Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Political Talk with Shanta Chaudhary

Posted by Anup Baral Dec 27, 2017:
Chaudhary was forced to become a Kamlari when she was eight. She was leased for Rs 7,000 a year by her parents who had nine other children. She was sent to work for a family in Dang. During this time, she was forced to work for 19 hours a day, and she lived in the cowshed. She was reprimanded for her mistakes and sometimes beaten by the landlord's wife. Chaudhary remained as a servants until she was eighteen, during which time she became active in politics. She represented Dang in a forum for the lands rights movement.

In 2008, Chaudhary was chosen to lead the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Means. Her illiteracy was a problem in the CA and she started taking classes. Eventually, in 2013, she published a book, Kamlari Dekhi Sabhasad Samma, about her experiences.

In 2016, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and is currently receiving treatment.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.