Surrendered Naxal teaching underprivileged children
Dumri block on the Jharkhand-Chattisgarh border is surrounded by forests, rivers and brooks. In this Naxal hotbed, villagers have limited access to essential facilities like healthcare and education. The social and economic backwardness of this area is due to Naxalism leading many children away from schools. However, a surrendered Naxal, Maheshwar Murmu, has come to the rescue of these underprivileged children, and started a school with Dr. Bablu Sundi. Realizing the futility of pursuing the path of violence, Murmu surrendered in 2003 and joined the mainstream. He launched the educational programme in 2009, after spending six years in jail. The aim is to bring an economic and social change to the Naxal-affected areas of Giridih district in Jharkhand.