Wednesday, Jul 06, 2022
B R Ambedkar Birth Anniversary

Keeping Ambedkar’s Legacy Alive, One Story At A Time

Mooknayak, meaning hero or spokesperson of the mute, was the first newspaper launched by Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. Today, its heir apparent, The Mooknayak, carries on his legacy by reporting stories that mainstream media avoids.

Notes from the margins The writer with Dom women while covering Bihar Assembly polls in 2020

The 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly electi­ons was the first time The Mooknayak reported an election from the ground. Over the past two months, our team had spread out across UP to live and report from among the people, even though lack of finances prevented them from carrying out more extensive coverage.  

Quite a few of the stories we did remain outside the spotlight of mainstream media till today. Among them was a report on an area in Ballia district that lacks electricity till today, 75 years after Independence. Within a few hours of the story being released, the Ballia electricity department took cognisance of it and promised to ensure power supply to the area within three months.