Sarhad is a social, cultural and educational organization that has dedicated itself to a cause, which is bonding with the people of the strife-torn border regions. Starting with Punjab in the ‘80s under the name Vande Mataram, the organization spearheaded by Sanjay Nahar, evolved into Sarhad in the ‘90s when it began its work in Jammu & Kashmir.
Three decades after its inception, the organization is now a home away from home to orphaned and below poverty line children desirous of making a life of their own by staying away from the violence and destitution in their home state. More than 150 boys and girls from Jammu-Kashmir, about 20 from the Bodoland Territory Council and an equal number from Manipur from the Northeast India are studying in Sarhad, in the peaceful and safe environment of Pune, Maharashtra. Sarhad is taking care of the entire education, lodging and boarding on its own, without any government or foreign aid.
Described by many highly placed people in the social field, government, bureaucracy as perhaps the only organization of its kind in the country, Sarhad draws its inspiration from the fact that the children from strife-torn regions deserve an opportunity to come up in life on their own. The issues that plague regions are not their creation and hence they must not suffer due to them. It is the nation’s responsibility to offer them that opportunity. While the government, the security forces and the leadership are working at their respective levels, the common Indian citizen cannot just sit and watch. We must do what we can for our fellow citizens in these regions. After all, human bonding has a great potential to surmount any obstacle and no issue is unsolvable if people, irrespective of their caste, creed or culture come together with intent.