The memoir celebrates Chhattisgarh but laments the lost opportunity for its inclusive and violence-free development
the guidance of social activist Shankar Guha Niyogi, the mine workers who were on contract at the plant had set up their own trade union, the Chhattisgarh Mines Shramik Sangathan (cmss),to fight for their rights.In due time,Niyogi included the tribal community in the struggle.The cmss notably lobbied for the construction of a hospital in Dalli-Rajhara for the workers and local people,who were initially not given access to bsp health facilities. Doctors Binayak Sen, Ashish Kundu and Saibal Jana were instrumental in setting up the Shaheed Hospital.
With little resources, the doctors decided to train local volunteers to run the hospital. Ilina describes how the mine workers and their family stopped working one whole day to cast the roof of the new hospital building,which is now a source of pride for the community. She also highlights how women from the state were an integral part of cmss, though she notes that no woman reached leadership position. Furthermore, women participation reduced in cmss as the situation of the people improved.
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