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Fight for toilet

Many summer ago, in an obscure village in Odisha, a lone woman asked her in-laws for a toilet. Later when she built one, the entire village was inspired by her. Rakhi Ghosh meets Kabita Nayak

Wrestling rights

Villagers of Balali in Haryana may now cheer at Phogat sisters for bringing laurels to India from Commonwealth Games. But when the girls took to wrestling, they opposed it, says Abhishek Roy

Teacher-student

A girl from Mumbai sets out to teach English to Ladakhi children but ends up learning about life in the border, realizing how she has taken her peaceful life for granted, says Kulsum Mustafa

Touching base

New York-born Ajaita Shah once applied for fellowship to work in India. Then she came back and also launched Frontier Markets to serve base of the pyramid households. Souzeina S Mushtaq spoke to the 29-year-old who knows the needs of villages

Donor par excellence

P Kalyansundaram, who donated his lifetime salary for charity, has inspired social workers in Tamil Nadu for years. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the happy man whose name is synonymous with simplicity

People’s doctor

Dr V Shanta heads the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai. Active even at 87 years, she talks to Manasa Ramraj about her childhood inspiration, adding: ‘Doctors must learn to treat their patients as human beings and not as mere commodities.’

 
Turn crafts

Jharcraft saved ethnic arts and crafts of Jharkhand, stopped traditional weavers and artisans from migrating to cities and gave a sheen to silk production. Kavita Kanan Chandra reports the miracle, attributed to IFS officer Dhirendra Kumar

For farmers

Two IITians, Shashank Kumar and Manish Kumar, went to villages and set up a social enterprise that has touched the lives of hundreds of farmers in Bihar. Kavita Kanan Chandra tells us about their work and innovative agricultural management

Mama's home

Nirajalaxmi Mohapatra’s home has 54 children of convicts, who might have gone astray with none to take care of them. Rakhi Ghosh finds two of them set to join engineering or medical courses

Wild bird care

Animal lovers may abound, but birds from the wild get no medical treatment if they were to meet with an accident. Filling the gap are Nadeem Shazad and Mohammad Saud, who have treated 3000 incapacitated birds in 12 years, says Asad Ashraf

Lake cleaner

Besides striving to bringing sparrows back, volunteers of Environmentalist Foundation of India clean urban lakes and beaches. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the founder, who earlier worked for Google

Once upon a spy

A former RAW officer is now on a mission to rehabilitate a community of people, known to eat rat and called Musahars in Bihar. Realizing that they were joining naxalities, J K Sinha started educating the children. Souzeina S Mushtaq reports

 
Positive woman

It was a positive attitude that enabled Kousalya Periasamy overcome tragedies in life and take up activism. P C Vinoj Kumar meets India’s first woman to openly declare her HIV positive status and finds out about her work among women like her

People's media

If journalism is a pillar of democracy, what do you have to say about democratized journalism? CGNet Swara is an innovative media that touches the lives of tribes in central India. Souzeina S Mushtaq meets its founder, Shubhranshu Choudhary

No kid stuff

Two kids have been chosen for "Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards", a school-level recognition programme for volunteer community service. Shilpa Raina meets Aakash Pawar and Maneka Sharma

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