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In his 25-year-long fight, for water, this man left his family

Updated on: 05 May,2019 07:10 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Prutha Bhosle | prutha.bhosle@mid-day.com

Sitaram Shelar, convenor of Pani Haq Samiti, on how choosing to work as a social worker 25 years ago brought him face-to-face with Mumbai city's water-casteism

In his 25-year-long fight, for water, this man left his family

Sitaram Shelar started Mumbai Paani in 2007, which eventually became Pani Haq Samiti. Pic/Sameer Markande


Born in the Koyna backwater area in Mahabaleshwar, Sitaram Shelar always shared a special bond with water. As a young boy, his entire universe, set in a small village 

Saloshi, was surrounded by nothing but water. In 1979, when he moved to Mumbai to pursue better quality education, this bond grew by leaps and bounds. So, it was not a surprise to his family and friends that he became a water activist, fighting for the fundamental right to water for all.




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