Journeys with Sangtin

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Sangtin, in Awadhi, denotes a relationship of deep reciprocity, trust, and companionship that endures through all the trials and tribulations of life. Sangtin Yatra, or a Journey of Sangtins, started in 2002 with a process of collective soul-searching and writing embraced by eight NGO-based activists in Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh -- Anupamlata, Ramsheela, Reshma Ansari, Richa Singh, Shashi Vaishya, Shashibala, Surbala, and Vibha Bajpayee -- who built an alliance with Richa Nagar. This collective labor resulted in the publication of Sangtin Yatra: Saat Zindagiyon Mein Lipta Nari Vimarsh, which later evolved into Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism Through Seven Lives in India. The writing and publication of Sangtin Yatra, as well as its aftermath, marked a turning point in the lives of many and evolved gradually into a movement of several thousand farmers and laborers who now constitute Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (SKMS), or Sangtin Farmers and Laborers Organization.

Click on the above picture for three short films that provide glimpses of work done with Sangtin Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan in the Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh, India.