sulabh swatchh bharat

Tuesday, 22-August-2017

“Hate-the-sin-not-the-sinner”

Hate the sin, not the sinner

25 weeks ago
  ‘A world with no human trafficking’. Keeping this goal in mind, ‘Apne Aap’ has been working against human trafficking and flesh trade for the past two decades. This foundation of Ruchira Gupta is important in many ways. The ideology of this organisation compels us to open our minds against such inhuman activities. Trying to solve prostitution as a mere problem is fruitless; people generally avoid talking about these issues. As long as the social causes of this problem are not discussed openly, finding a solution is impossible. The available statistical ...
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WATING FOR “WORLD HERITAGE SITE” TAG

26 weeks ago
  The picturesque Apatani Valley in Arunachal Pradesh has a great deal to offer to those seeking beautiful unexplored regions and a culture to learn from.  The region is well-known for the exclusive methods of sustainable farming and social forestry. In April 2014, the landscape which is also called Ziro Valley has been added to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for “extremely high productivity” and “unique” ways of preserving the ecology.  Inhabited by the Apatani tribe, the valley comprises about 32 square kilometres of cultivable area with small hillocks ...
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Atithi Devo Bhava

26 weeks ago
  In one of the most arduous annual migrations of any bird of prey, the Amur falcon (Falco amurensis), travel from Mongolia, roost in Nagaland for over a month before carrying onwards to the African subcontinent. The annual migration route of over 22,000 kilometres includes an amazing transoceanic flight of over 3,000 kilometres during the outbound journey from Asia to Africa across the Indian Ocean. The entire population of Amur falcons leaves the breeding areas in Eastern Siberia, Northern China, Mongolia, Manchuria and North Korea from late August to September, generally travelling in huge flocks. The falcons arrive in October by batches of hundreds, and within...
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Walking the long mile, Barefoot!

27 weeks ago
 Robin keshaw / tilonia A s I got down from the rickety Rajasthan state transport bus at Tilonia, I didn’t find anything extraordinary. It looked like a dusty, sleepy village, not very different from its counterparts. Flocks of goats and sheep, a tea stall, couple of Banjara children playing in the sand, sun peeping from behind a small hillock at some distance – there was nothing very unique about the place. But, the uniqueness of Tilonia doesn’t lie in its physical or geographical aspects. Tilonia’s model of sustainability an...
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Sun in the Night Sky

28 weeks ago
 ssb bureau Can you imagine a Panchayat asking the Chief Minister not for a playground but a stadium for their village kids to play? Unbelievable but true. Dharnai is the village that has earned its reputation, after a victorious fight against the darkness in their village. The entire village is powered by solar energy and this model is the first of its kind in the country. Thanks to this enlightening work in the village that brought amusement to the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his visit to the Dharnai Panchayat of Jahanabad District. The regional head of the area asked the Chief Minister to allot land and other resources for various services in the village.
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Labouring some love

28 weeks ago
 srawan shukla/lucknow Life of Shadaab Khan (14), a child labour at the shop of a readymade garment, changed overnight. From 11 hours a day, tedious duty at the shop to admission in school, nutritious food, decent clothes and tuition for studies.  This was made possible by a small initiative of Team Gonda which came out with a unique scheme under which child labours rescued from the clutches of their employers are adopted by district officials for their rehabilitation. This idea was floated at a brainstorming session of the District labour committee meeting. “Once rescued, rehabilitation of child labours is the biggest challenge as majority of them retu...
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ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY

28 weeks ago
 pallavi vatsa I was standing in a prayer meeting with 60 children around me. Their eyes are glowing in the limited but bright light of diya. All of them are singing the aarti.  I am sharing time and space with the biggest family in the Noida. This family has 400 members. It’s a family with single parent, mother Anjina Rajagopal. This is not a traditional family with parents and their wards. This family includes all those kids who are orphan, deprived, and had no name and address. All of them call Anjina, mummy. Anjina is not only their mo...
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FOLLOWING GANDHI’S PATH

29 weeks ago
  GVVSDS Prasad is secretary of Sarva Seva Sangh, a loose confederation of Gandhian organisations. Basically a Telugu, Prasad keeps flitting between Sevagram, Wardha and Hyderabad besides of course travelling across the country and the continents propogating Gandhian values. While on a visit to Sulabh Gram, Delhi to meet its founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, he spoke to Sharad Gupta about where Gandhism is headed to and how relevant Gandhian thoughts are in the present context. Here are the excerpts... Tell us somet...
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GANDHIAN IN WORK & SPIRIT

29 weeks ago
 rajeev bhattacharya When the hills in Nagaland were set ablaze by separatist militants demanding independence, a frail young man landed from Gujarat in 1955 to spread the message of Mahatma Gandhi. Four decades later, he came to be known “Nagaland’s Gandhi” for the selfless service he offered at a remote hamlet in Mokokchung. Natwar Thakkar, popularly known as Natwar bhai, is a Gandhian social worker who migrated to Nagaland for social work at the age of 23. Not surprisingly, rebels belonging to Naga National Council (NNC) t...
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THE LIVING GANDHIS

29 weeks ago
Every human being is destined to die but his deeds are reflected in his memory. Better deeds, longer the memory. But there are very few men whose memory lasts as long as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was not called a Mahatma for nothing. His body of work was much greater than many Mahatmas (saints) born before and after him. In fact, his life is legendary, lifestyle is still being copied and his thought process still called Gandhian philosophy.  He has been a source of inspiration to mil...
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GANDHIAN IN ACTION

29 weeks ago
Lecturing on Gandhian philosophy might be easy but imbibing and internalising it and practicising in everyday life is very difficult. Its often said that there can’t be another Gandhi. But if someone comes very close to the mark, it is Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh international. His journey from being a student seeking a comfortable and well-paying job to being someone liberating millions from bondage is not only interesting but inspirational as well. His thought process too comes very close to Gandhi&r...
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KEN-BETWA: A UNIQUE PROJECT

30 weeks ago
 satyendra singh Rig-Veda has special mention of water sources, rivers in general and popular rivers in specific. They are considered sacred and possess divine powers. Krishna, in Bhagavad Gita, claims that he is the stream of holy Ganges. These are the spiritual beliefs associated with rivers but they also have physical attributes since ages. Rivers have been ensuring the inhabitability on this planet since time immortal. Therefore, they need to be protected and holistically used by the society as well as the states. The Ken-Betwa river inter...