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Working class of Shamli – Potter

To understand the lives of the working class in Shamli, Chalchitra Abhiyaan presents ‘The Working Class of Shamli’, a multi-part series. Vijaypal is the last potter in District Shamli’s Nala village, but he is now facing many difficulties in continuing this traditional business, due to which his work is on the verge of closure. Crew […]

Why are the homes of Home Guards dark this Diwali?

In the month of October, the Uttar Pradesh government has relieved approximately 41500 home guards of their duties. These home guards do not get regular salaries but are paid daily allowances, and this decision therefore has rendered them unemployed. Home guards are angry with the state government’s decision and are sitting in protest until their […]

Why have street vendors of Kairana been evicted?

Last month, Kairana Municipality ordered all the city’s street vendors to shift from their respective locations to a new vending zone in an area called Sarai (On 25 June 2019, the Municipality bulldozed 28 muslim houses in Sarai area in an anti-encroachment drive. To see ChalChitra Abhiyaan’s report on the same, please click on the […]

ChalChitra Abhiyaan- Our Journey so Far

The idea of ChalChitra Abhiyaan germinated soon after the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, when we realised how social media (and even sections of mainstream media) were being used to vitiate the atmosphere and instigate riots. Many felt the need for a social media presence an alternate media in Western UP which could raise real issues […]

Buying Earphones Leads to Mob Lynching

On 26 August, 2019 a youngster called Kari Owaish was lynched to death by a mob in Old Delhi. Kari Owaish was a resident of Gadhi Daulat village in Shamli district.His family members claim that the police is intentionally trying to weaken the case against him and is not working in an impartial manner and […]

Massive Movement by Dalits against Contractualisation of Labour

On July 12, 2019 several Dalit organisations organised a big protest demonstration in Meerut against the privatisation and contractualisation of public janitor services. A ChalChitra Abhiyaan. Crew- Nakul Singh Sawhney, Rahul Sherwal, Vishal Kumar

Company Cheats Dalit Cleaners out of their Rs.48 lakhs

310 Sweepers who were hired on contract basis by a company in Muzaffarnagar district in UP have been robbed of two to three months salary by the company. The employees, mostly Dalit women, weren’t paid their salaries by the company, some for two months and some for three, and now representatives of the company have […]

Members of Kashyap community beaten by dominant caste goons

On 9 June 2019, members of Kashyap community from Kandhla’s Dudhar village were beaten up by goons belonging to the Gujjar community. Family members of the victims said that the police have not taken any action against the culprits because they are powerful people. Multiple people from the village said that they voted for Modi […]

14 year old Dalit girl burnt to death in brick kiln

On 24 May 2019, a 14 year old Dalit girl was found dead, her body charred due to extreme burns in the labour quarters of a brick kiln in Muzaffarnagar district where she worked. While the kiln owner and other labourers say that the room caught fire in the night, the family claims that the […]

The truth of Modi’s adopted village

Narendra Modi, after becoming the MP from Varanasi in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014, had announced that he would adopt 4 villages which would become a model for development of other villages across India. Nagepur is one such village. The team of ChalChitra Abhiyaan visited this village, only to find out that the development in […]