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With close to 3 million registered non-government organizations—one for every 400 people—India is witnessing a surge in its civil society movement. The magnanimity of a host of these NGOs...
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.