‘Had Such Rules Been In Place When I Was Of Their Age, I Could Have Been Educated Too’

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Dipali Mushahary | 26 | Parent
Garchuk, Kamrup district, Assam

Dipali Mushahary
Dipali Mushahary with her daughters, Photo: Ujjal Deb

Dipali Mushahary lives with her husband Narad Mushahary, 30, and two daughters in Garchuk hills in the outskirts of Guwahati. They hail from Gohpur in Assam’s Lakhimpur district. The couple works as daily wagers and earn around Rs 300 per day, and their daughters go to the Pub Boragaon Primary School, which is at a distance of 5 km. Dipali is happy that inspite of their poverty her daughters are getting educated, something she had craved for in her childhood.

Dipali Mushahary lives with her husband Narad Mushahary, 30, and two daughters in Garchuk hills in the outskirts of Guwahati. They hail from Gohpur in Assam’s Lakhimpur district. The couple works as daily wagers and earn around Rs 300 per day, and their daughters go to the Pub Boragaon Primary School, which is at a distance of 5 km. Dipali is happy that inspite of their poverty her daughters are getting educated, something she had craved for in her childhood.

So for Gangasri, who is 10-years-old, and Daimasri, who is 6-years-old, their mother is their role model. “All the other students are from poor families as well. School teachers take care of our studies, the mid-day meals are nutritious and we are happy with the free uniform as well”. It seems RTE is acting somewhere.

However, Dipali’s only complaint is that the school is 5 Km away. The locals in the area have been demanding for a primary school for a long time, but the Tarun Gogoi government has failed to act on it.

Ratnadip Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent with Tehelka. 
ratnadip@tehelka.com

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A young IT professional by training and a journalist by chance, Ratnadip comes from the smallest Northeastern state of Tripura and has been reporting out of Northeast India for ten years, as of 2014. An award winning Journalist, Ratnadip started his career with the Tripura Observer and went on to work with the Northeast Sun, The Northeast Today, News Live, Sahara Time and The Sunday Indian. He has also contributed to BBC, CNN, NatGeo TV, NDTV, CNN-IBN and TIMES NOW. Before joining Tehelka, Ratnadip worked with the national bureau of the television news channel NewsX. He specialises in conflict reporting and has a keen interest in India’s eastern neighbours. He has won the RedInk Excellence in Journalism Award 2013, Northeast Green Journo Award 2013, LAADLI Media awards for Gender sensitivity 2013. He is among 10 young Indian scholars selected by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on trans-boundary river issues of the subcontinent. He is based in Guwahati.

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