From being Homeless to being the Village Head - my long journey

Nanda Gaikwad
Posted August 31, 2018 from India

I remember the day I was thrown out of the house by my in-laws.

I did not steal, behave badly or so anything wrong to force them to take such a step

So what was my crime?

I cared for Dalit people in my area. They are people just like me. But my husband and my in laws treated them as untouchable.

I always liked to help others. After marriage, I did not stop that and I also focused on caring for the Dalit people, especially women.

My family was so angry. They did not like my work and my engagement with the Dalit people.

So one day they threw me out of the house.

But destiny was planning something else for me. The people who I worked with, asked me to enter the election of the gram panchayat (village council). And then the same people voted for me and elected me as the head of the panchayat.

This was 5 years ago. I am still continuing to do the same work and now I am focusing on economic empowerment of women from my area. I have seen many positve changes. But my biggest impact is perhaps my journey to the head of the village where I was once made homeless.

 

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Malti Sagne
Aug 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Very nice

Nanda Gaikwad
Nov 09, 2018
Nov 09, 2018

Thank You!

Jill Langhus
Sep 01, 2018
Sep 01, 2018

Hi Nanda,

Wow! Thanks for sharing your story. I'm so sorry your in-laws threw you out of your home, but you sure turned your misfortune around... good job!

Olutosin
Sep 01, 2018
Sep 01, 2018

Wow this is amazing.
Congratulations. I am a dalit too.
Thank you for helping us.

Nov 09, 2018
Nov 09, 2018
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Nanda Gaikwad
Nov 09, 2018
Nov 09, 2018

Thank You! Means a lot.

Dawn Arteaga
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018

Wow Nanda what a powerful story - so grateful to have your voice on World Pulse. I can't wait to see what amazing things you accomplish moving forward. Welcome! And Thank You.

Nov 09, 2018
Nov 09, 2018
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Nanda Gaikwad
Nov 09, 2018
Nov 09, 2018

Really means a lot! Thank You ❤

otahelp
Mar 06
Mar 06

Waooh Nanda you came out with a big bang. surprisingly your family will not recognise you. they lost the importance you would have brought to the family. Their loss was your gain and those you impact positively everyday. please do not give up. we love your work. rife on.