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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

Banking women

She realised that banks are not women-friendly when she was an employee in Jorhat. So Lakhimi Baruah started her own urban cooperative bank, says Ratna Bharali Talukdar

Helping widows

In the city of widows, where women are just dumped by relatives after the husband's death, there is an air of despair and helplessness. But there is one ray of hope, too: Laxmi Gautam, an academician in Vrindavan. Afsana Rashid spoke to her

Shining example

A school for destitute kids is run on funds mobilized through shoe shining. School founder, S Selvakumar, visits places to collect money by wiping or polishing footwear, says P C Vinoj Kumar

 
Benign borrow

Entire India will soon come under the cover of Arogya Finance that lends money for the poor to go for medical treatment. Supported by social venture funds, Arogya is in nine States and has helped over 400 persons, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Lady porter

North Western Railway’s first woman porter, Manju, was forced to take up the job at Jaipur station. She learnt most tricks of the trade but not the art of negotiating rates, says Abha Sharma

Pet project

‘Rickshaw Bank’ is a project that helps rickshaw pullers. It was born out of a conversation Pradip Kumar Sarmah, a veterinarian, who had taken animal health care to rural areas in Assam, had with a rickshaw puller, says Souzeina S Mushtaq

A big fight

A woman sarpanch of a tribal community in Madhya Pradesh has successfully led a struggle for restoration of forest rights and ensured her people’s food security. Shuriah Niazi meets Santa Bai

Action cop

His was a career dedicated to fight graft, through unconventional methods. Now the former cop is advisor to the anti-corruption cell of Aam Aadmi Party. Souzeina S Mushtaq profiles N Dilip Kumar, called as ‘action hero’ by a news magazine

Another war

If Kalinga war transformed Ashoka, the Kalinga institute in Odisha is transforming the lives of thousands of tribal children. Jatindra Dash meets the founder of the institute, Achyut Samanta

 
Natives' return

The return of Sabbah Haji and her family to their hometown in Kashmir’s Doda district has helped local children as the school started in 2009 is still growing. Afsana Rashid finds the school running with the help of volunteers from outside

At the grassroots

A group of social workers in the temple town of Kanchipuram meet every week to chart their down to earth projects. All of them teetotalers, not by scheme, they work at the grassroots level but seek no external aid. P C Vinoj Kumar meets them

Heart for Artisans

Young social entrepreneur Medhavi Gandhi works with artisans from around the country, helping them to innovate and design better products to keep pace with the market needs, says Afsana Rashid

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