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A people’s journalist

Apr 28, 2008 10:57 AM Dayamani Barla says that there are two paths in life. There’s the easy path that is all about an individual’s own benefits and the path filled with struggle. It benefits the society.

Miraculous turnaround in Mewat

Apr 28, 2008 10:55 AM On a sultry June afternoon in 2001 Vinod Kumar Kanathia realised a dream he had cherished for long. The sarpanch of Mewat, an area in Haryana not too far from Gurgaon, had given him the go-ahead for a girls’ education centre.

Orissa woman shows path to self-reliance

Apr 23, 2008 04:10 PM The lush green fields of rice and sugarcane give way to the bustling port of Gopalpur-On-Sea as we make our way to the offices of Samudram in the small fishing village of Koturu in Chatrapur block, Ganjam district, Orissa.

A paper by women for women

Apr 23, 2008 04:08 PM A family-run newspaper in India gives marginalised women the opportunity to tell their own stories by making them reporters. Launched in 2003, Mahila Paksh was borne out of the need to focus on women’s concerns and help them get justice.

Conservation in India: Panchayats show the way

Apr 21, 2008 12:17 PM An NGO in southern India has succeeded in bringing hundreds of hectares of village common land under conservation planning with the help of local village administration. The effort has positively impacted people’s basic needs of fuel, fodder and drinking water.

A silver lining in tribal India

Apr 21, 2008 06:27 AM Ravaged by ethnic unrest and socio-economic deprivation, Karbi Anglong is the first district of Assam in north-east India to have implemented a quality management system for facilitating public services. Cooperative units for dairy processing and banking are a series of development initiatives aimed at freeing the district of its poverty tag.

A trail blazer by dalit women scribes

Apr 07, 2008 12:00 AM What often goes unreported in the mainstream media, finds a place in Khabar Lahariya, a truly people’s newspaper run by Dalit women in Chitrakoot in northern India. Despite their lack of education, these women journalists cover politics, development and a range of issues read by all sections of society.

Proud landowners

Apr 03, 2008 12:00 AM Thanks to the support of the DMK federation of Dalit land rights and Action Aid, the women of Kattiupaiyur, Tamil Nadu, India have reclaimed what once belonged to the oppressed community. Eight years of struggle have made them proud owners of land that they now dream of passing on to their daughters.

Village girl sets bold example

Mar 31, 2008 07:45 AM A young village girl from Rajasthan has become a role model for her community by protesting against her own marriage as a child, a tradition generally accepted as norm in rural India. For her act of heroic defiance, Congress Kanwar was given the National Bravery Award on the Indian Republic Day on January 26.

Weaving change in Chanderi

Mar 28, 2008 12:00 AM Bunkar Vikas Sanstha in Chanderi town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has changed the lives of weavers by helping them earn better incomes. Once bound by poverty and exploited by traders, the community now aspires to use media tools to create more livelihood opportunities.

Documenting lives in Andhra’s saltpans

Jan 29, 2008 04:15 PM What is salt? How is salt made? What would happen if there were no salt?

Children take up their own cause

Jan 17, 2008 04:20 PM Parbhani, Maharashtra: Child rights, we all know, are the responsibility of adults. But how does one go about making sure adults discharge these responsibilities when they are themselves unaware of what they can do, and all their energies are absorbed by just the daily grind of survival anyway?

Women brigade of Haryana

Jan 11, 2008 04:20 PM Mewat, Haryana: The feisty all-women Muslim panchayat (local governing body) in the interiors of Mewat (Haryana) is determined to make its presence felt. “There may be 3 million women panchayat members across the country, but we want our names to figure amongst those who count,” says 47-year-old Ashubi Khan who heads the all-women brigade.

SHGs help combat iodine deficiency disorder

Nov 30, 2007 12:00 AM Small salt producers in the Indian western state of Rajasthan are partnering NGOs and the government in the campaign against iodine deficiency disorders. According to the WFP, Nawa now produces iodised salt as per the national standard.
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Barefoot teachers usher in change

Nov 21, 2007 12:00 AM The Vanasthali Rural Development Centre (VRDC) in Pune was started with a simple thought: to train rural women to enable them start balwadis or nurseries in their villages. Years later, activist Nirmala Purandare's dream has heralded a social revolution with the training of barefoot teachers in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
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India’s Nirmal Gram leading way to cleanliness

Jun 27, 2007 12:00 AM Recipient of this year’s Nirmal Gram Puruskar for 100% sanitation coverage, this Indian village in Rajasthan’s Alwar region is paving the way for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Village school comes out on top in Indian state

Jun 15, 2007 12:00 AM Ranjan K Panda, an Orissa based researcher, writer and development practitioner writes about a Swastik school in Godbhanga village of Orissa, India. WhatÂ’s so special in this rural school is that there arenÂ’t any drop-outs and the school produces better students as compared to other schools in the vicinity.

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