Sanjay Kumar Verma: Zabardast Jagrik
Sanjay is currently working as a project manager with Aim Trust, Lucknow. He narrates his experience with Badlav.
“I had never even thought I’d someday work in the development sector. I wanted to be an engineer but something inspired me to professionally get associated with social work. I took admission for Masters in Social Work at the University of Lucknow and a few months later I came to know about the ‘Be a Jagrik’ program by Badlav.
I’d be very frank that earlier I had very little knowledge of our Constitution. I came to know about this program through Badlav and decided to join the same. I was given the tag of ‘Jagrik’ when I joined this program. Mr. Ram ji was the facilitator. I was told that the program was based on the awareness about the Indian Constitution and fundamental rights and duties. We participated in quite a few exercises,” says Sanjay and goes on to narrate one of those.
In one of these activities, participants were given an interesting task. Identify five personal superstitions that you regularly follow/believe in and try to abstain from them for a week, with three testimonials to verify your act. The peers listed out five superstitions that they used to follow:
1. If a black cat crosses your path, it’s a bad omen.
2. Twitching of eye is inauspicious.
3. Praying while looking at a pair of common mynas will bring good luck.
4. Don’t get a haircut on Saturday.
5. Do not cut nails after sunset.
The peers then had to abstain from them for a week as per the task. In the beginning, abstaining from following them was difficult as these were ingrained beliefs but later. when they started realizing that these superstitions had no ground, they were successfully able to overcome these superstitious beliefs.
“As a result, we found that being superstitious can affect our behavior and state of mind, influencing our daily lives and ability to perform. We have to stop believing in superstition and find out the actual reason behind it. I also completed many right and duty based tasks and my understanding on rights and duties increased. I took deep interest in these activities and later on I completed my post graduation in MSW from the University of Lucknow. This program added new vigor to my career. I have been awarded Gold Medal in social work by the Honorable Governor of UP (Anandi Ben Patel ji).”
“I was also invited on 26th January for Alpahar with the Honorable governor of UP at Governor’s House. I started my career as a district coordinator for Lakhimpur district for the entrepreneurship development program and have sound experience in women and childrens’ rights, livelihood, women farmers, community mobilization and addressing gender issues, project monitoring and evaluation, team managing and proposal writing. The ‘Be a Jagrik’ Program helped me a lot to build practical understanding of the Indian constitution which boosted my morale to work towards social development. I would like to thank Badlav from the bottom of my heart for providing me this opportunity.”