sulabh swatchh bharat

Thursday, 24-May-2018



52 weeks ago
No recorded history of autonomous rule is available in Delhi before the year 1863. But in 1862 there is some evidence found of a kind of municipality existing in Delhi.  The Punjab Government’s municipality notification of 1850 was implemented in Delhi on December 13, 1862. The first regular meeting of the municipality was held on 23 April 1863 in which local residents were invited. The other meeting, held on June 1, 1863, was chaired by the Commissioner of Delhi and had been recorded in a proper manner. This is the history of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.  But a year before this historical ev...


54 weeks ago
People often asked Madhu Pandit — “Why did you leave IIT to become a monk?” Had he followed the conventional path, Madhu Pandit would have been a big-shot in some large corporation. Instead, he was the ‘CEO’ of a large temple. Guided by his guru AC Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada, propelled forward by the Divine Plan, a chance meeting with Mohandas Pai inspired Madhu Pandit to use the spare capacity in the ISKCON kitchen. To start a mid-day meal programme for 1,500 children in and around Bangalore.  Today, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest NGO-led mid-day meal programme, w...


56 weeks ago
One peculiar aspect of Indian bureaucrats and their projects is that most of them fail to get the work done within the stipulated deadline and budget. The offering at hand brings us face to face with one man who defeated the tangles that beset our bureaucracy and governance, allowing room for excellence and becoming part of railway engineering folklore. Elattuvalapil Sreedharan, popularly known as the “Metro Man”, is largely credited for changing the face of public transport in India by his leadership in building Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro, when he served as its managing director between 1995 and 2012.A ce...


57 weeks ago
Sandwiched between the iconic Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre (tallest building in Delhi) and Zakir Hussain Delhi College (oldest educational institution in Delhi) is a narrow lane, which takes you to Basti Khwaja Mir Dard. The tedium of the community is broken as one inches closer to the masjid. Adjacent to the masjid, a large hall is bustling with energy. More than 40 students have gathered here with their report cards and they are sharing their results with the gathering. Dressed in a plain white kurta, Dr Devesh Vijay, Professor of History at Zakir Hussain Delhi College (ZHDC), is listening intently to the kids and a...


58 weeks ago
IN the words of Dr. BR Ambedkar, ‘Caste is not a physical object like a wall of bricks or a line of barbed wire which prevents the Hindus from co-mingling, and which has therefore to be pulled down. Caste is a notion; it is a state of mind.’ The scholarly works and thought provoking writings of Dr. Ambedkar was a scintilla of hope for some and indignation for others. He was not a story writer or poet however there was a depth and relevance in his deep study, contemplation and wisdom. The literature and scholarly works produced by him mainly in English have immense significance now perhaps much more than in the era it w...


59 weeks ago
“In case, you face any kind of difficulty, just give me a call. I will send the help right away,” said Dev Bhaiya, as we bade goodbye to him and started walking uphill. Dev Bhaiya operates a small shack, which offers Maggi, bread-omelette and an extra sweetened tea prepared with goat milk. His shop is at a place called Bagi, 50 odd km from Mandi town. Bagi is a little known village in Mandi district, but in the Himalayan trekking circuit, it is famous as the starting point of Parashar Lake trek. After reaching Mandi, early in the morning, we had b...


60 weeks ago
As one walks into the Clever Fox Café at Delhi airport, a smiling Shiraz welcomes with folded hands. He displays a card, which reads ‘Hi, I’m Shiraz and I work at Clever Fox Café. I have Down syndrome. If you write down your request, I will be very happy to serve you’. Shiraz then directs you to the available table at the restaurant. After you settle down, he brings the menu card and fills the glasses. Shiraz diligently makes a note of all the orders and puts a star mark against the special request to keep the spices moderate. All this while, not even for a single moment, the broad grin on Shiraz&rs...


62 weeks ago
Janab Mohammad Ashraf (17) was a casual labourer of a small engineering unit of Liluah near Howrah, who used to wash galvanised tools with acid. He had to use his mouth to pull the acid from the jar. One day while working, he was joking with his friends and by chance, sucked in some of the acid. The acid burnt his intestine. No hospital agreed to admit him, though he was fast sinking. As a last effort, his friends took him to Shramajeevi Hospital at Belur. He was immediately admitted there. The doctors replaced the burnt portion of his small intestine with parts of his large intestine and saved his life. Ashraf is now married, working in another factory and...

Usha : dawn of a revolution

64 weeks ago
THE sun is all set to sneak through the sky. Just around 170 kms from the capital city Delhi, lies the small historical city of Alwar which has not yet seen the first rays of daybreak. But one can discern the weariness before finally getting up. Usha, Nanda, Laxmi, Shakuntala, Lalita – you are also in deep sleep but alas, you have to get up quite early before daybreak and rush to work, leaving your children and husbands behind while they are still sleeping, with your scuttle and your broom as a manual scavenger – negating, negotiating and braving the attacks of stray dogs and grunting pigs, and go on to clean the human excreta with bare han...

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar -God is inside every heart…

65 weeks ago
 Prasann Pranjal “We search for god everywhere except inside us, but in reality he is inside us. It’s the God only who motivates us to do positive work. So, when a man gets inspired from inside, then nothing in the world is impossible for him. These people have special blessings from God. The almighty always gives support to these people and helps them to proceed further in life. Dr Bindeshwar Pathak has personified above lines. Along with Karma yoga (action), he set distinctive examples for Bhakti yoga (devotion) too. His remarkable service ...

Journey of courage and adventure

66 weeks ago
Imagine a milky white waterfall roaring and gushing down a rocky surface with lush greenery all around. Capturing the moment in its beauty and telling a story of every beautiful moment while your pathway is washed and cleaned continuously by gushing rain water. In a country like India trekking is magical as you can walk through icy deserts and tropical rainforests, climb vast Himalayan peaks or run down expansive meadows, all without crossing a national border.    There is quite nothing like finishing a trek to a peak and staring down into the vast openness.  And after the gut-wrenching struggle that involv...


68 weeks ago
  Human rights advocacy seems to be picking up steam these days. Right from education to economy, the advocacy of human rights is pushing for implementation of some logical and relevant requirements in these fields. Although it seems quite paradoxical that at one end of the spectrum we have a society deeply indulged in consumerism while on the other hand human rights is finding new grounds at national and international level. This reminds us of one of the greatest proponents of human rights – Gandhi. His worldview had an inherent element of human dignity and the mea...