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‘Those generating waste need education, not waste pickers’

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NINETEEN years ago, Bharati Chaturvedi quit her well-paying job and decided to look for an opportunity to work on urban environmental issues. After finding none to her satisfaction, Bharati founded Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group to work on waste management and air pollution. What started with only her as a volunteer has now turned into one of the...

Disability is not another word for discrimination

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PROLIFIC writer, poet and research scholar at a university in Delhi, Abhishek Annica wanted to rent a flat of his own in India’s capital. This simple exercise became complicated in his case. As he has a locomotor disability, many house owners simply refused to let their house out as soon as they realised he would be staying alone. They...

Five effects of climate change in India

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IT is often called the 'single biggest threat facing humanity,' and almost every country acknowledges the science behind it; but the urgency and global unity to tackle the crisis of climate change is not at the level it should be. India, with a large landmass and enormous population, will not remain unscathed by this looming disaster. In fact, it...

‘Mumbai is Kindness Capital of India’

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IN a career spanning three decades, Shishir Joshi has worn multiple hats - journalist,  anchor, lawyer, and now as the Project Mumbai’s CEO and co-founder. He was happy being a hard-nosed journalist, but he quit the profession with the aim to improve the economic and social fabric of the city.Project Mumbai started as a model of public-private-people partnership, where...

Freedom from poverty is not an impossible dream

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TODAY, as proud Indians, we will all be marking the birth of an incredible nation, celebrating our hard-earned independence from foreign rule 74 years ago. At the outset, our forefathers envisioned a country that would give every citizen the right to enjoy this heady taste of freedom from subjugation and oppression. But are we? As in are we all?Oppression...

‘Identity is a reason for pride, not a reason to hide’

FROM a drop-in centre that conducted workshops on HIV/AIDS issues and human rights of LGBTQ communities, to becoming the pre-eminent torchbearer for gay rights in India, The Humsafar Trust has come a long way. Founded in 1994, the Mumbai-based non profit has impacted lakhs of lives through its targeted interventions, online programs, advocacy activities focussed on LGBTQ rights and...

5 NGOs committed to tribal welfare in India

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AS is the case with many indigenous people worldwide, centuries of facing inequalities, marginalisation and encroachment of their space have shaped the life of tribal communities in India. They live in difficult areas, relying primarily on subsistence agriculture and forest produce. Government's tribal welfare measures have not reached all of them, and many lack access to education and opportunities...

5 NGOs empowering the differently abled

IT has been nearly one and a half years since COVID-19 hit India and it continues to cause devastation and loss. Many Indians have faced immense hardships; the challenges have been daunting for the differently abled, too. Persons with disabilities in India constitute 2.2% of the population or almost 3 crore citizens. Besides pre-existing conditions and impairments, they face...

‘Poverty due to COVID strips last shred of human dignity’

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IT was 22 years ago that Meera Satpathy’s NGO Sukarya took its first steps to improve the health of women and children in rural areas and urban slums of north India. Those first steps and the journey so far has benefited over 5 million people in over 600 villages and 100 slums across the country.Over the decades Sukarya has...

5 NGOs striving to curb human trafficking in India

THREE years ago, 16-year-old Somesh was lured away from his village in Bihar to Jaipur by some men from his neighbourhood on the premise of enrolling him in a good school and helping him study. Somesh belongs to a low-income family and his father was struggling to support a household of four. Rather than escaping to a better life,...
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