I left India feeling disappointed… disappointed in myself, disappointed in a world that is quick to exploit the resources of less privileged and spit out the leftover to decay in time. Disappointed in a corrupted system that card more about individual wealth and the social welfare of its communities. And ultimately people who blame the past to excuse the presence!!!
A year later back in Varanasi, this time with the help of an amazing supportive team and the formation of Impact a Life Foundation we will attempt to do exactly that…
“We may not be able to give them life, but we sure will try to make an Impact…”
Sonbhadra is the largest and one of the poorest districts in eastern U.P. Of its 6,788 sq. km area, 3,782.86 sq. km has forest cover. The locals call Sonbhadra the energy capital of India because of the vast natural and mineral resources the area possesses. Not only this district gives the highest amount of revenue to the State Government but still is seeking development aides from every part. However, for several decades now, the Sonbhadra region and several other districts of eastern U.P. has been the focus of protracted land struggle.
The struggle is between the forest department and forest dweller, mostly landless tribal and dalits, for the return of land that the local community claims is their traditional gram sabha land, illegally and forcibly taken over by the forest department in collusion with the police and local landlords. The forest department claims the land as its own and has reportedly refused to negotiate the issue or recognize the rights of these landless and economically impoverished indigenous communities
About 10 kilometers from the District Head Quarters there lays a village called Basauli.