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Drop in dropout

Knowing education's role in socio-economic mobility from his family history, Aditya Natraj trained school heads and ensured that the overall quality of rural education improved. It also brought down the dropout rate, says Souzeina Musthtaq

Cracking on crackers

This Diwali passed off without much noise in Mumbai, thanks to the noise raised by Sumaira Abdulali, founder of Awaaz, who has even taken on the sand mafia. She continues her fight despite facing physical attacks, says Kavita Kanan Chandra


Going beyond textbooks, Karpagam Ramalingam inculcates a sense of love for the environment among her students. Though she is sad that some trees planted by her students have been chopped, the 46-year-old soldiers on, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Right fighter

For 22-year-old, wheel chair-bound, Rekha Kumari, her own life experiences were a source of inspiration to take the fight for rights of disabled children straight to the UN, says Saadia Azim

Schooling girls

In her mission to educate girls, Safeena Husain faces challenges as the government machinery seldom works and parents too are chary of sending girls to school, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

What a woman

The fight of Jazeera V, who has taken on illegal sand mining in Kerala, is a saga of courage, determination and dedication. Taking the protest to Delhi, she told Souzeina Mushtaq that she could not bear the sight of her own beach shrinking

Victim to healer

Suzette Jordan has come a long way: From a blurred image on television screens to an activist, from a victim to a healer of wounded hearts. Kamalika Sengupta meets Kolkata’s brave heart, who was once called just as ‘Park Street rape victim’

Metering the auto

When Chennai’s auto-rickshaw drivers cocked a snook at the law for years and fleeced commuters, people waited for a messiah to come and do something that will bring back the meter. P C Vinoj Kumar meets the man who launched that campaign

Yeah, Yamuna

Vimlendu Jha is a social activist with a difference. From Narmada to Chamoli to Yamuna, he has been everywhere, fighting. He now fights to clean up the Yamuna even as he runs a store in Hauz Khas selling up-cycled products, says Akash Bisht

Beyond maths

A mathematics wizard in Patna sends children of vegetable vendors, rickshaw pullers and daily wage earners to IITs through Super 30, a free coaching programme. Kavita Kanan Chandra says that nearly 300 students have cleared JEE in 10 years

Rural feminists

Rural women in public life are bringing about a change in Haryana, not just in their domain of politics or governance but in general society by liberating other women. Bula Devi checks out

He is different

Balasaheb Darade is a politician of another hue. The 29-year-old could have pursued the American dream, easily. But he chose to work in his Vidarbha region of Maharashtra to bring the change that people want. Kavita Kanan Chandra spoke to him

Planned step

Max Chandra is on a mission, walking 12,000 km to raise funds for his charity, One Step at a Time. However, his weird sartorial style is aimed at drawing public attention, says Shilpa Raina

Top service

A team of 7000 volunteers, mostly from the IT sector, are working among poor children, empowering them, building their self-confidence and teaching them basic literacy skills. P C Vinoj Kumar meets Kartheeban C, the architect of the movement

A cool choice

Rayna Srivastava, a 16-year-old high school student from Texas, USA, spent her summer vacation teaching English at a girls’ home in Mumbai, even skipping a trip to Brazil, says Krishnaraj Rao

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