar and Marx, hung himself. Perhaps, his own thought preceded his life and death through his quote of Christopher Hitchens, " Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence...." . Addressing the youth including the political workers who accompanied the unfocussed local MP , son of the CM Raman Singh, at the National Youth Festival on 'developing skill and harmony' I kept thinking whether my words will sink in their minds. Whatever the local government might have thought while planning this 10000 strong gathering at the isolated New Raipur with no public contact, the youngsters from the hard core naxalite belt with stars in their eyes - full of life and creativity , didn't appear to be different from the youth I met during subsequent days at Prayas projects in Assam and Jharkhand. It was ineed exciting to get into the aspirational minds of the Assamese and Jharkhandi deprived and marginalized youngsters who appeared keen to make a new life through skills. At Chhatisgarh Secretariat which I found so different to others high level govt offices, the discussion with the Labour Commissioner Dr Jitendra Kumar and planning out a fresh program of dignity for the young women in domestic work and the youth for skilling gave me lot of hope. Feel like admiring the Chandigarh Judicial Academy of Punjab and Haryana, the 4 down-to-earth High Court Judges and 300 magistrates, Police & Probation officers with social workers who assembled to discuss and to hear me too on the man-made legal disaster caused through some retrograde changes in the juvenile/ Children' s Justice law of India. Punjab, once the front runner amongst states is facing huge crisis of confidence of youth in the midst uneployment, drugs and violence. Can we find a thread of remarkable similarity running across Hyderabad to Guwahati, Raipur- Hazaribagh to Chandigarh, the common capital of Punjab & Haryana?

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