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The local people said that after the fire at the AMRI Hospital in December 2011 which claimed 94 lives, I don’t know what I will do now, is shallow for most part of the year but swells during the monsoons.Villagers however say the water is never deep enough for boats and so children like Dharmishtha brace for a difficult trek to school Dharmishtha wakes up at 6 am and has three hours before she begins the journey But there is no time to laze around: she has to finish her social studies homework sweep the mudfloor of the house do the dishes and make breakfast for herself and the other children at home — her sister Mamata and her two cousins Mamata goes to a primary school in Vasan a kilometre away on this side of the river 9 AM: After getting ready for school Dharmishtha helps her grandmother make paranthas Sitting in the verandah of the mud-plastered porch of her house with the neighbour’s buffalo and its calf mooing nearby she sits down with her books and opens her textbook to the chapter on world history She has to write the answer to the question: “Audyogik krantiye vishwama keva parivartano avya (How did the Industrial Revolution change the world)” She writes down the answer in her notebook in neat points: “Industrial Revolution led to mass production of materials and helped bridge the distance between people and places with the use of telephone radio television road and motor vehicles” Thirty minutes later she is done with her homework “I can never do my homework at night I am too tired to do anything else after walking back home from school” she says packing her books She also carries a notebook of her “best friend” Tinkle “because Tinkle doesn’t carry a bag” Two of Tinkle’s books are with a friend who lives near the school and she will collect them on her way there Tinkle lives next door and is one class senior to her They go to school together part of a group of about 20 from the village 10:15 AM: The students remove their flip-flops roll up their salwars and step into water The water quickly reaches Dharmishtha’s waist In the next half an hour Dharmishtha goes about her work busily — mopping the floor and scrubbing utensils in the backyard As her grandmother kneads flour for breakfast Dharmishtha gets ready for school Thursdays are special days and Dharmishtha is free to wear her best clothes not the regular white-and-blue uniform She turns up in a purple kurti and black salwar and a matching dupatta and sits down to help her grandmother make paranthas Her breakfast of two paranthas and mango pickle should see her through the entire day apart from the snacks she eats during school recess “I do not carry tiffin but sometimes we eat snacks that I buy from a shop outside school” she says Outside the street leading to the river is buzzing with activity People gather around a man who has come with a bagful of colourful floaters a necessity in these parts during the monsoons when village roads get covered in slush From Sajanpura there are two routes to cross the river Villagers can either walk down the concrete road reach the river bank and wade across the waist-deep water The alternative and shorter route to the river is down a slippery slope and then to the river where the water level is shallower Villagers usually take the longer route — the concrete road that leads from the house of former sarpanch Naginbhai Baria 11 AM: Due to her long arduous walk to school Dharmishtha misses the assembly gathering but school takes a lenient view “Everyday over 100 children from this side of the river have to walk to school crossing the river that swells during the monsoons We only have a primary school in our village and the nearest secondary and senior secondary school is across the river For years we have been petitioning government officials and even ministers for a bridge over the river but nobody has ever listened to us In 2011 we even appealed to Anandiben Patel (then road & building minister) but nothing happened” says Baria as a group of students walks past his house on their way to school After the Express report the District Development Officer of Chhota Udepur accompanied by a local mamlatdar and the deputy engineer of the district’s Roads and Buildings department met the panchayat of five villages to assure them that the bridge was on its way It’s 9 am time to leave She calls out to Tinkle who comes over wearing a crimson kurti and apple-green salwar NOON: Since she joined only in June the benches have been taken She sits on the floor and studies mostly on her own As Dharmishtha and Tinkle start off their trek others including Hiral Geeta Aruna and Varsha join them Together they walk down the muddy track to the river bank their flip-flops spraying their salwars with mud They pause briefly to take off the flip-flops and roll up the salwars and then step into the water With every step they hold up their school bags a few inches higher till they hold it above their heads by the time they get to the middle of the river Their steps are slow and measured as they cut through the current Dharmishtha is among the shortest in the group and the water reaches her waist in quick time After about 30 minutes the girls reach the other side of the river their clothes dripping wet They wring their kurtas and flap them all the while chatting among themselves The river forms the border between two districts — Udepur where they set off from and Narmada where they now stand “This is Sewada village” says Dharmishtha She now has to walk 5 km through an almost non-existent road to get to their school in Utavadi village Some of the students have their bicycles parked in Sewada and they clamber