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We have been talking about human rights since time immemorial, and this is a never-ending discussion. We are so accustomed to reading stories of the cruelty humans show to each other that it seeing th...
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Painting a brighter future.
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'Market-based' approaches to development
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Most of us are familiar with the story of Tara Balgopal. She was once one of India's most celebrated danseuses; at one point, the government even issued a stamp in her honour. Unfortunately, fate conspired against the once-feted dancer and she had all but resigned herself to living her twilight years in a dilapidated house, with no savings to speak of. However, starting with one man's initiative, Taraji's quality of life took a 180-degree turn.
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Cancer is indiscriminate in its choosing. Every year, 11,20,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in India. Almost half of this number succumbs to this disease, with only 30% of cancer patients being able to afford necessary treatment. Lack of funds often leads to hopelessness and many just give up. The need of the hour is to make the best of available resources.
In a world where millions are dying of hunger and disease, where floods and cyclones are ravaging villages, where refugees have nowhere to go, the biggest fund-raising worthy cause you've decided to go with is... travelling? If you think that a 15-day package trip to see glaciers and penguins will help deal with global warming, well done, you've managed to kid yourself. By all means do that trip. The trouble begins when you make generous, if gullible, people buy into the idea of needing to fund you for it.
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Caption: Volunteers of Elaj Trust hand out bottles of water at Karachi's busy intersections in June. The severe heat waves in Pakistan's port city, Karachi, has claimed more than 1,000 lives this summ...
Protest against bureaucracy and red tapism in India is not uncommon. But, not often will you see a bunch of people rising up against it to make a difference. Villagers from Haryana's Sirsa district ju...
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The Urmi Foundation not only designs courses and a number of interesting activities for those with ADHD and cerebral palsy in order to improve the physical independence, academic and social skills of the students, but also plays an important part in the community by helping the children transition into normal lives.
Most of us have had moments such as these where we create temporary relationships. The chaiwala outside your workplace who will signal for a special tea when he sees you approaching his shop. The sweeper who asks you to pass when she sees you stop, and resumes work after you've crossed. The security guard who helps you kick-start your scooter during cold winter mornings. They may never have told you how hard their personal lives are, but they are always there to help you and society at large.
Even several days after the Nepal earthquake, Dr Pramod Khanal and his team were the first responders in every village they went to. Despite walking for miles through difficult terrain, sleeping in a tent without a mattress and working around the clock, Dr Khanal didn't take a break.
These are the stories of three inspiring rural Indian mothers, and how they conquered difficulties to set a precedent for progress in their communities.