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Monday, 18-June-2018

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PRATIBHA - VRINDAVAN HEALED HER SCARS, GAVE HER PEACE

a week ago
“I am not a widow, but I was never a wife, either. It was all a lie. They said his wife was mentally ill and that he and his children needed me. It was all a lie. All they wanted was a free of cost full-time maid. I was never really wanted, just needed. It was all a lie...” and then she stopped speaking, saying there is no point discussing it now. So goes the story of Pratibha Roy of Balarampur in West Medinipur, West Bengal who has maintained an on-again, off-again relation with Vrindavan since 2003.  Pratibha was married at the age of 15 to a man who was more than double her age (32), and this wa...
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VATSANA GHOSH - SHE FOUND HER WAY BACK TO FESTIVITIES AND HAPPINESS

3 weeks ago
“I kept waiting. Waiting and waiting. Hoping my food will arrive any minute now. But the night was over, the sun was up. My stomach was yet empty and I kept tossing and turning the entire time, trying to ignore the hunger. And it was not a matter of one night. Many nights have witnessed me hold my hunger somehow,” and then she took a long pause, as her eyes had welled up and the words got heavier to speak any further. This is the tale of Shantipur’s (Kolkata) Vatsana Ghosh who at the age of mere 15 years was married to man four-times her age (i.e. 60 years old). As the story goes, she had three children ...
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KAMALA GIRI - SHE SAID GOODBYE TO THE BRUISES OF LIFE

6 weeks ago
She is not a widow, but she is leading a life of one, happily. This is the story of Tripura’s Kamala Giri. Her life is miles apart yet similar with her fellow in-mates in Sharda Ashram. Tripura’s Kamala Giri was married at a young age, as was the general trend back in those days, and eventually had two children – a girl and a boy. But her life changed course when the husband left to marry another woman. Kamala was taken aback. Clueless about any such development, her husband’s decision came as a setback to Kamala’s life. She kept wondering, and sometimes still does, that what was it that went w...
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Excerpts From His Interview - Swami Chidanand

8 weeks ago
How does divine inspiration occur? Did it occur in your life and could you give an example? Every day and every moment is divine inspiration!  Just look at this very moment. How many billions of complex interactions are happening just for you to experience this one moment? Your eyes are taking light that has bounced back from the world, the photons hit the cells in the retina, which in turn send signals to your brain to interpret them.  This is only one tiny aspect of your five senses, let alone the millions of cells working constantly to keep you alive.  Beyond the miraculous working of your body i...
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KAMAL SAKSENA - AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

10 weeks ago
What was your aim when you first joined the service? I wanted to reach out to people. There are many kinds of people who would want to achieve different things in life. I have seen very bright kids in backward villages with ordinary schools and very ordinary children from highly reputed city schools. Sometime the bright is not actually bright, it is all about opportunity. I have realised this, and tried to provide the opportunity to the right kind of people. And I tried very honestly and I hope I have contributed positively towards the growth of the society.  
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KARUNA MUNDOL - ‘SOCIETY IS NOT A PLACE FOR A WIDOW’

11 weeks ago
The misery of life does not give so much so pain than the harassment by the society does. From ages, widows are seen as an unwanted element of the society. Widowhood isn’t something that a woman choses but rather stuck with. Yet the society punishes her for turning a widow. There is no support system in the life of Karuna Mondol of Murshidabad disctrict, West Bengal, whom she can call her family. That is why she came to the shelters of ‘Thakurji’ (Lord Krishna), here in Vrindavan. She tells that if a girl/woman is widowed at a very young age, they are looked down as a taboo by the people back at h...
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BEHIND THE LAUGHING BONHOMIE, SHE HOLDS THE STORM WITHIN

12 weeks ago
The name Ashoka means causing no sorrow, worries or grief and Ashoka Rani Mundo is a living example of that. The beautiful, beaming sunshine of a personality that she makes it really hard to know of the sorrows that are hidden deep down her heart. Living in one of the Sulabh-assisted widows’ ashram, Kolkata’s Ashoka Rani Mundo is like the life of the place and silver lining to the cloudy lives of her inmates. Though, after talking to her for at least 20 minutes separately , a different, not-so-perky side to her personality comes out. Ashoka Rani was married at the age of 15 and in a matter of time had a...
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“IT’S OKAY. IT’S FINE. RADHA RANI, THAKURJI AND LAL BABA ARE ALL HERE FOR US”

13 weeks ago
“My legs are paralysed. It is impossible for me to move without any assistance. Someone has to constantly be by my side to ensure the basic human needs, even excretion. It must be a very difficult task. Probably that is why my daughters got rid of me. It’s okay. It’s fine.” This is the story of Shanti Karmakar who has reached the point of helplessness because of her paralysed legs. Born, brought up, married and abandoned by husband in Malda village of West Bengal, she is now stationed at the first bed to the right as we enter the Sulabh-assisted widows’ ashram in Vrindavan of Uttar Pradesh.
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Small Movement, Great Miracle - CEHRO

17 weeks ago
Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life. It is a movement from darkness to light. Without education, people get caught in the inter-generational cycles of poverty and backwardness. Seven decades have passed after independence but still, India struggles to achieve a literacy rate over 90 per cent. In such a scenario, the role of the civil society becomes all the more important in order to ensure that the benefits of education reach the lowest strata of the society. One such NGO which has taken up the initiative to provide education to underprivileged children is CEHRO India (Centre for Education and Health Research Organisation). It is a Delhi-based NGO...
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“EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS TO RECOGNISE ONE’S OBLIGATION TOWARDS SOCIETY” - USHA THAKUR

22 weeks ago
At a time when common humanity and concern for others is getting eroded, there are individuals who seem to fulfil their obligations towards fellow-human beings and society in an exemplary manner. One of them is Usha Thakur who works not just for environmental issues but also for women and for the oppressed sections of society. She has been honoured and felicitated many times for the laudable work she has been rendering. When she came to live in NOIDA, Usha Thakur did not imagine that she would be working for poor women, children and cope with the many challenges that this involved and that she would be to achieve so much....
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“HILL YOUTH IN CUSP OF CHANGE”

27 weeks ago
Your group has been serving the people of Uttarakhand and HP for 25 years now. What major changes do you see in their lives now after all these years? Grassroots Holistic Intervention Strategies has led to an improvement in the quality of life for remote mountain communities as follows. It has enabled access to enhanced quantities of safe drinking water in614 hamlets in 55 blocks of 12 Districts of Uttarakhand children and Himachal Pradesh- On a typical day, Infiltration Wells are providing 2.40 million litres of safe drinking water to approximately 17,600 households with close to 100,000 people or 25 lit...
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TEJASWANI GAUTAM - "IN BOTH, STREET PLAYS AND IN POLICE SERVICE"

55 weeks ago
From where did the inspiration come for her decision to join the civil service?    The inspiration to join the civil services came from my father who encouraged me to achieve my ambition. I owe my success in life and career to the support that he gave me as a student and as a daughter. The Indian Police Service is a profession which is not one that exists in isolation from real life. It is  a profession that is greatly related to the common public and every day matters that govern it. It therefore involves much public dealing and working at a very basic level, a great deal of field ...