Monday 6 August 2007

Jharkhand washerman, mediaman

A washerman in Jharkhand has been bringing out a handwritten weekly newspaper for the past 20 years.

A washerman in Jharkhand has found an innovative way to keep himself busy and spread awareness. He has been bringing out a handwritten weekly newspaper for the past 20 years.

Gaurishankar Razak of Dumka town, around 400 km from Ranchi, is the proud owner of "Deen Dalit", which made its first appearance two decades ago. The newspaper, which is even registered with the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI), is in Hindi.

The 55-year-old, who has studied till Class 10, gathers news about local problems and of course about corruption and writes the reports on a sheet of paper, which is then photocopied and pasted at important places in the district.

"I raise public awareness through my newspaper. By working as a washerman I get to watch the day-to-day problems of the people. I write about them in the newspaper," said Razak.

"The purpose of bringing out the newspaper is to serve the country and the people of the state.

"When I decided to bring out the paper, I had no money. Even today I cannot print them. I bring out about 50 photocopies," he added.

His wife and four children help him in his work. "I feel proud when I see people reading my father's newspaper," said one of his sons.

Even the readers are all praise for him.

"In today's world, it is difficult to find a person who uses his own money to bring out handwritten newspapers to serve society," remarked Sandek Soren, a Dumka resident.

Indo-Asian News Service

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