Field Notes – 21st September 2010

Field Notes

21st September 2010

Our presentation in the morning comprised songs, speech, and money collection, signatures etc. around 30 – 40 people attended. Collection Rs. 25. low attendance due to a festival going on in the village. Another employee of Mahila Manch joined us here.

Next halt: Charbhuija
Took a procession through the market – songs, slogans, speech by Paras. One person again complained of low wages in NREGA – Rs. 60; another of delayed payments by 6 months. Collection Rs. 35. attendance: 50 – 60 people.

Next halt: Gomti Chauraha
Had breakfast, bathed in the river, and washed clothes in Gomti.
Took a procession through the market – songs, slogans, speech by Lal Singh. Around 70 people attended. Collection Rs. 52.

Had great lunch in Bassi village. A short program incl. song, and a speech by Mohan Ba.

Next halt: Dewer
Took a procession through the market – songs, slogans, speech. Around 100 people attended. Collection Rs. 62. one person in the audience complained of corruption in all govt. depts.

Next halt: Kamli Ghat
Took a procession through the market – songs, slogans, speech. Also an interactive puppet show by Punna Ram. Around 100 people attended. Collection Rs. 78. as a rule, we noted the names of people contributing money, but some people did not give their names. One person said he received full payment of Rs. 100 in NREGA.

Night halt: Dolpura
Stayed the night at Panchayat Ghar. Before dinner we made a presentation in the village. This was probably our largest gathering – over 250 people attended. An interactive puppet show by Punna Ram, songs, speech, signatures, and also a play performance. People – old, young, kids, women – all listened with rapt attention. Great response here. Collection Rs.142. one person, Sohan Ji, contributed Rs. 50. Two people from the audience participated in the discussions, and made short speeches in support of the yatra, and our efforts. The program lasted over 90 minutes here.

– Aditya Vikram Rametra, A volunteer with MKSS in the yatra travelling in Rajsamand, Bhilwara and Pali

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