The arrival of Essar Group's power plant has displaced the homes of several individuals in the Khairahi village in Mahan, Singrauli district. The women of Khairahi have been protesting against the company for over 2 months, in a non-violent manner.
There's a glimmer of hope in their eyes that ceases to fade away. The desperation in their voice is evident.
Over 70 years old, Gujartiya Sathe has lost everything. Her family of 11 has nowhere to go. They are now temporarily living with relatives. She exclaims, "We will not give up, we will continue to fight in our own non-violent manner."
Widow Lalan Dubey lost her land in 2008 and has 3 small children to care for. On being asked about her present condition, her anguished response reflects the pain she is going through, "Sister, you can't even imagine how terrible my condition is! Somehow, I manage to feed my children. I don't know what to do. Feels useless to even live on this earth."
False promises and unfulfilled desire leave the women of Khairahi helpless. Some of the women from the protest sit waiting patiently, unsure of what's to come.
Their questions remain unanswered and their fate is yet to be decided, as the power plant continues to displace more individuals as time goes by.
Shashwati Shankar is a volunteer with Greenpeace India.