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Die-hard cyclist

Around the world on bicycle, he has met 17 presidents, 49 prime ministers, 160 ministers and 80 Indian envoys. Hadra Ahmed catches up with Somen Debnath who would visit 191 countries by 2020

Fighting polio

If India became polio-free in January 2014, it was the result of a long struggle that began in 1995 as Pulse Polio immunisation programme. Deepak Gupta and Anusha Agarwal have the back story

Nourishing kids

They are children. But they are fighting malnutrition among school students by tending kitchen gardens. The students tell us how an initiative aimed at supporting education became a mission

Tapping talents

Yankanma wanted to be a cook. Today she teaches English to her son. Rajesh Bhat, who quit a well-paid job to be a social entrepreneur, has many such rural success tales to narrate as he tells Souzeina S Mushtaq about his NGO, Head Held High

Youth speak

'My Space My unManifesto', a campaign to help youth engage with issues that are key to them, has now brought on board 42 organizations in 15 states to present a new agenda, says Aditi Bishnoi

A ladder for poor

Students of IIT, Kanpur, are learning more about society by taking classes to underprivileged children around their campus. 'Shiksha Sopan’, a students' organization, enables many of its poor charges do what they couldn't have done otherwise

 
Media bites

Is the media acting irresponsibly in reporting rape charges? A social activist’s suicide following reports in the media that he raped a woman co-worker has raised questions, says Garima Tyagi

Immunity issue

Preet Bharara could not do to 49 Russians, charged earlier with scamming a health care scheme, what he did to Devyani Khobragade just because they enjoy diplomatic immunity, says Arun Kumar

Minority moans

This Christmas, too, will not be celebrated by Christians in Odisha's Kandhamal. This is one heart-wrenching story that Humra Quraishi hears as she speaks to women from minority communities

For more girls

In her crusade to level the child sex ratio that was 829 girls for 1000 boys in her Morena district, Asha Singh even confronted doctors who did sex-selective abortions, says Pamela Philipose

Women power

In the fight against nuclear power, what emerged in the once sleepy coastal hamlet of Idinthakarai was woman power. Pushpa Achanta talks about a book by a woman scientist on the village women

Hail science

Rural Maharashtra is waking up to the wonders of science. People are finding solutions to their problems through modern technology and learning to lead a healthy lifestyle, says Sahana Ghosh