Inzamam Makrani, aged 19 years, is a resident of Karawara village. Currently, he is pursuing his higher secondary in the arts stream from a local government school. He aspires to be a bank employee. He is an awesome Hip-Hop dancer and has had no formal training in it.
Inzamam lost his father at the age of six in a road accident. His father was a driver. Since then, life has not been easy for Inzamam and his mother. Being the only son and the sole bread earner of the family, Inzamam has been struggling hard to strike a balance between work and his academics. Both he and his mother run a small grocery shop in the village for maintaining their daily livelihood.
It has been six months that Inzamam has been a part of the Sanjha Manch (a youth research centre of ALFA educational society) family. He says that before joining the family, he was a staunch supporter of communalism. He hated mixing up with people from other religious background but after coming to Sanjha Manch and after interacting and sharing one's own thoughts with the youths of the other communities at Sanjha Manch, he felt that they are really doing a constructive job for the sake of communal harmony and spreading the message of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood which is very essential for a peaceful environment where the mind is without fear and free of inferiority complex.
Inzamam feels that after getting involved with Sanjha Manch, he has been able to live his dream. He always wanted to be a good dancer, but owing to family responsibilities and not so sound economical background, his aspirations and desires had to take a backseat. He feels that Sanjha Manch has given him and many others like him a platform to live their dreams. As a part of a regular training programme of Sanjha Manch, he also participated in some events like film screening on gender based issues and wall painting etc.He is very supportive of the work that the organization is doing in the areas of youth development.
Inzamam says that earlier, the villagers were not very supportive of the principles and values of Sanjha Manch and so, restricted their children from going and mixing up with the children from the other communities there. But gradually, the scenario is changing although internal conflicts still exists.Inzamam feels that everyone must thrive to rise above the feelings of religion, caste, creed and sex and work for the betterment of the human race rather than just keeping oneself confined to petty communal politics.
Inzamam also feels that the kind of exposure that Sanjha Manch
gives to the youths of the villages - like sending some of the village youths to the big cities for training and attending workshops is really commendable as it helps the youths to widen their worldview and evolve as a better human being.
Interviewed and written by Rohit Singh, a SMILE intern from PRAVAH (December, 2011).