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WATCH: Assam politicians must focus on children also, says activist Miguel

Kunal Majumder | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:06 IST

Elections are not just about politicians. They are about people and issues. And what really drives their vote.

Catch has, therefore, started a series - 'Meet the Voter' - to capture what different impact groups in the poll-bound states are feeling. This is true insight into the upcoming assembly elections: up-close and hyper-personal.

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Miguel Das Queah, 29, started Utsah, a child rights NGO, about five years ago in Guwahati. His was a pioneering initiative in the state of Assam.

In spite of being at crossroads of many conflicts and human rights issues arising from these conflicts, child rights hasn't been on the priority list of any political party in the state.

In addition, lakhs of children get displaced due to the annual floods that affect the state, and battle to survive without homes, education or adequate healthcare facilities. And no political party has shown the vision to address these problems.

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Queah has been struggling with various government agencies and politicians on a number of issues related to child rights.

The latest violence at Kokrajhar has left many children stranded in camps. Trafficking is another key concern for the children of the region.

Watch Queah list out three key concerns about children that political parties must address in their manifestos.

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First published: 30 March 2016, 8:58 IST
 
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Editor for Speed News aka Catch Live and Operations at Catch, Kunal enjoys measuring his life in numbers. Of his 30 years of life, 12 have been spent working, 9 of them in journalism. The remaining 3 were spent in 2 call centres, talking to British and Australians about insurance and cellphones. In his journalistic capacity, Kunal has worked at 3 publications and headed 2 online teams. The '3' includes Images Multimedia, Tehelka and DNA. The '2' includes Tehelka and DNA. Catch is Kunal's 6th workplace, where he will head his 3rd team as speed news editor. As a reporter, he won 2 awards - Statesman Award for Rural Reporting and UNFPA-Laadli Award for Gender Sensitivity. That's his story in Prime Numbers (a section on this site from which he's taken inspiration).

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