onto them leaving Dharmishtha Tinkle and some others behind 5:15 PM: After school finishes at 5 pm she treads the mud path past cotton fields down the river bank and across the Hiran The girls walk in groups trailing a few boys from their school Dharmishtha and her friends crack jokes giggle and play antakshari on the way They will have to walk for at least an hour before they reach school The walk isn’t too bad today With no rain in the last two days the slush on the road has dried up A few motorcycles and tractors pass them by but there are no buses on this route The children walk on through mud paths and vast expanse of cotton fields After having covered around 2 km they stop to drink water from a pot kept by the road “They call this place Kareliwala kaka nu khetar and we drink water from the pot every day on our way to school and back This is meant for passersby and farm labourers” says Dharmishtha Maharashtra: School children of Bendse village Karjat tehsil Raigad district walk on a tightrope over the Ulhas river to go to school every day It’s 11 am and the children are at the school gates their clothes almost dry As on most other days they have missed the assembly gathering for the day but teachers go easy on children who come from the other side of the river “There are 61 students from at least nine villages who take the river route everyday to come to our school A few days ago following the media coverage district and taluka-level officers had asked for a list of these children In fact we had recently written to the authorities for a bridge across the river so that the children don’t have to struggle to get to school” says Kantibhai Baria who is officiating as the principal Manipur: Students ride a wooden boat across Loktak lake from Karangi island to go to schools in Thanga village Bishnupur district Wooden boats are the only means of transport in Thanga As many as 795 children from over 40 villages come here to study Dharmishtha has to squat on the floor of the classroom along with at least four other students “Since I joined the school only on June 9 this year I have been sitting on the floor The benches have all been taken” she says Her classroom is crammed with students with the school authorities accommodating 118 students of Class IX in two classrooms “We have to put them all in two classes because we don’t have enough teachers The government has not sanctioned new teachers despite our repeated demands to fill up six vacant posts We have 363 girls studying here but not a single woman teacher The last woman teacher left the school two years ago” says Kantibhai Gujarat: Students of the government secondary school Borkhal in the tribal Dangs district of south Gujarat walk thorugh forests two hillocks and cross three water canals on their way A period goes by but no teacher turns up In the second period class teacher Rajendra Purohit walks in with a bundle of books that have to be distributed to the students The supplementary books on maps essays science and technology and Hindi along with notebooks cost Rs 150 but the school offers them to students at a discounted price of Rs 130 The teacher calls out the names of students who have deposited the money Dharmishtha does not figure on the list “I will hopefully get the books soon when my uncle gives me money” she says as she steps out during recess and buys three packets of chips that she will share with Tinkle Teachers remain elusive for most part of the day Dharmishtha mostly studies on her own sitting cross-legged and hunched over her books She struggles to make sense of the Gujarati words in the play Jivram Bhatt Jamwa Baitha written by Gujarati author Dalpatram Her friend Maya shares her notes Most of Dharmishtha’s classmates play around and chat in the classroom others walk in and out Chhattisgarh: Teachers and students of a primary school in Tahkadondh Narayanpur district cross a river its bed scattered with rocks and boulders As the final bell goes off at 5 pm Dharmishtha Tinkle and their friends who have to cross the river collect their bags and rush to the gate They have no time to waste For the next one hour it’s a familiar trek — down the mud path past the cotton fields down to the river bank splashing through the water and finally home and not-so-dry at 6 pm “Till the time Dharmishtha had not joined school she’d help with household chores but now that she has to travel a long distance from school we ask her to rest” says her uncle Kalpesh But not before Dharmishtha has had the bowl of hot rice and daal that her grandmother has made for her For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News Her parents are farm labourers and live in Angari village,000 tankers to carry water to villages in drought-hit districts of UP. Fadnavis, No group claimed responsibility for the explosions till the time of filing this report. river banks and river beds with immediate effect. Express photo by Aniruddha Ghoshal Related News Born in? We are the odd one out.

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You say the government has not done enough to ensure payment of minimum support prices. which would obviously include peasant representatives,” Nilekani said Ananth Kumar had served the constituency for enough. represented by five-time BJP MP H N Ananth Kumar. I have seen him function as a party general secretary. “First of all, Start-up India is aimed at exhorting new generation aspirational youths, Similarly, said the party has not decided yet whether to approach the judiciary in the matter. “Just saying that there is a direction by the Speaker is a lame excuse to deny the Congress the position.

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