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Ravi Shyam on Shanti Bhavan, which offers world-class education for the poorest of the poor Dr Abraham George always believed that even the poorest of the poor can compete at the highest levels if they are given the right environment and the best resources. So, it was no surprise to him that...

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Mitali Patel writes about WOTR which empowers rural people by helping solve their water problems The reality of ‘world water scarcity’ is often lost on people living in cities, but the water dispersal gap between urban and rural India is another area of inequality that is impeding rural...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a different kind of force against tobacco addiction When Padmini Somani, director, Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF), established it in 2002, it was out of a traumatic personal experience. Her father, a well-known industrialist, was diagnosed with a tobacco-related...

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An organisation in Udaipur shows that NGOs are vital for a vibrant democracy reports Dr Nita Mukherjee Dr Mohan Singh Mehta founded Seva Mandir in 1968, out of his abiding interest in issues of citizenship. Those days, development was still a task of the State; voluntary organisations and NGOs...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee on the Tatas unique move to create second careers for women Ten years after I first researched the emergence and problems of 'contingent workers' and episodic work, especially by women, it is heartening to see that at least one Indian corporate has not only recognised that...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a dedicated team of educationists in Pune As educators, what frustrated Dr John and Zakiya Kurrien on their return from the US was the sheer paucity of imaginative learning materials for early years of schooling. “There was everything that would make children want to...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes Vacha, a unique women’s organisation As its name connotes in several Indian languages, Vacha refers to speech, verbal expression, articulation or reading. In this case, it refers to a library and research centre that had its roots in the women’s movement and...

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Sankalp extends unconditional support to derelict drug-addicts, finds Mitali Patel Behind the fencing of Bombay Central railway station, several ill-looking people are doing the rounds of a humble shelter erected on an open ground. A distance away, a few wretched people are sitting with their...

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Sugar indulgence is becoming a common health issue in urban societies, thanks to easy access to sugary foods in the form of soft drinks, caramels, chocolates, artificial sweets and canned desserts. Often, people, who wish to give up sugar, do nothing more than hope ‘to do something about it’ and...

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Vinita Deshmukh profiles Connecting, which helps in prevention of suicide When a close family member committed suicide, Arnavaz Damania decided to provide a lifeline for youngsters in distress. The renowned hockey player and former president of the Indian Hockey Federation set up Connecting at...

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The Forest Rights Act will push forest-dwellers into impoverishment. Mitali Patel reports Vanashakti’s  fight against it Union tribal affairs minister, PR Kyndiah, announced that the Forest Rights Act, which was notified on 1st January, will be a ‘New Year gift’ to the nation. He also said,...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee looks at a unique meeting point for music aficionados Nearly four decades ago, when I first met Leeladevi Somani, she was a young mother trying to inculcate in her children - and her extended family in Mumbai - an appreciation of the lyricism and aesthetics of the traditional...

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Mitali Patel reports on the efforts of Awaaz, which is campaigning against noise pollution If the police in Mumbai respond to complaints about music blaring after 10pm during traditionally noisy festivals, then all thanks are mainly due to one feisty woman -- Sumaira Abdulali. It has not been...

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Harassed by the police, a businessman launches an NGO to fight back. Mitali Patel reports Indur Kartar Chhugani’s business of publishing Selpages was extremely respectable and high profile, until he lost everything in competition to Tata Yellow Pages in 2004. He had to sell off his listed...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee on Comet Media’s role in conserving rural craftsmanship and inculcating values among children The passion with which Chandita Mukherjee, Director, Comet Media, and one of its founders, speaks about the harm that plastic toys and electronic games are doing to children’s...

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There are ways to eat your way to happiness, suggests Tanushree Kar Actor Hema Malini radiates a form of beauty that seems to be ethereal. The radiance and happiness seems to come from deep within. Often, she has been asked by journalists about her diet and her answer has been that she likes...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the knowledge conservation efforts of a music academy in Mumbai Way back in 1956 when the renowned tabla maestro Pandit Nikhil Ghosh set up Sangit Mahabharati (SMB) most people thought it would be just another “music class” which artistes set up to make ends meet....

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Children carry eating habits and attitudes towards foods into adulthood. Tanushree Kar stresses the importance of children’s diet training Henry Truman once said "A nation is only as healthy as the children." One of the primary causes of overweight problems in children is poor eating habits....

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It can be a simple stress-buster. Tanushree Kar explains Starting your day on a positive note is one of the most important things that you could do to make your life stress free. Most of us bounce out of bed, grab a cup of coffee or tea, steal a quick glance at the morning paper and scramble...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal  and   Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 08 November 2007
Here is how Ratan Tata narrated his journey to becoming one of India’s finest corporate achievers Left to himself, Ratan Tata would have been working as an architect in the warm climate of Los Angeles. From being a reluctant apprentice, not knowing what to do on the shopfloor of Telco at...

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