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    Ajeet Shekhar

    from Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh


Hello Everyone!

There goes an old adage, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. This adage goes true for children who are born in Dalits families in the country. While it presumes collectivization of efforts in bringing up a child, taking care of his/her education, health, and basic necessities to help him/her reach the milestones of life, on the other hand, and much deeper it also implies that the family of a child who belongs to a Dalit caste in a village finds itself incapable and inadequate in providing for necessary opportunities and facilities for its child because of the exploitative social and economic structures in our society.
I am Ajeet Shekhar, A passionate youth belonging to a Scheduled caste from a village in Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh. My father has been one of the leading foot-soldiers in our community’s struggle against the oppressive system that treated Dalits even worse than animals. My father mobilized, organized, and led Dalits and other marginalized communities in and around Uttar Pradesh to raise their voice, assert themselves and reclaim their rights. But, the cruel truth is that in this long struggle where multiple battles are fought to secure a dignified future for posterity, it is their children and women of such leading personalities who pay the cost of these small but deeper battles. These are the costs that cannot be measured because the impact is felt and borne upon multiple sides- physical, social, economic, emotional, mental, etc. I lost my mother at an age which does not register in a child’s memory, merely at an age of 3. Deprived of my mother’s care and father largely away in the battlefields leading and fighting, I could somehow make it to the village school and gradually move up and graduate from Banaras Hindu University. Success in the midst of multiple adversities is sweeter and this sweetness of my success had its share for the entire village as I was the first child in my village of 1000 population who crossed the threshold of post-graduation.

With a commitment to work with my folk, I enrolled for M.A. in Dalit and Tribal Studies and action at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in the year 2016. When the institute withdrew the scholarship scheme for socially backward class students, I mobilized students and raised my voice against it through a 4-month long agitation (also I refused my degree from convocation ceremony for this cause) ultimately forcing the authorities to roll back their plan. In my struggles, Dr. B R Ambedkar’s life trajectory and his ideas have been my guide.
Passing out from TISS in 2018, I started working in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra amongst tribals on a program that focussed to connect children to schools and once they are in school, ensuring that they get good quality education. Thereafter, I worked with Partnering Hope Into Action (PHIA) Foundation to digitally literate the women in Bihar and more than 10 Lakh women had been connected to the digital world.
Since 2020, I have been working with the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI), an NGO working in Bihar, UP, and Delhi where I work for mobilizing Dalit, Adivasi Muslim, and NT-DNT youths to demand their rights under our Constitution. My ultimate goal is to establish a national-level youth forum for the marginalized youth to build their leadership and provide a platform to raise their voice.

While I have been working, I have also realized that one needs to keep up the pace with what’s happening at a global level which may be relevant for our community, and learn them to equip myself with newer ideas and use them for my community people. With this view, I have enrolled in 2020 in "Modern Indian studies" from Göttingen University in Germany. However, I am not able to travel to Germany because of various expenditures, such as visa, lodging, traveling, etc.,though I have paid the institution fees by my own earnings. I appeal to my village, my folks and you all to help me raise this amount. I bank upon your support as you are the only support that I have had since I learned walking. Please help me keep walking till I reach the goal of raising my potential to a level where my learning helps bring a positive change for my society, my people. I promise to return this gesture through my work which I am deeply committed to.

Thank you all and looking forward to your support and contribution. My A/C details are given below-

Salam, Zindabad.

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