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Saviour on Bike

For people of 20 villages in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, Karimul Haque is the man to call during any medical emergency and he would arrive on his motorcycle, sirens blaring, to rush them to the hospital 50 km away, says Gurvinder Singh

Joy in Giving

Taking individual social responsibility to new heights, Ramu Dosapati, has spent a whopping Rs 50 lakh in feeding jobless migrant workers and providing grocery kits to poor and needy people during the COVID lockdown, says Usha Prasad

Young and responsible

Haryana’s efforts to empower women has found a shining mascot in Parveen Kaur, India’s youngest sarpanch, who has transformed the face of her village by undertaking numerous development works in the last five years, says Gurvinder Singh

Playing to inspire

Manasi Joshi, a software engineer, became an amputee at the age of 22 following a road accident, but the braveheart turned to sports and became one of India’s top para-badminton players. She was featured on the cover of Time magazine recently

Heroes of Nuapada

In the remote areas of Odisha without access to online education, migrant workers such as Khageswar, who have returned to their villages during the COVID lockdown, have turned tutors for the children of the villages, says Naba Kishor Pujari

Driving change

Munmun Sarkar, a humble e-rickshaw driver from Siliguri, is winning hearts by shifting COVID-19 patients on her vehicle free of charge, following all the safety protocols but ignoring the opposition from neighbours, says Gurvinder Singh

 
Crime & reformation

Sucked into the world of crime as a child, Laxman Ghole revelled in violence with police connivance. He came out of the maze after reading ‘My Experiments with Truth’ and is now a Gandhian helping jail birds kick the past, says Ketan Vaidya

Heart and soul

After exploring the world, bagging degrees, diplomas and a doctorate and making money, Geetanjali Chopra felt a void in her heart, leading to a soul-searching that concluded at Wishes and Blessings. Sofia Danish Khan met the social worker

The good teacher

Students of a Panchayat School in rural Tamil Nadu speak English with the right accent, thanks to Annapurna Mohan who spends her money on devising new methods of teaching. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the unusual teacher in Indian public education

Heal the poor

For someone who grew up being indifferent to deprivation, Falguni Nevatia’s attitude towards social work changed after marriage, more after her husband’s death. Gurvinder Singh tell us how her mammoth Rural Health Care Foundation functions

Water idea

Stepping out of the plush comforts of her Malabar Hill home in Mumbai, Amla Ruia turned ‘water mother’ to lakhs of people in India’s parched zones as she was impelled to reach out to the water-starved. Vedika Chaubey has her inspiring story

First call

They rush in where others fear to tread. They are ‘Alert’ volunteers who provide the first medical assistance to accident victims even before the ambulance arrives. Radhika Sudhakar speaks to their trainer and Alert founder, Kala Balasundaram