Pukar means to “call out” in Hindi. It’s also the acronym for Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research, a research collective based in Mumbai, India.
Through the lens of urban youth, the group’s research focuses on the links between poverty, health and social equity. Worldview visited the collective in 2015 when we took our Global Activism series on the road to India.
We get an update from PUKAR Executive Director, Anita Patil-Deshmukh, on PUKAR’s Barefoot Researcher project. It gives young people from slum communities the chance to research and document community challenges like poor water quality, suicide, HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis.
Patil-Deshmukh will also tell us about her plans to replicate PUKAR’s work in some of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods.